With two weeks left in 2021, year-end, year-ahead, and lists of all sorts are being made and shared. One recently revealed list is of particular interest for BPA.
Major League Baseball media entity, MLB Pipeline, recently compiled its top 100 prospects for the 2022 MLB draft. Put together based on the insights and opinions from scouts across MLB organization, both a current BPA standout and a BPA alum find themselves among the top 40 prospects, potential first round draft picks come July’s draft.
No stranger to top prospect lists, BPA alum Brooks Lee checks in as MLB Pipeline’s No. 5 prospect. The ranking makes Lee the second-best available talent among college players. Coming off a superb 2021 season, where he was named Big West Player of the Year and an All-American, Lee receives an overall grade of 60, which on the scouting 20-80 scale, puts Lee in the ‘plus’ category. Of the switch-hitting shortstop, MLB Pipeline notes:
Talk to any scout about the switch-hitting infielder and the first thing that comes up are his otherworldly bat-to-ball skills. He struck out in just 13.6 percent of his plate appearances at Cal Poly and made consistent hard contact all summer, especially during an 21-game stretch on the Cape that saw him hit .405/.432/.667 with six homers in just 84 at-bats. He can drive the ball from both sides of the plate and as he’s gotten more physical, it’s easy to project him having better-than-average power in the future.MLB Pipeline
No shortage of tools is BPA 2022 outfielder Gavin Turley. From Hamilton, Arizona, Turley’s plus raw power and plus-plus run tool helps him crack the top 40, Pipeline’s No. 39 prospect. After a big summer where he displayed his skill set at PG National, MLB Prospect Development Program and the Area Code Games, the 6’2, 190-pound finds himself as a high follow, surely to attract cross-checkers and scouting directors to the Grand Canyon State this spring. Pipeline says this of Turley:
Turley does have near-elite speed, which should eventually help him be a threat on the basepaths and make him an asset in the outfield. Right now, scouts see raw instincts in terms of reads and routes, something that can be remedied with more reps. Teams interested in the Oregon State recruit might have to be patient, but his strength and speed combination will surely be enticing.MLB Pipeline
In addition to their top 100 prospect list, MLB Pipeline compiled a 10-pick mock draft. As their fifth-best prospect, it’s natural Lee was among the first 10 picks projected by the MLB Pipeline staff. In the mock draft, Lee comes off the board as the fourth pick, headed to the Pittsburgh Pirates. If that were to happen, Lee would join the same organization that made BPA 2020 right-handed pitcher Jared Jones a second-round pick in the 2020 draft, a familiar face as he wears the Black and Gold again.