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MLB - US Sports: Winners and losers from the Draft

With the Major League Baseball draft completed, which teams can be pleased with their lot and which will be looking in the mirror reflectively.

We take a look at who came out of the draft with a successful scouting mission and also glance at who will be wishing they had picked better choices.


Kumar Rocker

What a difference a year makes. Kumar Rocker was picked at No.10 by the New York Mets a year ago, however due to concern over the medical records received in Queen's, the Mets reneged on the deal and Rocker was left in limbo.

Rocker had minor shoulder surgery last September, he then played in an independent league and was picked up by the Texas Rangers as the No.3 overall in the draft. Rocker has also already negotiated his contract and settled with a $5.2 million bonus.

The Texas Rangers have done their due diligence on the player following his surgery and picked up a pitcher who can throw a 98 mph fastball. Have the New York Mets missed out on a gem? Time will tell.

Baltimore Orioles

Obviously you are going to be a winner out of this by signing the No.1 draft pick and signing the son of a former MLB player is also a good sign. Young shortstop Jackson Holliday has the potential to be a star and the Orioles made him the top of their list.

The Orioles have a core base of a very strong young team and will be looking to compete in the next few years. Although, this year they appear slightly ahead of themselves and at 46-46 for the season, they are surprisingly making an American League Wild Card push.

Keep your eye on the Orioles as they nurture talent in their farm system such as Adley Rutschman, potential ace Grayson Rodriguez and, now, Holliday.

Cincinnati Reds

Some are saying that the Cincinnati Reds grabbed the biggest steal in the MLB draft.

Cam Collier was picked by the Reds at No.18 in the first round. Most of the Draft pundits had Collier in the top five of the first round picks, but somehow the 17-year-old ended up 18th, and gratefully grabbed by the Reds.

With the Reds' farm system ranked at only 24th in Major League Baseball, this draft pick will make things a whole lot better.

Reds' scouting director, Joe Katuska spoke to the official website about Collier: "Really advanced hitter, tremendous personality, he leads with the bat, we're very happy when he came to our pick.

"He was obviously highly ranked and he was obviously one of the top college prospects in the country."

New York Mets

Despite defaulting on Rocker in last year's draft, the New York Mets had better picks this time around.

Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada, who was considered a top five prospect, fell into the arms of the Mets at No.11.

Jett Williams, a high school shortstop with one of the best hit tools in the draft, landed at No.15. Plus Blade Tidwell, who was viewed as a first round pick, came to the Mets in the second round at No.52.

The Mets, 6/1 to win the World Series, already have an excellent farm system with players such as Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, Mark Vientos and Ronny Mauricio. New York could use some of these players in a trade or wait to see if they can move up into the big leagues quicker.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Ok, it's not very often that the Dodgers miss out on things, they just trade for players or grab at free agency. However, because they went over the $250 million luxury-tax threshold in 2021, the Dodgers had their top pick in the 2022 draft moved down from No.30 to No.40.

This was their only pick on day one of the draft, and they picked Dalton Rushing from Louisville who ranked at No.50.

The 21-year-old has come off a big season so far though, hitting .310 with 23 home runs in 64 games. The consolation for the Dodgers is that in some quarters they have the best ranked farm system.

Tampa Bay Rays

Usually the Rays are very good at making average players better. With their small budget they have to make use of talent coming through or trade wisely.

This pick though seems odd. At No.29 in the draft, they picked Xavier Isaac. The 18-year-old first baseman did not even feature on's first 100 players and was at No.92 for Baseball America.

Isaac had a foot injury last season, however the Rays must see some potential in him, otherwise they would have waited to pick later on in the draft.

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