The Baltimore Orioles are on the clock.
The perennial American League East cellar dwellers own the No. 1 pick overall in the 2022 MLB Draft.
The next batch of future stars will hear their names called beginning on Sunday, July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif. (site of this year’s MLB All-Star Game).
The New York Yankees have the No. 25 pick overall. But the New York Mets have two selections: No. 11 and No. 14 overall. That’s because the Mets failed to sign Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker, last year’s first-round selection.
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CBS Sports is out with its latest first-round mock. Here’s what it sees the Big Apple’s ballclubs doing.
11. Mets: SS Jett Williams, Rockwall-Heath HS (Texas) ($ 4,778,200 slot value)
They’ve been connected to Williams and a few other second-tier high school hitters in recent weeks, suggesting they’re looking to cut an underslot deal here so they can go big later on. … Williams is a 5-foot-8 contact machine and a scouts’ favorite.
14. Mets: RHP Dylan Lesko, Buford HS (Georgia) ($ 4,241,600 slot value)
There’s been chatter the Mets will go with Williams at No. 11 and a college hitter at No. 14 (possibly Daniel Susac). I think Lesko fits best and is the wisest use of all the bonus pool money. He was the top pitching prospect in the draft class prior to having Tommy John surgery a few weeks back. … Lesko has true ace-upside.
25. Yankees: RHP Jacob Miller, Liberty Union HS (Ohio) ($ 2,879,300 slot value)
The Yankees have taken one high school pitcher in the first round in the last 15 years (righty Ty Hensley in 2012) and they’re a model-driven team that has focused on college bats in recent years. There has been recent buzz about them and Miller, however. He’s an analytics stud with big spin rates and competitiveness.
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