2022 Prospect Position Rankings: Righthanded Pitcher

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Position Rankings are voted on by Baseball America staff members. 

RATING: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

This year’s class of righthanders is as good as any in recent seasons with a potent mix of both starpower and depth. Grayson Rodriguez, Shane Baz and George Kirby all possess front-of-the-rotation potential and are followed by dozens of pitchers capable of becoming solid big league starters. Caleb Kilian, Brandon Pfaadt and Landon Knack are three pitchers in particular closer to No. 50 than No. 1 who still have mid-rotation potential.

BEST STUFF: Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles

Rodriguez’s arsenal is unmatched with a plus-plus fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s, a plus-plus slider in the mid-80s with late bite and a borderline plus-plus changeup with screwball-like action that gets both lefties and righties swinging wildly. He rounds it out with an above-average curveball and an occasional low-90s cutter, all of which play up even further with his plus command to both sides of the plate.

BEST CONTROL: George Kirby, Mariners

Few pitchers can spot up like Kirby, who owns a career 1.5 walks-per-nine rate as a pro and rarely misses his spots by much, if at all. His fastball command is elite and he consistently keeps his breaking balls in or around the strike zone, forcing batters to swing at pitches they can’t drive. Even with only so-so control of his changeup, Kirby has plus-plus control, and some consider his control 80-grade.

SLEEPER: Cody Morris, Guardians

A seventh-round pick out of South Carolina in 2018, Morris has struggled with injuries and was shelved by a lat strain until July of last year, but he excelled when he returned. He sat 96 mph and touched 99 with his fastball, his changeup was an above-average pitch and his sharp breaking ball and nascent cutter showed promise. The result was a 1.62 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) across three levels and 93 strikeouts in only 61 innings. With power stuff and improving control, he could be Cleveland’s next homegrown pitching success if he shows he can stay healthy and maintain his stuff over a larger workload, 

Rank Player, Team
1. Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles
2. Shane Baz, Rays
3. George Kirby, Mariners
4. Jack Leiter, Rangers
5. Cade Cavalli, Nationals
6. Hunter Greene, Reds
7. Bobby Miller, Dodgers
8. Matt Brash, Mariners
9. Eury Perez, Marlins
10. Mick Abel, Phillies
11. Taj Bradley, Rays
12. Cole Winn, Rangers
13. Nate Pearson, Blue Jays
14. Sixto Sanchez, Marlins
15. Daniel Espino, Guardians
16. Edward Cabrera, Marlins
17. Max Meyer, Marlins
18. Jackson Jobe, Tigers
19. Roansy Contreras, Pirates
20. Jordan Balazovic, Twins
21. Joe Ryan, Twins
22. Quinn Priester, Pirates
23. Ryne Nelson, D-backs
24. Ryan Pepiot, Dodgers
25. Hunter Brown, Astros
26. Sam Bachman, Angels
27. Andrew Painter, Phillies
28. Brayan Bello, Red Sox
29. Matt Allan, Mets
30. Michael McGreevy, Cardinals
31. J.T. Ginn, Mets
32. Jackson Kowar, Royals
33. Josh Winder, Twins
34. Luis Gil, Yankees
35. Gavin Williams, Guardians
36. Jared Jones, Pirates
37. Emerson Hancock, Mariners
38. Owen White, Rangers
39. Caleb Kilian, Cubs
40. Will Bednar, Giants
41. Spencer Strider, Braves
42. Drey Jameson, D-backs
43. Landon Knack, Dodgers
44. Brandon Pfaadt, D-backs
44. Gunnar Hoglund, Blue Jays
45. Ty Madden, Tigers
46 Matt Canterino, Twins
47 Josh Winckowski, Red Sox
48 Ricky Vanasco, Rangers
49 Kyle Bradish, Orioles
50 Cole Wilcox, Rays

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