The 2022 MLB Draft

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Phillies' Pick: Round 4

Alex McFarlane, P, Miami

Class: 4YR JR
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 215
Pick Value: $492.80k
Throws: R
DOB: 06/09/01

[McFarlane moved from the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend Habersham Central High School for his senior year of high school. His athleticism and projection garnered plenty of interest, but his strong commitment to Miami led him to slide to the Cardinals in the 25th round, so he headed to pitch for the Hurricanes. He’s gotten some opportunities to start since 2020, including this spring, but has spent the bulk of his college career coming out of the Hurricanes bullpen. A right-hander who has added good strength to his athletic 6-foot-4 frame since heading to college, McFarlane succeeds largely with two very good pitches: his fastball and slider. His fastball has averaged over 95 mph this season, topping out at 99, and there’s good run on the pitch. His slider, which he’s run up to 89-90 mph, flashes plus and misses bats at a very impressive rate. He does have some feel for his mid-80s changeup as well. With that kind of potential in a three-pitch mix and an ideal durable pitcher’s frame, it might be tempting to give McFarlane another chance to start at the next level. But his long arm action in back is very tough to repeat, which has led to issues with command. Perhaps a team could try to retool his mechanics, but it might be wiser to keep him in the pen and let that fastball-slider combination carry him to the big leagues.]
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Phillies' Pick: Round 5

Oeion Kerkering, P, South Florida

Class: 4YR JR
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 204
Pick Value: $368.10k
Throws: R
DOB: 04/04/01

[A bit of a late bloomer, Kerkering didn’t make his Venice High School varsity team until his junior year but then helped the Florida power win back-to-back state championships as a starter. He began his career at South Florida as a reliever, scuffling a bit initially in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, then thriving as the Bulls’ closer in 2021. He moved into the Friday night starter role and opened a lot of eyes early, but after struggling, he has largely been back in a reliver role since late April. Always pitching from the stretch, Kerkering does have three pitches in his arsenal. The 6-foot-2 right-hander tops out at 97 mph with his fastball, especially in shorter stints, and has averaged around 93 mph. He hasn’t always commanded it well and it’s been squared up more than it should. His best pitch is his slider, a sharp 83-85 mph breaker that flashes plus and can be a nasty strikeout pitch at times. His mid-80s changeup isn’t as good, but it does offer some fade away from left-handed hitters. Kerkering does a nice job of hiding the ball and creating some deception with his delivery. And while his overall command needs to improve, he’s done a better job of finding the strike zone than he did in 2021. A team taking him at some point on Day 2 of the Draft might want to give him a chance to start, but there’s a pretty good chance he lands in a bullpen, where that slider could really play.]
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Phillies' Pick: Round 6

Mavis Graves, P, Eastside HS

Class: HS SR
Height: 6' 6"
Pick Value: $281.80k
Throws: L
DOB: 11/20/03
Weight: 205
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Phillies' Pick: Round 7

Caleb Ricketts, C, U of San Diego

Class: 4YR SR
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 225
Pick Value: $220.40k
Throws: R
DOB: 05/10/00
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Phillies' Pick: Round 8

Alex Rao, P, Notre Dame

Class: 4YR SR
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 230
Pick Value: $178.90k
Throws: R
DOB: 10/25/99
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Phillies' Pick: Round 9

Chad Castillo, OF, California Baptist U

Class: 4YR SR
Weight: 225
Height: 6' 4"
Pick Value: $160.70k
Throws: R
DOB: 04/19/00
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Phillies' Pick: Round 10

Gustavo Sosa, C, South Mountain CC

Class: JC J3
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 203
Pick Value: $151.70k
Throws: R
DOB: 07/17/01
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Re: The 2022 MLB Draft

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Sounds like Dylan Cozens without speed. (Riconas)
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I like McFarlane better than Riconas.
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Phillies' Picks Rounds 11-20
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