The 2022 Major League Baseball draft is about two months away. Teams like the Chicago White Sox have already been looking at prospects and are trying to figure out which prospects will make a good fit in their organization.
Any draft in any sport is always an exciting way to watch your favorite team get stronger. In baseball, it’s always interesting to see who the teams pick and watch their progress through the minor leagues and on into the Majors.
The White Sox have a fair amount of talent in their farm system already but they could use more and will add more in the upcoming draft. When we think of some of the needs that the Sox have right now, we know that depth in the outfield is needed.
The White Sox need to consider bringing along a solid second baseman for the future. Pitching help is always something that they could use as well.
There are a lot of ways that the Chicago White Sox could draft in 2022.
My best guess for the upcoming draft is that they look hard at pitching help early. They are going to want to look at building up a future starting rotation once the one that they have starts to get older, grow ineffective, or lose a starter to another team.
The White Sox need to find some players that are going to be able to be solid contributors sometime down the road. In this year’s draft, there are two players that kind of stick out in terms of their ability and what they might be able to do with the White Sox. One is a pitcher and the other one is a second baseman.
There is a pitcher in this year’s draft that could have a shorter time getting to the Majors than some of the others. This guy has caused some controversy but may finally be ready to get into a Major League system and do some good.
That player is right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker. The Vanderbilt product was drafted by the New York Mets last season but a medical condition caused the Mets to shy away from Rocker and not sign him. He is available for this year’s draft.
Rocker was a high pick in 2021 (10th overall). The White Sox might be able to get him when they come up later in the first round.
Granted, they need to be wary of his health condition (and this may cause him to drop even out of the first round) but if he can prove he’s healthy, he could end up being a true star for the White Sox.
Another player that could be of interest to the White Sox as a future second base prospect is Jace Jung. Jung is playing for Texas Tech this season and is one of the top second-base prospects in this year’s draft.
Jung could be a guy that doesn’t crawl through the minor league system. Instead, with his tools, he could fast track himself to MLB within just a few short years.
Jung has a lot of valuable tools that could catch the eye of the White Sox. His offense is solid but his play at second base could use a little work. That may keep him in the minors for a little while but his hitting is hard to ignore. It may be what makes him get up into the Majors quicker than we think.
The Chicago White Sox need some help with their minor league system and adding a piece like Rocker or Jung would go a long way towards making this team even better eventually.
They have to be looking ahead and drafting smart is what they need to do in order to keep good talent in the system and keep the team relevant.
The White Sox will have some planning to do before the draft happens in July. Hopefully, they make the right decisions for their future and get some talent that they can develop into championship-caliber players.