2022 MLB Draft ends today with day 3, and covers the last 300 elections in rounds 11-20 without delays between the elections, all heard live on MLB.com.
Stay tuned here all day as we highlight remarkable choices from day 3.
Option 9 (325th overall): Royals, David Sandlin, RHP, Oklahoma (ranked No. 206 Draft prospect by MLB Pipeline): Kansas City gets a pitcher with some NCAA success after the season after Sandlin found 10 in a Big 12 tournament win over Kansas State, defeated Florida in the regions and knocked out 12 against Texas A&M in the College World Series. 6-foot-4 right-handers only have an average 91-93 mph speed, but stand out for their above-average push and curve ball.
Option 12 (328th overall): Angels, Caden Dana, RHP, Don Bosco Prep (NJ) HS (No. 119): The Halos may have some work to do to prevent Dana from honoring his commitment to Kentucky. Garden State natives are already up to 95 mph with their fastball and have a promising basket ball from the mid 70’s. There is some projection left in his 6-foot-4 frame as well, which means that things can tick up further in future seasons.
Pick 16 (332nd total): Phillies, Emaarion Boyd, OF, South Panola (Miss.) HS (No. 245): Should Boyd join Philadelphia, he will immediately become one of Phil’s fastest prospects. His home-to-first times have been clocked to less than four seconds, and that’s from the right. His percussion and field play needs sophistication, especially when it comes to avoiding selling out of power and sticking to the record.
Pick 18 (334th overall): Athletics, Christian Oppor, LHP, Columbus (Wis.) HS (No. 227): Still only 17 for four more days, Oppor is already showing a full amount of places with a fastball, curveball and slider out of a 6-foot-1 frame, and it should be more velo as he adds good weight in the years to come. He is considered very significant with a commitment to Gulf Coast State (Fla.) Junior College.
Option 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 on Day 3. The left-handed striker has been a constant for US national teams for the past six months due to his sweet left-handed swing that helps him hit for average and power. He will go to the Vanderbilt powerhouse if the Astros can not sign him.
Pick 2 (348th overall): D-backs, Malachi Witherspoon, RHP, Fletcher (Fla.) HS (No. 148): Witherspoon’s speed began to pick up this spring, and he will now touch 95 mph and sit around 92-93 with the heater. His plus-curve ball certainly caught Arizona’s eye, as it averages around 3,000 rpm, and these two lanes alone can make him a high-quality prospect in time.
Option 8 (354th overall): Twins, Nate Baez, C, Arizona State (No. 236): Previously on the team as a super user, Baez settled into the lead 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 right on the Draft board. Baez may be just average defensively, but the twins are missing a catcher among their top 30 prospects, which helps his chances of staying behind the plate.
Choice 19 (365th overall): Braves, Justin Janas, 1B, Illinois: Janas won the Big Ten batting title with an average of .391 in 2021 and followed it up with a solid .349 / .493 / .537 line as a junior this spring. He leaves Fighting Illini with a .494 OBP over his three seasons on campus.
Option 21 (367th overall): Cardinals, Michael Curialle, OF / 3B, UCLA (No. 247): Curialle is listed as a shortstop in the Draft track, but it seems that there is a greater probability of taking the trip to third place or a corner off the field. He hit .319 / .395 / .479 with five homers in 58 games this spring and posted 1,003 13-game PPP with Trenton from the MLB Draft League just before moving to St. Louis.