MLB Draft 2022: Yankees pick big-time college bat, Mets double up at shortstop in latest 1st-round mock

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The Baltimore Orioles are on the clock.

The perennial American League East cellar dwellers own the No. 1 pick overall in the 2022 MLB Draft.

The next batch of future stars will hear their names called beginning on Sunday, July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif. (site of this year’s MLB All-Star Game).

The New York Yankees have the No. 25 pick overall. But the New York Mets have two selections: No. 11 and No. 14 overall. That’s because the Mets failed to sign Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker, last year’s first-round selection.

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CBS Sports is out with its latest first-round mock. Here’s what the site sees the Big Apple’s ballclubs doing.

11. Mets: SS Zach Neto, Campbell

They have been connected to a bevy of college bats in recent weeks and also high school shortstop Jett Williams a great deal. Neto is in the mix to be a top-10 pick, but he’s still on the board in our mock draft, and I like him better than other available college hitters.

14. Mets: SS Jett Williams, Rockwall-Heath HS (Texas)

The Mets can take a bigger swing here than they can at No. 11 because this is their natural first-rounder, and they would receive a compensation pick next year should they fail to sign the player. The Mets have been connected to Williams all spring and he could be the pick at No. 11 if they can agree to a number before the draft.

25. Yankees: OF Sterlin Thompson, Florida

The Yankees have cast a wide net this spring, though analytics-friendly college bats are their wheelhouse. Thompson, Vanderbilt’s Spencer Jones, and James Madison’s Chase DeLauter best fit New York’s M.O. as exit velocity guys with athleticism.


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