Baseball America has released their first full first round mock for the upcoming 2022 MLB Draft, and some familiar names can both be found within their Top 20 picks.
Cam Collier is projected as going to the San Diego Padres with the 15th overall pick, with the publication noting “Collier may as well qualify as a toolsy high school hitter and San Diego doesn’t bat an eye when it comes to high-risk, high-reward preps.”
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.
Baseball America has Brock Jones — who we first saw 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 — heading to the Cincinnati Reds with the 18th overall pick, with a big junior season ahead at Stanford set to dictate exactly where his name eventually does get called.
A scout BA spoke to for their mock draft said, “As far as value, I think this pick adds more athleticism to a system full of athletes. The Reds have gotten very athletic in the first round the last few years, so Jones fits their latest draft tendencies.”
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