Prep Baseball Report

Initial 2022 PBR Draft Board Released

Nathan Rode | Shooter Hunt | David Seifert

There may be a lockout for Major League Baseball with many questions to be answered in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but we can tell you who the top prospects are in amateur baseball. The first edition of the 2022 PBR Draft Board is here, as the college and high school seasons approach and the junior college season is already underway.

The top of the class is heavy with hitters, taking up the top six spots and eight of the top 10. Holding that No. 1 spot is 3B/1B Jacob Berry (Louisiana State), who followed head coach Jay Johnson from Arizona. He has an excellent approach and big power from both sides of the plate, as evidenced by his big freshman year with the Wildcats and summer with Team USA. At Arizona, he slashed .352/.439/.676 with 17 home runs. With the Collegiate National Team he did struggle against professional competition, but ended with a .387/.475/.871 line. Even coming close to a repeat performance in the SEC would make him a clear favorite for the first overall pick, but SS Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) is right on his heels. Also a switch-hitter, Lee has excellent bat-to-ball skills from the left side and some pop from both. He hit .342/.384/.626 with 10 home runs last spring, then .306/.342/.444 with Team USA and .405/.432/.667 in the Cape Cod League.

At Nos. 3 and 4 are the top two high school prospects in SS Termarr Johnson (Mays HS, GA) and OF Elijah Green (IMG Academy, FL). Johnson is the best pure hitter in the prep ranks in recent memory, showing an innate ability to control at-bats and barrel the baseball to all fields. Green is an electric athlete with five-tool potential. Rounding out the top five is OF Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech), who has fast-twitch actions with a power-speed combination.

The top two pitchers are the projectable RHP Dylan Lesko (Buford HS, GA), who sports a mid-90s fastball, excellent feel for a changeup and the makings of a power curveball, and former Vanderbilt RHP Kumar Rocker, who went unsigned as the 10th overall pick in 2021.

Rocker is just the start of the questions surrounding the college pitching crop in 2022. Three arms--LHP Reggie Crawford (Connecticut), LHP Connor Prielipp (Alabama) and RHP Peyton Pallette (Arkansas)--rank among the top 50 prospects, but will miss the season due to Tommy John surgery. RHP Blade Tidwell (Tennessee) will also start the season on the shelf. That leaves LHP Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina), LHP Hunter Barco (Florida), RHP Landon Sims (Mississippi State) and RHP Jonathan Cannon (Georgia) as the only healthy college pitchers in the top 50.

It’s a strong year for eligible sophomores with Berry, C Daniel Susac (Arizona), C Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech) and 3B Cayden Wallace (Arkansas) ranking in the top 20 and 14 total in the top 200.

3B Cam Collier (Chipola JC) will be an interesting prospect to follow throughout the spring, after he reclassified from 2023 and graduated high school early to attend junior college. The son of former big leaguer Lou Collier, he has an easy left-handed swing with burgeoning power.

The crowding of rosters caused by COVID-19 remains an effect as there are players with the potential to be top-three-round picks who had limited exposure last spring, leaving plenty of opportunity for guys to climb the board over the next several months.

Asterisks indicate draft-eligble sophomores.

1 Jacob Berry* 3B/1B Louisiana State Undrafted
2 Brooks Lee SS Cal Poly Giants, 35th round, 2019
3 Termarr Johnson SS Mays HS, GA Uncommitted
4 Elijah Green OF IMG Academy, FL Miami
5 Gavin Cross OF Virginia Tech Undrafted
6 Jace Jung IF Texas Tech Undrafted
7 Dylan Lesko RHP Buford HS, GA Vanderbilt
8 Brock Jones OF Stanford Diamondbacks, 16th round, 2019
9 Kumar Rocker RHP No School Mets, 1st round, 2021
10 Druw Jones OF Wesleyan School, GA Vanderbilt
11 Chase DeLauter OF James Madison Undrafted
12 Brandon Barriera LHP American Heritage Plantation HS, FL Vanderbilt
13 Logan Tanner C Mississippi State Undrafted
14 Daniel Susac* C Arizona Undrafted
15 Carson Whisenhunt LHP East Carolina Undrafted
16 Robert Moore IF Arkansas Undrafted
17 Kevin Parada* C Georgia Tech Undrafted
18 Hunter Barco LHP Florida Mets, 24th round, 2019
19 Landon Sims RHP Mississippi State Undrafted
20 Cayden Wallace* 3B/OF Arkansas Undrafted
21 Andrew Dutkanych RHP Brebeuf HS, IN Vanderbilt
22 Paxton Kling OF Central (Martinsburg) HS, PA Louisiana State
23 Nazier Mule RHP PCTI, NJ Miami
24 Brock Porter RHP Orchard Lake St Marys Prep, MI Clemson
25 Jackson Holliday SS Stillwater HS, OK Oklahoma State
26 JR Ritchie RHP Bainbridge Island HS, WA UCLA
27 Reggie Crawford LHP/1B Connecticut Royals, 37th round, 2019
28 Connor Prielipp LHP Alabama Red Sox, 37th round, 2019
29 Tristan Smith LHP Boiling Springs HS, SC Clemson
30 Henry Bolte OF Palo Alto HS, CA Texas
31 Peyton Pallette RHP Arkansas Undrafted
32 Jackson Ferris LHP IMG Academy, FL Mississippi
33 Dylan Beavers OF California Undrafted
34 Jordan Beck OF Tennessee Red Sox, 14th round, 2019
35 Cam Collier 3B Chipola JC Undrafted
36 Blade Tidwell* RHP Tennessee Undrafted
37 Jonathan Cannon RHP Georgia Undrafted
38 Carter Young SS Vanderbilt Undrafted
39 Noah Schultz LHP Oswego East HS, IL Vanderbilt
40 Hayden Dunhurst C Mississippi Rockies, 37th round, 2019
41 Cole Young SS North Allegheny HS, PA Duke
42 Malcolm Moore C C.K. McClatchy HS, CA Stanford
43 Cade Doughty IF Louisiana State Tigers, 39th round, 2019
44 Chase Shores RHP Midland Lee HS, TX Louisiana State
45 Tucker Toman 3B Hammond HS, SC Louisiana State
46 Luke Gold IF Boston College Undrafted
47 Jared McKenzie OF Baylor Undrafted
48 Brady Neal C IMG Academy, FL Louisiana State
49 Jud Fabian OF Florida Red Sox, 2nd round, 2021
50 Ryan Ritter SS Kentucky Cubs, 33rd round, 2019
51 Cade Fisher LHP Northwest Whitfield HS, GA Florida
52 Walter Ford RHP Pace HS, FL Alabama
53 Braeden Sloan LHP Woodcreek HS, CA Southern California
54 Peyton Graham 3B Oklahoma Undrafted
55 Mack Anglin RHP Clemson Nationals, 13th round, 2021
56 Jacob Misiorowski RHP Crowder JC Louisiana State
57 Zach Neto SS Campbell Undrafted
58 Sal Stewart 3B Westminster Christian School, FL Vanderbilt
59 Roman Anthony OF Stoneman Douglas HS, FL Mississippi
60 Ryan Clifford OF Pro5 Academy, NC Vanderbilt
61 Cutter Coffey SS Liberty HS, CA Texas
62 Mikey Romero SS Orange Lutheran HS, CA Louisiana State
63 Brandon Sproat RHP Florida Rangers, 7th round, 2019
64 Hayden Murphy RHP Tiftarea Academy, GA Auburn
65 Yoel Tejeda Jr 1B North Broward Prep, FL Florida
66 Ethan Petry 3B Cypress Creek HS, FL

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