If projections hold true and the Colorado Rockies finish with the top pick in the 2022 Major League Baseball draft, let’s take a look at the players who might be taken first overall.
The Colorado Rockies have never held the first overall pick in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. However, this year’s PECOTA projections have the Rockies finishing with MLB’s worst record at 60-102. Could 2021 be the year the Rockies are given the top pick?
Sure, there is a lot that has to happen before the 2022 draft (including the 2021 season and 2021 draft), but we thought it might be interesting to see which players could be available for the Rockies if they were to have the top pick. After all, if projections hold true and it’s a tough season at 20th and Blake, let’s have some glimmer of hope coming into the farm system.
Here is a look at some of the potential players the Colorado Rockies could take with the top pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.
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Of course, pitching is always a need and many of the draft analyses for the 2022 draft have University of Alabama southpaw Connor Prielipp near or at the top of the board.
Drafted in the 37th round by the Boston Red Sox in 2019, Prielipp enters the 2021 college season as one of the country’s must-watch players after being named the National Freshman Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News and Perfect Game USA’s “Impact Freshman of the Year” in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Here’s what ProspectsLive.com says about him in this article…
"He’s added 25 pounds of muscle during quarantine, which has led to FB velocity at 93-96 MPH and has topped out at 97 this fall with command. His slider is firm and sat 88-90 MPH with late break and there’s a developing change-up in the mid-80’s that has promise. He’s likely to be the first arm off the board in 2022."
Some highlights of his first collegiate season included striking out 35 while walking just six in 21 innings pitched. Batters hit an SEC-low .077 against him and he led the SEC with a 0.52 WHIP.