Detroit Tigers 2022 Mock Draft 1.0

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Commissioner Allan H. Bud Selig at the podium during the MLB First-Year Player Draft at the MLB Network Studio on June 5, 2014 in Secacucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Commissioner Allan H. Bud Selig at the podium during the MLB First-Year Player Draft at the MLB Network Studio on June 5, 2014 in Secacucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 30: Kumar Rocker #80 of the Vanderbilt pitches against Mississippi St. in the top of the first inning during game three of the College World Series Championship at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 30, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Video. RHP. player. Pick Analysis. Buford HS, GA. DylanLesko. 11. 3

Ryan says: The Mets go with the high school pitcher who, if not for Tommy John surgery, might have been number one overall. With major league teams viewing TJ surgery as a right of passage for a power pitcher these days, the Mets might be getting a steal with the prep righty at 11. The upside is an ace level major leaguer who could be the next great Mets starting pitcher.

Campbell. 12. Video. Pick Analysis. player. 63. SS. ZachNeto

Chris says: His unorthodox swing and small-school pedigree may scare some teams away, but all Neto has done is produce, with an OPS that topped 1.200 in both college and wood bat summer leagues. He’s also a no-doubt infielder with a plus arm, above-average athleticism, and a good chance to stick at shortstop.

Pick Analysis. RHP. player. Video. Tri-City (Independent). KumarRocker. 13. 102

Jon says: The news of Rocker’s medicals not scaring off swaths of teams, plus Rocker dominating Indy leaguers should put him comfortably in Round 1. His performance at Vanderbilt still resonates. Rocker might be the most likely player chosen outside the Top 10 where people look back in a decade and say “how did he last that long?!”

Video. LHP. BrandonBarriera. player. Pick Analysis. American Heritage HS, Plantation, FL. 14. 3

Jake says: Barriera has an advanced arsenal with the makings of a sum-of-the-parts mid-rotation lefty starter. He’s physically mature with only modest gains remaining which leaves a relief future possible, but his strike throwing and comfortable three pitch mix should allow him to progress quickly in the Mets’ system.

Pick Analysis. LSU. 127. Video. 3B/1B/OF. JacobBerry. 15. player

Matthew says: The likelihood of Berry falling this far in real life is quite slim, despite concerns about his long term defensive viability. He’s probably the best all-around hitter in the draft, certainly the best college hitter. San Diego gets an absolute steal here at 15.

16. Video. Pick Analysis. LHP. 5. Alabama. ConnorPrielipp. player

Matthew says: The Guardians have become known as a pitching factory over the past few years, but most of their success hasn’t come from homegrown talent. Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, and others were all acquired via trade. Prielipp gives them the best chance to buck that trend, despite coming off Tommy John surgery. His stuff landed him as a potential 1:1 guy before the surgery. Knowing what Cleveland does with pitching, this could be another steal.

Arizona. 6. Video. C. DanielSusac. 17. player. Pick Analysis

Jake says: Susac isn’t a prototypical catcher profile; he’s a hit-first guy with a tall frame and average defensive abilities. It remains to be seen if he sticks at the spot, but an eventual move to first base would be a plausible solution considering his plus arm. In a best case scenario, Susac can step in for JT Realmuto, who will be a free agent after 2025.

Video. Pick Analysis. RHP. BrockPorter. player. 61. St. Mary's Prep, Orchard Lake, MI. 18

Jon says: All of SE Michigan rejoices to see a local lad in Round 1. The Reds see the 6’4” frame throwing 97-mph as a good bet when adding a curve and change-up which seem above average. The money at #18 should get Porter off his Clemson commitment.

OF. 19. player. Video. Pick Analysis. ChaseDeLauter. 96. James Madison

Chris says: Oakland swings for the fences with DeLauter, a jumbo outfielder with a fascinating profile. He has had spectacular success over a limited track record, and he has a chance to be a true five-tool talent despite being shaped more like a tight end than a typical center fielder.

17. Video. Pick Analysis. RHP. Gonzaga. player. GabrielHughes. 20

Ryan says: The Braves go for the underslot and select maybe the top college arm in the draft. Hughes fanned over 12 batter per 9 innings last year, and should be solid mid rotation starter in a few years to help the Braves continue their World Series aspirations.