MLB Draft rosters: Jim Bowden ranks the top 10 odds of 2022

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This draft class is so full of center players that I don’t have a single bowler on my top 10 list, at least not yet. But the early picks are particularly exciting because they will include four ready-made rackets that can go in any order, and I believe they will all develop into players of all-star caliber.

The top of this draft was highlighted by the sons of the major league greats: defensive player Drew Jones, son of the former brave midfielder Andrew Jones, 10-time Golden Glove winner; and Shortstop Jackson Holiday, son of former Rocky and Cardinals player Matt Holiday, a seven-time All-Star. Two other high school bats broke away from the rest of the group: defensive midfielder Elijah Green and quarterback Termar Johnson.

Here is my initial ranking for the top 10 odds of the 2022 draft. the athleteKeith Low’s weight with his counterpart First fake project 2 weeks ago.

(The Jim Bowden exploratory scores are based on a 20-80 scale, with 20-30 below average, 40 below average, 50 average, 60 above average, and 70-80 significantly above average. average.

Drew Jones can do it all. (Courtesy of Team USA)

1. Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan School (Ga.)

age: 18 B: s T: s
to rise: 6-4 Weight: 180
Scout grades: Hit: 55 Energy: 65 Fielding: 70 Management: 70 an arm: 65

Jones is the five-tool offensive player who does everything above average: hit, hit for power, run, field throw. As an outstanding central defender, he is arguably the best defensive player in this draft, with special scope in all directions and a strong arm. Jones has shown that he can hit high speeds and stay court out of speed. I think he would develop a playing power of 25 at home and probably end up as average or slightly above the hitting average in the major league in terms of BA and OBP.

2. Jackson Holiday, SS/2B, Stillwater (Oklahoma). high

age: 18 B: The T: s
to rise: 6-1 Weight: 180
Scout grades: Hit: 60 Energy: 55 Fielding: 55 Management: 60 an arm: 55

Like his father, Holliday has a special hitting instrument and baseball instincts. He’s shortened the swing of his left hand greatly this spring, making consistent contact with the barrel consciousness. Holliday has the raw power to evolve into 20 house bats. It will probably end up in second or third base, especially if Transformations are prohibited In majors as expected. He’s a winning player and seems ready to go for more. He made great physical strides during his final year, adding strength, speed, flexibility and strength.

3. Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Fla.)

age: 18 B: s T: s
to rise: 6-3 Weight: 225
Scout grades: Hit: 50 Energy: 65 Fielding: 60 Management: 65 an arm: 60

Green, son of the former NFL Tight end Eric Green, is a formidable athlete who’s more like a retrograde than a baseball player. I thought last year it would be the first pick in the 2022 draft, and it might still happen. The best part about his game is that it uses the entire playing field, from the mischievous pole to the wrong pole, and generates the kind of loud calling that makes you pay attention in your hitting drills even if you’re not watching it. Green has game-changing speed and superhuman strength that will make teams drool. I rated Jones and Holiday above it primarily because I like their batting tools the most.

4. Termarr Johnson, 2B/SS, Mays (Ga.) High

age: 17 B: The T: s
to rise: 5-10 Weight: 175
Scout grades: Hit: 70 Energy: 60 Fielding: 55 Management: 50 an arm: 50

Johnson is arguably the most successful instrument in this draft category and projects as a player similar to Jose Altove But without much speed. Although he’s listed at 5-foot-10, Johnson would probably be closer to a 5-8. He has excellent plate discipline. He takes a short, direct path to the ball, and shows particular speed and flexibility in his wrists. I did the Altuve comparison because I think Johnson will eventually have that kind of power along with the ability to lead the league in batting average. Johnson played a short role in high school, but I see him as a second baseman in the major leagues.

5. Brooks Lee, SS/3B, Cal Poly

age: 21 B: B T: s
to rise: 6-2 Weight: 205
Scout grades: Hit: 65 Energy: 55 Fielding: 55 Management: 50 an arm: 60

One of the best college bats in the draft, Lee played Cal Poly for his father, Larry Lee, who was the head coach. Brooks Lee has the best track record of any player in this category after showing his ability in the Cape Cod League, with Team USA and in college. He is a substitution hitter who puts the ball into play and has proven that he can hit with wooden bats. Lee will probably stay at shortstop, but a move to third base is possible down the road. It’s one of the less risky choices in this draft and should hit the majors relatively quickly. He has great poise and leadership qualities.

6. Jacob Berry, 3B/OF/1B/DH, LSU

age: 21 B: B T: s
to rise: 6-0 Weight: 215
Scout grades: Hit: 60 Energy: 65 Fielding: 40 Management: 40 an arm: 50

The team that drafts Berry will get a legitimate racket with the power. He can mash all kinds of pitches. Destroy high speed fast balls at the top or bottom of the area. He stays back in the pitches out of speed, and he’d better not hang it because it would crush it. Third base was Perry’s main position at LSU but he’s an below average defender wherever I put him. It will likely end up on base number one in the majors. He’s a well below average runner. But his racket and power tools are in the “can’t miss” territory.

7. Cam Collier, 3B, Chibula College

age: 17 B: The T: s
to rise: 6-2 Weight: 210
Scout grades: Hit: 60 Energy: 50 Fielding: 50 Management: 55 an arm: 65

At 17, Collier may be the riskiest pick out of the top 10, but he also has one of the highest ceilings in this draft. He is a 6-foot-2, left-handed batsman with plenty of room to grow both physically and mentally. Collier, son of ex-officer Lou Collier, gives you goosebumps with the speed of his racket and the looseness of his hands and wrists. Exciting hit tool.

8. Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny (Pennsylvania), High

age: 18 B: The T: s
to rise: 6-0 Weight: 180
Scout grades: Hit: 60 Energy: 40 Fielding: 50 Management: 55 an arm: 55

Longtime head coach Jim Leland used to preach to me not to overlook “baseball players” who don’t have the elite gear because they often become the highlights we see in the World Series. Young seems to me like one of those players. He has stuck with Duke but is expected to sign if he goes in the top half of the first round. I love his left swing and he doesn’t hit. He has above average speed in the bases and a solid arm of shortstop. He is a winning player.

9. Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech

age: 20 B: s T: s
to rise: 6-1 Weight: 197
Scout grades: Hit: 60 Energy: 65 Fielding: 50 Management: 40 an arm: 45

Parada is the best overall prospect to catch in this draft, mostly due to his power racket. It stands out as a .300 hit with home-running power. He’s improved a lot defensively but still needs to speed up his footwork and lay-off time. His arm is just below average. Its accuracy gets better with ways to go. However, Parada is smart and works hard at his game. with the Automatic ball and hit system (also known as robo umps) Coming to the major tournaments in the future, the Parada increases in value because attack will become more important to hunters when this is adopted, pitch framing and foot speed will not be as important.

10. Gavin Cross, Virginia Tech

age: 21 B: The T: The
to rise: 6-3 Weight: 210
Scout grades: Hit: 55 Energy: 55 Fielding: 50 Management: 55 an arm: 50

I’ve now discovered that I focus on hitting more than any other instrument, and that Cross is another player who has a hitter with above average power. He’s also a hard core runner who may play in the middle initially with professional ball but may end up in a corner point, as Starling Mart did with mets. Cross was recently named to the All-ACC first team for the second time in his career.

(Termarr Johnson top photo: Matt Dirksen/ Colorado Rockies / Getty Images)