Twenty Alumni Taken in First Round of 2022 MLB Draft

18U National Team alum Jackson Holliday selected first overall

CARY, N.C. – Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night, beginning with the number one overall pick Jackson Holliday. USA Baseball has now had 550 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2022 marks the 19th time in the last 22 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

Holliday (No. 1, Baltimore Orioles) became the 36th USA Baseball national team alum to be taken with the first overall pick, following Spencer Torkelson (2020), Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014), Mark Appel (2013), Gerrit Cole (2011), and Bryce Harper (2010). The Orioles have now selected a USA Baseball alum all three times it has had the first overall pick in the Draft (Holliday [2022], Rutschman [2019], and Ben McDonald [1989]) and have taken a USA Baseball alumnus in the first round in the last four consecutive years (Holliday [2022], Dylan Beavers [2022], Colton Cowser [2021], Heston Kjerstad [2020], and Rutschman [2019]).

Six consecutive alums were picked to begin the Draft for the second time in the organization’s history after a record nine-straight were taken to kick off the MLB Draft in 2007. Following Holliday at number one were Druw Jones (No. 2, Arizona Diamondbacks), Kumar Rocker (No. 3, Texas Rangers), Termarr Johnson (No. 4, Pittsburgh Pirates), Elijah Green (No. 5, Washington Nationals), and Jacob Berry (No. 6, Miami Marlins).

Additionally, 11 of the first 12 selections in the 2022 Draft have donned the red, white, and blue in their career. Brooks Lee was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Minnesota Twins, followed by Gavin Cross (No. 9, Kansas City Royals), Gabriel Hughes (No. 10, Colorado Rockies), Kevin Parada (No. 11, New York Mets), and Jace Jung (No. 12, Detroit Tigers).

Collegiate National Team alum Daniel Susac was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the Oakland A’s and the opening round ended with eight more Team USA members selected: Owen Murphy (No. 20, Atlanta Braves), Brandon Barriera (No. 23, Toronto Blue Jays), Mikey Romero (No. 24, Boston Red Sox), Drew Gilbert (No. 28, Houston Astros), Reggie Crawford (No. 30, San Francisco Giants), Dylan Beavers (No. 33, Baltimore Orioles), Landon Sims (No. 34, Arizona Diamondbacks), and Justin Campbell (No. 37, Cleveland Guardians).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2022 Draft, including 12 players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, five from the 15U National Team, and three from the 12U National Team.

In total, 27 of the players taken in the first round have participated in USA Baseball national team and national team development programs, including 13 athletes from the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League and 9 from the USA Baseball National Team Development Program.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team(s)

  • 1-1; Jackson Holliday; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 18U
  • 1-2; Druw Jones; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2021 18U
  • 1-3; Kumar Rocker; Texas Rangers; 2017 18U
  • 1-4; Termarr Johnson; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2019 15U, 2021 18U
  • 1-5; Elijah Green; Washington Nationals; 2021 18U
  • 1-6; Jacob Berry; Miami Marlins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-8; Brooks Lee; Minnesota Twins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-9; Gavin Cross; Kansas City Royals; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-10; Gabriel Hughes; Colorado Rockies; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-11; Kevin Parada; New York Mets; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-12; Jace Jung; Detroit Tigers; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-19; Daniel Susac; Oakland A’s; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-20; Owen Murphy; Atlanta Braves; 2021 18U
  • 1-23; Brandon Barriera; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-24; Mikey Romero; Boston Red Sox; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-28; Drew Gilbert; Houston Astros; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-30; Reggie Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-33; Dylan Beavers; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-34; Landon Sims; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-37; Justin Campbell; Cleveland Guardians; 2013 12U, 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate