The 2022 MLB Draft wraps up today with Day 3, covering the final 300 picks in Rounds 11-20 with no delay between selections, all heard live on MLB.com.
Follow along here all day as we highlight notable selections from Day 3.
Pick 9 (325th overall): Royals, David Sandlin, RHP, Oklahoma (Ranked No. 206 Draft prospect by MLB Pipeline): Kansas City gets a pitcher with some NCAA postseason success after Sandlin fanned 10 in a Big 12 tournament win over Kansas State, defeated Florida in the regionals and struck out 12 against Texas A&M in the College World Series. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has just average 91-93 mph velocity but stands out for his above-average slider and curveball.
Pick 12 (328th overall): Angels, Caden Dana, RHP, Don Bosco Prep (NJ) HS (No. 119): The Halos may have some work to do to keep Dana from honoring his commitment to Kentucky. The Garden State native is already up to 95 mph with his fastball and features a promising mid-70s curveball. There’s some projection remaining in his 6-foot-4 frame too, meaning the stuff could tick up further in future seasons.
Pick 16 (332nd overall): Phillies, Emaarion Boyd, OF, South Panola (Miss.) HS (No. 245): Should Boyd join Philadelphia, he’ll instantly become one of the Phils’ fastest prospects. His home-to-first times have been clocked at less than four seconds, and that’s from the right side. His hitting and fielding need refinement, especially when it comes to avoiding selling out for power and staying within himself at the plate.
Pick 18 (334th overall): Athletics, Christian Oppor, LHP, Columbus (Wis.) HS (No. 227): Still only 17 for four more days, Oppor already shows a full bevy of pitches with a fastball, curveball and slider out of a 6-foot-1 frame, and there should be more velo as he adds good weight in the years to come. He is considered very signable with a commitment to Gulf Coast State (Fla.) Junior College.
Pick 27 (343rd overall): Astros, Ryan Clifford, OF, Crossroads FLEX HS (NC) (No. 92): Clifford is the first member of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 to come off the board in Day 3. The left-handed-hitting outfielder has been a constant for US national teams over the last half-decade because of his sweet left-handed swing that helps him hit for average and power. He’ll head to powerhouse Vanderbilt if the Astros can’t sign him.
Pick 2 (348th overall): D-backs, Malachi Witherspoon, RHP, Fletcher (Fla.) HS (No. 148): Witherspoon’s velocity started to pick up this spring, and he’ll now touch 95 mph and sit around 92-93 with the heater. His plus curveball certainly caught Arizona’s eye as it averages around 3,000 rpm, and those two pitches alone could make him a quality pro prospect in time.
Pick 8 (354th overall): Twins, Nate Baez, C, Arizona State (No. 236): Previously on the team as a super-utilityman, Baez settled into the main catching role for the Sun Devils in 2021 and never looked back. He hit .319/.403/.562 with 10 homers over 57 games as a junior this spring, putting him squarely on the Draft board. Baez might just be average defensively, but the Twins lack a catcher among their Top 30 Prospects, helping his chances at sticking behind the plate.
Pick 19 (365th overall): Braves, Justin Janas, 1B, Illinois: Janas won the Big Ten batting title with a .391 average in 2021 and followed that up with a solid .349/.493/.537 line as a junior this spring. He leaves the Fighting Illini with a .494 OBP over his three seasons on campus.
Pick 21 (367th overall): Cardinals, Michael Curialle, OF/3B, UCLA (No. 247): Curialle is listed as a shortstop in the Draft tracker but seems more likely to head to third or a corner outfield spot. He hit .319/.395/.479 with five homers in 58 games this spring and posted a 1.003 OPS in 13 games with Trenton of the MLB Draft League just before this move to St. Louis.
Pick 1 (377th overall): Orioles, Jared Beck, LHP, Saint Leo University: The Giants’ Sean Hjelle made headlines when he debuted on a Major League mound at 6-foot-11, tying Jon Rauch as the tallest player in MLB history. Beck can one-up them both, should he make The Show. The Saint Leo southpaw checks in at an even 7 feet. Beck had a 3.95 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings this spring for the Division II program.
Pick 4 (380th overall): Pirates, Miguel Fulgencio, LHP, Cowley County (Kan.) CC: Fulgencio first entered the NCAA ranks as an Oklahoma State running back, only to teach himself how to pitch by watching YouTube videos during the pandemic break. After transferring to a Kansas junior college, he throws 90-96 mph with his fastball and features a tight slider as a relief arm.
Pick 5 (381st overall): Nationals, Marquis Grissom Jr., RHP, Georgia Tech: Marquis Grissom started his career with six seasons with the Montreal Expos. His son joins the same franchise three decades later. The younger Grissom fanned 57 over 61 innings as a Georgia Tech starter this season.
Pick 11 (387th overall): Tigers, Dom Johnson, OF, Kansas State (No. 239): Johnson could have gone in the 2020 Draft if it hadn’t been shortened to five rounds. He was one of the fastest members of that class coming out of high school, and that remains true here. He led the Cape in steals last summer with 14 and hit .345/.419/.593 with 12 thefts this year after transferring from Oklahoma State to Kansas State.
Pick 23 (399th overall): Red Sox, Gavin Kilen, SS, Milton (Wis.) HS (No. 100): The Badger State has a recent history of sending quality prep infielders to the pros like Gavin Lux and Owen Miller, and Kilen could be the next in line. His hand-eye coordination and plate coverage rank among some of the best for 2022 high schoolers, though the bigger questions come on the defensive side. Kilen is the fourth shortstop drafted by Boston this cycle.
Pick 29 (405th overall): Dodgers, Chris Newell, OF, Virginia (No. 190): Newell was an MLB Pipeline Top 100 Draft prospect in 2019 but slipped as he didn’t quite make the most of his tools in college. His above-average speed could make him a quality center fielder in the pros, but he’ll need to cut down his swing-and-miss against breaking stuff.
Pick 24 (430th overall): Yankees, Kris Bow, RHP, College of Southern Nevada: Bow hails from the same junior college that Bryce Harper played for in 2010 but may have pushed his way into this round with a good performance on the Cape this summer. The 6-foot-4 right-hander posted a 2.12 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 17 innings for Yarmouth-Dennis, thanks to a mid-90s fastball and low-80s slider.
Pick 29 (435th overall): Dodgers, Jose Izarra, SS, Florida Southwestern State College: Born in Venezuela, Izarra first appeared in the college ranks at Miami but transferred to a junior college this year to get more playing time. Questions remain around his overall bat, but he is a surefire shortstop with good hands and a strong arm.