Updated Top 100 Prospects After 2022 MLB Draft
Now that the 2022 MLB draft is complete, it's time for an updated version of our top 100 prospect list.
All told, 11 players were selected this summer who found their way onto our top 100 list, and they were joined by 14 other newcomers from across the minor league ranks who have improved their stock enough to be mentioned among the game's elite prospects.
The following factors helped determine where each player fell in our updated rankings:
- Potential: This trumps production a lot of the time, especially in the lower levels of the minors and with recent draft picks. Skill set and tools are often better indicators of what kind of player someone will be.
- Talent: For those in the higher levels of the minors who are close to breaking into the big leagues, production and talent level were the determining factors since the players are viewed as more complete products.
- Eligibility: A player must maintain rookie eligibility to be considered for inclusion. That means no more than 130 big league at-bats for position players, 50 innings for pitchers or 45 days on the active roster.
Let's start with 50 players who fell just outside the rankings.
Honorable Mentions: Next 50
RHP: Sam Bachman (LAA), Matt Brash (SEA), Mike Burrows (PIT), Gabriel Hughes (COL), Dylan Lesko (SD), Bryan Mata (BOS), Griff McGarry (PHI), Michael McGreevy (STL), Connor Phillips (CIN), Kumar Rocker (TEX)
LHP: Brandon Barriera (TOR), Ky Bush (LAA), DJ Herz (CHC), Cooper Hjerpe (STL), Antoine Kelly (MIL), Mason Montgomery (TB), Jared Shuster (ATL), Carson Whisenhunt (SF)
C: Yainer Diaz (HOU), Ivan Herrera (STL), Daniel Susac (OAK)
IF: 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand (MIN), SS/3B Jordan Groshans (TOR), SS Cristian Hernandez (CHC), 3B Colt Keith (DET), 1B Kyle Manzardo (TB), SS Ronny Mauricio (NYM), 3B Coby Mayo (BAL), SS Jackson Merrill (SD), SS Max Muncy (OAK), SS Zach Neto (LAA), SS Liover Peguero (PIT), 3B Bryan Ramos (CWS), SS Brayan Rocchio (CLE), SS Brice Turang (MIL), SS Cole Young (SEA), 3B Mark Vientos (NYM), SS Jordan Westburg (BAL), SS Jett Williams (NYM)
OF: Alec Burleson (STL), Oscar Colas (CWS), Justin Crawford (PHI), Pedro Leon (HOU), Luis Matos (SF), Grant McCray (SF), Benny Montgomery (COL), Everson Pereira (NYY), Emmanuel Rodriguez (MIN), Esteury Ruiz (SD), Matt Wallner (MIN)
100. C Bo Naylor, CLE
99. 3B Zack Gelof, OAK
98. OF Alex Ramirez, NYM
97. RHP Ty Madden, DET
96. OF Gavin Cross, KC
95. C Austin Wells, NYY
94. RHP Wilmer Flores, DET
93. RHP Gordon Graceffo, STL
92. C Harry Ford, SEA
91. SS Adael Amador, COL
-Catcher Bo Naylor saw his prospect stock plummet last season when he hit .189 with a .612 OPS at Double-A, but he has bounced back in a big way this year. The 2018 first-round pick is batting .280/.430/.504 with 32 extra-base hits in 75 games in the upper levels of the minors.
-Right-handers Wilmer Flores (2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 88 K, 64.2 IP at A+/AA) and Ty Madden (2.74 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 79 K, 82.0 IP at A+) give the Detroit Tigers the potential for two more promising, homegrown starting pitchers.
-Signed for $1.5 million as part of the 2019 international free-agent class, Adael Amador has put together a breakout performance in his full-season debut. The 19-year-old is hitting .307/.415/.478 with 18 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 80 games at Single-A Fresno.
90. RHP Brock Porter, TEX
89. OF James Wood, SD
88. RHP Ryan Pepiot, LAD
87. C Drew Romo, COL
86. 2B Jace Jung, DET
85. RHP Gavin Stone, LAD
84. 1B Nick Pratto, KC
83. RHP Emerson Hancock, SEA
82. RHP Will Bednar, SF
81. SS Colson Montgomery, CWS
-Despite slipping to the second round, Brock Porter landed a $3.7 million bonus from the Texas Rangers, shattering the $560,200 slot value of his draft position. That is a good indication of the upside that the 6'4" right-hander possesses, and he was widely regarded as the best prep pitcher in the 2022 class.
-Drafted for his huge raw power, outfielder James Wood has shown a better-than-expected approach at the plate. The 6'7" slugger is batting .304/.429/.536 with a 16.4 percent walk rate in 51 games between rookie ball and Single-A.
-Right-hander Gavin Stone looks like the next great homegrown Dodgers pitcher. The 23-year-old has a 1.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 112 strikeouts in 84 innings between High-A and Double-A this year, and he has added three to four mph to his fastball since starting his pro career.
80. RHP Tink Hence, STL
79. 3B Cam Collier, CIN
78. RHP Cade Cavalli, WAS
77. LHP Ken Waldichuk, NYY
76. IF Ezequiel Duran, TEX
75. OF Andy Pages, LAD
74. OF Sal Frelick, MIL
73. OF Colton Cowser, BAL
72. SS Carson Williams, TB
71. C Logan O'Hoppe, PHI
-Tink Hence has been as dominant as any pitcher in the minors this year. The 19-year-old has struck out 53 of the 116 batters he has faced, posting a 1.15 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and a .135 opponents' batting average in 31.1 innings at Single-A. He could easily crack the top 50 by season's end.
-The No. 28 pick in 2021, shortstop Carson Williams is hitting .261/.356/.498 with 17 doubles, 13 home runs and 21 steals in 78 games at Single-A. His 122 strikeouts and 33.7 percent strikeout rate is concerning, but there's a lot to like about his full array of tools.
-With J.T. Realmuto signed through the 2025 season, the Phillies have an enviable problem, with Logan O'Hoppe posting an .887 OPS with 15 home runs and 44 RBI at Double-A. Could he be used in a deadline deal?
70. SS Brady House, WAS
69. SS Oswald Peraza, NYY
68. OF Joey Wiemer, MIL
67. SS Vaughn Grissom, ATL
66. 3B Jacob Berry, MIA
65. SS Kahlil Watson, MIA
64. 1B Vinnie Pasquantino, KC
63. 2B Nick Gonzales, PIT
62. SS/3B Orelvis Martinez, TOR
61. 2B Nick Yorke, BOS
-Vaughn Grissom has the highest ranking of any prospect not included in the last Top 100 list, excluding 2022 draft picks. The 6'3", 210-pound shortstop is hitting .320/.405/.497 with 18 doubles, 13 home runs, 63 RBI, 67 runs scored and 24 steals in 85 games between High-A and Double-A, and he is now the No. 1 prospect in the Atlanta system.
-After hitting .370/.464/.630 with 15 home runs and more walks (27) than strikeouts (22) this spring at LSU, No. 6 pick Jacob Berry should move as quickly through the minors as any 2022 selection.
-Vinnie Pasquantino posted a .948 OPS with 18 home runs and 67 RBI in 69 games at Triple-A before he made his MLB debut June 28, and with Carlos Santana traded to Seattle, he has settled in as Kansas City's primary designated hitter.
60. SS Masyn Winn, STL
59. C Kevin Parada, NYM
58. RHP Jackson Jobe, DET
57. RHP Quinn Priester, PIT
56. OF Jasson Dominguez, NYY
55. RHP Mick Abel, PHI
54. C Luis Campusano, SD
53. 2B Michael Busch, LAD
52. OF Elijah Green, WAS
51. LHP Matthew Liberatore, STL
-After a shaky first month, Jasson Dominguez is hitting .284/.409/.489 with 25 extra-base hits in 274 plate appearances since the start of May. He will be 19 years old for the entirety of the 2022 season and was just promoted to High-A.
-Outfielder Elijah Green was given a rare 70-power/70-speed tool profile by Baseball America in his predraft scouting report, and that speaks to the tremendous upside the No. 5 pick possesses. Can he make enough consistent contact?
-A two-way standout in high school, Masyn Winn is moving quickly through the St. Louis farm system as a shortstop. The 20-year-old is hitting .294/.359/.478 with 37 extra-base hits and 26 steals in 79 games this year, and he was clocked at 100.5 mph on a throw from shortstop to first base in the Futures Game.
50. 3B Josh Jung, TEX
49. SS Brooks Lee, MIN
48. C/1B Tyler Soderstrom, OAK
47. RHP Hunter Brown, HOU
46. SS Edwin Arroyo, SEA
45. RHP Brayan Bello, BOS
44. SS Royce Lewis, MIN
43. OF Evan Carter, TEX
42. LHP Nick Lodolo, CIN
41. RHP Andrew Painter, PHI
-Far and away the best prospect in the Astros system, right-hander Hunter Brown is quickly emerging as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Armed with a high-octane fastball and a hammer curve, he has a 2.62 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 75.2 innings at Triple-A.
-Brooks Lee could wind up being the steal of the 2022 draft after going No. 8 overall. The Cal Poly standout hit .357/.462/.664 with 25 doubles, 15 home runs and more walks (46) than strikeouts (28) this spring. A move to second base or third base is likely down the road.
-Left-hander Nick Lodolo has missed plenty of bats with 47 strikeouts in 32.1 innings in his first taste of the big leagues this season. However, he has also found plenty of barrels, with 11.1 hits per nine innings and a .301 opponents' batting average.
40. OF Brennen Davis, CHC
39. 3B Curtis Mead, TB
38. OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, CHC
37. C Shea Langeliers, OAK
36. LHP Ricky Tiedemann, TOR
35. LHP DL Hall, BAL
34. 3B Miguel Vargas, LAD
33. RHP Gavin Williams, CLE
32. OF George Valera, CLE
31. RHP Bobby Miller, LAD
-Among 2021 draft picks, only No. 2 overall selection Jack Leiter ranks higher than Gavin Williams (1.76 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 103 K, 76.2 IP at A+/AA) and Ricky Tiedemann (2.13 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 103 K, 67.2 IP at A/A+) among pitching prospects. There were 10 pitchers taken ahead of Williams and a whopping 38 taken ahead of Tiedemann.
-Futures Game MVP Shea Langeliers could be in Oakland before the season is over, especially with incumbent catcher Sean Murphy drawing significant trade interest leading up to the deadline.
-Outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong was the key return piece in the deal that sent Javier Baez to the New York Mets last summer, and now he's the top prospect in the Cubs organization. The 20-year-old is hitting .307/.371/.538 with 13 home runs and 20 steals while continuing to play Gold Glove-caliber defense in the outfield.
30. SS Termarr Johnson, PIT
29. RHP Max Meyer, MIA
28. OF Zac Veen, COL
27. RHP Jack Leiter, TEX
26. 1B Triston Casas, BOS
25. SS Noelvi Marte, SEA
24. 3B Brett Baty, NYM
23. OF Robert Hassell III, SD
22. LHP Kyle Harrison, SF
21. SS Jackson Holliday, BAL
-Triston Casas missed nearly two months with an ankle injury but finally returned to action in mid-July. The 22-year-old could get a look in the big leagues down the stretch as the Red Sox try to assess whether he can be the everyday first baseman in 2023.
-With a .301/.394/.498 line that includes 20 doubles and 13 home runs in 79 games at Double-A, Brett Baty might already be the best offensive third baseman in the Mets organization.
-This year's No. 1 overall pick, Jackson Holliday, hit a ridiculous .685/.749/1.392 this spring with 89 hits in 41 games to break J.T. Realmuto's national high school record for hits in a season. He could push his way into the top 10 in no time.
20. OF Jackson Chourio, MIL
19. SS Elly De La Cruz, CIN
18. RHP Taj Bradley, TB
17. C Henry Davis, PIT
16. RHP Daniel Espino, CLE
15. SS Anthony Volpe, NYY
14. SS Ezequiel Tovar, COL
13. C Diego Cartaya, LAD
12. SS Oneil Cruz, PIT
11. RHP Eury Perez, MIA
-With Grayson Rodriguez and Daniel Espino both on the injured list, Eury Perez (3.36 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 94 K, 67.0 IP) and Taj Bradley (1.59 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 96 K, 79.1 IP) are the two best active pitching prospects in baseball. The 19-year-old Perez is already pitching at Double-A, while the 21-year-old Bradley made his Triple-A debut on Sunday with five scoreless innings.
-Outfielder Jackson Chourio is already playing at High-A Wisconsin, and he won't turn 19 years old until next March. The youngest player in full-season ball when the 2022 campaign began, he hit .324/.373/.600 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs and 10 steals in 62 games at Single-A before he was promoted.
-Shortstops Elly De La Cruz (78 G, .293/.349/.579, 20 HR, 31 SB) and Ezequiel Tovar (66 G, .318/.386/.546, 13 HR, 17 SB) are both strong candidates for the title of biggest breakout prospect of the 2022 season.
10. OF Corbin Carroll, ARI
9. SS Marcelo Mayer, BOS
8. OF Druw Jones, ARI
7. SS Jordan Lawlar, ARI
6. RHP Grayson Rodriguez, BAL
5. SS Gunnar Henderson, BAL
4. 3B Jordan Walker, STL
3. C Gabriel Moreno, TOR
2. SS Marco Luciano, SF
1. C Francisco Alvarez, NYM
-Shortstop Gunnar Henderson has moved into the top tier of MLB prospects by hitting an impressive .299/.426/.565 with 18 doubles, 16 home runs and a 17 percent walk rate between Double-A and Triple-A. He also just turned 21 on June 29.
-A tip of the cap to a D-backs organization that has a top-heavy farm system that features three of the game's top 10 prospects. The future is bright in the desert, especially with some solid young pieces already in place in the majors.
-With Bobby Witt Jr., Adley Rutschman, Julio Rodriguez, Riley Greene, Spencer Torkelson, CJ Abrams and Nolan Gorman all exhausting their prospect status, the No. 1 overall prospect spot now belongs to catcher Francisco Alvarez. The 20-year-old has an .883 OPS with 19 doubles, 19 home runs and 55 RBI in 79 games between Double-A and Triple-A this year.
ARI (3): SS Jordan Lawlar (7), OF Druw Jones (8), OF Corbin Carroll (10)
ATL (1): SS Vaughn Grissom (67)
BAL (5): SS Gunnar Henderson (5), RHP Grayson Rodriguez (6), SS Jackson Holliday (21), LHP DL Hall (35), OF Colton Cowser (73)
BOS (4): SS Marcelo Mayer (9), 1B Triston Casas (26), RHP Brayan Bello (45), 2B Nick Yorke (61)
CHC (2): OF Pete Crow-Armstrong (38), OF Brennen Davis (40)
CWS (1): SS Colson Montgomery (81)
CIN (3): SS Elly De La Cruz (19), LHP Nick Lodolo (42), 3B Cam Collier (79)
CLE (4): RHP
Daniel Espino (16), OF George Valera (32), RHP Gavin Williams (33), C Bo Naylor (100)
COL (4): SS Ezequiel Tovar (14), OF Zac Veen (28), C Drew Romo (87), SS Adael Amador (91)
DET (4): RHP Jackson Jobe (58), 2B Jace Jung (86), RHP Wilmer Flores (94), RHP Ty Madden (97)
HOU (1): RHP Hunter Brown (47)
KC (3): 1B Vinnie Pasquantino (64), 1B Nick Pratto (84), OF Gavin Cross (96)
LAA (0): None
LAD (7): C Diego Cartaya (13), RHP Bobby Miller (31), 3B Miguel Vargas (34), 2B Michael Busch (53), OF Andy Pages (75), RHP Gavin Stone (85), RHP Ryan Pepiot (88)
MIA (4): RHP Eury Perez (11), RHP Max Meyer (29), SS Kahlil Watson (65), 3B Jacob Berry (66)
MIL (3): OF Jackson Chourio (20), OF Joey Wiemer (68), OF Sal Frelick (74)
MIN (2): SS Royce Lewis (44), SS Brooks Lee (49)
NYM (4): C Francisco Alvarez (1), 3B Brett Baty (24), C Kevin Parada (59), OF Alex Ramirez (98)
NYY (5): SS Anthony Volpe (15), OF Jasson Dominguez (56), SS Oswald Peraza (69), LHP Ken Waldichuk (77), C Austin Wells (95)
OAK (3): C Shea Langeliers (37), C/1B Tyler Soderstrom (48), 3B Zack Gelof (99)
PHI (3): RHP Andrew Painter (41), RHP Mick Abel (55), C Logan O'Hoppe (71)
PIT (5): SS Oneil Cruz (12), C Henry Davis (17), SS Termarr Johnson (30), RHP Quinn Priester (57), 2B Nick Gonzales (63)
SD (3): OF Robert Hassell III (23), C Luis Campusano (54), OF James Wood (89)
SF (3): SS Marco Luciano (2), LHP Kyle Harrison (22), RHP Will Bednar (82)
SEA (4): SS Noelvi Marte (25), SS Edwin Arroyo (46), RHP Emerson Hancock (83), C Harry Ford (92)
STL (5): 3B Jordan Walker (4), LHP Matthew Liberatore (51), SS Masyn Winn (60), RHP Tink Hence (80), RHP Gordon Graceffo (93)
TB (3): RHP Taj Bradley (18), 3B Curtis Mead (39), SS Carson Williams (72)
TEX (5): RHP Jack Leiter (27), OF Evan Carter (43), 3B Josh Jung (50), 2B Ezequiel Duran (76), RHP Brock Porter (90)
TOR (3): C Gabriel Moreno (3), LHP Ricky Tiedemann (36), SS/3B Orelvis Martinez (62)
WAS (3): OF Elijah Green (52), SS Brady House (70), RHP Cade Cavalli (78)