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Braves Reach for College Arm in ESPN's Final Mock Draft

Devon Platana
The Atlanta Braves are projected to reach for a college arm in ESPN's final 2022 MLB mock draft.
The Atlanta Braves are projected to reach for a college arm in ESPN's final 2022 MLB mock draft. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The 2022 MLB Draft is only days away, taking place on Sunday, July 17. The Atlanta Braves are one team to watch on Day 1 as the defending World Series champions currently hold the 20th overall selection in the first round.

Even though the Braves could address multiple needs in Round 1, MLB insider Kiley McDaniel has Atlanta reaching for a college arm with pick No. 20 in ESPN's final 2022 mock draft.

Braves Mock Draft

McDaniel lists the Braves drafting Oklahoma State right-handed pitcher Justin Campbell 20th overall this weekend. Considering that MLB.com has the No. 36-ranked prospect, it isn't hard to see how it'd be a reach to take him 16 spots ahead of where he's ranked.

Nevertheless, Campbell is still an impressive prospect for multiple reasons. For starters, he stands at 6-foot-7, weighing 219 pounds with the ability to hit 97 mph on his fastball. He also boasts a curveball and changeup that can catch batters swinging in the dirt.

The West Hills, CA native was more than solid in his three years at Oklahoma State. Pitching in 35 games (33 starts) with the Cowboys, Campbell tallied a 17-6 record, 3.37 ERA, 1.099 WHIP and 265 strikeouts over 205.2 innings pitched.

Campbell's most impressive feat came in May 2021 when he threw a 99-pitch no-hitter against the Kansas Jayhawks. It was the Oklahoma State's first no-hitter in nearly 40 years, helping to cement his potential.

Braves fans won't have to wait long to find out if Campbell ends up in their club's system. Day 1 of the 2022 MLB Draft can be watched on ESPN and the MLB Network on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

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