2022 MLB Draft grades: Pirates, Mets, Orioles nail early picks; Rangers reach for Kumar Rocker
We're grading every team's first-round pick with Night 1 of the 2022 MLB Draft in the books Major League
Baseball's 2022 amateur draft got underway Sunday night, with a total of 80 selections made during the first night. That included the Baltimore
Orioles making their third No. 1 pick in franchise history, choosing Oklahoma high school shortstop Jackson Holliday, the son of
longtime big-league outfielder Matt Holliday. You can find every pick from Sunday night in our draft tracker.
The draft will resume with Round 3 beginning on Monday afternoon. But first, let's take a look back at a memorable first night by handing out grades
for every first-round pick, plus the Dodgers' first selection. As always, do note that this is more of an art than a science;
what looks like a questionable pick on draft night can easily become a great one for a team in due time. This is, in a sense,
a snapshot of this moment in time and nothing more Let's get to the grades. 1. Orioles: Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater HS (OK)
Holliday, ranked No. 3 by CBS Sports prior to the draft, is a defensible top pick. He raised his stock this summer, showing an improved
physique and a better plan at the plate that allowed him to use the entire field more frequently. The upside here is a left-handed shortstop bat.
That'll play. Grade: A
2. Diamondbacks: Druw Jones, CF, Wesleyan HS (GA)
Jones came into the summer ranked by CBS Sports as the No. 1 prospect in the class.