The last few days have been busy with 2022 draft items, even though we still have 2 1/2 months left before the draft starts. On Wednesday we looked at new draft prospect rankings from Baseball America and Kiley McDaniel at ESPN. Yesterday we looked at a new mock draft by Baseball America. Not long after that article was posted, MLB Pipeline came out with their own mock draft, written up by Jonathan Mayo.
Mayo has the same top three as BA’s mock from yesterday, going with Cal Poly shortstop Brooks Lee first overall, followed by Georgia outfielder Druw Jones in the second spot and IMG Academy outfielder Elijah Green in the third spot. The fourth spot belongs to the Pittsburgh Pirates and he has them selecting Termarr Johnson, a high school second baseman with an exciting bat. He has been connected to the Pirates before in this spot. Pipeline ranks him as a 70 grade hitter, with 60 grade power, displaying average speed and defense. In the fifth spot, Mayo has Jackson Holliday, the son of Matt Holliday. Jackson has moved up the draft lists for everyone, with Mayo saying that right now he is in play for any of the top five spots.
Earlier in the week, Pipeline updated their top 150 draft prospects list. They have (in order): Jones, Green, Johnson, Holliday, Lee, Jacob Berry, Jace Jung, Kevin Parada, Dylan Lesko (pre-TJ surgery ranking) and Arizona catcher Daniel Susac in the top ten spots. Berry, Jung and Parada are all college bats mentioned here before, and we will likely look at all of them in future Draft Prospect Watch articles.
I’m also legally obligated by family to mention that Monmouth lefty Trey Dombroski is rated 106th overall in the rankings, which would put him in the 3rd-4th round range. I also have to mention that he’s a cousin of a large group of my cousins.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.