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NEW: Top 250 Draft Prospects list

June 29, 2022

Teams are starting to line up their boards with the July 17-19 Draft getting closer, and we're doing the same at MLB Pipeline. We've expanded to a Draft Top 250, while also revising our previous rankings and reports. The first seven players are the same from our last update a

These 10 players stood out at Day 1 of PDP League

June 29, 2022

CARY, N.C. -- The 100 high school players on hand at USA Baseball’s National Training Complex for this year’s PDP League were greeted by rain Wednesday morning, which limited some activities, like running the 60-yard dash. But after a two-hour delay, position players were put through their paces with batting

He throws 105 mph … and is the Draft’s biggest mystery

June 24, 2022

Ben Joyce is a source of history and of mystery. The 21-year-old right-hander can throw a baseball harder than anybody else in the world. But how far can that fastball take him? You might have seen the pitch that made Joyce, a redshirt junior reliever at Tennessee, a household name

Each team's best pick from 2017 Draft

June 23, 2022

It can take years to truly evaluate how successful a team's Draft class was. So consider this look at the best Draft pick for each team in 2017 as more of a mid-semester progress update than a full-on report card. Even success stories are still in the process of fully

Mock: Prep trio kicks off first day of picks

June 22, 2022

The Draft is still more than three weeks away and teams haven't set their boards, so everything remains fluid. The Orioles won't make a decision until shortly before they go on the clock at 7 p.m. ET on July 17 in order to maintain as much leverage as possible in

Who is Elijah Green?

@hellapalattella
June 22, 2022

Elijah Green is ready for the big time. An 18-year-old outfielder from IMG Academy in Florida, Green has all the makings of a star, and should be a guaranteed top-3 pick in this year’s Draft. Already 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Green possesses otherworldly size and speed, and has already shown

Who is Cole Young? 

@hellapalattella
June 22, 2022

In many ways, Cole Young’s journey to the Major Leagues started in 2014 when he was the 9-10 year-old division champion at Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run program at Target Field. Eight years later, Young has a chance to etch another chapter into that journey, as the 18-year-old

Elias: O's eyeing 5-6 names for No. 1 pick

GM also discusses timetable for top prospects, veteran pitcher Harvey
@zachsilver
June 18, 2022

BALTIMORE -- After returning in the middle of the night from the second annual MLB Draft Combine in San Diego, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said that the organization has narrowed its focus to “five, maybe six” names for the first overall pick in the MLB

These 10 players stood out at Draft Combine workout

Collier, Johnson among group to impress scouts
June 18, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- The Friday on-field workout has become the centerpiece of the Draft Combine in the two years it has been staged. Fifty-two players, including a half-dozen potential first-round picks, participated this time around as MLB Network broadcast the action live for six and a half hours. Several players

Five up, five down: Gough K's them all at Combine

June 17, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- The last month has been one of the best of Tyler Gough’s life. He helped JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) win its first-ever state Southern Section Division I title in late May, graduated from high school eight days later and headed to the Draft Combine this

Which Draft prospect with family ties will be best?

June 17, 2022

The College World Series, my favorite baseball event of this or any year, begins today in Omaha, Neb. My quick picks: Texas over Oklahoma in the finals of the first bracket, Auburn over Stanford in the finals of the second bracket and the Longhorns over the Tigers for the championship.

Son of NFL 1st-rounder could be top MLB Draft pick

June 17, 2022

Eric Green thought his son was destined to follow in his footsteps. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and 1990 All-Pro, Green excelled as a tight end with the Steelers, Dolphins, Ravens and Jets during a 10-year NFL career. His son, Elijah, was thriving as an AAU quarterback, leading his team

These 2021 Draft picks are off to hot starts

June 16, 2022

The 2022 First-Year Player Draft is set to begin exactly one month from Friday, and Draft mania is hitting another gear with the MLB Combine taking place this week in San Diego. Soon enough, we’ll know where some of the game’s best amateur players are headed to begin their pro

Is this pitching prospect a righty or a lefty? Yes

June 15, 2022

SAN DIEGO -- Jurrangelo Cijntje is one of the most intriguing prospects at the second annual Draft Combine. He was also the most impressive player on the field at Petco Park in a game featuring high schoolers Wednesday. A switch-pitcher from Champagnat Catholic School (Hialeah, Fla.), Cijntje naturally throws left-handed,

Visit to homeless shelter makes impact on Combine prospects

@nanavedia
June 15, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of Americans experience homelessness each year. In 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that over half a million people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2020, marking a nationwide increase for the fourth consecutive year. More than half of all people experiencing

The 3 biggest stories to watch at the Draft Combine

@JoshJacksonMiLB
June 15, 2022

The second annual Draft Combine is underway, running through Monday at Petco Park in San Diego, where 255 prospects are hoping to boost their stock. Off the field, players will have the opportunity to participate in a series of medical and performance assessments and educational programming designed to prepare them

Mock: O's go college route, Mets nab 1st pitcher off board

June 15, 2022

We are just about a month shy of the 2022 Draft and I would love to report that we have a lot more clarity in terms of the first-round picture. In fairness to all of you, however, I can't do that, as words like "volatility" and "wild card" still dominate

Everything you need to know: Draft Combine

June 15, 2022

Two hundred and fifty-five players are attending the second annual MLB Draft Combine, which is running June 14-20 at Petco Park in San Diego. That group includes 139 members of MLB Pipeline's Draft Top 200 Prospects list, starting with 20 of the top 30. The main event is a pro-style

Podcast: '22 Combine, Davis, OFer Draft

June 14, 2022

Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the 2022 Draft Combine on this week's edition of the MLB Pipeline Podcast. As many of the top Draft-eligible players gather in San Diego to meet with teams and show off their tools, the guys break down who is in attendance and

Porter wins Gatorade POY; Lindor presents

June 14, 2022

Right-handed pitcher Brock Porter has been called many things, like a Clemson recruit, the top pitching prospect in the 2022 Draft class and nearly-certain first-round pick. While he's hoping to add state champion to that list in the coming week, on Tuesday he was surprised to learn he added 2021-22

Barriera 'in a good position' with more velo as Draft nears

@cdenicola13
June 14, 2022

A 4-year-old Brandon Barriera had grown tired of missing his target while playing catch, so one day, he told his father he was going to try throwing with his left hand. Like any little kid, Barriera flipped his glove around and put it on his other hand. Turns out he

How the Combine helped Davis go No. 1 overall

June 14, 2022

When Major League Baseball ran its inaugural Draft Combine a year ago, neither the creators nor the participants knew exactly what the benefits would be. Now, as the second annual event is set to kick off, it's clear the concept not only has legs, but it had a definite impact

O's Kjerstad makes pro debut, collects 1st hit, after 2-year wait

@zachsilver
June 11, 2022

Orioles outfield prospect Heston Kjerstad's first professional at-bat was a constructive out, an RBI groundout to the right side that scored the game's first run for Single-A Delmarva on Friday night. It would have been wholly productive no matter how it resulted. Exactly two years following being selected as the

Young brings first-round hopes to Draft Combine

June 10, 2022

PITTSBURGH -- If it were up to Cole Young, he’d still be playing playoff baseball for North Allegheny High School here in Pittsburgh. Young and his teammates had visions of a state title run, but when they were upset on May 23, their season came to an abrupt end. Young,

Over 250 Draft prospects headed to Combine

@patjames24
June 10, 2022

More than 250 players are slated to attend next week’s MLB Draft Combine at San Diego’s Petco Park, including 20 of the top 30 ranked on MLB Pipeline’s Draft Top 200 Prospects list. One hundred and thirty-nine from the Top 200 are set to take part in the event, now