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Baseball has already seen several sons of MLB greats make an impact on the big stage. When the 2022 MLB Draft begins on Sunday, there will likely be several more sons of notable stars joining the ranks of professional baseball.

Among the biggest names in this year’s class of draft prospects are the sons of former outfielders Andruw Jones, Matt Holliday and Carl Crawford, all of whom enjoyed careers of at least 15 years in the big leagues.

Leading up to the draft, The Sporting News is taking a look at the names to know in this year’s class, breaking down each of the top 30 prospects and running through our list of the top 100 prospects in the field.

Here’s what you need to know about the top MLB draft prospects in this year’s class.

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MLB Draft prospects 2022

1. Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan High (Norcross, Ga.)

Druw Jones, the son of the longtime Braves outfielder, has established himself as the consensus best prospect in the 2022 field. There isn’t much he can’t do on the field. His bat is advanced for his age, though his swing could still use some more development. Jones has well-above-average power and is one of the fastest runners in the draft. Like his 10-time Gold Glove-winning father, he is an advanced defender in center field, and might have a case as the draft’s best defensive prospect. His upside in the draft is unmatched.

2. Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays High (Atlanta)

The tool most high school players need to refine when they reach professional baseball is their hit tool, recognizing off-speed pitches, controlling the strike zone and generating consistent contact. That’s not a problem with Termarr Johnson. He’s a rare high school prospect who might have the best hit tool in the draft, and he couples that with the ability to drive the ball with authority in his left-handed swing. He’s likely limited to second base, but given how advanced his bat is, that shouldn’t deter teams from selecting his standout bat.

3. Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater High (Stillwater, Okla.)

Yet another toolsy, advanced high school hitter, Jackson Holliday, Matt Holliday’s son, is the only who will be moving to the pros at shortstop, often a major boost for teams. He has plenty of arm strength and has the range to patrol one of the more demanding positions on the field. But his carrying tool, like Jones and Johnson, is his bat. He consistently makes hard contact and he’s shown plenty of power from the left side of the plate.

4. Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly

Breaking up the run of high school prospects is Cal Poly shortstop Brooks Lee, a standout, switch-hitting future leadoff man. Lee has the best hit tool among college prospects, and the numbers he posted in his junior campaign backed that up as he slashed .357/.462/.664 with a minuscule 9.8 percent strikeout rate. But he’s not just a slap hitter. Lee drives the ball with authority, hitting 15 home runs last season. His defense can be a bit shaky at shortstop, and he might have to move off the position, but his bat will carry at any position.

5. Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

There aren’t many players in this year’s draft class who can match the raw tools of Elijah Green. The son of former NFL tight end Eric Green has a ton of power and as much speed as any prospect. He projects to stay in center field and play well-above-average defense there with a strong arm, which only boosts his draft value. Strikeout issues remain the biggest mark against him, but a team selecting him in the draft will be getting one of the most dynamic talents out there.

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6. Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has become perhaps the best college in the nation for catching prospects. Jason Varitek, Matt Wieters and Joey Bart all went in the first round of the MLB Draft after careers with the Yellow Jackets. While Kevin Parada might not go higher than Bart at second overall, he has established himself as the clear best college catcher. Parada has both a plus hit tool (.360 batting average, .452 on-base percentage) and plus power (26 home runs, .709 slugging percentage). He has improved defensively, but it’s unlikely he would be more than an average defender behind the plate; though, with his bat, any team will be want to keep him there to increase his value.

7. Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola Junior College

Cam Collier didn’t want to wait until his high school senior year to become draft eligible. He went to Chipola Junior College, and enters as one of the youngest prospects in the class, as he won’t turn 18 until November. But he has shown he’s more than ready for advanced levels, as he’s slashed .333/.419/.537 with eight home runs in 52 games. His advanced left-handed swing for his age will certainly entice teams early, and there’s reason to believe he could develop more power.

8. Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech

Coming out of Texas Tech, Josh Jung was considered one of the best prospects in the 2019 class, with a plus hit tool and plus power. He went eighth overall to the Rangers. His younger brother Jace might be an even better hitter. Jung has posted a 1.093 OPS with 14 home runs, 59 walks and 42 strikeouts in 61 games as he showed off one of college baseball’s most advanced bats. Though he played second primarily for the Red Raiders, his future defensive home is a major question mark, but his bat should carry him to an early selection in the draft.

9. Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech

One of the leaders on a loaded Virginia Tech squad, Gavin Cross had a huge season in helping the Hokies reach the NCAA Division I Baseball super regionals, posting a 1.071 OPS with 17 home runs, 30 walks and 41 strikeouts in 57 games. He boasts a well-rounded profile, with above-average hit and power tools and the ability to play any of the three outfield positions, he’s likely destined for a corner spot.

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10. Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford High (Buford, Ga.)

Before undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring, Dylan Lesko looked like a sure-fire top-10 pick and a near guarantee to be the first high school pitcher drafted. His repertoire is the most well-rounded of any pitcher in the class, with his fastball, curveball and changeup all grading out as plus pitches, and his changeup being regarded as the best in the class. Lesko boasts that arsenal with advanced control for an arm of his age. Had it not been for the injury, it is likely he’s talked about much closer to Jones, Johnson and Holliday as the best prospects in the draft.

11. Brock Porter, RHP, St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)

Given Lesko’s surgery, it would not be surprising to now see Brock Porter be the first high school pitcher drafted in 2022. Porter already hits triple digits on his fastball and offers a changeup that might only be matched by Lesko’s in the class. He spins an upper-80s slider that is his top breaking pitch and also mixes in a curveball that helps keep hitters off-balance. Porter’s control is the biggest weakness in his game at the moment, and there are concerns over his delivery, but with his current arsenal and the projection in his 6-4, 208-pound frame, he’s exactly what scouts look for in a prep hurler.

12. Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

It might not come as a surprise to hear that Carl Crawford’s son, Justin Crawford, is a near carbon-copy of his dad’s profile. Like the long-time Rays outfielder, Crawford has advanced hit tool from the left side with the ability to make consistent contact, and he’s got some serious speed that makes him a threat any time he’s on the bases. That speed also translates to the defensive side of the ball, where he’s a standout defender in center with above-average arm strength. He could develop more power, which would only make him a more exciting prospect for teams to draft early.

13. Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall-Heath High (Rockwall, Texas)

Jett Williams might not have the explosive tools that some of the other prep shortstops in the class have, but he could have one of the highest floors of any high school player. Williams has one of the more advanced hit tools and makes consistent contact, with the ability to drive the ball. There’s some power in his 5-8 frame, but not quite as much as fellow 5-8 middle infielder Termarr Johnson. Williams has the speed and defensive ability to stick at shortstop, though he could wind up moving to second.

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14. Daniel Susac, C, Arizona

There aren’t usually many college catchers that get talked about as first-round talents in the same class, but that’s the case with Parada and Daniel Susac. The younger brother of former big-league catcher Andrew Susac, Daniel has dominated at Arizona this season, posting a 1.011 OPS with 12 home runs while nabbing 9-of-25 would-be base-stealers. Susac has the arm strength and the defensive ability to stick behind the plate, and his bat will make him an even more valuable asset to any team that selects him.

15. Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny High (Wexford, Pa.)

Height aside, Cole Young feels like a left-handed version of Jett Williams. The 6-foot Young also has an impressive hit tool that is his carrying tool, with his being a touch more advanced than Williams’, though with less power. Young also has the speed and defensive ability needed to stay at shortstop, though he could eventually have to move to second or third.

16. Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.)

Brandon Barriera made the decision to shut himself down during the middle of the high school baseball season not long after it was reported Dylan Lesko was headed for Tommy John surgery in an effort to keep his arm safe ahead of the draft. While it was an abbreviated high school campaign, Barriera still showed off plenty of reasons for scouts to be excited in his potential. He has a filthy fastball-slider combination, with the former reaching the upper-90s and a slider that is already a plus pitch, along with a curveball and changeup that help round out his repertoire. Barriera’s control is already advanced for his age, and with his arsenal, he could be a fast mover in the minors.

17. Zach Neto, SS, Campbell

There isn’t much Zach Neto can’t do on the field. In his redshirt sophomore year at Campbell, he posted a 1.283 OPS with 15 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts, with 39 walks to 19 strikeouts. His ability to make consistent, hard contact is his carrying tool, while he grades out as average or better across the board in everything else. The belief is that his power and stolen base output will diminish against more advanced pitching, but he’s a shortstop or second baseman with a leadoff-hitting profile and a high floor.

18. Drew Gilbert, OF, Tennessee

Tennessee is loaded with top draft talents, including a pair of outfielders likely to go in the first round. While both have compelling cases to be the first Volunteer off the board, Gilbert’s more well-rounded profile has him above his teammate Jordan Beck. Gilbert has the defensive prowess, range and arm strength to stick in center field long term, and his above-average hit tool and speed allow him to be a threat at the plate. He has some power, but that’s more the calling card of another Volunteer outfielder.

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19. Jordan Beck, OF, Tennessee

Gilbert is the safer pick. Jordan Beck is the upside pick. Beck’s tools are louder, as he has more power and a stronger arm than Gilbert, while still possessing the speed to swipe a few bases and potentially play center field if needed, though right field feels more likely. There are questions about his ability to pick up offspeed pitches, but if he can put everything together, he could be a major upside play for any team selecting him in the first round.

20. Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga

The first college pitching prospect to appear on the big board, Gabriel Hughes just has the look of a future MLB arm. He stands 6-4, 220, and throws the ball in the mid-to-upper-90s, with the chance for more velocity on the fastball. He offers a mid-80s slider as his top offspeed pitch and has a changeup that, if improved, could eliminate concerns of a future in the bullpen. In 98 innings at Gonzaga, he struck out 138 batters, walked 37 and allowed hitters a .209 average.

21. Robby Snelling, LHP, McQueen High (Reno, Nev.)

Robby Snelling is committed to LSU to play both baseball and football, but the left-handed pitcher/four-star linebacker could be selected early and taken away from his commitment to play in college. Snelling can reach the mid-upper-90s with his fastball and offers a sharp curveball that is a true plus offering. His changeup still requires improvement, but his command of the strike zone gives him a higher floor than other prep pitching prospects.

22. Kumar Rocker, RHP, No school

By this point, everyone intent on watching the 2022 MLB Draft knows the name Kumar Rocker. Perhaps the only thing that might surprise people is to hear his name again in 2022. He was selected 10th overall by the Mets last year out of Vanderbilt, but New York did not sign him over injury concerns. Once the top amateur pitching prospect, Rocker still possesses all the upside scouts have praised, with high-octane velocity, a filthy slider, above-average curveball, decent changeup and control, but medicals could again determine how high he goes in the draft.

23. Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison

After a tough weekend against Florida State to begin the year, Chase DeLauter went nuclear, posting a .437/.576/.828 slash line with eight home runs in 24 games before he broke his foot. But he’s done more than enough to establish himself as one of the class’ best college bats. He shows above-average tools across the board, with his calling card being his power and speed. There are questions about whether he will struggle against more advanced pitching and if he’ll have to move out of center, but he could have as much upside as any college bat in this class.

24. Carson Whisenhunt, LHP, East Carolina

Carson Whisenhunt had a chance to improve his draft stock in the spring, but was suspended after testing positive for a banned substance. But what scouts have seen when he has been on the mound is a advanced southpaw with the best changeup from the left side among college arms, and a low-to-mid-90s fastball. He offers advanced control and command, and could be a fast mover through the minors.

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25. Jacob Berry, 3B/OF, LSU

Here’s what no one will question: Jacob Berry mashes. The switch-hitting LSU Tiger launched 15 home runs with a .370/.464/.630 slash line with 27 walks and 22 strikeouts, all while facing the rigors of an SEC schedule. His hit tool and power are both praised as well-above-average. The questions come back to his defense. He has played some third base and a little outfield, but his future position would likely have to be first base — or DH.

26. Jacob Melton, OF, Oregon State

The leader of one of college baseball’s best lineups, Jacob Melton was a force in his junior campaign. He posted a team-high 1.904 OPS with 17 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 22 attempts. The stat line about says it all: there’s not much Melton struggles with. He has an advanced approach and generates power, though his unusual swing is a potential cause for concern. He is among the fastest college players in the draft, and could stay in center field long-term.

27. Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee

Another key piece of the No. 1 Volunteers’ squad, Blade Tidwell missed much of the start of the season due to a shoulder injury, and advanced out of the fifth inning only once, but when he’s on the hill, his stuff can be unhittable. He throws a fastball that reaches the upper 90s and a wipeout, upper-80s slider and a heavy changeup. In just 39 innings, he struck out 51 batters and held batters to a .214 batting average. Improving his command and proving his durability will be the keys to his development as a top pitching prospect.

28. Cade Horton, RHP, Oklahoma

At face value, Cade Horton’s stats in his junior year aren’t overly impressive. He pitched to a 4.86 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 11 starts — 14 appearances — with 64 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53.2 innings. But those results are largely marred by a brutal two-game stretch in which he allowed 13 earned runs in two starts spanning 6.1 innings with 16 hits allowed. Horton was the Sooners’ best pitcher down the stretch, allowing only two runs in 7.1 innings with 13 strikeouts in the College World Series final against Ole Miss. He offers a mid-upper-90s fastball with a wicked high-80s slider, along with a curveball and changeup to mix up his offerings. His command could be improved, but if his late-season performance is any indication, he could be a steal late in the first round.

29. Sterlin Thompson, OF, Florida

One of two Gators outfielders expected to go early in the 2022 MLB Draft, Sterlin Thompson has impressed scouts with his advanced hit tool that saw him hit .354 with 37 walks, 47 strikeouts and 11 home runs in 2022 as one of Florida’s best bats. That bat will be what scouts lean on, with the hopes that he’s able to generate more power as he continues to develop. His defensive home is a bit of a mystery as he’s played second base and right field, though expect him to largely stick in the outfield during his pro career.

30. Jackson Ferris, LHP, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

IMG Academy could have a pair of first-round selections in this year’s draft if Jackson Ferris follows Elijah Green early in the class. In a class that has several talented prep lefties expected to go in the first round, Ferris might have the best pure stuff compared with Brandon Barriera and Robby Snelling. His fastball can reach the mid-upper-90s, his curveball has plenty of spin and his changeup is a deceptive weapon thrown off his fastball. Ferris has an unorthodox delivery that some believe will be a plus, adding deception to his pitching, while others are concerned it could lead to inconsistent control, which makes him a riskier prospect than the other two southpaws.

Top 100 MLB Draft prospects for 2022

Rank
Player
Pos.
Age
Bats-Throws
School
1
Druw Jones
OF
18
R/R
Wesleyan High (Norcross, Ga.)
2
Termarr Johnson
2B
18
L/R
Mays High (Atlanta)
3
Jackson Holliday
SS
18
L/R
Stillwater High (Stillwater, Okla.)
4
Brooks Lee
SS
21
S/R
Cal Poly
5
Elijah Green
OF
18
R/R
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
6
Kevin Parada
C
20
R/R
Georgia Tech
7
Cam Collier
3B
17
L/R
Chipola Junior College
8
Jace Jung
2B
21
L/R
Texas Tech
9
Gavin Cross
OF
21
L/L
Virginia Tech
10
Dylan Lesko
RHP
18
R/R
Buford High (Buford, Ga.)
17
Brock Porter
RHP
19
R/R
St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
12
Justin Crawford
OF
18
L/R
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
13
Jett Williams
SS
18
R/R
Rockwall-Heath High (Rockwall, Texas)
14
Daniel Susac
C
21
R/R
Arizona
15
Cole Young
SS
18
L/R
North Allegheny High (Wexford, Pa.)
16
Brandon Barriera
LHP
18
L/L
American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.)
17
Zach Neto
SS
21
R/R
Campbell
18
Drew Gilbert
OF
21
L/L
Tennessee
19
Jordan Beck
OF
21
R/R
Tennessee
20
Gabriel Hughes
RHP
20
R/R
Gonzaga
21
Robby Snelling
LHP
18
R/L
McQueen High (Reno, Nev.)
22
Kumar Rocker
RHP
22
R/R
No school
23
Chase DeLauter
OF
20
L/L
James Madison
24
Carson Whisenhunt
LHP
21
L/L
East Carolina
25
Jacob Berry
3B/OF
21
S/R
LSU
26
Jacob Melton
OF
21
L/L
Oregon State
27
Blade Tidwell
RHP
21
R/R
Tennessee
28
Cade Horton
RHP
20
R/R
Oklahoma
29
Sterlin Thompson
OF
21
L/R
Florida
30
Jackson Ferris
LHP
18
L/L
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
31
Connor Prielipp
LHP
21
L/L
Alabama
32
Tucker Toman
3B
18
S/R
Hammond High (Columbia, S.C.)
33
Cooper Hjerpe
LHP
21
L/L
Oregon State
34
Brock Jones
OF
21
L/L
Stanford
35
Dylan Beavers
OF
20
L/R
California
36
Peyton Graham
SS
21
R/R
Oklahoma
37
JR Ritchie
RHP
19
R/R
Bainbridge High (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
38
Justin Campbell
RHP
21
R/R
Oklahoma State
39
Logan Tanner
C
21
R/R
Mississippi State
40
Thomas Harrington
RHP
20
R/R
Campbell
41
Jacob Miller
RHP
18
R/R
Liberty Union High (Baltimore, Ohio)
42
Owen Murphy
RHP
18
R/R
Riverside-Brookfield High (Riverside, Ill.)
43
Dalton Rushing
C
21
L/R
Louisville
44
Peyton Pallette
RHP
21
R/R
Arkansas
45
Landon Sims
RHP
21
R/R
Mississippi State
46
Walter Ford
RHP
17
R/R
Pace High (Pace, Fla.)
47
Henry Bolte
OF
18
R/R
Palo Alto High (Palo Alto, Calif.)
48
Noah Schultz
LHP
18
L/L
Oswego East High (Oswego, Ill.)
49
Spencer Jones
OF
21
L/L
Vanderbilt
50
Eric Brown
SS
21
R/R
Coastal Carolina
51
Cayden Wallace
3B
20
R/R
Arkansas
52
Brady Neal
C
17
L/R
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
53
Max Wagner
3B
20
R/R
Clemson
54
Jud Fabian
OF
21
R/L
Florida
55
Malcolm Moore
C
18
L/R
McClatchy High (Sacramento, Calif.)
56
Adam Mazur
RHP
21
R/R
Iowa
57
Mikey Romero
SS
18
R/R
Orange Lutheran High (Orange, Calif.)
58
Jonathan Cannon
RHP
21
R/R
Georgia
59
Cade Doughty
2B
21
R/R
LSU
60
Tristan Smith
LHP
19
R/L
Boiling Springs High (Spartanburg, S.C.)
61
Jake Bennett
LHP
21
L/L
Oklahoma
62
Josh Kasevich
SS
21
R/R
Oregon
63
Drew Thorpe
RHP
21
L/R
Cal Poly
64
Roman Anthony
OF
18
L/R
Stoneman Douglas High (Parkland, Fla.)
65
Jake Misiorowski
RHP
20
R/R
Crowder Junior College
66
Parker Messick
LHP
21
L/L
Florida State
67
Sal Stewart
3B
18
R/R
Westminster Christian High (Miami, Fla.)
68
Hunter Barco
LHP
21
L/L
Florida
69
Cole Phillips
RHP
19
R/R
Boerne High (Boerne, Texas)
70
Bradley Loftin
LHP
18
L/L
DeSoto Central High (Southaven, Miss.)
71
Ryan Cermak
OF
21
R/R
Illinois State
72
Ivan Melendez
1B
22
R/R
Texas
73
Dominic Keegan
C/1B
21
R/R
Vanderbilt
74
Jake Madden
RHP
20
R/R
Northwest Florida State Junior College
75
Reggie Crawford
LHP
21
L/L
Connecticut
76
Gavin Guidry
SS/RHP
18
R/R
Barbe High (Lake Charles, La.)
77
Jackson Cox
RHP
18
R/R
Toutle Lake High (Toutle, Wash.)
78
Nick Morabito
2B
19
R/R
Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.)
79
Bryce Hubbart
LHP
21
L/L
Florida State
80
Cameron Smith
3B
19
R/R
Palm Beach Central High (Wellington, Fla.)
81
Cutter Coffey
3B
18
R/R
Liberty High (Bakersfield, Calif.)
82
Brycen Mautz
LHP
20
L/L
San Diego
83
Jacob Misiorowski
RHP
20
R/R
Crowder Junior College
84
Jaden Noot
RHP
18
R/R
Sierra Canyon High (Chatsworth, Calif.)
85
Clark Elliott
OF
21
L/R
Michigan
86
Sam Horn
RHP
18
R/R
Collins Hill High (Suwanee, Ga.)
87
Ryan Clifford
OF
18
L/L
Pro5 Baseball Academy (Apex, N.C.)
88
Tanner Schobel
SS
21
R/R
Virginia Tech
89
Nicholas Morabito
2B
19
R/R
Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.)
90
Jordan Taylor
OF
19
R/R
St. Johns Country Day High (Orange Park, Fla.)
91
Gavin Turley
OF
18
R/R
Hamilton High (Chandler, Ariz.)
92
Trystan Vrieling
RHP
21
R/R
Gonzaga
93
Carson Palmquist
LHP
21
L/L
Miami
94
Joe Lampe
OF
21
L/R
Arizona State
95
Tyler Locklear
1B/3B
21
R/R
Virginia Commonwealth
96
Maximus Martin
SS
18
R/R
Moorestown High (Moorestown, N.J.)
97
Trey Dombroski
LHP
21
R/L
Monmouth
98
Ben Joyce
RHP
21
R/R
Tennessee
99
Brandon Sproat
RHP
21
R/R
Florida
100
Henry Williams
RHP
20
R/R
Duke

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