After months of speculation on possible picks, the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft arrived in force last night with some familiar names, like Jackson Holliday and Druw Jones among the top two picks, and surprises, like the Mets’ lost 2021 pick Kumar Rocker suddenly emerging at No. 3 overall for Texas. Meanwhile, the Yankees went with big-bodied outfielder Spencer Jones at No. 25 and steady right-hander Drew Thorpe at No. 61 during the first two rounds, respectively. All 20 of their picks ended up being used on college or junior college players.
To help conveniently track all of the Yankees’ draft picks — from the selection process to any known eventual signing news — I’ve assembled this tracker that will be regularly updated throughout July. The players’ names are linked to the Pinstripe Alley stories about their draft selections. If available, I’ve also included their Twitter handles if you have any interest in following them.
Draft pick signing news can be a slow process and team assignments might be even fuzzier, but we’ll do our best to keep you posted. Players have until 11:59 PM ET on August 1st to sign unless they’re college seniors who have already used up their years of eligibility. As always, give us a shout in the comments section of this post if you see any news that needs to be added.
2022 Draft Tracker
|1 (25)||OF||Spencer Jones||Vanderbilt||5/14/01||@spencerjnes||$2,880,800||$2,880,800|
|2 (61)||RHP||Drew Thorpe||Cal Poly||10/1/00||@drewthorpe2||$1,187,600||$1,187,600|
|3 (100)||RHP||Trystan Vrieling||Gonzaga||10/2/00||@VrielingTrystan||$611,400||$611,400|
|4 (130)||OF||Anthony Hall||Oregon||2/9/01||@Anthony_Hall_||$456,500||$456,500|
|5 (160)||RHP||Eric Reyzelman||LSU||6/27/01||@ReyzEric||$340,700||$340,700|
|6 (190)||RHP||Chase Hampton||Texas Tech||8/7/01||@ChaseHampton7||$263,800||$497,500|
|7 (220)||RHP||Cam Schlittler||Northeastern U.||2/5/01||@camschlittler14||$207,300||Signed|
|8 (250)||SS||Brett Barrera||Stanford||5/7/01||@BrettBarrera2||$172,200||$135,000|
|9 (280)||RHP||Matt Keating||USC||12/8/00||@matt_keating32||$157,900||$122,500|
|10 (310)||LHP||Will Brian||Eastern Kentucky U.||4/25/99||@_willieb19||$149,700||$57,500|
|11 (340)||RHP||Ryan Harvey||UC Santa Barbara||2/8/01||@ryanharv25||N/A||$210,000|
|12 (370)||RHP||Jackson Fristoe||Mississippi State||3/6/01||@jacksonfristoe6||N/A||$272,500|
|13 (400)||LHP||Geoffrey Gilbert||Clemson||5/3/01||@gegilbert19||N/A||$125,000|
|14 (430)||RHP||Kris Bow||Southern Nevada (JC)||11/27/00||@kjbow2000||N/A||$125,000|
|15 (460)||OF||Tayler Aguilar||Grand Canyon U.||8/15/00||@taybam34||N/A||$125,000|
|16 (490)||RHP||Shane Gray||U. of Evansville||4/18/00||@sgray1311||N/A||$125,000|
|17 (520)||RHP||Hayden Merda||Azusa Pacific U.||3/21/00||@haydenmerda55||N/A||$125,000|
|18 (550)||RHP||Sebastian Keane||Northeastern U.||11/2/00||@keanesebastian||N/A||$125,000|
|19 (580)||3B||Beau Brewer||Paris JC||10/28/01||@BoboBrewer||N/A||$125,000|
|20 (610)||RHP||Trevor Kirk||Elon||10/4/00||N/A||N/A||$125,000|
Note 1: Teams are allotted $125,000 per pick for each selection from Rounds 11-20. This doesn’t count toward their total bonus pool, though they are permitted to use any leftover bonus funds to increase their offers beyond $125,000 to these players. Unlike in previous years, there is no $20,000 maximum amount for non-drafted free agents (NDFAs), though bonus money must be used if the signing cost goes over $125,000.
Note 2: Per MLB.com’s Jim Callis, there were slight adjustments made to each slot in the days preceding the draft, so the specific slot values may have been tweaked since this post went live with the original figures. If there are discrepancies between sources, we will defer to MLB’s reporting.
7/20: Yankees executive Damon Oppenheimer told Bryan Hoch that he doesn’t foresee any issues signing top draft pick Spencer Jones.
7/23: Per MLB.com, fifth-rounder Eric Reyzelman will sign. So will 15th-rounder Tayler Aguilar, 17th-rounder Hayden Merda, and 18th-rounder Sebastian Keane, per their Instagram accounts. (Aguilar) (Merda) (Keane)
7/25 (1): Baseball America’s tracker has revealed that Anthony Hall (Round 4), Will Brian (Round 10), Kris Bow (Round 14), Shane Gray (Round 16), Sebastian Keane (Round 18), and Beau Brewer (Round 19) have all signed with bonuses corresponding to their spots in the spreadsheet above . The post-Round 10 picks all signed for the standard $125K, and the Yankees got Brian for roughly $92K under slot. Combined, they have about $94K in surplus beyond the $5.4M slot value to work with on their remaining picks. (Callis has a slightly different figure on Hall than BA, so that is what’s in the tracker.)
7/25 (2): 13th-rounder Geoffrey Gilbert has signed, per his Twitter account.
7/25 (3): Top pick Spencer Jones is now officially a Yankee! Callis has the terms on him and second-rounder Drew Thorpe, who signed at slot as well. He also reported that 11th-rounder Ryan Harvey signed for $85K more than the standard $125K bonus for post-10th-rounders.
1st-rder Spencer Jones signs with @Yankees for $2,880,800 (full slot 25 value). @VandyBoys OF, very athletic for 6-7/225, bat speed & leverage produce high exit velos, could hit for average with solid power, RF profile. @MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/6w0XV7FC8m— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 25, 2022
7/23 (4): The Yankees officially announced that all of their first five picks have signed. The main news here is on the third-rounder Trystan Vrieling, who now joins our own tracker. Shortly thereafter, Callis reported that Vrieling signed at slot.
7/28: The Yankees have officially signed all 20 members of their draft class! Baseball America reported the signing bonuses of Brett Barrera (Round 8), Matt Keating (Round 9), Geoffrey Gilbert (Round 13), Tayler Aguilar (Round 15), Hayden Merda (Round 17), and Trevor Kirk (Round 20). Seventh-rounder Cam Schlitter’s bonus is the only one not yet known, but he tweeted a picture of him signing his contract. Now we can officially welcome all 20 Baby Bombers to the organization!