HBCU Baseball’s 2022 Top 20 MLB Draft Candidates

The 2022 Major League Baseball Player Draft takes place July 17-19, 2022 in Los Angeles. The draft will assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order will be set based on the reverse order of the 2021 MLB season standings. The Baltimore Orioles will receive the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

Last year, two HBCU draft-eligible players were drafted; Austin Vernon from North Carolina Central and Kamron Fields of Texas Southern were both drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays. Last year’s draft was historic for HBCUs as one MLB team drafted two HBCU players for the first time.

The first round of the 2022 draft will get underway on Sunday, July 17th, with the 20th round finishing on Tuesday, July 19th.

Black College Nines (BCN) highlights some of the HBCU draft prospects in the 2022 draft class based on industry sources who attended HBCU and non-HBCU baseball games during both fall ball and this past season. BCN is taking a look at how things might unfold.

The information is based on what teams are interested in which players, as well as our own understanding of teams’ individual draft needs. We lean on statistical information heavy with data from the players collegiate coach and staff on players’ values and projections.

Below you find our breakdown of our draft potential twenty candidates:

Black College Nines Top 20 Draft Prospects for 2022
RANK PLAYER POSITION H/P COLLEGE CONFERENCE
1 Breon Pooler RHP P Alabama State SWAC
2 Brandon O’Connor OF H Benedict College SIAC
3 Shemar Page RHP P Grambling State SWAC
4 Marcos Castillo OF H Coppin State MEAC
5 John Garcia C H Grambling State SWAC
6 Lovoisier Fisher OF H Albany State SIAC
7 Cory King OF H Alabama State SWAC
8 Jacob Bisharat C H Miles SIAC
9 Jared Weber OF H Florida A&M MEAC
10 Nikelle Galatas RHP P Jackson State SWAC
11 LJ Bryant OF P Florida A&M SWAC
12 Joseph Smith OF H Savannah State SIAC
13 Dewayne Franklin OF H Savannah State SIAC
14 O’Neill Burgos OF H Southern SWAC
15 Joseph Eischen RHP P Edward Waters GCAC
16 Ty Hill INF H Jackson State SWAC
17 James Deloatch LHP P Norfolk State MEAC
18 Ty Hanchey C H Florida A&M MEAC
19 Roberto Maldonado LHP P Prairie View A&M SWAC
20 Tremaine Spears OF H Southern SWAC

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