Los Angeles Dodgers 2022 MLB Draft Report Card

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Best Pure Hitter: The Dodgers are one of the best organizations in terms of developing hitters and they drafted 16 in 2022. SS Alex Freeland (3) has been an outstanding pure hitter since his prep days and combines excellent knowledge of the strike zone with good hand-eye coordination and bat-to-ball skills. VS dalton rushing (2) was an in-season riser in the 2022 season with Louisville and hit over .300 as a junior with the program after hitting .314 in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2021. Both players made excellent professional debut.

Best Power Hitter: Rush (2) would be an obvious choice here after hitting 23 homers with Louisville, then going to Low-A Rancho Cucamonga and hitting eight more in his pro debut. Rushing also posted the best 90th percentile (105 mph) exit speed numbers in the Dodgers’ draft class this year in pro ball. But the Dodgers are also high on power potential at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds OF Kyle Nevin (11), who signed a $400,000 bonus on day three of the draft.

Fastest runner: SS Sean Mc Lain (5) is an above-average runner who has the versatility and range to play a number of middle positions, although the Dodgers employed him exclusively at shortstop in his pro debut.

Best Defensive Player: The bulk of this draft class is made up of players who bat first – at least on paper – but the Dodgers are the most excited about the SS’s defensive ability. Jose Izarra (14), who recorded innings at shortstop, third base and second base in the Arizona Complex League in his pro debut.

Best Fastball: HPR Jacob Meador (12) was just the second pitcher the Dodgers drafted in 2022, and after sitting in the 92-94 mph range with Dallas Baptist in the spring, showed similar speed on his pro debut, with above-average lift – nearly 19 inches of induced vertical break.

Best Secondary Pitch: HPR Jared Karros (16) is a bit of a wildcard who hasn’t pitched since 2021 due to back injuries, but when he was healthy with UCLA he pitched a high-use change in the upper 70s and 1970s. Lower 80s with awesome somersaulting action that missed a lot of barrels.

Best Professional Debut: Rushing (2) was exceptional in his professional debut. He hit a 225 wRC+ with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga while slashing .424/.539/.778 with eight home runs, 11 doubles and as many walks (21) as strikeouts (21).

Best Athlete: OF Nick Bidison (4) has played all over the baseball field for Virginia Tech — he’s played seven positions in 2022 — and is an above-average runner with an above-average arm. He mostly played third base in his professional debut, but also got time at first base, center field, and right field.

Most intriguing context: HPR Payton Martin (16) was an unheralded high school prospect committed to East Carolina who did not rank on the BA 500. He was throwing in the lower 90s this spring and has plenty of projection on a 6-foot frame and 170 pounds, and also looks like a good athlete and mover on the mound, with a quick arm. He will be an intriguing throwing prospect to watch in this class as the only high school pitcher the team has drafted.

Closest Majors: Rush (2) Has the hurdle of being a receiver, which is a heavy load in the professional game, but he has the offensive skills and physicality to move through the system and handle a professional workload.

Best Late Choice (or NDFA): The Dodgers are thrilled to Martin (16) and full of hope, they found a sleeper with an edge.

The one who got away: SS Carter McCulley (20) was the only player the Dodgers did not sign in this draft class, but he is heading to Pensacola (Florida) JC and will be an eligible draft and follow-up prospect under the new rules – so the Dodgers have always a chance to sign him.

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Fantastic hitters with intriguing traits to follow

The minor league hitters featured here caught my eye due to measurements and in-person observation. No player highlighted here has been ranked as a top 100 end-of-season prospect.

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