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2022 MLB Preview: Top 110 Prospects

Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners, Top 110 MLB Prospects for 2022

Julio Rodriguez, the No. 1 prospect in baseball entering the 2022 season, will be patrolling center field for the Seattle Mariners very soon, perhaps Opening Day

Minor league players are getting more hype than ever, and many of last year's top MLB prospects lived up to the hype. Tampa Bay teammates Wander Franco and Randy Arozarena are ready to terrify AL East pitchers for years to come, while Trevor Rogers, Ian Anderson, and Alek Manoah all looked like future front-line starters.

There may not be another Franco this season — after all, he just landed an 11-year, $182 million contract — but who will be lead the next wave of MLB stars?

Here are our top 110 prospects for the 2020 season, featured in the Athlon Sports 2022 Baseball Annual and courtesy of Baseball America's JJ Cooper:

1. Julio Rodríguez, OF, Mariners

R/R • 6-3 • 180 • Age: 21
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2017
Welcome the soon-to-be-face of the Mariners organization. Rodríguez manages to combine plus power with near top-of-the-scale hitting ability as well as surprising speed. He is a career .331 hitter in the minors who posts exit velocities that hint at 30-plus home run power as well.

2. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals

R/R • 6-1 • 200 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
Witt is the cornerstone of the Royals' latest rebuilding effort. Between his power, speed and positional value, he has a solid shot to be the best player in the Royals lineup in 2023, and maybe as early as 2022. He may eventually outgrow shortstop, but even that would just mean he would become a plus defender at third base.

3. Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles

B/R • 6-2 • 220 • Age: 24
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
Catching is taxing, but Rutschman has the skill set to be an asset both behind the plate and in the batter's box. His arrival in Baltimore in 2022 should finally mark the start of the Orioles' long-awaited attempt to climb out of the basement of the AL East. For all the anticipation that surrounded Matt Wieters, Rutschman has more all-around potential.

4. Shane Baz, RHP, Rays

R/R • 6-2 • 190 • Age: 22
Acquired: Trade, first-round pick, 2017
Baz gave everyone a taste of what was to come with a late-season promotion to Tampa Bay. He's made massive improvements in his strike-throwing as a pro. That's helped his exceptional high-90s fastball play even better. His slider pairs extremely well with his fastball as well, giving him a shot to be a front-of-the-rotation starter.

5. Riley Greene, OF, Tigers

L/L • 6-3 • 200 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
The debate over who is the top prospect in the Tigers system is a fascinating discussion. Greene gives Detroit a player who could hit .300 while producing 20-25 home runs a year. He has exceptional bat speed and should hold down a corner outfield spot for the Tigers for years, although he's also playable in center field.

6. Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Tigers

R/R • 6-1 • 220 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
And here's the other candidate to be the Tigers' No. 1 prospect. Torkelson has massive power, and he manages to do it without selling out to get to that power. The Tigers have added young pitchers to the rotation in the past two years; now, two cornerstone bats are on the way to join them.

7. Gabriel Moreno, C, Blue Jays

R/R • 5-11 • 160 • Age: 22
Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela, 2016
A broken thumb cost Moreno the second half of the 2021 season, but before he was sidelined, Moreno had demonstrated rare hitting ability and developing power. He's a promising catcher defensively, but because of the pandemic and his thumb injury, he's lacking in games behind the plate.

8. Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Orioles

L/R • 6-5 • 220 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2018
Picking Rutschman first overall in 2019 is admittedly a key part of the Orioles rebuild. But the development of Rodriguez (the 11th pick in 2018) and DL Hall (the 21st pick in 2017) will be just as important to the Orioles' success. Rodriguez is now one of the best pitching prospects in the game thanks to a high-90s fastball, an equally malevolent slider and a deceptive changeup.

9. Oneil Cruz, SS, Pirates

L/R • 6-7 • 210 • Age: 23
Acquired: Trade, signed out of Dominican Republic, 2015
Can someone 6'7" really play shortstop? Cruz and the Pirates will find out. He's an incredibly unique athlete who looks like he belongs on a basketball court. But his speed and power play on the diamond as well. In just two games with Pittsburgh, he has the hardest-hit ball by a Pirate since Statcast began in 2015.

10. George Kirby, RHP, Mariners

R/R • 6-4 • 215 • Age: 24
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
When the Mariners drafted Kirby out of Elon, he had some of the best command and control in the 2019 draft, but his stuff was seen as quite average. The worry was he'd simply not have enough stuff for his control to matter. Two years later, he was combining that exceptional control with a fastball that can touch 98-99 mph and a sharpened breaking ball.

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11. CJ Abrams, SS, Padres

L/R • 6-2 • 185 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
A knee injury cost Abrams the second half of the 2021 season, and a shoulder injury cut his Arizona Fall League stint short. The injuries are troubling, but Abrams has shown when healthy that he's a speedy shortstop with the ability to hit for average, steal bases and play above-average defense. Where he fits in the crowded Padres lineup is a good problem to ponder.

12. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Red Sox

L/R • 6-3 • 188 • Age: 19
Acquired: First-round pick, 2021
The 2021 draft was a great one for high school shortstops. Mayer and Diamondbacks shortstop Jordan Lawlar battled for the status as the draft's best shortstop. Mayer reminds some evaluators of Corey Seager as a bigger shortstop with excellent offensive potential. He may not be particularly rangy, but he's a reliable defender.

13. Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox

L/R • 6-4 • 252 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2018
Casas was a key part of the U.S. Olympic team's run to a silver medal in 2021. He should take over the Red Sox first base job at some point in 2022, providing much more contact and hitting ability than incumbent Bobby Dalbec with somewhat similar power potential.

14. Keibert Ruiz, C, Nationals

B/R • 6-0 • 225 • Age: 23
Acquired: Trade, signed out of Venezuela, 2014
When the Nationals decided to tear apart their 2019 World Series champs, Ruiz was one of the key pieces they received back from the Dodgers in the Max Scherzer/Trea Turner trade. He should become the Nationals' everyday catcher in 2022, providing adequate defense and above-average offensive production for the position.

15. Francisco Álvarez, C, Mets

R/R • 5-10 • 233 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela, 2018
It's a great year for catching prospects, and Álvarez is one of the best. His excellent 2021 season was even more impressive when you consider how hard it was to hit at his home Brooklyn park. On the road, Alvarez hit .313/.418/.591.

16. Brennen Davis, OF, Cubs

R/R • 6-4 • 210 • Age: 22
Acquired: Second-round pick, 2018
The Cubs saw a well-rounded and deep farm system take them to their first World Series title in more than a century. Now, that core group is gone, and the farm system isn't really ready to replace them. But Davis does give the club a cornerstone prospect to build around. He's a rangy center fielder with plenty of power.

17. Zac Veen, OF, Rockies

L/R • 6-4 • 190 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
It's hard to see how the Rockies are going to contend in an incredibly competitive NL West anytime in the near future. Veen by himself won't be enough to change that, but he is a plus hitter with sneaky speed. If he learns how to better lift his already hard hits, he has All-Star potential.

18. Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees

R/R • 5-11 • 180 • Age: 20
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
Volpe was the Yankees' breakout prospect. He got significantly stronger during the lost 2020 season, which paid off in a near 30-30 season in 2021. He finished with 33 steals and 27 home runs to go with adequate defense at shortstop that could be above average at second base.

19. Noelvi Marte, SS, Mariners

R/R • 6-1 • 181 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2018
Much like fellow Mariners prospect Julio Rodríguez, Marte hits the ball exceptionally hard. He's a slugger who will have to learn to make better swing decisions to hit for average to go with that power. Defensively, Marte is a little erratic, but he has the tools to be either a fringy shortstop or an above-average third baseman.

20. Michael Harris II, OF, Braves

L/L • 6-0 • 195 • Age: 21
Acquired: Third-round pick, 2019
The Braves expected that Cristian Pache would grab hold of the team's center field job in 2021 with Drew Waters not far behind in Triple-A. Instead, it's Harris who has emerged as the team's best outfield prospect. His defense isn't all that far behind Pache's in center, and he has a much better bat.

21. Marco Luciano, SS, Giants

L/R • 6-2 • 178 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2018
Luciano has the best power in the Giants organization. He is capable of hitting majestic home runs as well as posting less impressive strikeouts when he gets a little too aggressive trying to hit those home runs. Luciano has to learn when to go all out and when to dial it back a little bit (both at the plate and in the field), but the tools are there for him to be an infielder with plus-plus power.

22. Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers

R/R • 6-3 • 219 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela, 2018
The Dodgers have managed to create an assembly line of catching prospects. Will Smith is now the best catcher in the National League with Buster Posey's retirement. Connor Wong and Keibert Ruiz were traded to other teams, but the Dodgers still have an elite catching prospect in Cartaya.

23. Tyler Soderstrom, C, Athletics

L/R • 6-2 • 200 • Age: 20
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
Soderstrom has plenty of work to do if he's going to be a big-league catcher. He just doesn't have a lot of experience behind the plate yet. But he plays like a vet with a bat in his hands, and that could create a conundrum. If Soderstrom's bat is ready to contribute in 2023, will Oakland want to wait until 2024 or 2025 for his glove to catch up?

24. Corbin Carroll, OF, Diamondbacks

L/L • 5-10 • 165 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
A significant shoulder injury after just seven games meant Carroll's lost 2020 season turned into a lost 2021 as well. Carroll should be worth the wait as a center fielder who can serve as a top-of-the-order spark plug who gets on base, swipes bases and provides 15-20 home run pop as well.

25. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Diamondbacks

R/R • 6-2 • 190 • Age: 19
Acquired: First-round pick, 2021
Lawlar has the bat speed, batting eye and quick-twitch athleticism to be a valuable player both at the plate and in the field. A labrum injury meant Lawlar got to play just two games in his first pro season, but as a high school player, he showed excellent bat speed and an advanced glove.

26. Josh Lowe, OF, Rays

L/R • 6-4 • 205 • Age: 24
Acquired: First-round pick, 2016
The younger brother of Rangers first baseman Nate Lowe, Josh is the athlete of the family. He's good enough defensively to handle center field for a team that has consistently put Gold Glove candidates in center. Lowe made big steps forward offensively in 2021. He's ready to help the Rays; now, the only question is where they can find a spot for him to play.

27. Jack Leiter, RHP, Rangers

R/R • 6-1 • 205 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2021
Leiter dominated the Southeastern Conference in 2021, piling up strikeouts with his riding fastball up in the zone and nasty breaking balls. He should be able to do much of the same for the Rangers, although he heads into 2022 having not yet thrown a pro pitch — the Rangers wanted him to rest and recover after a long college season.

28. Robert Hassell III, OF, Padres

L/L • 6-2 • 195 • Age: 20
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
The Padres system is much thinner than it was two years ago when San Diego was finishing up its rebuild, but the top-end talent in the system remains strong thanks to players like Hassell. Hassell has the tools and skills to be a productive leadoff hitter, getting on base thanks to a handsy all-field approach while playing solid defense in center field.

29. Henry Davis, C, Pirates

R/R • 6-2 • 210 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2021
The first pick in the 2021 draft, Davis has long been known for having one of the most powerful throwing arms in the amateur ranks. In 2021, he showed he had the power at the plate to match it, hitting .370/.482/.663 with 15 home runs for Louisville. If the Pirates are going to contend anytime soon, Davis should be a big part of the resurgence.

30. Jordan Walker, 3B, Cardinals

R/R • 6-5 • 220 • Age: 19
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
Walker has one of the stronger throwing arms among minor league infielders. But his power is even better. In the first month of the 2021 season, he hit a ball 116 mph, something only 31 MLB hitters managed last season. Walker made a quick adjustment to pro ball and moved quickly to High-A.

31. Reid Detmers, LHP, Angels

L/L • 6-2 • 210 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
Detmers would have graduated from this list if not for his COVID-19 diagnosis in late August. Detmers went from being a command/control lefty in college to a hard-throwing lefty as a pro, albeit one who still has touch and feel. He's added 2-4 mph to his fastball to where it now sits 93-97, and he had developed a better slider to go with it.

32. Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers

R/R • 6-5 • 220 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
Meet the Dodgers' next fire-breathing dragon of a starter, following in the footsteps of Walker Buehler and Dustin May. Miller has plenty of work left to do to become a reliable starter — he doesn't work deep enough in games yet, and his control is still sometimes shaky. But his 94-100 mph fastball with hop and his hard mid-80s slider give him two plus pitches to build on.

33. Aaron Ashby, LHP, Brewers

R/L • 6-2 • 181 • Age: 23
Acquired: Fourth-round pick, 2018
A nephew of former MLB pitcher Andy Ashby, Aaron is yet another Brewers development success story. He's steadily gotten better since being drafted to the point where he now has front-of-the-rotation potential thanks to his high-90s fastball and two-plane slider as well as an improving changeup.

34. Alek Thomas, OF, Diamondbacks

L/L • 5-11 • 175 • Age: 21
Acquired: Second-round pick, 2018
The son of White Sox strength coach Allen Thomas, the younger Thomas has been one of the most productive hitters in the minors wherever he's played. He has a nice combination of above-average hitting ability, solid center field defense and average power. He should team with Corbin Carroll to give the D-backs a young and exciting outfield by 2023.

35. Matt Brash, RHP, Mariners

R/R • 6-1 • 170 • Age: 23
Acquired: Trade, fourth-round pick, 2019
Brash was a low-level prospect when the Padres sent him to the Mariners as a player to be named in the Taylor Williams trade. But Brash returned from the canceled 2020 season with a devastating mid-90s fastball and an even better slider. Some see a dominating two-pitch reliever, but there's hope that he can be durable enough to be a four-pitch starter.

36. Nolan Gorman, 2B/3B, Cardinals

L/R • 6-1 • 210 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2018
Gorman was set to be the Cardinals' third baseman of the near future. The trade for Nolan Arenado quickly changed those plans. Gorman now is the team's potential second baseman of the near future. His significant power potential and willingness to adapt and learn at his new position make him a plausible big-league option in 2022.

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37. Cade Cavalli, RHP, Nationals

R/R • 6-4 • 230 • Age: 23
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
Before the Nationals drafted Brady House and made a slew of trades in July 2021, Cavalli was seemingly the lone bright spot in a very thin farm system. He's gotten some help now, but Cavalli remains the team's best pitching prospect.

38. José Barrero, SS, Reds

R/R • 6-2 • 175 • Age: 23
Acquired: Signed out of Cuba, 2017
Barrero was pushed to Cincinnati before he was ready in 2020. He made the most of a trip back to the minors in 2021, which helped him get better at chasing breaking balls out of the zone. He hit .303/.380/.539 with 19 home runs and 16 steals between Double-A and Triple-A. He also showed he could handle center field in a September call-up to the majors.

39. MJ Melendez, C, Royals

L/R • 6-1 • 190 • Age: 23
Acquired: Second-round pick, 2017
In 2019, Melendez hit .163 with 165 strikeouts at High-A Wilmington. It was as bad as a season could be. But Melendez shortened his swing and toned down his timing step and turned in one of the best seasons in the minors in 2021. He hit an MiLB-best 41 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A. His arm is just as impressive as his power.

40. Brett Baty, 3B, Mets

L/R • 6-3 • 210 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
The Mets have traded away first-round picks Jarred Kelenic and Pete Crow-Armstrong in recent years, but the farm system still has solid talent at the top (if not much depth) because of the emergence of hitters like Baty. Baty loves to work counts and has big power to go with a solid ability to post high on-base percentages.

41. Mick Abel, RHP, Phillies

R/R • 6-5 • 190 • Age: 20
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
Many teams have begun to shy away from prep pitchers in the first round, but Abel stood out as much for the quality of his secondary pitches as he did for his big fastball. So far, he's shown similar attributes in pro ball with the ability to land his breaking balls and changeups while also blowing away hitters with a mid-90s fastball.

42. Orelvis Martinez, SS/3B, Blue Jays

R/R • 6-1 • 188 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2018
Martinez hit 28 home runs between Low-A and High-A in 2021 when he was still a teenager. His plus power potential makes him the Blue Jays' likely third baseman of the future. He's still a shortstop for now, but third base is his more likely long-term home, which fits the Blue Jays' plans since Bo Bichette is entrenched at shortstop.

43. Nick Yorke, 2B, Red Sox

R/R • 6-0 • 200 • Age: 19
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
When the Red Sox selected Yorke in the first round in 2020, it appeared to be a bit of a reach, although there were scouts for other teams who thought Yorke was the best amateur hitter on the West Coast. A year and a half later, it looks like a prescient pick, as Yorke is one of the best young hitters in pro ball.

44. Hunter Greene, RHP, Reds

R/R • 6-5 • 230 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2017
In 2010, the Reds unleashed the best arm of the 21st century. Aroldis Chapman touched 106 mph in one of his first games, setting a velocity mark that has not yet been beaten. In 2022, the Reds will likely unveil Chapman's heir apparent as the best arm in baseball. Greene has touched 105 mph at his best and can sit at 99-100 mph as a starter.

45. Josh Jung, 3B, Rangers

R/R • 6-2 • 214 • Age: 24
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
Jung was one of the best hitters in college baseball in 2019. That hitting ability carried over to pro ball, but his inside-out approach meant he was a very big singles and doubles hitter. In 2021, Jung demonstrated a newfound ability to pull the ball, which now gives him a shot to hit for average and power. He's a playable third baseman defensively.

46. Austin Martin, OF/SS, Twins

R/R • 6-0 • 185 • Age: 23
Acquired: Trade, first-round pick, 2020
Martin was viewed as one of the top players in the 2020 draft class despite questions about where he would eventually end up playing defensively. He demonstrated an ability to hit for average but showed very little power in 2021. The questions about his defensive position remain — he played center field and shortstop, but his arm may keep him from handling shortstop long term.

47. Miguel Vargas, 3B, Dodgers

R/R • 6-3 • 205 • Age: 22
Acquired: Signed out of Cuba, 2017
The son of a Serie Nacional star in Cuba, Vargas has hit .316 across three minor league seasons, and he hit 23 home runs in 2021 after hitting nine combined in his first two years in the U.S. He's a pure hitter who just hits everyone. Defensively, he's stretched at third base and probably fits better at first base over the long term.

48. Nick Gonzales, 2B, Pirates

R/R • 5-10 • 195 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2020
Gonzales proved himself to be one of the best hitters in college baseball at New Mexico State. His pro debut in 2021 proved to be much of the same. After a slow start, he rallied to hit .302 with modest power. He's a fringy defender at second base, but his bat should be good enough to make up for it.

49. Nate Pearson, RHP, Blue Jays

R/R • 6-6 • 250 • Age: 25
Acquired: First-round pick, 2017
Pearson has demonstrated exceptional stuff in flashes, but he's been injured too often to get into a regular groove. Some of those injuries have been freak ones (he was hit by a comebacker at one point), but he's also had a groin injury and a sports hernia. In 2022, he needs to get regular innings to help his control catch up to his triple-digit stuff.

50. DL Hall, LHP, Orioles

L/L • 6-2 • 195 • Age: 23
Acquired: First-round pick, 2017
Hall has some of the best stuff of any lefthander in the minors. Now the question is whether he can hit his spots enough to let his 94-99 mph fastball and plus slider eat. Hall missed the final half of the 2021 season due to a stress reaction in his left elbow, so he also has to show he can stay healthy in 2022.

51. Nick Pratto, 1B, Royals

L/L • 6-1 • 215 • Age: 23
Acquired: First round pick, 2017
Much like his teammate MJ Melendez, Pratto reworked and retooled his swing after a disastrous 2019 season. The results were jaw-dropping. He went from being a smooth-fielding but light-hitting first baseman to hitting 36 home runs, second best in the minors behind only Melendez. He should become the Royals' regular first baseman for years to come, starting as soon as Opening Day.

52. Joey Bart, C, Giants

R/R • 6-2 • 238 • Age: 25
Acquired: First round pick, 2018
With Buster Posey retiring, the path has been cleared for Bart to be the Giants' everyday catcher. He's not going to match Posey — that's asking too much of almost anyone, as Posey is one of the best catchers of the 21st century. But Bart can provide power and solid defense to give San Francisco a useful everyday catcher.

53. Vidal Bruján, INF/OF, Rays

B/R • 5-10 • 180 • Age: 24
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2014
Bruján has the knack of being able to play almost anywhere on the field. He came up through the minors as a second baseman, but he's become comfortable at shortstop, third base and every outfield spot as well. Wherever he plays, he's a speedy table-setter who combines quickness and athleticism with surprising strength.

54. Luis Campusano, C, Padres

R/R • 5-11 • 232 • Age: 23
Acquired: Second-round pick, 2017
It's hard to see how Campusano will become the Padres' regular catcher anytime soon with Austin Nola under contract for years to come. But his combination of power and hitting ability means he should be ready to contribute as a backup (or somewhere else as a trade chip) in 2022.

55. Taj Bradley, RHP, Rays

R/R • 6-2 • 190 • Age: 21
Acquired: Fifth-round pick, 2018
When the Rays drafted Bradley, it was based a lot on the hope that he would steadily get better. He's exceeded those expectations by turning into a potential front-line starter. He now throws 5 mph harder than he did when he was drafted, and that increased arm speed has helped him develop a plus slider as well. Bradley's athleticism and intelligence give him a shot to be a mid-rotation starter.

56. Nick Lodolo, LHP, Reds

L/L • 6-6 • 205 • Age: 24
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
The Reds should have two MLB-ready starters graduate in 2022. If Hunter Greene is the flamethrower, Lodolo is the control artist. He manages to hit his spots with a well-rounded four-pitch mix. After a solid season that ended in Triple-A, Lodolo should be ready for a call-up to Cincinnati at some point during the 2022 season.

57. Elly De La Cruz, SS, Reds

B/R • 6-2 • 150 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2018
There were few bigger surprise stories in baseball in 2021 than De La Cruz. He's grown and gotten stronger since the Reds signed him in 2018. He blitzed his way through the Arizona Complex League and flashed star potential in Low-A. He has plus-plus speed and plus-plus power, although he'll have to refine his approach.

58. Royce Lewis, SS, Twins

R/R • 6-2 • 200 • Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick, 2017
Lewis missed the entire 2021 season recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. There are a lot of questions left for Lewis. He struggled in 2019 and hasn't played in an official game since. At his best, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft looks like a shortstop who can be a top-of-the-order hitter. Now he has to show he can do that consistently.

59. Daniel Espino, RHP, Guardians

R/R • 6-2 • 205 • Age: 21
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
Here's the next up in the Guardians' assembly line of intriguing pitchers. Espino has already demonstrated that he can blow hitters away — he's struck out 14.5 batters per nine innings in pro ball as a starter. If he can continue to refine his control, he could give Cleveland another homegrown front-line starter by 2023.

60. Gunnar Henderson, SS, Orioles

L/R • 6-2 • 210 • Age: 20
Acquired: Second-round pick, 2019
What stands out most with Henderson is his feel for the game. He is better than expected defensively at shortstop and exceptional at third. He has sneaky power (17 home runs in 2021) that could continue to grow. And he's an excellent baserunner who swiped 16 bags in 18 tries in 2021.

61. Cristian Hernandez, SS, Cubs

R/R • 6-2 • 175 • Age: 18
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2021
Considered the best player in the 2021 international amateur class, Hernandez lived up to those lofty expectations in his pro debut. He hit .285/.398/.424 with 21 steals in 47 games in the Dominican Summer League. Now he'll bring his potential middle-of-the-order bat to the U.S. in 2022. He has a solid understanding of the game to go with his impressive tools.

62. Joe Ryan, RHP, Twins

R/R • 6-2 • 205 • Age: 25
Acquired: Trade, seventh-round pick, 2018
Ryan is an anomaly. He's a pitcher who will attack lineups with one plus pitch. If you're going to do that, it had better be a pretty special pitch. And that's exactly what Ryan's fastball is. Ryan's velocity (90-94 mph) isn't special, but the flat approach angle and the life of his fastball are. It's dominated wherever he's gone in the minors, and it didn't look out of place in five starts for Minnesota.

63. Cristian Pache, OF, Athletics

R/R • 6-2 • 215 • Age: 24
Acquired: Trade, signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2015
Pache failed in his chance to claim the center field job in Atlanta in 2021 — he was sent back to Triple-A Gwinnett after an awful first month in Atlanta. The path back will be tougher, but he's still young enough to bounce back, and his defense gives him the ability to be a solid big leaguer even if he's hitting at the bottom of the lineup. He has the power to do better than that.

64. Shea Langeliers, C, Athletics

R/R • 6-0 • 205 • Age: 23
Acquired: Trade, first-round pick, 2019
Langeliers' glove has always been his calling card. He simply shuts down running games with his arm, and he blocks and receives well. But he figured out how to more consistently get to his power in 2021. He hit two home runs in 2019 and 22 in 2021. He's ready for Triple-A and should be ready for Oakland by 2023.

65. Geraldo Perdomo, SS, Diamondbacks

B/R • 6-2 • 203 • Age: 22
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2016
Even though Perdomo's bat wasn't ready, when Arizona needed a fill-in shortstop in 2021, they brought him up because they knew his defensive ability would make him a useful stand-in. But if Perdomo is going to be better than current D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed, his bat is going to need to continue to develop.

66. Sixto Sánchez, RHP, Marlins

R/R • 6-0 • 234 • Age: 23
Acquired: Trade, signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2015
Sánchez went from making two starts in the Marlins' 2020 postseason run to never getting on the mound in 2021. If his shoulder is healthy, he steps to the front half of the Marlins' MLB rotation. He has plus command to go with three above-average-or-better pitches, but there are durability concerns.

67. Tyler Freeman, SS, Guardians

R/R • 6-0 • 190 • Age: 22
Acquired: Second-round pick, 2017
One of the best hitters in the minors, Freeman has hit wherever he's played — he's a .319 career hitter, although he has very modest power to go with that hitting ability. He's most likely a second baseman long term, especially with Gabriel Arias in the same organization. Freeman missed time in 2021 with a small tear in the labrum in his left shoulder, but he should be back to full speed in 2022.

68. Kahlil Watson, SS, Marlins

L/R • 5-9 • 178 • Age: 18
Acquired: First-round pick, 2021
Watson was one of four prep shortstops viewed as likely top-10 picks in the 2021 draft. He slid all the way to the 16th pick because of his asking price. The Marlins were thrilled to land him long after he was expected to be taken. Watson is short, but not weak. He has athleticism and excellent bat speed, giving him a shot to be an all-around force at shortstop.

69. Ronny Mauricio, SS, Mets

B/R • 6-3 • 166 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2017
Mauricio is a long-levered shortstop, which brings with it strengths and weaknesses. When he connects, he hits the ball harder than most middle infielders thanks to those long arms and legs. But he also has a big strike zone with holes in his swing thanks to that length. He has shown he can hit for power; now, he has to make more consistent contact.

70. Bryson Stott, SS, Phillies

L/R • 6-3 • 200 • Age: 24
Acquired: First-round pick, 2019
Stott is more reliable than remarkable, more steady than standout. But that's the recipe for a productive middle infielder who plays in the majors for quite a while. Stott was a star at UNLV, but he had a modest pro debut in 2019. In 2021, he took a big step forward with better at-bats and, more importantly, better power.

71. Roansy Contreras, RHP, Pirates

R/R • 6-0 • 175 • Age: 22
Acquired: Trade, signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2016
A key part of the Pirates' return from the Yankees in the Jameson Taillon trade, Contreras was one of the most improved pitchers in the minors in 2021. He now can touch 98 mph with his fastball and has added a slider that gives him four pitches (fastball, curve, slider and changeup) that could be average or better. After a single late-season start in Pittsburgh in 2021, he should earn a rotation spot in 2022.

72. Luis Matos, OF, Giants

R/R • 5-11 • 160 • Age: 20
Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela, 2018
Matos has consistently managed to hit for a high average while rarely striking out. He has some of the best bat-to-ball skills in the minors. That hand-eye coordination can get him in trouble occasionally as he rarely works deep counts — he usually swings hard at the first hittable pitch he sees. He may be able to stick in center field long term, but he should at least be an above-average corner outfielder defensively.

73. Eury Perez, RHP, Marlins

R/R • 6-8 • 200 • Age: 18
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2019
That height isn't a typo. Perez is a 6'8" teenage pitcher who already has the body control and repeatable delivery to throw strikes. He posted a 1.96 ERA between Low-A and High-A as an 18-year-old. He's filling the zone with strikes with a mid-90s fastball with solid life as well as a potentially plus changeup.

74. Brandon Williamson, LHP, Reds

L/L • 6-6 • 210 • Age: 23
Acquired: Trade, second-round pick, 2019
Williamson is newly reunited with former TCU teammate Nick Lodolo after coming over in the Jesse Winker-Eugenio Suárez trade from Seattle. Nowadays, teams emphasize developing sliders, but Williamson gets outs with a big-breaking mid-70s curveball in addition to a mid-90s fastball. And hitters can't ignore his slider or changeup.

75. Jarren Duran, CF, Red Sox

L/R • 6-2 • 212 • Age: 25
Acquired: Seventh-round pick, 2018
A light-hitting but athletic second baseman in college, Duran has reshaped his game twice already. He converted to center field immediately after the Red Sox drafted him. Then he redid his swing to find more power in 2020. Now he has to bounce back after a difficult first MLB stint. 

76. Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Cardinals
77. Blake Walston, LHP, Diamondbacks
78. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Tigers
79. Asa Lacy, LHP, Royals
80. Michael Busch, 2B, Dodgers
81. Jose Miranda, 3B/2B, Twins
82. Ryne Nelson, RHP, Diamondbacks
83. Brayan Rocchio, SS, Guardians
84. Oswald Peraza, SS, Yankees
85. George Valera, OF, Guardians
86. Cole Winn, RHP, Rangers
87. Gabriel Arias, SS, Guardians
88. Curtis Mead, 3B/1B, Rays
89. Sam Bachman, RHP, Angels
90. Edward Cabrera, RHP, Marlins
91. Brice Turang, SS/2B, Brewers
92. Jordan Balazovic, RHP, Twins
93. Brailyn Márquez, LHP, Cubs
94. Jasson Dominguez, OF, Yankees
95. Heliot Ramos, OF, Giants
96. Quinn Priester, RHP, Pirates
97. Andrew Painter, RHP, Phillies
98. Colton Cowser, OF, Orioles
99. Greg Jones, SS, Rays
100. Korey Lee, C, Astros
101. Jeremy Peña, SS, Astros
102. Brayan Bello, RHP, Red Sox
103. Max Meyer, RHP, Marlins
104. Liover Peguero, SS, Pirates
105. Jordan Groshans, SS/3B, Blue Jays
106. Matt Allan, RHP, Mets
107. Josh Winder, RHP, Twins
108. Nolan Jones, 3B, Guardians
109. Kyle Isbel, OF, Royals
110. Ryan Pepiot, RHP, Dodgers

— Compiled by JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) for the Athlon Sports 2022 Baseball Annual. At 224 pages, it's the largest on the newsstand and the most complete preview available today. Click here to get your copy.