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2022 MLB Mock Draft: Druw Jones, Elijah Green go early; Blue Jays get Kumar Rocker; Rays take Crawford’s son

2022 MLB Mock Draft: Druw Jones, Elijah Green go early; Blue Jays get Kumar Rocker; Rays take Crawford's son

The 2022 MLB Draft is less than three weeks away; here’s version 2.0 of our mock

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The 2022 MLB Draft is a little more than two weeks away. Last year MLB pushed the draft back to the All-Star break in an effort to better market the event, and that will be the norm moving forward even though many executives don’t like it. The draft used to be held during the first week of June. This year the three-day event begins Sunday, July 17.

This Orioles hold the No. 1 pick for the third time in franchise history and the second time in three years. They used their previous No. 1 picks on righty Ben McDonald (1989) and catcher Adley Rutschman (2019). Our R.J. Anderson ranked Rutschman the No. 1 prospect in baseball before the season. The O’s called the switch-hitting backstop up to the big leagues last month.

“I’m very excited about the candidate pool for the draft this year, but that does not make the decision any easier. In fact, it makes it harder,” O’s GM Mike Elias told MLB.com earlier this month. “It’s always a high-stakes decision. A lot of unknowns and luck involved. And it’s a tough thing, but it’s a huge opportunity for us, and I think we’re going to do well.” 

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The most significant development since our first mock draft two weeks ago is Indiana high school left-hander Andrew Dutkanych, a potential first-round pick, withdrawing his name from the player pool. 

Dutkanych was No. 21 on R.J. Anderson’s preseason top 50 draft prospectsHe was not included in his recent top 30 update, however, mostly due to an inconsistent finish to his spring. Vanderbilt is a premier player development school and Dutkanych has the talent to be a potential top-five pick in 2024, when he enters the draft as a draft-eligible sophomore.

Below is our second 2022 MLB mock draft based on the latest chatter, speculation, and rumors. We’ll have one final mock draft in two weeks, in the days leading up to the draft.

2022 MLB Mock Draft: June 30

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