The Phillies made 19 selections in the 2022 Draft, taking eight pitchers – seven of them right-handers – and 11 position players, comprised of six outfielders, three catchers and two infielders. Of the players chosen, 15 were college players and four came from the high school ranks.
Round 1, Pick 17: Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas) – With Bryce Harper and Bryson Stott both being from Las Vegas, the Phillies figured why not make it a trio? Crawford comes with a major league pedigree as the son of former major leaguer Carl Crawford, who was a four-time All-Star outfielder during his day. That also makes Crawford the cousin of former Phillies prospect and now Mariners starting shortstop J.P. Crawford.
In his senior season at Bishop Gorman, Crawford hit 5-52-.503 with a 1.379 OPS, 17 doubles, eight triples, 60 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and an impressive ratio of 19 walks to just seven strikeouts in 42 games.
The elder Crawford finished his 15 year career with a line of 136-766-.290/.330/.435 with Tampa Bay, Boston and the LA Dodgers. Most scouts believe Crawford can best his dad statistically and will be better defensively in center field than the elder Crawford, who won a Gold Glove in 2010.
Round 3, Pick 93: Gabriel Rincones Jr., OF, Florida Atlantic – The 6′ 4″, 225-pound outfielder hits for power and has strong offensive skills that scouts were impressed with. Rincones takes exception with the conception by scouts that he does not have great speed and is not well developed defensively, so we will have to see who is right.
Like Crawford, there is a pedigree here. Gabriel Rincones Sr. played one season for the Seattle Mariners making 11 starts and two relief appearances in 1997. He pitched to a 5-4 record with a 3.82 ERA, but was unable to stick in the majors.
Round 4, Pick 122: Alex McFarlane, P, Miami – The Cardinals drafted McFarlane out of high school in the 25th round but he elected to go to Miami instead to pitch college ball. He worked primarily as a reliever but did get a few starts for the Hurricanes. He is 6’4″ with an impressive mid-90s fastball and strong slider that shows good movement and sits around 90 mph. His mechanics may need a little tweaking because he tends to not be able to repeat his long reach back which leads to some command issues at times. Whether he can get that straightened out or not will determine whether he is a starter or reliever at the major league level.
Round 5, Pick 153: Orion Kerkering, P, South Florida – Kerkering does not come with a large body of successful work. He failed to make his high school team until he was a junior and then struggled some with South Florida. In 2021, he was moved to the closer role and put up impressive numbers with a mid-90s fastball that has touched as high as 97. Kerkering has a sharp break to his slider which sits in the low to mid-80s and is considered his best pitch. His changeup is going to need some work to become a viable pitch. He can also struggle with command at times.
Round 6, Pick 182: Mavis Graves, P, Eastside HS (South Carolina) – Not many teams crow about being able to find a guy in the sixth round, but the Phillies are excited that Graves was still on the board when their pick came up in round six. Graves has the basics, but needs some work on mechanics to truly get the most out of his pitches. Phillies draft guru Brian Barber told Todd Zolecki of Phillies.com: “We were able to identify a couple different things in his delivery that we think we can work with and get more stuff out of there.”
Round 7, Pick 212: Caleb Ricketts, C, University of San Diego –
Round 8, Pick 242: Alex Rao, P, Notre Dame –
Round 9, Pick 272: Chad Castillo, OF, California Baptist University –
Round 10, Pick 302: Gustavo Sosa, C, South Mountain CC (Arizona) –
Round 11, Pick 332: Emaarion Boyd, OF, South Panola HS (Mississippi) – Even though he is a high school pick, Boyd is thought to be signable since the college plan for him is to attend Northwest Mississippi CC. The word here is speed. Boyd has great speed that he puts to use well both on the bases and in center field, at times, he is able to get from the right-handed batter’s box to first base in just under four-seconds. He showcases a quick, short swing and has good pitch recognition and the ability to make contact. His bat speed and strength don’t promise much power. The key for Boyd is to simply hit line drives and get on base.
Round 12, Pick 362: Jordan Dissin, C, Saddleback College (California) – Slashed 4-47-.393/.505/.577 with 14 doubles and two triples in 45 games with Saddleback College. Has a local following as a 2020 Malvern Prep grad. Has all around good defensive skills and worked out for the Phillies, which is where he really put himself on the radar with the team.
Round 13, Pick 392: Cade Fergus, OF, George Washington University –
Round 14, Pick 422: Bryan Rincon, SS, Shaler Area HS (Pennsylvania) – Like Dissin, impressed the Phillies with a workout in Philadelphia where he showed above average defensive skills and a strong arm. Offensively, he is a switch-hitter with some promise and also has great speed.
Round 15, Pick 452: Troy Schreffler, OF, University of Maryland – A year ago, not too many eyes were on Schreffler, but a big offensive season as a junior. Part of the reason could simply be that as a freshman and sophomore, Schreffler was not a full-time player. He became an everyday player as a junior and hit 10-57-.340/.421/.557
Round 16, Pick 482: Josh Bortka, P, University of Central Missouri –
Round 17, Pick 512: Daniel Harper, P, University of Kentucky –
Round 18, Pick 542: Braylen Wimmer, 2B, University of South Carolina –
Round 19, Pick 572: Drew Garrett, P, University of Missouri –
Round 20, Pick 602: Nathan Karaffa, P, Ohio State –