The first day of the 2022 MLB Draft was full of excitement as experts' mock drafts were thrown out the window due to some surprising picks. The Minnesota Twins ended up with three players before the night was over and loved every single one. Team leaders are clearly buzzing about the haul.
Minnesota Twins MLB Draft
The Twins started off with the selection of shortstop Brooks Lee with the No. 8 overall pick. The 21-year-old hit .342 as a redshirt freshman with Cal Poly and was named the Big West Field co-player of the year. Lee also smacked 15 home runs with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team this spring.
The next player to join Minnesota's farm system was left-handed pitcher Connor Prielipp out of Alabama (No. 48). The Crimson Tide standout dominated as a freshman before his sophomore season was cut short with Tommy John surgery. His devastating slider gives him some great upside.
Minnesota finished off the first night by taking a shortstop from Virginia Tech named Tanner Schobel. Schobel slashed .362/.445/.689 across 59 games as a sophomore to go along with 68 runs scored, 19 home runs and 79 RBI. The 21-year-old has the makings of a reliable utility player down the road.
It's no wonder the Twins already have high hopes for their 2022 draft class. Both Lee and Prielipp were on the board well after many experts forecasted them to be. In fact, MLB.com called Lee the best college hitter in this draft and had Prielipp slotted as a first-rounder.
Minnesota will look to stay atop the AL Central and have odds set at +4800 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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