The 2022 MLB Draft is only days away, taking place on Sunday, July 17. The Arizona Diamondbacks hold the second overall selection this team around and there's no shortage of high-end prospects that they could add to their roster.
With several fitting options, it's up in the air who the Diamondbacks will take at No. 2. Baseball insider Kiley McDaniel sheds some light on who Arizona might grab, projecting the club to take a certain prospect with MLB pedigree in the final ESPN mock draft.
Diamondbacks Mock Draft
McDaniel is projecting the D-Backs to take Stillwater High School shortstop and Oklahoma State commit Jackson Holliday second overall. The 18-year-old infield prospect is the son of seven-time MLB All-Star and former 2007 NLCS MVP Matt, who played 1,903 games over 15 seasons, racking up 316 home runs and 1,220 RBIs.
Holliday's 2021-22 senior season at Stillwater was nothing short of impressive. Seeing 130 at-bats over 40 games, the Oklahoma State commit set a new national high school record with 89 hits. He also homered 17 times, adding 79 RBIs and 33 walks to only seven strikeouts.
McDaniel says that the Diamondbacks would like to leave the draft with Wesleyan's Druw Jones, but there's no guarantee that he'll be available after the Baltimore Orioles are done at No. 1. Having said that, Holliday is a better "consolation prize" than most teams could fathom.
If Holliday can become half the player his father was, Arizona will have something special on their hands. Fortunately, D-Backs fans can find out if Holliday is joining their club when Day 1 of the 2022 MLB Draft airs on ESPN and the MLB Network on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
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