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  1. As we creep ever-so-slowly forward to the annual baseball draft, there are a few storylines that have taken a front seat. We finally have an answer to one of the draft’s biggest questions. We’ll cover that and more in this week’s update. We’ve been waiting since last July to find out what would happen to one-time-Mets-pick-turned-unsigned pitcher Kumar Rocker. We finally have an answer. Kumar Rocker will enter July’s draft after pitching in the Frontier League. Unsigned players going the Indy Ball route isn’t completely unheard of; so this isn’t a complete surprise. In fact, this was always considered to be the most likely of the avenues that Rocker could take. But now we have the specifics: Kumar Rocker is a member of the Tri-Valley Valleycats and teams who want to see him will have to travel to Troy, New York to do so. There’s nothing official yet about when Rocker will report to the team - it doesn’t appear that he is there yet - nor when he will pitch - though he’s rumored to throw a half dozen or so times before the draft. The other main storyline is the dearth of pitching. It remains evident in the mock draft that Jim Callis released late last week. The first pitcher to be selected in this mock draft is prep RHP Brock Porter go to the Mets at #11. That’s followed by an interesting run through the teens consisting of a prep pitcher who shut down to prepare for the draft (Brandon Barriera), a college pitcher who is nearing a return to health after Tommy John (Connor Prielipp), a prep lefty who you’re not seeing very high on anyone’s rankings (Robby Snelling), the top prep pitcher who just had Tommy John (Dylan Lesko) and a college pitcher who is just starting to ramp up after missing the beginning of the season with shoulder soreness (Blade Tidwell). The first healthy college pitcher to go in this mock is Gabriel Hughes at pick twenty. Crazy. Callis has the Twins selecting Jace Jung from Texas Tech with the 8th overall pick. The bat profile certainly works as a high selection, there is no doubt about that - and that’s a huge reason why Jung has appeared in my Top 10 ever since I started ranking prospects. But the defensive uncertainty is enough to make you uneasy. Jung would likely enter the organization as their top hitting prospect; but also a prospect with no clear defensive home. And that’s a little scary. JEREMY’S TOP 10 PROSPECTS No changes this week, but Prielipp throwing a bullpen next Monday could cause some moves next week. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 6.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) 7.) Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola JC 8.) Connor Prielipp, P, Alabama 9.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 10.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v3.0 (4/28/22) / (v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 300 (4/27/22) / Staff Draft v.1.0 (4/20/22) MLB.com - Callis Mock Draft (5/11/22) / Mock Draft (4/27/22) / Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 150 (4/25/22) The Athletic - Law Top 100 (5/5/22) / Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) / Draft Rankings 2.0 (4/27/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Prospects Live - v2.0 (4/21/22) / v1.0 (1/4/22) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) View full article
  2. We’ve been waiting since last July to find out what would happen to one-time-Mets-pick-turned-unsigned pitcher Kumar Rocker. We finally have an answer. Kumar Rocker will enter July’s draft after pitching in the Frontier League. Unsigned players going the Indy Ball route isn’t completely unheard of; so this isn’t a complete surprise. In fact, this was always considered to be the most likely of the avenues that Rocker could take. But now we have the specifics: Kumar Rocker is a member of the Tri-Valley Valleycats and teams who want to see him will have to travel to Troy, New York to do so. There’s nothing official yet about when Rocker will report to the team - it doesn’t appear that he is there yet - nor when he will pitch - though he’s rumored to throw a half dozen or so times before the draft. The other main storyline is the dearth of pitching. It remains evident in the mock draft that Jim Callis released late last week. The first pitcher to be selected in this mock draft is prep RHP Brock Porter go to the Mets at #11. That’s followed by an interesting run through the teens consisting of a prep pitcher who shut down to prepare for the draft (Brandon Barriera), a college pitcher who is nearing a return to health after Tommy John (Connor Prielipp), a prep lefty who you’re not seeing very high on anyone’s rankings (Robby Snelling), the top prep pitcher who just had Tommy John (Dylan Lesko) and a college pitcher who is just starting to ramp up after missing the beginning of the season with shoulder soreness (Blade Tidwell). The first healthy college pitcher to go in this mock is Gabriel Hughes at pick twenty. Crazy. Callis has the Twins selecting Jace Jung from Texas Tech with the 8th overall pick. The bat profile certainly works as a high selection, there is no doubt about that - and that’s a huge reason why Jung has appeared in my Top 10 ever since I started ranking prospects. But the defensive uncertainty is enough to make you uneasy. Jung would likely enter the organization as their top hitting prospect; but also a prospect with no clear defensive home. And that’s a little scary. JEREMY’S TOP 10 PROSPECTS No changes this week, but Prielipp throwing a bullpen next Monday could cause some moves next week. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 6.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) 7.) Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola JC 8.) Connor Prielipp, P, Alabama 9.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 10.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v3.0 (4/28/22) / (v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 300 (4/27/22) / Staff Draft v.1.0 (4/20/22) MLB.com - Callis Mock Draft (5/11/22) / Mock Draft (4/27/22) / Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 150 (4/25/22) The Athletic - Law Top 100 (5/5/22) / Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) / Draft Rankings 2.0 (4/27/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Prospects Live - v2.0 (4/21/22) / v1.0 (1/4/22) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22)
  3. Kumar Rocker has finally found a place to throw in advance of July's draft. Jim Callis released his first-round mock draft and has the Twins making an interesting selection. View full video
  4. Kumar Rocker has finally found a place to throw in advance of July's draft. Jim Callis released his first-round mock draft and has the Twins making an interesting selection.
  5. Injuries. They’re always part of the pre-draft process. But this year feels different. It’s been big names. It’s been a lot of names. And they seem to be happening quite frequently. Before we get into any injury updates, I wanted to point out that Keith Law released his Top 100 late last week. (You need a subscription to The Athletic to view this list.) Out of respect to being behind a paywall, I’m only going to highlight where some players are ranked. One thing about Keith Law - love him or hate him - he’s ranking these players on his own and doing it with conviction. Law has Cam Collier, a 17-year-old junior college third baseman, ranked second overall. Collier went the “Bryce Harper way” by getting his GED after his sophomore year of high school and enrolling at Chipola Junior College. He’s torn up the JC ranks so far with an OPS around 1.000. I checked in with an area scout in regards to Collier who called him a “great young man” and in addition to being complementary of his offensive game, says he’s a solid third baseman with a 70 arm. Law notes that a team who factors age into analytics - and the Twins do - will really like Collier. Another player of note is Alabama LHP Connor Prielipp, ranked #15. Prielipp was the first big Tommy John domino to fall in this draft class (last May) when he was viewed as a potential Top 5 pick. He hasn’t pitched since. In fact, he’s only pitched seven times in college total. But he’s getting close to 100%, is going to throw before the draft, and has become my favorite college pitching prospect. The last name to highlight is Kumar Rocker, who Law ranks #46. Rocker hasn’t pitched competitively since leaving Vanderbilt last year and there are no known plans of when he will pitch again. But he’ll have to throw before the draft. Won’t he? LSU 3B/1B Jacob Berry is the latest to get bitten by the injury bug. It’s not as major - it’s just a finger. But the switch-hitter will be limited. And for a guy with big defensive questions, having a broken finger is going to limit his opportunities to prove himself on the defensive side of the ball. I’m buying his offense, but the more I hear about his profile being so driven by his bat, the more I’m worried… and his drop from my Top 10 reflects that. And, finally, in more injury news, Florida LHP Hunter Barco announced that he underwent Tommy John surgery recently. Barco was projected to be picked in the top few rounds, but now his status is murkier as he will likely be unavailable even into next year’s Spring Training. JEREMY’S TOP 10 PROSPECTS Collier and Prielipp are new. Berry and Susac drop out. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep (Arizona State commit) 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 6.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) 7.) Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola JC 8.) Connor Prielipp, P, Alabama 9.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 10.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech (previously: Dropped out: Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU (previously: 7); Daniel Susac, C, Arizona (previously: 10) JEREMY TALKS PITCHING PROSPECTS Jeremy is also writing about the 2022 draft at Brewer Fanatic. While the Twins select at #8, the Brewers have to wait until nearly the end of the first round. Jeremy discusses some of the pitchers that may be available for the Brewers late in the first round. These could also be pitchers the Twins consider in Round 2 if they are still available. https://brewerfanatic.com/videos/milwaukee-brewers-minor-leagues/2022-mlb-draft-preview-r5/ MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v3.0 (4/28/22) / (v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 300 (4/27/22) / Staff Draft v.1.0 (4/20/22) MLB.com - Mock Draft (4/27/22) / Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 150 (4/25/22) The Athletic - Law Top 100 (5/5/22) / Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) / Draft Rankings 2.0 (4/27/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Prospects Live - v2.0 (4/21/22) / v1.0 (1/4/22) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) View full article
  6. Before we get into any injury updates, I wanted to point out that Keith Law released his Top 100 late last week. (You need a subscription to The Athletic to view this list.) Out of respect to being behind a paywall, I’m only going to highlight where some players are ranked. One thing about Keith Law - love him or hate him - he’s ranking these players on his own and doing it with conviction. Law has Cam Collier, a 17-year-old junior college third baseman, ranked second overall. Collier went the “Bryce Harper way” by getting his GED after his sophomore year of high school and enrolling at Chipola Junior College. He’s torn up the JC ranks so far with an OPS around 1.000. I checked in with an area scout in regards to Collier who called him a “great young man” and in addition to being complementary of his offensive game, says he’s a solid third baseman with a 70 arm. Law notes that a team who factors age into analytics - and the Twins do - will really like Collier. Another player of note is Alabama LHP Connor Prielipp, ranked #15. Prielipp was the first big Tommy John domino to fall in this draft class (last May) when he was viewed as a potential Top 5 pick. He hasn’t pitched since. In fact, he’s only pitched seven times in college total. But he’s getting close to 100%, is going to throw before the draft, and has become my favorite college pitching prospect. The last name to highlight is Kumar Rocker, who Law ranks #46. Rocker hasn’t pitched competitively since leaving Vanderbilt last year and there are no known plans of when he will pitch again. But he’ll have to throw before the draft. Won’t he? LSU 3B/1B Jacob Berry is the latest to get bitten by the injury bug. It’s not as major - it’s just a finger. But the switch-hitter will be limited. And for a guy with big defensive questions, having a broken finger is going to limit his opportunities to prove himself on the defensive side of the ball. I’m buying his offense, but the more I hear about his profile being so driven by his bat, the more I’m worried… and his drop from my Top 10 reflects that. And, finally, in more injury news, Florida LHP Hunter Barco announced that he underwent Tommy John surgery recently. Barco was projected to be picked in the top few rounds, but now his status is murkier as he will likely be unavailable even into next year’s Spring Training. JEREMY’S TOP 10 PROSPECTS Collier and Prielipp are new. Berry and Susac drop out. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep (Arizona State commit) 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 6.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) 7.) Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola JC 8.) Connor Prielipp, P, Alabama 9.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 10.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech (previously: Dropped out: Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU (previously: 7); Daniel Susac, C, Arizona (previously: 10) JEREMY TALKS PITCHING PROSPECTS Jeremy is also writing about the 2022 draft at Brewer Fanatic. While the Twins select at #8, the Brewers have to wait until nearly the end of the first round. Jeremy discusses some of the pitchers that may be available for the Brewers late in the first round. These could also be pitchers the Twins consider in Round 2 if they are still available. https://brewerfanatic.com/videos/milwaukee-brewers-minor-leagues/2022-mlb-draft-preview-r5/ MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v3.0 (4/28/22) / (v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 300 (4/27/22) / Staff Draft v.1.0 (4/20/22) MLB.com - Mock Draft (4/27/22) / Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 150 (4/25/22) The Athletic - Law Top 100 (5/5/22) / Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) / Draft Rankings 2.0 (4/27/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Prospects Live - v2.0 (4/21/22) / v1.0 (1/4/22) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22)
  7. We’re another week closer to the mid-July draft and activity is starting to pick up. As we get into May, the focus begins to tighten. While the picture still appears very broad to almost everyone, the tea leaves begin to occasionally drop. But that’s the fun of drafts: It’s up to you whether you want to believe them or not. There’s been enough happening on the national level for Baseball America, MLB Pipeline and ESPN to update their prospect rankings. Baseball America expanded their listing to a Top 300. That covers, roughly, the Top 10 rounds. Unranked college seniors, however, will be very popular choices in the second half of the top 10 rounds as it significantly helps teams stretch their bonus pools. But if you’re wondering if a guy might go in the Top 10 rounds, this is a great resource. MLB Pipeline updated their Top 150. The biggest headline here is the big jump Jackson Holliday took since their last rankings, going from 51 to 4. Jackson, the son of Matt, plays a premium position (shortstop) and will likely continue to move up the board (even though there’s only so much room left to go). He made it into my Top 10 a few weeks ago and while Baseball America was higher quicker, MLB has now caught up. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel pushed out his second set of rankings. One thing that Kiley does that I really appreciate is try to tie draft classes into the big picture of prospect rankings. Basically, his top eight draft prospects would all slot into the Top 125 prospects in the minor leagues, with his top prospect, Druw Jones, slotting into the 4-22 range. It’s been written about plenty, but these rankings reflect the biggest story of the 2022 draft: There’s a complete lack of college pitching prospects. The top college pitching prospect by publication: Baseball America - #20 Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee. Tidwell seems like the only first-round lock, and that’s assuming that his medicals check out after having some shoulder issues. MLB Pipeline - #19 Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga. Though he’s ranked in the Top 20 here, he misses the Top 40 for the other two publications. ESPN - #19 Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama. Prielipp had Tommy John surgery last season and is throwing bullpens, but may not even be able to throw for scouts before the draft. Baseball America also completed their first staff mock draft of the season. In the first version, they have the Twins selecting Daniel Susac, a catcher from Arizona, at eighth overall. The writer who selected him for the Twins cites his better chance to stick behind the plate than Kevin Parada and calls him “one of the best hitters in the country.” EDIT: Within an hour after this article was submitted, Kiley McDaniel dropped this bombshell. As a huge Lesko fan, we'll dive deeper into this next week. We’re status quo in the Top 10. When 10/10 match MLB and 9/10 match Baseball America and ESPN (though the order is different), you feel like you have a pretty good handle on the current climate. JEREMY'S TOP 10 PROSPECTS 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 5.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 300 (4/27/22) / Staff Draft v.1.0 (4/20/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 150 (4/25/22) The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) / Draft Rankings 2.0 (4/27/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22) View full article
  8. A quiet week in the draft world is not the worst thing. In fact, any draft noise in late April is usually injury-related. So we’ll take a week without big news as a good sign. There were, though, still three draft-related articles that I want to draw your attention to. Keith Law’s posted a piece last Friday that had information on three of the draft’s top prospects. It is behind a paywall, so I’m only going to give you a few excerpts. Law raves about Druw Jones, putting some crazy high future grades on him saying he “wouldn’t project any 18-year-old to become an 80 defender like his dad was, but Druw is plus now and he could still improve. He’s a plus runner with 70 power now, even though he hasn’t really filled out physically, with electric hands and tremendous strength in his wrists already, like Andrew McCutchen at a similar age.” There are more question marks about fellow Georgia prep Termarr Johnson, who stands only 5-8 and will likely need to move from shortstop to second base when he turns pro. But the hit tool is for real “with some scouts saying they think it’s a 70 hit tool, the highest they’ve seen on a high school hitter in over a decade” according to Law. The Twins have valued the ability to hit more than anything lately. Johnson probably won’t fall that far, but you’d have to believe the Twins would be very interested if he did. The last top prospect update in Law’s piece is about Dylan Lesko. It’s no surprise that Law, who saw Lesko at the NHSI event two weeks ago came away impressed saying Lesko’s changeup is “every bit of a grade 70 pitch, the best one I’ve seen a high school pitcher throw, comparable to the best offspeed pitches I’ve ever seen from a high schooler.” But his last line about Lesko is far more ominous, though, citing his recent arm soreness, “As a high school pitcher, and now one facing a potential long-term injury, however, he’s going to go a lot lower and might end up considering going to school.” If true, this is not good. Speaking of Jones, Maria Torres of The Athletic wrote about the pressure that Druw Jones is facing as the draft’s top prospect, but how he’s embracing it and having fun. According to Torres, Jones is putting up video-game-on-easy numbers. “He has batted nearly .600, with 43 hits, including eight home runs, in his first 24 games. He has coupled a comical .597/.685/1.028 slash line with 17 stolen bases in 18 tries.” And of course, he’s having fun doing it. And, finally, just posted on Wednesday, Baseball America had a write-up of the first day of the Scott Boras Classic. The headliner of Tuesday was Mikey Romero, who is projected to go in the top two rounds. Committed to LSU, Romero is considered the top prep position player in Southern California. Sound familiar? A relatively quiet week means no movement in my Top 10. JEREMY'S TOP 10 PROSPECTS 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) (previously: 5) 5.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22) View full article
  9. There’s been enough happening on the national level for Baseball America, MLB Pipeline and ESPN to update their prospect rankings. Baseball America expanded their listing to a Top 300. That covers, roughly, the Top 10 rounds. Unranked college seniors, however, will be very popular choices in the second half of the top 10 rounds as it significantly helps teams stretch their bonus pools. But if you’re wondering if a guy might go in the Top 10 rounds, this is a great resource. MLB Pipeline updated their Top 150. The biggest headline here is the big jump Jackson Holliday took since their last rankings, going from 51 to 4. Jackson, the son of Matt, plays a premium position (shortstop) and will likely continue to move up the board (even though there’s only so much room left to go). He made it into my Top 10 a few weeks ago and while Baseball America was higher quicker, MLB has now caught up. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel pushed out his second set of rankings. One thing that Kiley does that I really appreciate is try to tie draft classes into the big picture of prospect rankings. Basically, his top eight draft prospects would all slot into the Top 125 prospects in the minor leagues, with his top prospect, Druw Jones, slotting into the 4-22 range. It’s been written about plenty, but these rankings reflect the biggest story of the 2022 draft: There’s a complete lack of college pitching prospects. The top college pitching prospect by publication: Baseball America - #20 Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee. Tidwell seems like the only first-round lock, and that’s assuming that his medicals check out after having some shoulder issues. MLB Pipeline - #19 Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga. Though he’s ranked in the Top 20 here, he misses the Top 40 for the other two publications. ESPN - #19 Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama. Prielipp had Tommy John surgery last season and is throwing bullpens, but may not even be able to throw for scouts before the draft. Baseball America also completed their first staff mock draft of the season. In the first version, they have the Twins selecting Daniel Susac, a catcher from Arizona, at eighth overall. The writer who selected him for the Twins cites his better chance to stick behind the plate than Kevin Parada and calls him “one of the best hitters in the country.” EDIT: Within an hour after this article was submitted, Kiley McDaniel dropped this bombshell. As a huge Lesko fan, we'll dive deeper into this next week. We’re status quo in the Top 10. When 10/10 match MLB and 9/10 match Baseball America and ESPN (though the order is different), you feel like you have a pretty good handle on the current climate. JEREMY'S TOP 10 PROSPECTS 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 5.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 300 (4/27/22) / Staff Draft v.1.0 (4/20/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 150 (4/25/22) The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) / Draft Rankings 2.0 (4/27/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22)
  10. Keith Law’s posted a piece last Friday that had information on three of the draft’s top prospects. It is behind a paywall, so I’m only going to give you a few excerpts. Law raves about Druw Jones, putting some crazy high future grades on him saying he “wouldn’t project any 18-year-old to become an 80 defender like his dad was, but Druw is plus now and he could still improve. He’s a plus runner with 70 power now, even though he hasn’t really filled out physically, with electric hands and tremendous strength in his wrists already, like Andrew McCutchen at a similar age.” There are more question marks about fellow Georgia prep Termarr Johnson, who stands only 5-8 and will likely need to move from shortstop to second base when he turns pro. But the hit tool is for real “with some scouts saying they think it’s a 70 hit tool, the highest they’ve seen on a high school hitter in over a decade” according to Law. The Twins have valued the ability to hit more than anything lately. Johnson probably won’t fall that far, but you’d have to believe the Twins would be very interested if he did. The last top prospect update in Law’s piece is about Dylan Lesko. It’s no surprise that Law, who saw Lesko at the NHSI event two weeks ago came away impressed saying Lesko’s changeup is “every bit of a grade 70 pitch, the best one I’ve seen a high school pitcher throw, comparable to the best offspeed pitches I’ve ever seen from a high schooler.” But his last line about Lesko is far more ominous, though, citing his recent arm soreness, “As a high school pitcher, and now one facing a potential long-term injury, however, he’s going to go a lot lower and might end up considering going to school.” If true, this is not good. Speaking of Jones, Maria Torres of The Athletic wrote about the pressure that Druw Jones is facing as the draft’s top prospect, but how he’s embracing it and having fun. According to Torres, Jones is putting up video-game-on-easy numbers. “He has batted nearly .600, with 43 hits, including eight home runs, in his first 24 games. He has coupled a comical .597/.685/1.028 slash line with 17 stolen bases in 18 tries.” And of course, he’s having fun doing it. And, finally, just posted on Wednesday, Baseball America had a write-up of the first day of the Scott Boras Classic. The headliner of Tuesday was Mikey Romero, who is projected to go in the top two rounds. Committed to LSU, Romero is considered the top prep position player in Southern California. Sound familiar? A relatively quiet week means no movement in my Top 10. JEREMY'S TOP 10 PROSPECTS 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) (previously: 5) 5.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22)
  11. The draft is a short three months away. Over the last week, there have been a number of newsworthy draft notes. Continue reading to learn more. Shortly after submitting last week’s piece, Georgia prep pitcher Dylan Lesko set the internet ablaze with a dominating performance in the NHSI tournament in Cary, North Carolina. Over four innings and 51 pitches, Lesko struck out seven and allowed two hits, hit a batter, and gave up a run. He had 12 swinging strikes that can be seen below. Over the next couple days I read about comparisons to Stephen Strasburg as well as prep pitchers who have gone very high in the draft over the last decade. You can read more about Lesko and other prospects seen at NHSI here. Of course, pitchers are fragile and earlier this week ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel reported that Lekso would miss his next start due to arm soreness. At this time, I’m not going to react in any other way besides bumping him up my prospect list. High school coaches, typically, keep the player’s best interest in mind. College coaches… well, they don’t. Assuming Lesko returns to health, there is no reason to believe he won’t be the first pitcher taken. Chase DeLauter, an outfielder from James Madison, was considered a potential Top 10 pick before a horrible opening weekend. He was starting to help his draft stock before the news dropped that he may miss the rest of the season. We’ve mentioned Brandon Barriera in this space in recent weeks. In a year where pitching is light, Barriera is deciding to shut it down early and prepare for his next step. If there’s one school that can persuade top prospects to not go pro, it’s Vanderbilt. I don’t think that will be the case here. And finally, because it’s never too early to think about next year’s draft, Ole Miss shortstop Jake Gonzalez is a dude and may be the early favorite to go first overall. Only a few changes in my top 10. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit)(Baseball America breaks down his game.) (previously: 5) 5.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly (previously: 4) 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22) View full article
  12. Shortly after submitting last week’s piece, Georgia prep pitcher Dylan Lesko set the internet ablaze with a dominating performance in the NHSI tournament in Cary, North Carolina. Over four innings and 51 pitches, Lesko struck out seven and allowed two hits, hit a batter, and gave up a run. He had 12 swinging strikes that can be seen below. Over the next couple days I read about comparisons to Stephen Strasburg as well as prep pitchers who have gone very high in the draft over the last decade. You can read more about Lesko and other prospects seen at NHSI here. Of course, pitchers are fragile and earlier this week ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel reported that Lekso would miss his next start due to arm soreness. At this time, I’m not going to react in any other way besides bumping him up my prospect list. High school coaches, typically, keep the player’s best interest in mind. College coaches… well, they don’t. Assuming Lesko returns to health, there is no reason to believe he won’t be the first pitcher taken. Chase DeLauter, an outfielder from James Madison, was considered a potential Top 10 pick before a horrible opening weekend. He was starting to help his draft stock before the news dropped that he may miss the rest of the season. We’ve mentioned Brandon Barriera in this space in recent weeks. In a year where pitching is light, Barriera is deciding to shut it down early and prepare for his next step. If there’s one school that can persuade top prospects to not go pro, it’s Vanderbilt. I don’t think that will be the case here. And finally, because it’s never too early to think about next year’s draft, Ole Miss shortstop Jake Gonzalez is a dude and may be the early favorite to go first overall. Only a few changes in my top 10. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit)(Baseball America breaks down his game.) (previously: 5) 5.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly (previously: 4) 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22)
  13. Tennessee continued their historic start to the season, there was chaos resulting from a bat flip gone wrong, and who has some of the most explosive power of all college bats in the 2022 draft? It's all in the latest installment of the College Notebook. The Twins are up and running. A promising opening weekend for the major league team was underpinned by several spectacular performances from Twins prospects. Boy, is it amazing to have baseball back every single day. Here’s the latest from Jeremy Nygaard, capturing news and notes as we shuffle towards the draft in July, including updates from Keith Law as he offers his initial musings on college prospects from the season. Here’s the latest highlights from Week 7 of the college baseball season. Weekly Recap Tennessee continued its historic start, sweeping Missouri to move to 31-1 (12-0) this season. Meanwhile, the biggest shakeup in the top five came as Miami (previously number nine) swept previous number two Virginia to supplant them in the rankings. The rest of the top ten are OSU, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, Louisville, and Notre Dame. At the end of the weekend, here is where Baseball America has the top 25 teams. Moment of the Week Introducing the ‘anti’ moment of the week. After a righteous bat flip, Houston’s Brandon Uhse trips over first base. The next Houston hitter is thrown at by Sam Houston State and the game descends into chaos. SMH. Potential #8 Pick Performances Kevin Parada continued to crush this week, adding three home runs and ten RBIs to an already spectacular season. No one is hotter in college baseball than Parada. His continued performance at his current level will take him into top-five consideration in July. Brooks Lee had a ‘meh’ week for Cal Poly. However, his hitting tools are so well-rounded that a ‘meh’ week involves striking out twice, instead of once. Jacob Berry had a strong week for LSU, adding two home runs and six more RBIs. Berry has been extremely solid this year, if not quite firing on all cylinders, and is currently mocked to the Twins at eight by Baseball America. The most impactful news from the top 12-15 player group this weekend is that Chase DeLauter has a broken foot. DeLauter, a corner outfielder who is putting up an excellent season at James Madison, will be out for at least three weeks. This week, we’re shifting the focus of potential number eight prospects from Daniel Susac, to Jordan Beck. Beck has been rapidly ascending big boards since the beginning of the 2022 season. Initially, at number 50 overall, he currently sits at number 13 in Baseball America’s Top 200. Beck has already clubbed seven home runs in 2022 after hitting 15 in his Sophomore campaign at Tennessee, and some view him as having the best power tool of any college bat in the draft. Beck profiles as a strong right-fielder with good range and a strong arm. If he can cut down on strikeouts and control the strike zone more effectively, he has a chance to be a top ten pick in July. Here are the latest number for draft-eligible college players the Twins may have interest in at number eight overall. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly, 52-126 (.413), 7 HR, 36 RBI, 27 BB, 8 K Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech, 50-129 (.388), 10 HR, 40 RBI, 34 BB, 20 K Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech, 55-141 (.390), 15 HR, 50 RBI, 19 BB, 16 K Jacob Berry, CI, LSU, 47-128 (.367), 10 HR, 34 RBI, 14 BB, 13 K Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech, 38-111 (.342), 7 HR, 23 RBI, 13 BB, 10 K Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison, 38-87 (.437), 8 HR, 35 RBI, 28 BB, 21 K Daniel Susac, C, Arizona, 56-143 (.392), 7 HR, 32 RBI, 11 BB, 24 K Jordan Beck, OF, Tennessee, 40-126 (.317), 7 HR, 25 RBI, 12 BB, 28 K Who are you most interested in as a potential number eight pick for the Minnesota Twins? Join the discussion in the comments. View full article
  14. The Twins are up and running. A promising opening weekend for the major league team was underpinned by several spectacular performances from Twins prospects. Boy, is it amazing to have baseball back every single day. Here’s the latest from Jeremy Nygaard, capturing news and notes as we shuffle towards the draft in July, including updates from Keith Law as he offers his initial musings on college prospects from the season. Here’s the latest highlights from Week 7 of the college baseball season. Weekly Recap Tennessee continued its historic start, sweeping Missouri to move to 31-1 (12-0) this season. Meanwhile, the biggest shakeup in the top five came as Miami (previously number nine) swept previous number two Virginia to supplant them in the rankings. The rest of the top ten are OSU, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas, Louisville, and Notre Dame. At the end of the weekend, here is where Baseball America has the top 25 teams. Moment of the Week Introducing the ‘anti’ moment of the week. After a righteous bat flip, Houston’s Brandon Uhse trips over first base. The next Houston hitter is thrown at by Sam Houston State and the game descends into chaos. SMH. Potential #8 Pick Performances Kevin Parada continued to crush this week, adding three home runs and ten RBIs to an already spectacular season. No one is hotter in college baseball than Parada. His continued performance at his current level will take him into top-five consideration in July. Brooks Lee had a ‘meh’ week for Cal Poly. However, his hitting tools are so well-rounded that a ‘meh’ week involves striking out twice, instead of once. Jacob Berry had a strong week for LSU, adding two home runs and six more RBIs. Berry has been extremely solid this year, if not quite firing on all cylinders, and is currently mocked to the Twins at eight by Baseball America. The most impactful news from the top 12-15 player group this weekend is that Chase DeLauter has a broken foot. DeLauter, a corner outfielder who is putting up an excellent season at James Madison, will be out for at least three weeks. This week, we’re shifting the focus of potential number eight prospects from Daniel Susac, to Jordan Beck. Beck has been rapidly ascending big boards since the beginning of the 2022 season. Initially, at number 50 overall, he currently sits at number 13 in Baseball America’s Top 200. Beck has already clubbed seven home runs in 2022 after hitting 15 in his Sophomore campaign at Tennessee, and some view him as having the best power tool of any college bat in the draft. Beck profiles as a strong right-fielder with good range and a strong arm. If he can cut down on strikeouts and control the strike zone more effectively, he has a chance to be a top ten pick in July. Here are the latest number for draft-eligible college players the Twins may have interest in at number eight overall. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly, 52-126 (.413), 7 HR, 36 RBI, 27 BB, 8 K Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech, 50-129 (.388), 10 HR, 40 RBI, 34 BB, 20 K Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech, 55-141 (.390), 15 HR, 50 RBI, 19 BB, 16 K Jacob Berry, CI, LSU, 47-128 (.367), 10 HR, 34 RBI, 14 BB, 13 K Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech, 38-111 (.342), 7 HR, 23 RBI, 13 BB, 10 K Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison, 38-87 (.437), 8 HR, 35 RBI, 28 BB, 21 K Daniel Susac, C, Arizona, 56-143 (.392), 7 HR, 32 RBI, 11 BB, 24 K Jordan Beck, OF, Tennessee, 40-126 (.317), 7 HR, 25 RBI, 12 BB, 28 K Who are you most interested in as a potential number eight pick for the Minnesota Twins? Join the discussion in the comments.
  15. Happy Opening Week of Twins Baseball! As pro baseball gets into the swing of things, the amateur season continues and now starts to share the spotlight. We've got you covered on all things draft-related. For draft lovers, this week is going to be a focus on just a couple pieces of information that came out since our last update. Last Friday, Baseball America published their second mock draft of the spring. If you recall (or to save you from checking), they mocked the Twins selecting James Madison outfielder Chase DeLauter in their first version. DeLauter really struggled in the season’s first series against good competition, though he has seemed to right the ship (against lesser competition). He has dropped in the newest projection. Version 2.0 now has the Twins selecting Jacob Berry, a corner infielder from LSU. That would be an excellent value pick, considering he’s viewed as one of the top two college hitters in the draft (along with Cal Poly’s Brooks Lee). The current regime has placed an emphasis on college bats, so a potential Berry pick - which may frustrate some - would fall in line with what we’ve seen with picks like Aaron Sabato and Trevor Larnach. Speaking of Brooks Lee… Keith Law posted some scouting notes earlier this week at The Athletic. He really likes the aforementioned Lee, calling him “one of the safest bets at the top of the draft this year” though he offers the caveat that Lee doesn’t “offer the upside of the high school players in that same echelon.” Law also writes about Kevin Parada of Georgia Tech. Parada has gotten plenty of pub at Twins Daily in the last month and Law sees him as a “top 10 (pick) if the draft were held today, with a chance to get into the top five.” Jumping into my Top 10 this week are two new names: Jackson Holliday, a prep SS from Oklahoma who’s committed to Oklahoma State. He’s the son of Matt Holliday, the hitting coach at Oklahoma State, under head coach Robin Ventura. Daniel Susac, a catcher from Arizona. Jamie Cameron did a great job introducing him in his college baseball notebook earlier this week. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) (previously: 7) 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU (previously: 5) 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech (previously: 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech (previously: 6) 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona (previously unranked) 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) OUT: Chase DeLauter, cOF, James Madison (previously: 9); Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas (previously: 10) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22) View full article
  16. For draft lovers, this week is going to be a focus on just a couple pieces of information that came out since our last update. Last Friday, Baseball America published their second mock draft of the spring. If you recall (or to save you from checking), they mocked the Twins selecting James Madison outfielder Chase DeLauter in their first version. DeLauter really struggled in the season’s first series against good competition, though he has seemed to right the ship (against lesser competition). He has dropped in the newest projection. Version 2.0 now has the Twins selecting Jacob Berry, a corner infielder from LSU. That would be an excellent value pick, considering he’s viewed as one of the top two college hitters in the draft (along with Cal Poly’s Brooks Lee). The current regime has placed an emphasis on college bats, so a potential Berry pick - which may frustrate some - would fall in line with what we’ve seen with picks like Aaron Sabato and Trevor Larnach. Speaking of Brooks Lee… Keith Law posted some scouting notes earlier this week at The Athletic. He really likes the aforementioned Lee, calling him “one of the safest bets at the top of the draft this year” though he offers the caveat that Lee doesn’t “offer the upside of the high school players in that same echelon.” Law also writes about Kevin Parada of Georgia Tech. Parada has gotten plenty of pub at Twins Daily in the last month and Law sees him as a “top 10 (pick) if the draft were held today, with a chance to get into the top five.” Jumping into my Top 10 this week are two new names: Jackson Holliday, a prep SS from Oklahoma who’s committed to Oklahoma State. He’s the son of Matt Holliday, the hitting coach at Oklahoma State, under head coach Robin Ventura. Daniel Susac, a catcher from Arizona. Jamie Cameron did a great job introducing him in his college baseball notebook earlier this week. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) (previously: 7) 6.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU (previously: 5) 7.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech (previously: 8.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech (previously: 6) 9.) Andrew Susac, C, Arizona (previously unranked) 10.) Jackson Holliday, SS, Oklahoma prep (Oklahoma State commit) OUT: Chase DeLauter, cOF, James Madison (previously: 9); Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas (previously: 10) MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v2.0 (4/1/22) / v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22)
  17. Here's the latest from the world of college baseball, including an introduction to a new name the Twins may target with the 2022 number eight overall pick, and an updated Twins' pick in a national mock draft. MLB baseball is imminent! As the Twins get ready to head north, college baseball continues to produce an incredibly entertaining, high-quality season. Here’s the latest from Jeremy Nygaard, capturing news and notes as we shuffle towards the draft in July. Here’s some news, updates, and highlights from weeks 5 and 6 of the college baseball season. Weekly Recap After a brief hiatus, the college baseball notebook is back. There’s been plenty of action in the last two weeks, including yet another team at number one. After sweeping previous number one Mississippi last weekend, the number one team in the country entering week 6 was Tennessee. The Volunteers have shown a balanced team so far this season, led by high octane pitching arms Ben Joyce (145 overall in Baseball America’s top 200), and sophomore Chase Dollander, both of whom have been dominant. After claiming the number one spot, Tennessee traveled to Nashville to play perennial powerhouse Vanderbilt and finished the weekend with a sweep. The Volunteers moved to 27-1 on the season, including a 9-0 conference record, a remarkable start to the season. Elsewhere the rest of the top ten nationally is rounded out by Virginia, Arkansas, OSU, Texas Tech, Oregon St, Mississippi, Texas, Miami, and Arizona. Maryland is the lone Big-10 representative in the top 25, currently at 24 with a 22-6 record overall. At the end of the weekend, here is where Baseball America has the top 25 teams. Moment of the Week How this for an incredible play from Georgia Tech’s Jadyn Jackson, who somehow caught this ball against Virginia (with the bases loaded). Potential #8 Pick Performances As the college season drifts on, there are more prospects entering the realm of possibilities for the Twins' first-round pick in the July draft. After spotlighting Elijah Green last week, this week, we’re introducing Daniel Susac, a catcher from the University of Arizona this week. Like Kevin Parada, Susac has rocketed up draft boards and mock drafts due to a strong start to the 2022 season. The 6’4 catcher was a freshman All-American in his first season with the Wildcats, hitting .335 with 12 home runs. Susac has a strong arm and should be able to stick behind the plate, despite being unusually tall for a catcher. Susac is hitting .412 on the 2022 season and has already clubbed six home runs, well on his way to surpassing his 2021 total and rivaling Kevin Parada for the status of top catcher available in July. Here are the latest number for draft-eligible college players the Twins may have interest in at number eight overall. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly, 47-110 (.427), 6 HR, 35 RBI, 25 BB, 6 K Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech, 44-110 (.400), 8 HR, 35 RBI, 30 BB, 17 K Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech, 44-118 (.373), 11 HR, 40 RBI, 19 BB, 13 K Jacob Berry, CI, LSU, 40-113 (.354), 8 HR, 28 RBI, 12 BB, 12 K Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech, 31-94 (.330), 5 HR, 17 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison, 31-75 (.413), 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 20 K Daniel Susac, C, Arizona, 52-125 (.412), 6 HR, 30 RBI, 11 BB, 21 K Who are you most interested in as a potential number eight pick for the Minnesota Twins? Join the discussion in the comments. View full article
  18. MLB baseball is imminent! As the Twins get ready to head north, college baseball continues to produce an incredibly entertaining, high-quality season. Here’s the latest from Jeremy Nygaard, capturing news and notes as we shuffle towards the draft in July. Here’s some news, updates, and highlights from weeks 5 and 6 of the college baseball season. Weekly Recap After a brief hiatus, the college baseball notebook is back. There’s been plenty of action in the last two weeks, including yet another team at number one. After sweeping previous number one Mississippi last weekend, the number one team in the country entering week 6 was Tennessee. The Volunteers have shown a balanced team so far this season, led by high octane pitching arms Ben Joyce (145 overall in Baseball America’s top 200), and sophomore Chase Dollander, both of whom have been dominant. After claiming the number one spot, Tennessee traveled to Nashville to play perennial powerhouse Vanderbilt and finished the weekend with a sweep. The Volunteers moved to 27-1 on the season, including a 9-0 conference record, a remarkable start to the season. Elsewhere the rest of the top ten nationally is rounded out by Virginia, Arkansas, OSU, Texas Tech, Oregon St, Mississippi, Texas, Miami, and Arizona. Maryland is the lone Big-10 representative in the top 25, currently at 24 with a 22-6 record overall. At the end of the weekend, here is where Baseball America has the top 25 teams. Moment of the Week How this for an incredible play from Georgia Tech’s Jadyn Jackson, who somehow caught this ball against Virginia (with the bases loaded). Potential #8 Pick Performances As the college season drifts on, there are more prospects entering the realm of possibilities for the Twins' first-round pick in the July draft. After spotlighting Elijah Green last week, this week, we’re introducing Daniel Susac, a catcher from the University of Arizona this week. Like Kevin Parada, Susac has rocketed up draft boards and mock drafts due to a strong start to the 2022 season. The 6’4 catcher was a freshman All-American in his first season with the Wildcats, hitting .335 with 12 home runs. Susac has a strong arm and should be able to stick behind the plate, despite being unusually tall for a catcher. Susac is hitting .412 on the 2022 season and has already clubbed six home runs, well on his way to surpassing his 2021 total and rivaling Kevin Parada for the status of top catcher available in July. Here are the latest number for draft-eligible college players the Twins may have interest in at number eight overall. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly, 47-110 (.427), 6 HR, 35 RBI, 25 BB, 6 K Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech, 44-110 (.400), 8 HR, 35 RBI, 30 BB, 17 K Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech, 44-118 (.373), 11 HR, 40 RBI, 19 BB, 13 K Jacob Berry, CI, LSU, 40-113 (.354), 8 HR, 28 RBI, 12 BB, 12 K Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech, 31-94 (.330), 5 HR, 17 RBI, 12 BB, 10 K Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison, 31-75 (.413), 6 HR, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 20 K Daniel Susac, C, Arizona, 52-125 (.412), 6 HR, 30 RBI, 11 BB, 21 K Who are you most interested in as a potential number eight pick for the Minnesota Twins? Join the discussion in the comments.
  19. As we inch closer to a mid-July draft, the baseball world has understandably been focused on Spring Training and an Opening Day that now is only a week away. A quick reminder, the Twins are currently scheduled to make the 8th and 48th picks. The trio of high schoolers who appear at nearly the top of every draft list - Druw Jones, Termarr Johnson and Elijah Green - are all proving they belong. As we get deeper into their seasons, and closer to the draft, there are a few things that are going to generate headlines: perceived preference for the teams at the top of the draft (how are the team's boards set and who are their big wigs seeing most frequently?) and bonus demands/team preference for these three players. Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada, who ranks as my number eight prospect currently, hit two more bombs on Tuesday and now has 10 on the year. He hadn’t homered since March 13 and struck out four times in the weekend series against North Carolina State, but Parada still has an awfully impressive 378/473/703 slash line with more walks (16) than strikeouts (12) on the year. Dylan Lesko is going to be an interesting follow. Lesko is strongly considered the best pitching prospect available, but he also comes from the group with the highest failure rate: right-handed prep pitchers. It seems like, in the recent past, nearly every team has had a no-doubt top-of-the-rotation prospect completely fail to live up to expectations. But the ceiling - and in this case the fastball/changeup combination - is going to be impossible for one team at the top of the draft to pass on. Full disclosure: No one is a bigger sucker for drafting this demographic than me. I was a big Kohl Stewart fan. I'm still a believer that Nick Bitsko, drafted 24th by the Rays in the 2020 draft, is going to be the real deal. As impressive as the three prep hitters are, I believe there's a chance that Lesko ends up the best player in the draft and as the draft gets closer, my rankings will probably reflect that. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects My Top 10 remains unchanged from last week. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 6.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 7.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 8.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 9.) Chase DeLauter, cOF, James Madison 10.) Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22) View full article
  20. The trio of high schoolers who appear at nearly the top of every draft list - Druw Jones, Termarr Johnson and Elijah Green - are all proving they belong. As we get deeper into their seasons, and closer to the draft, there are a few things that are going to generate headlines: perceived preference for the teams at the top of the draft (how are the team's boards set and who are their big wigs seeing most frequently?) and bonus demands/team preference for these three players. Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada, who ranks as my number eight prospect currently, hit two more bombs on Tuesday and now has 10 on the year. He hadn’t homered since March 13 and struck out four times in the weekend series against North Carolina State, but Parada still has an awfully impressive 378/473/703 slash line with more walks (16) than strikeouts (12) on the year. Dylan Lesko is going to be an interesting follow. Lesko is strongly considered the best pitching prospect available, but he also comes from the group with the highest failure rate: right-handed prep pitchers. It seems like, in the recent past, nearly every team has had a no-doubt top-of-the-rotation prospect completely fail to live up to expectations. But the ceiling - and in this case the fastball/changeup combination - is going to be impossible for one team at the top of the draft to pass on. Full disclosure: No one is a bigger sucker for drafting this demographic than me. I was a big Kohl Stewart fan. I'm still a believer that Nick Bitsko, drafted 24th by the Rays in the 2020 draft, is going to be the real deal. As impressive as the three prep hitters are, I believe there's a chance that Lesko ends up the best player in the draft and as the draft gets closer, my rankings will probably reflect that. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects My Top 10 remains unchanged from last week. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 5.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 6.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 7.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) 8.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 9.) Chase DeLauter, cOF, James Madison 10.) Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/4/22)
  21. Major League Baseball officially announced details for this summer’s Draft late last week. The draft, for the second year, will coincide with MLB’s All-Star Week. While the All-Star Game festivities and draft will take place July 17-19 in Los Angeles, the Draft Combine will be in San Diego’s Petco Park from June 14-20. The Draft will consist of 20 rounds completed across three days. Sunday, July 17: Rounds 1 and 2, compensatory and competitive balance rounds. Monday, July 18: Round 3 through 10. Tuesday, July 19: Rounds 11 through 20. MLB recently announced recipients of picks in the Competitive Balance rounds. The Twins received the second pick in Round B (following the second round). These picks are awarded based on a secret formula that includes revenue and winning percentage and market size. The fifteen picks that are awarded remain the only draft picks that can be traded. The Twins, however, are likely to lose that pick as a result of signing Carlos Correa. With some dust still to settle, the Twins are currently slotted to pick 8th and 48th. The lack of high-quality college pitching has been a thing all spring, but so has Ben Joyce’s fastball. Joyce is pumping 103 mph for the Tennessee Volunteers. Jamie Cameron also mentions Joyce in his College Notebook this week, so not to beat a dead horse since it's already been posted about here... but a fastball like that - anywhere - requires attention. Maria Torres of The Athletic goes in-depth on Joyce, who probably isn’t a Day One pick at this point, but - except under extreme conditions - helium is a gas and Joyce may have plenty of both by the time July comes. Speaking of helium, Torres also did a nice write-up of prep lefty Brandon Barriera. Barriera is not prototypically sized (6-1, 170), but is an analytics darling: the spin rate of his curveball is nearly elite compared to pitchers in the MLB. Barriera is ranked 15th by Baseball America and 21st by MLB.com but he doesn’t crack the Top 30 at The Athletic due to Law’s concerns about his ability to throw strikes. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects I’m going to switch my Top 8 to a Top 10. There’s been some movement within it as well. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) There’s just too many already-legendary tales that you hear about these three to have anyone else included. 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly Lee dropped, but he continues to rake (batting .438) and will be an easy pick for a team looking to add a ready-soon shortstop to their system. 5.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU There may be some questions about where he fits defensively, but the switch-hitter can hit and hit for power. The Twins love that. 6.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 7.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 8.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 9.) Chase DeLauter, cOF, James Madison 10.) Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/24/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) View full article
  22. The Draft will consist of 20 rounds completed across three days. Sunday, July 17: Rounds 1 and 2, compensatory and competitive balance rounds. Monday, July 18: Round 3 through 10. Tuesday, July 19: Rounds 11 through 20. MLB recently announced recipients of picks in the Competitive Balance rounds. The Twins received the second pick in Round B (following the second round). These picks are awarded based on a secret formula that includes revenue and winning percentage and market size. The fifteen picks that are awarded remain the only draft picks that can be traded. The Twins, however, are likely to lose that pick as a result of signing Carlos Correa. With some dust still to settle, the Twins are currently slotted to pick 8th and 48th. The lack of high-quality college pitching has been a thing all spring, but so has Ben Joyce’s fastball. Joyce is pumping 103 mph for the Tennessee Volunteers. Jamie Cameron also mentions Joyce in his College Notebook this week, so not to beat a dead horse since it's already been posted about here... but a fastball like that - anywhere - requires attention. Maria Torres of The Athletic goes in-depth on Joyce, who probably isn’t a Day One pick at this point, but - except under extreme conditions - helium is a gas and Joyce may have plenty of both by the time July comes. Speaking of helium, Torres also did a nice write-up of prep lefty Brandon Barriera. Barriera is not prototypically sized (6-1, 170), but is an analytics darling: the spin rate of his curveball is nearly elite compared to pitchers in the MLB. Barriera is ranked 15th by Baseball America and 21st by MLB.com but he doesn’t crack the Top 30 at The Athletic due to Law’s concerns about his ability to throw strikes. Jeremy's Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects I’m going to switch my Top 8 to a Top 10. There’s been some movement within it as well. 1.) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 2.) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 3.) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) (Baseball America breaks down his game.) There’s just too many already-legendary tales that you hear about these three to have anyone else included. 4.) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly Lee dropped, but he continues to rake (batting .438) and will be an easy pick for a team looking to add a ready-soon shortstop to their system. 5.) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU There may be some questions about where he fits defensively, but the switch-hitter can hit and hit for power. The Twins love that. 6.) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 7.) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 8.) Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 9.) Chase DeLauter, cOF, James Madison 10.) Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/24/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22)
  23. A new team at number one, a college pitcher who throws 104 mph, and a new prep prospect to add to the Twins mix at number eight. Read about the week that was in college baseball. What a week in Twins Territory! Carlos Correa is a Twin (still cannot believe it), spring training games are up and running. The 2022 season is imminent. Late last week, Jeremy Nygaard updated his comprehensive draft coverage with new resources and a brand new top eight, make sure you check it out! Here’s some news, updates, and highlights from the week that was in Week 5 of the college baseball season. Weekly Recap Another week passes, another team occupies the number one spot in the country. Mississippi ascended to the throne this week, after winning a series at Auburn. The victory game the Rebels wins in their first five series of the season behind a high octane offense that is averaging almost ten runs per game. Perennial powerhouse Oregon State climbed the rankings to number two, followed by Texas, Virginia, and Vanderbilt to round out the top five. Notre Dame slid all the way to number eleven, after being swept, at home by Louisville (who enter the top 25 this week). Miami also reentered the top 25 at 24, LSU and USC fell from the top 25 after disappointing weeks, respectively. At the end of the fifth weekend of the season, here is where Baseball America has the top 25 teams. Moment of the Week How’s this for a recovery from LSU first baseman Tre Morgan, who caught up with an errant throw to beat a Texas A&M runner looking to take an extra base. How’s this for a blast? OSU’s Nolan Mclean (currently the 58th overall prospect heading into the 2022 draft per Baseball America), obliterated this pitch 472 feet to right-center field. Lastly, I cannot get enough of Tennessee's Ben Joyce. Imagine facing this at-bat in a college game. Potential #8 Pick Performances Last week we introduced Kevin Parada and Gavin Cross. This week it’s time to introduce a prep prospect to the top 10 pick mix, IMG Academy’s Elijah Green. Green has been a consensus top ten (and usually top-five pick) since folks in the industry began releasing content and rankings for the 2022 draft. Currently ranked at number five on Baseball America’s latest pre-draft rankings, the 18-year-old, 6’3 outfielder is simply an incredible athlete. Green is still trending to being off the board by the time the Twins pick at #8 in July, but his combination of size, power, and speed make him one of the highest upside players in a draft with plenty of impact prep bats. Expect Green to be in the top 5-10 mix come July. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly, 32-73 (.438), 3 HR, 25 RBI, 18 BB, 4 K Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech, 29-77 (.377), 4 HR, 21 RBI, 21 BB, 13 K Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech, 34-85 (.400), 8 HR, 30 RBI, 13 BB, 8 K Jacob Berry, CI, LSU, 29-83 (.382), 8 HR, 22 RBI, 7 BB, 9 K Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech, 21-68 (.309), 2 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 5 K Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison 22-50 (.440), 4 HR, 22 RBI, 13 BB, 13 K Who are you most interested in as a potential number eight pick for the Minnesota Twins? Join the discussion in the comments. View full article
  24. What a week in Twins Territory! Carlos Correa is a Twin (still cannot believe it), spring training games are up and running. The 2022 season is imminent. Late last week, Jeremy Nygaard updated his comprehensive draft coverage with new resources and a brand new top eight, make sure you check it out! Here’s some news, updates, and highlights from the week that was in Week 5 of the college baseball season. Weekly Recap Another week passes, another team occupies the number one spot in the country. Mississippi ascended to the throne this week, after winning a series at Auburn. The victory game the Rebels wins in their first five series of the season behind a high octane offense that is averaging almost ten runs per game. Perennial powerhouse Oregon State climbed the rankings to number two, followed by Texas, Virginia, and Vanderbilt to round out the top five. Notre Dame slid all the way to number eleven, after being swept, at home by Louisville (who enter the top 25 this week). Miami also reentered the top 25 at 24, LSU and USC fell from the top 25 after disappointing weeks, respectively. At the end of the fifth weekend of the season, here is where Baseball America has the top 25 teams. Moment of the Week How’s this for a recovery from LSU first baseman Tre Morgan, who caught up with an errant throw to beat a Texas A&M runner looking to take an extra base. How’s this for a blast? OSU’s Nolan Mclean (currently the 58th overall prospect heading into the 2022 draft per Baseball America), obliterated this pitch 472 feet to right-center field. Lastly, I cannot get enough of Tennessee's Ben Joyce. Imagine facing this at-bat in a college game. Potential #8 Pick Performances Last week we introduced Kevin Parada and Gavin Cross. This week it’s time to introduce a prep prospect to the top 10 pick mix, IMG Academy’s Elijah Green. Green has been a consensus top ten (and usually top-five pick) since folks in the industry began releasing content and rankings for the 2022 draft. Currently ranked at number five on Baseball America’s latest pre-draft rankings, the 18-year-old, 6’3 outfielder is simply an incredible athlete. Green is still trending to being off the board by the time the Twins pick at #8 in July, but his combination of size, power, and speed make him one of the highest upside players in a draft with plenty of impact prep bats. Expect Green to be in the top 5-10 mix come July. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly, 32-73 (.438), 3 HR, 25 RBI, 18 BB, 4 K Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech, 29-77 (.377), 4 HR, 21 RBI, 21 BB, 13 K Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech, 34-85 (.400), 8 HR, 30 RBI, 13 BB, 8 K Jacob Berry, CI, LSU, 29-83 (.382), 8 HR, 22 RBI, 7 BB, 9 K Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech, 21-68 (.309), 2 HR, 10 RBI, 8 BB, 5 K Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison 22-50 (.440), 4 HR, 22 RBI, 13 BB, 13 K Who are you most interested in as a potential number eight pick for the Minnesota Twins? Join the discussion in the comments.
  25. Baseball America keeps pumping out content, updating their Top 200 prospects in addition to their weekly draft stock watch pieces. One name that has helium that both Carlos Collazo of Baseball America and our own Jamie Cameron of TwinsDaily has mentioned is Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada. Parada is one of Collazo’s “notable movers” of the early baseball season. Maria Torres of The Athletic has also taken note. Parada’s been dominant offensively so far this season and should be in the mix for the Twins at #8, given their recent proclivity to deal away most of their notable catching depth. There are questions about his defense, but you’re going to get that with just about every catching prospect who can hit. Keith Law dropped his first Top 30 of the season. While the top four names are the same as mine, he drops some lesser-known names in the back half of his top 10 including Junior College third baseman Cameron Collier, a definite professional catcher in Logan Tanner of Mississippi State and, you guessed it, Parada. What he doesn’t list until 19th is his first college pitcher (Adam Mazur, Iowa). The lack of college pitching has always been a storyline for this draft. And nothing has happened to change that theory. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel calls the college pitching class “ about as bad as (he) can ever remember one being” in his newest piece. Though there is plenty of time between now and the still-unscheduled draft for players to shoot up draft boards, it is curious to see how this will impact teams' plans. Or may have this dearth of college pitching been a factor in the Guardians selecting college pitchers with 18 of the 21 picks last year? Or why the Twins took four college pitchers between the second and sixth round last year? (The Twins approach is way more common than the Guardians.) At a minimum, if a team finds a college pitcher they like more than what their perceived industry value is, does it get teams cutting under slot deals with those guys early to give them more money to take a shot at someone that’s considered less signable later? There are always a few unique things each year… and, right now, the lack of college pitching is a big one. No change to my Top 8, though there are a few names in contention. 1) Druw Jones, OF, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) - McDaniel mentions Jones in the same prospect realm as Bryce Harper, so thinking he might drop to #8 - for any reason besides money - is a pipe dream. 2) Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly 3) Elijah Green, OF, Florida prep (Miami commit) 4) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Georgia prep 5) Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU 6) Dylan Lesko, SP, Georgia prep (Vanderbilt commit) 7) Jace Jung, 3B, Texas Tech 8 ) Chase DeLauter, cOF, James Madison MOCK DRAFTS / PROSPECT BOARDS Baseball America - v1.0 (2/10/22) / Top 200 (3/14/22) MLB.com - Callis - Top 10 (12/15/21), Mayo - Top 20 (7/20/21) / Top 100 The Athletic - Law Top 30 (3/10/22) ESPN - Early Draft Rankings (7/26/21) ($$$ - ESPN+) / McDaniel’s Draft Rankings (2/24/22) Fangraphs - The Board / 2022 MLB Draft Rankings and Offseason List Primer (11/30/21) Just Baseball v1.0 (2/10/22) Prospects Live v1.0 (1/24/22) My MLB Draft (1/18/22) MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook, or email
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