Miami Marlins: 10 way-too-early first round targets for 2022 MLB Draft

Matt Melton
DENVER, CO - JULY 10: Elijah Green is announced prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star High School Home Run Derby Finals at Coors Field on July 10, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 10: Elijah Green is announced prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star High School Home Run Derby Finals at Coors Field on July 10, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images) /
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6. SS Brooks Lee – Cal Poly

When making the argument for who is the top overall collegiate hitter in the 2022 draft, each of the next two players could arguably have that label with the first being Lee. Despite missing almost all of his freshman season at Cal Poly in 2020, Lee slashed a phenomenal .342/.384/.626 across 55 games in 2021, and then continued that success in the Cape Cod League slashing .405/.432/.667 across 21 games.

A switch-hitting middle infielder, Lee owns impressive power offensively at the position, and has all the tools needed to play at either shortstop or second base at the next level. While some of the notable high school players still to come on this list will likely be selected within the Top 5, don’t be surprised if Lee is the top collegiate player to come off the board, potentially in the Top 5 overall.

5. 3B Jacob Berry – LSU

The other player that you could certainly make an argument is the top collegiate hitter in the 2022 draft is Berry, a switch-hitting third baseman. Now attending LSU, Berry actually spent his freshman season a year ago at Arizona where the 20-year-old posted a phenomenal .352/.439/.676 slash line across 63 games, a season that also included 17 home runs and 70 RBI’s.

While listed as a third baseman, which is where he will likely see a majority of his time in 2022 with the Tigers, Berry spent a majority of the 2021 season as the Wildcats DH as an impactful member of the Arizona lineup. While Berry still has room to improve defensively, his bat is undoubtedly one of the best in the 2022 draft class, and is emerging as almost a lock to go in the Top 5 because of it.

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