Quick Bit: The Sporting News will be analyzing each pick made in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft. Follow for results and grades for every selection.

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And with the next pick in the 2022 MLB Draft . . .

The latest edition of the draft is here. The next wave of baseball talent will be joining the professional ranks.

Each year, evaluating teams’ selections by teams can be a challenge for their fan bases. Unlike in the NFL and NBA, the players selected will not reach the majors for several years in most cases, and while some players might have been in the collegiate spotlight, others might be from high school or smaller college programs that haven’t attracted the same attention.

That’s why, during the 2022 MLB Draft, The Sporting News will be grading each pick in the first round to see how teams are doing.

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Follow below for complete results and grades for each selection.

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1. Orioles — Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater High (Stillwater, Okla.)

Grade: A

There isn’t much Jackson Holliday can’t do on the baseball field. He has one of the best hit tools in the draft with has plus power and plus speed. On top of a well-rounded bat, Holliday is expected to stick at shortstop with a steady glove and strong arm at the position. High-school shortstops with five tools tend to go high in the draft, particularly if they have a well-developed hit tool, as Holliday does. The Orioles come away with a player that both has one of the highest floors and highest ceilings in the draft.

2. Diamondbacks — Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan High (Norcross, Ga.)

Grade: A

Some expected Druw Jones to go first overall. Most prospect lists have him as the top pick in the class. While his hit tool isn’t as refined as Jackson Holliday, the rest of the package in center field is more explosive. He has plenty of raw power, and his speed is among the best in the high-school class. His defense is already nearly MLB-ready, and his tools often receive future Gold Glove grades. True five-tool talent for the Diamondbacks.

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3. Rangers — Kumar Rocker, RHP, No school

Grade: B-

Already the surprise of the draft, Kumar Rocker is joining former Vanderbilt teammate Jack Leiter with the Rangers. After not signing with the Mets last year, Rocker waited until the 2022 MLB Draft to get selected again. The upside is there for Rocker, as he was considered a top-10 prospect a year ago, but there is more risk than several other players available on the board given the past injury concerns and occasional waning velocity. He has just 20 innings on the mound since he pitched at Vanderbilt, and while he looked electric, there’s a lot of uncertainty. If he can live up to his past hype, the Rangers will have a dynamic future one-two punch, and he’s already likely ready to pitch in a big-league bullpen.

MORE: Why Kumar Rocker didn’t sign with the Mets

4. Pirates — Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays High (Atlanta, Ga.)

Grade: A

The Pirates have long been linked with Termarr Johnson leading up to the draft, and sure enough, he’s selected by Pittsburgh. It is rare for high school players with his type of hit tool, with some scouts giving it the highest possible grade. Johnson undoubtedly has the highest ceiling in the high school class, and that still comes with raw power that could translate to games. A shortstop in high school, Johnson is likely to play second in the pros, but this is a stellar pick for the Pirates.

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

Grade: A

Washington is banking on the upside. Elijah Green has some of the best raw tools in the high school class, with plus power and plus speed, and the ability to patrol center field. The question is the hit tool, which is not up to the level of players like Holliday, Jones or Johnson. While there were more refined college bats on the board like Brooks Lee and Kevin Parada, the Nationals made the right move in picking for the upside. In an organization that could be headed for a lengthy rebuild, especially considering the Juan Soto news, it needs to go for the home run pick at No. 5.

6. Marlins — Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU

Grade: B

The good: the bat. The bad: the glove. Starting with the good, the Marlins are taking a switch-hitter with a plus hit tool and some of the most power from the college ranks. He is likely to mash his way quickly through the minors. The problem is the defense. He might not have a defensive home at the next level, or would be at first base or right field. The National League has the DH now so he has that to fall back on, but his bat will have extra pressure to live up to the hype of a sixth overall pick.

7. Cubs — Cade Horton, RHP, Oklahoma

Grade: B

Cade Horton struggled mightily through the first half of the Oklahoma season, but picked it up late and was as dynamic an arm as anyone during the Sooners’ College World Series final run. His fastball reaches the upper-90s, and his slider is a filthy out-pitch. He also offers a solid curveball and a usable changeup. The pick by the Cubs is that what he did in the College World Series is the type of pitching prospect he’ll be long-term in the system. More risk than most college arms taken this early, but plenty of upside.

8. Twins — Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly

Grade: A

Brooks Lee was talked about as a contender to go first overall, or anywhere in the top five picks. Lee slid all the way down to No. 8, and the Twins reaped the benefit. The switch-hitting shortstop might have to shift to second or third base, but the bat is a carrying tool. He has perhaps the most refined bat in the college class with more extra-base hits than strikeouts in his last season at Cal Poly, and he could develop plus power. This is an early contender for steal of the draft.

9. Royals — Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech

Grade: A

This is about where many expected Gavin Cross would land, and indeed, Kansas City, here he comes. Cross has a well-rounded profile with above-average tools across the board, and a skillset that could allow him to move quickly through the minors. The Royals have a lot of their top prospects in the upper minors or already making an impact in the majors, and Cross shouldn’t take long to join them.

10. Rockies — Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga

Grade: C+

There is a lot to like about Gabriel Hughes. He has a mid-upper-90s fastball and a wicked slider that serves as his top out-pitch. He commands the strike zone well. The biggest concern with this pick is the destination. Colorado is not a pitcher-friendly home, and past pitchers haven’t developed well in the system (Riley Pint, Robert Tyler, Mike Nikorak have all struggled). The Rockies always need pitching and Hughes is the best college arm here, but with several polished bats still on the board, they should have leaned to the strength of the organization more.

11. Mets — Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech

Grade: A

The Mets just gave the perfect display of drafting the best available player rather than for system need. Francisco Alvarez is one of the best catching prospects in the sport, but the Mets decided to take the best player left on the board in Kevin Parada, the latest stud Georgia Tech catcher. He has plus hit and power tools, and should be able to stick at the position. If the Mets keep Alvarez, Parada could assist at catcher and play at first or DH. But this could also open the door for the Mets to listen on Alvarez.

MORE: Could the Mets be a partner with Nationals for Juan Soto?

12. Tigers — Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech

Grade: A

Another team benefitting by a top player sliding down the board, the Tigers likely didn’t expect Jace Jung would still be on the board by No. 12 after he had long been discussed as a top-10 pick, but here he is, off to Detroit. He has one of the most disciplined approaches in the class, and he has no problem making consistent, hard contact. Jung doesn’t have as much power as his brother, Rangers prospect Josh Jung, but he could tap into more raw pop. The defense is the biggest question mark, but he could stay at second base, which gives him plenty of value at the 12th pick.

13. Angels — Zach Neto, SS, Campbell

Grade: A-

The Angels make it clear early they weren’t going to take pitchers with every pick the way they did in 2021 by selecting Campbell shortstop Zach Neto 13th overall. Neto has a refined hit tool and could stick at shortstop, though a move to second base could be necessitated down the road given his range. His tools aren’t loud, but it’s a relatively low-risk profile. Los Angeles passed on some players with higher upside, but he’s a strong addition to the farm system.

14. Mets — Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall Heath High (Heath, Texas)

Grade: B+

Jett Williams lands about where many expected him to go in the draft. He has an advanced hit tool for a high schooler, and has plenty of speed for the position. The arm strength is a question, which has prompted some to wonder if he might need to move off the position. There’s not a lot of power at the moment, but some project he could hit double-digit home run totals. One of the rare high schoolers that is more of a high floor pick than high ceiling.

15. Padres — Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford High (Buford, Ga.)

Grade: A

Not too long ago, Dylan Lesko would have been seen as a sure-fire top-10 pick. But he had Tommy John surgery during the high school season, which dropped his value. Pitchers tend to recover well from the procedure these days, however, and if he can return to form, the Padres are getting a pitcher with one of the highest ceilings in the draft. He has a plus fastball and perhaps the best changeup in the draft. He also showed advanced command for his age and an above-average curveball.

16. Guardians — Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison

Grade: C+

This is a big high-risk, high-reward pick. Chase DeLauter flashed five-tool capabilities and posted gaudy numbers across the board at James Madison, but in an early season series against Florida State, he struggled mightily against advanced pitching. DeLauter is an analytical darling, and Cleveland has found success with those types of prospects in the past. But there’s a lot of risk in the profile.

17. Phillies — Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Grade: A

Justin Crawford’s profile is nearly identical to that of his father, Carl Crawford. He has blazing speed and a plus hit tool with some raw power upside that could eventually make him a five-tool outfielder. There is a lot of development left in his frame, which will ultimately determine his impact in the system. Philadelphia has recently bet on high-upside arms in the past like Mick Abel and Andrew Painter. Now they’re adding a high-upside bat to the system.

18. Reds — Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola Junior College

Grade: A

At this point, no matter where Cam Collier landed, the team that took him would be receiving an A. That happens to be the Reds. Collier, 17, is the youngest player in the draft, but showed an advanced hit tool against older competition when he took the Bryce Harper route and went to junior college. He has raw power in his frame and a powerful arm at the hot corner. The son of former big leaguer Lou Collier, Cam Collier has MLB bloodlines, proven success against advanced pitching and tons of upside. Big win for Cincinnati at 18.

19. Athletics — Daniel Susac, C, Arizona

Grade: A-

The Mets took Parada despite having Alvarez because he was the best player on the board. The Athletics are deploying a similar strategy in taking Daniel Susac despite having Shea Langeliers at Triple-A and Sean Murphy at the big-league level. Susac is the second-best catching prospect in the class behind Parada with a well-rounded bat that should hit for average and power. It’s a great value pick, but if he moves off the position, Susac’s value will go down, and the catching depth in Oakland makes that more likely.

20. Braves — Owen Murphy, RHP, Riverside-Brookfield High (Riverside, Ill.)

Grade: C-

The selection of Owen Murphy this early feels like a money-saving pick for the Braves. Murphy has more polish than most high-school arms. However, his arsenal doesn’t hold up against several other younger arms still on the board. His fastball is a potential plus pitch, but the secondary stuff lags behind, and with a 6-foot frame, the ceiling is relatively low. The Braves have a track record of developing pitchers well, but there are several prep arms still on the board that have higher upsides.

21. Mariners — Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny High (Wexford, Pa.)

Grade: A

The Mariners strike with a great value pick at 21. Cole Young has surged up draft boards thanks in large part to a hit tool that has begun to stand out as one of the best at the high school level, along with bats like Johnson, Holliday and Williams. He has the range needed to stick at short and the arm to make the long throws. Teams don’t often find polished high-school players with his skillset still around in the 20s.

22. Cardinals — Cooper Hjerpe, LHP, Oregon State

Grade: B-

The Cardinals have been connected with several college names, so it wasn’t surprising to see them land on Cooper Hjerpe at No. 22. The Oregon State southpaw is a safe arm as he boasts advanced command and control, and a well-rounded repertoire that features average to above-average stuff. He tops out in the low-mid-90s, which caps his upside, but he’s a low-risk pick, though there is some reliever concern.

23. Blue Jays — Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.)

Grade: A

From a low-upside, college southpaw to a high-upside, high-school lefty. The Blue Jays had to have been surprised to see Brandon Barriera fall all the way to No. 23. Everything he shows on the mound is above-average already, with a fastball that can reach the mid-90s already, a slider that is among the best from the left side in the draft and a changeup that is advanced for a high school pitcher. He also controls his arsenal well and has no issue throwing strikes. High school lefties can be a risky pick, but taking the southpaw in the class at No. 23 is excellent value.

24. Red Sox — Mikey Romero, SS, Orange Lutheran High (Orange, Calif.)

Grade: D

This feels like the Nick Yorke selection all over again. Yorke was a reach in the 2020 MLB Draft when he was taken first overall, and Mikey Romero feels the same way, though to a lesser extent. Mikey Romero was projected to be selected somewhere in the late second or early third round, but goes in the first. He has an above-average hit tool and has the defense to stick at shortstop, but he lacks power and has just average speed. The LSU commit has a higher floor compared to most prep players, but probably not the upside one would expect in the first round.

25. Yankees — Spencer Jones, OF, Vanderbilt

Grade: C+

The Aaron Judge comparisons are going to be inevitable. Spencer Jones is 6-7, 225 with a power-over-hit profile that will be patrolling the outfield. Jones has shown the ability to hit the ball to all fields with power, but there are questions about his hit tool. He’s an average defender and doesn’t have much speed, though his strides can help him cover ground and should keep him in the outfield. It’s a risky profile to bank on in the first round, even if Judge worked out for New York last time.

26. White Sox — Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East High (Oswego, Ill.)

Grade: B-

If you thought Jones was tall, you haven’t seen Noah Schultz. The Vanderbilt commit stands 6-9 that gives him a unique presentation to batters. He can hit the mid-90s and has one of the best left-handed sliders in the prep class. There’s plenty of risk in the projection as there aren’t many 6-9 pitchers that stick in the rotation, but with his frame and age, there is some upside to be had.

27. Brewers — Eric Brown Jr., SS, Coastal Carolina

Grade: C+

The Brewers have their style of batters, and Eric Brown Jr. fits that mold of past picks like Garrett Mitchell and Sal Frelick. Brown has a well-rounded profile and should continue to stay at shortstop at the next level. Though none of his tools are loud, there could be some raw power in his swing. His approach helps give him a high floor, though there were still several players left with a higher ceiling that would have been better first-round options.

28. Astros — Drew Gilbert, OF, Tennessee

Grade: A

Houston found great value late in the first round. Drew Gilbert is the more polished of the two Tennessee outfielders expected to be first rounders with a plus hit tool, plus speed and defense to stick in center field. There’s also some untapped power in his swing that could eventually transform a player considered to be a really good prospect into a great prospect.

29. Rays — Xavier Isaac, 1B, East Forysth High (Kernersville, N.C.)

Grade: F

It feels dangerous to give the Rays an F, but this pick is a head-scratcher. High school first basemen are rarely selected in the first round, and it’s usually because they look like the complete package. Think Nick Pratto or Triston Casas. That’s not Xavier Isaac. Sure, the bat is explosive. He has a ton of power in his 6-4, 240-pound frame. But he is slow and is a poor defender at first, and he missed the showcases due to a foot injury, so there’s not much of a track record against national competition.

30. Giants — Reggie Crawford, 1B/LHP, UConn

Grade: D

Reggie Crawford is one of the hardest throwing lefties in the draft with a fastball that can hit triple-digits and a slider that hits the mid-80s. Crawford had Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all of the 2022 season, and he has just 8 innings in his three-year UConn career. There is a ton of risk here as he really only has a two-pitch mix, which looks like a reliever profile, and he is largely unknown given his lack of time on the mound in the past three years. Maybe he has two-way upside as he is a powerful left-handed hitter, but the Giants are banking a lot on him being able to reach that upside.

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