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2022 MLB Draft 1st Day Open Thread

NLCS: Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies - Game 4
Matt Holliday was a thorn in the D-backs side in the past, his son may be a Diamondback tonight.
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We’ve been waiting for this since the end of the 2021 season, but the 2022 MLB Draft is finally upon us. The Diamondbacks will pick as early as the second overall pick, but will have a total of three selections on the first night, with the 34th and 43rd selections happening much later. The special theme for this year is second generation talent from some of the game’s best stars from the 2000s decade.

AZ Snake Pit Draft Coverage

Catch up on all the previous articles published in the past three weeks about the players in the draft class.

James’ write-ups on the top candidates to be taken 2nd overall:

GA HS OF Druw Jones
OK HS INF Jackson Holliday
FL HS OF Elijah Green
GA HS INF Termarr Johnson
Cal Poly INF Brooks Lee
Dark Horse Candidates

Potential options at 34/43 and Draft Strategies

Who do the draftniks project Arizona to pick?

This may be the trickiest mock draft season of them all, as Orioles Mike Elias holds picks to the vest and keeps his own subordinates out of the loop until it’s time to make the pick. We’ve seen various strategies out of Elias in the past, but typically savings come into play with the top selections in weaker draft classes. So we’re left with a lot of guesses, whereas the majority of draft day mock drafts had Jordan Lawlar in 2021 and Bryce Jarvis going to Arizona in 2020.

Carlos Collazo (Baseball America): Druw Jones
Keith Law (The Athletic): Druw Jones
Jim Callis (MLB): Jackson Holliday
Jonathan Mayo (MLB): Jackson Holliday
Kiley McDaniel (ESPN): Jackson Holliday
Joe Doyle (Prospects Live): Druw Jones
Mike Axisa (CBS): Druw Jones
Eric Longenhagen (Fangraphs): Druw Jones

The draft pundits seems to have a consensus on two players, depending on if the Orioles pass on Jones with the first overall pick. Jones goes first in only three of the eight mocks, in which all three predict Arizona to take Jackson Holliday. In the five mocks he doesn’t go first, he goes second in a situation where the new scouting director Ian Rebhan is running to the podium faster than Corbin Carroll can round the bases.

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