Orioles’ Jackson Holiday Pick With First Overall Pick in 2022 MLB Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Baltimore Orioles selected high school shortstop Jackson Holiday with the first overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft on Sunday.
Holiday, the son of seven-time All-Star outfielder Matt Holiday, was named Baseball America’s National Player of the Year when he broke Philadelphia Phillies catcher JT Realmuto’s single-season high school record for 89 hits in the 2022 season . The left-hander posted a batting average of .685 in 41 games as a senior at Stillwater High School in Oklahoma, with 17 home runs, 79 RBIs and 2.141 ops.
Holiday is committed to the state of Oklahoma, but won’t be a fit for the Cowboys until Baltimore can ink him a contract. The number 1 pick has a slot price of $8,846,900.
It was the second time in four years that O had the first overall pick. Baltimore selected overall back catcher Adley Ratschman No. 1 in 2019. Reutsman was called to the big guys for the first time in May.
Holiday now joins the Baltimore Farm System which was recently ranked fourth best by FanGraph. O’s right-hand pitcher Grayson Rodriguez has a pair of top five prospects according to MLB Pipeline (No. 4) and infielder Gunnar Henderson (No. 5). Baltimore have three other prospects inside the top 100, outfielder Colton Kauser (No. 41), left-handed pitcher DL Hall (No. 66) and shortstop Jordan Westberg (No. 93).