Baseball America’s Expanded Top 200 For 2022 MLB Draft Prospects Includes Numerous Future Stars Series Alums

March 23, 2022

Recently, Baseball America expanded their highly regarded 2022 MLB Draft rankings to a Top 200, and of course, that opened the door for plenty more Future Stars Series players to make the list.  A whopping 16 participants in jewel events — plus regional combine participant Termarr Johnson, who is currently ranked second — are currently projected as going in the first six rounds this summer, with plenty more waiting in the wings once the list gets expanded further and further as the season goes on.

18) Cam Collier

What’s left to say about Collier, who is a first-round talent and will likely be taken there this year after reclassifying to the 2022 class earlier this winter.  Collier has a rich history at Future Stars Series events, homering at both the 2020 National Combine and 2021 National Combine.  He also was invited to International Week at just 15 years old for the 2020 event, and made a much more significant impact at what’s now called the Main Event a year later at Citi Field.

25) Cole Phillips

Phillips has been one of the fastest risers in these rankings, garnering national attention of late after hitting 100 MPH on the radar gun during his senior season in high school.  Phillips is a “true” alum of the Future Stars Series, having gone through the entire process to earn his invitation to the Main Event at Citi Field last year.  He first appeared at the Underclass Combine in 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and then returned a year later for the 2021 National Combine at the same venue.  At the Main Event, Phillips was dominant at times, striking out four batters in three innings of work, allowing just two batters to reach base along the way.

34) Brock Jones

Jones is a potential “lottery pick” and a surefire first rounder after a breakout sophomore season at Stanford.  We first saw Jones as a member of NorCal at the 2018 National Tournaments — where he was accurately labeled at the time as the top prospect of the event — and then later that same year at International Week, where he ended up smacking a ground-rule double off of Adam Macko, who ended up being drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Mariners the following year.

51) Henry Bolte

Bolte had a huge summer with the Future Stars Series, first performing well at the National Tournaments before turning in a standout showing at the National Combine, where he smacked an impressive home run off of highly-regarded 2022 MLB Draft pitching prospect Cole Phillips.  Bolte was a no-doubt invite to the Main Event in September, and continued his strong performances at FSS events, turning in a defensive gem and reaching base three times.

58) Nolan McLean

McLean was one of the main attractions on a stacked Dirtbags team at the 2019 National Tournaments, and has since gone on to stand out at Oklahoma State, where the two-way talent has largely been used as a hitter.

70) Jacob Miller

Miller is a two-time invitee to International Week/the Main Event, but was unable to attend last year due to injury.  He made quite the impression in 2020, however, racking up six strikeouts in Manchester en route to turning in one of the top pitching performances of the event.  Miller also pitched at the National Combine earlier that year.

78) Gavin Guidry

The Louisiana native has participated in the National Tournaments on several occasions, but is likely best known for his performances in the jewel events; he’s a two-time invite to the National Combine, appearing in both 2020 and 2021, and he also played in the 2020 Underclass Combine as well.

80) Tucker Toman

An LSU commit, Toman both pitched and swung the bat at the 2019 National Tournaments, but impressed most with the stick, showing impressive power for his age at the time; he was only 15 years old at the time of the event.

91) Tommy Specht

An athletic outfielder currently committed to Kentucky, Specht turned heads at times at the Main Event this past year at Citi Field, driving in two runs with a big single, and impressing the bevy of big league scouts and front office personnel in attendance with strong rounds of batting practice and solid play in the field.

98) Cooper Hjerpe

Hjerpe was one of the top prospects at the 2019 Grad Class Tournaments in Cypress, Texas as a member of NorCal Baseball, where he wowed those in attendance with a strong outing against Showtime Baseball.  He’s currently at Oregon State, where he’s been one of the more dominant starters in college baseball thus far this season.

110) Will Frisch

Frisch first popped onto the radar with the Future Stars Series as a member of the Minnesota Blizzard at the 2018 National Tournaments, where he was identified as one of the top 30 prospects at the event, ultimately earning an invite to International Week later that year.  Frisch performed well at the event in facing players who are currently in pro ball like Dilan Rosario, Wendell Marrero and Dasan Brown, and was ultimately drafted himself.  But he elected to honor his commitment to Oregon State instead of sign with the Minnesota Twins, and has improved his draft stock in the years since.  Unfortunately, Frisch is reportedly set to undergo Tommy John surgery, putting his status for this summer in question.

130) Riley Stanford

Stanford is a true two-way talent, first showing that with the Future Stars Series at the National Combine this past summer with a big showing both on the mound and at the plate.  That earned him an invite to the Main Event, where he was unable to pitch, but performed well at the plate.

138) Peter Hansen

Hansen was another top prospect at the 2019 Grad Class Tournaments on the NorCal pitching staff, making two appearances during that event — one against Showtime, the other against Prospects U — and is currently a starter at Texas, where he’s forming a battery every fifth day with fellow FSS alum Silas Ardoin.

149) Drew Gilbert

Gilbert starred for Blizzard Baseball at the first ever Future Stars Series Grad Class Tournaments back in 2017, and earned his way to International Week a year later, which was held at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.  A two-way player at the time, Gilbert has since gone on to focus mainly on hitting.  Alongside fellow FSS alum Blake Burke, Gilbert is off to an electric start to his junior year, and has skyrocketed up draft charts.  Gilbert had been previously drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2019, but elected to honor his commitment.

174) Omari Daniel

Daniel is another “true” alum of the Future Stars Series, having climbed his way through the entirety of the process to get to the Main Event last year.  Daniel first appeared at the 2020 Underclass Combine, and made a big enough impression there to where he eventually earned an invite to the 2021 National Combine.  His performance there made him a no-brainer for Citi Field, where he continued to get on base, reaching in three of his seven plate appearances.

200) Kenya Huggins, Jr.

Currently teammates with Collier at Chipola, Huggins also has extensive experience at Future Stars Series jewel events.  We first saw the two-way standout at the 2020 National Combine, and then later at International Week that same year, getting the start on the mound for the National Team in Game 1.  He then worked exclusively as a pitcher at the 2021 Future Stars Series Pre-Draft Combine, and turned in his best performance yet.

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