Orioles selects Jackson Holliday as first overall in 2022 MLB Draft

LOS ANGELES — Baltimore chose shortstop Jackson Holliday, son of former batting champion Matt Holliday, on Sunday night with the top pick in the amateur baseball game.

Holliday, of Stillwater High in Oklahoma, is a 6 foot, 175 lb. left-handed batter. He hit .685 and 89 in 41 games, breaking a national record for hits in a high school season held by JT Realmuto.

His father was a seven-time All-Star and the 2007 Dutch batting champion. Matt was taken by Colorado with the 210th overall pick in the seventh round in 2007.

Jackson has said he planned to go to Oklahoma State, but he’s probably going to pro ball now. The closing value assigned to the first pick is only $9 million.

Baltimore has five of the top 81 picks as the big league team seems to be turning a corner. The Orioles recovered from an 8-16 start to go into the All-Star break at 46-46, just 3 1/2 games back from a wildcard berth.

Unlike other sports, baseball draft picks take time to reach the majors. Catcher Adley Rutschman, taken three years ago by the Orioles with the best overall pick, made his debut on May 21, hitting .222 with five homeruns and 16 RBI’s.

Los Angeles Angels-pitcher Chase Silseth was the first of last year’s rosters to reach the majors. Taken in the 11th round and 321st overall, he debuted on May 13.

The first pick gets a closing value of $8,846,900, followed by $8,189,400 for the second, $7,591,600 for the third, $7,005,800 for the fourth and $6,497,700 for the fifth. The value drops to $2,486,800 at choice 30 and $807,200 at number 80.

Baltimore has the highest signing bonus pool with $16.9 million, followed by Arizona with $15.1 million and the Mets with just under $14 million. The Dodgers have the lowest at $4.2 million.

The first 80 picks were scheduled for Sunday, when the draft was held out for the first time on LA Live, the second year that it took place in conjunction with the All-Star Game. The draft resumes with the start of the third round on Monday and a total of 616 players must be selected.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ top pick was reduced 10 places to 40th for crossing a luxury tax threshold, and the Mets were given an additional first-round pick (No. 11) for killing pitcher Kumar Rocker, the 10th overall squad last. years, had not signed.

Colorado received an additional pick (No. 31) for Trevor Story’s loss to Boston as a free agent and Cincinnati (No. 32) for Nick Castellanos’ loss to Philadelphia. The Red Sox and Phillies forfeited their second round picks and $500,000 each from their international signing bonus pools.

Residents of the US — including Puerto Rico — and Canada are eligible for the draft if their high school class graduates and the player is at least 17 within 45 days of the draft ending. In addition, a player enrolled in a four-year college is not eligible until the end of his junior year.

MLB hopes to kick off an international draft, and the March lockout settlement with the players’ association set a July 25 deadline to reach an agreement or retain direct draft-pick compensation for the loss of qualified free agents.

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