The 2022 MLB Amateur Draft began Sunday night with the first 80 picks. Another 536 polls are on Monday and Tuesday. The Orioles had the No. 1 pick for the third time in history and used it on Oklahoma high school shortstop Jackson Holiday.. Yes, he is the son of longtime major leaguer Matt Holliday. Here are all of this year’s first round picks.

Similar to the baseball season, evaluating the MLB draft is a marathon mindset, not a sprint. Players drafted this weekend will be gone for a few years in the minors before resurfacing, working through growing pains and finally establishing themselves as big leaguers. This is not an event for instant gratification.

That doesn’t stop us from announcing winners and losers. Here are some winners and losers from the 2022 MLB Draft, with a focus on the winners nobody likes to call losers.

Winner: Big League Boys

For the first time in draft history, children of former MLB players were selected with the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the draft. A total of four major league players were drafted in the first round:

1. SS Jackson Holliday: Orioles (son of Matt)
2. Drew Jones: Diamond backs (son of Andrew)
17. Justin Crawford: Phyllis (Karl’s son)
19. 3B Cam Collier: red (Lou’s son)

Holliday is the second son of a former major leaguer who joined Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (the No. 1 pick in 1987). It’s great company out there. Teams value major league bloodlines and that was never more evident than in the first round Sunday.

Winner: Kumar Rocker

A year ago, Rocker, the former Vanderbilt ace, was the No. 10 pick in the draft, but in The Mets He didn’t sign it because something about him scared them. Rocker had minor shoulder surgery last SeptemberHe entered the independent league this spring and went No. 3 to Rangers In this year’s draft. It was amazing that Rocker went where he worked., he is expected to go somewhere in the back half of the first round, but good for him. After last year’s disappointment, things have worked out. (Roker also reunites with Commodores running back Jack Leiter. Texas took Leiter with the No. 2 pick last summer.)

The Dodgers passed the third luxury tax threshold of $250 million last season, moved back 10 spots with their first-round pick and did not have a first-round pick Sunday. Their first pick was No. 40 overall, which they used on Louisville wide receiver Dalton Rushing. Los Angeles is so good at drafting and developing that Rushing will probably be a star, but not having a first round pick is never fun. That’s especially true for fans watching at home (or those in LA) who have to wait to hear their team’s name called.

Winner: The Reds

Cincinnati landed Collier at No. 18. Collier is a 17-year-old who received his GED, graduated high school early and enrolled in a junior college, so he is eligible for the draft as a high school junior. Collier has a big upside – he’s received some Raphael Devers comps for the Bats – and getting him at No.18 is a big, big win for the Reds. My favorite pick of the night.

Loser: College kids

LSU masher Jacob Berry went to No. 6 Marlins And he was technically the first college player in this year’s draft. I say technically because Rocker, who spent two or three years at Vanderbilt, left the independent league. For the first time since 1971, a college player was not taken in the top five picks. All told, 15 four-year college kids were taken in the first round, a handful since 2018.

Winner: Cade Horton

Two months ago, Horton being a top-10 pick seemed crazy. The Oklahoma ace returned from Tommy John surgery in late March and didn’t hit the road until June, when he dominated the Sooners’ College World Series finals run. Horton’s impressive postseason showing from Cubs Like number 7 choice. He was far and away the biggest draft pick this spring. The boy made a lot of money for himself in the post-chapter Division 1.

Winner: Difference

For the first time in draft history, four of the top five picks were black players. Baseball has struggled with diversity on and off the field, and this year’s draft is an indication that the tide has turned. One of the most effective ways to grow the sport and capture new audiences is to let every kid see someone who looks like them on the field.

Loser: Pitchers

Teams are increasingly risk-averse and it shows on draft day. Circles tend to focus on hitting because they are “safer” than pitchers, which come with an inherent risk of injury. Also, too many high-profile prospects in the draft class this spring were hurt. It was a poor pitching department, and as a result, only seven pitchers were selected in the first round, nine of which included No. 20 Owen Murphy and No. 30 Reggie Crawford, two-way players. These are just a few of the first round picks this century.

Winner: Two Way Players Fans

In two ways, two players entered the first round! of Good He used Owen Murphy, a sophomore in Illinois, and the 20th pick Giants He used the No. 30 pick on UConn’s Reggie Crawford. Both will start their careers as two-way players. Crawford is recovering from Tommy John surgery and only threw eight innings in college, but he threw 99 mph from the left side, and showed some promise with the bat as well. The consensus is that Crawford’s future is on the mound because, well, he throws 99 mph from the left side, but San Francisco intends to develop him as a two-way player. Fun!

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