Teams are starting to line up their boards with the July 17-19 Draft getting closer, and we’re doing the same at MLB Pipeline. We’ve expanded to a Draft Top 250, while also revising our previous rankings and reports.
The first seven players are the same from our last update a month ago and there’s only one change in the order. Georgia high school outfielder Druw Jones remains at No. 1, with Oklahoma prep shortstop Jackson Holliday leaping over Florida high school outfielder Elijah Green to No. 2. Georgia prep middle infielder Termarr Johnson, Cal Poly shortstop Brooks Lee, Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada and Louisiana State third baseman/outfielder Jacob Berry remain in spots 4 through 7.
The Orioles own the No. 1 overall choice for the first time since selecting Adley Rutschman in 2019. They’re considering five players, a group believed to be comprised of the first five prospects on the Draft Top 250: Jones, Holliday, Green, Johnson and Lee. We projected them to take Johnson in our last mock draft, and we’ll have a new one out Thursday evening.
Family ties abound in this Draft, starting with the first three players on the Top 250. Jones, the industry’s consensus top talent, is reminiscent of his father Andruw, a five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glover. Holliday, who broke J.T. Realmuto’s national high school record for single-season hits with 89, is the son of seven-time All-Star Matt. Green’s dad Eric was a two-time Pro Bowl tight end in the NFL.
No player made a bigger move on the new list than Oklahoma right-hander Cade Horton, who debuts at No. 24 after not making the Draft Top 200. When we released that previous edition, he sported a 7.94 ERA and looked rusty while coming back from Tommy John surgery in February 2021. He has been an entirely different pitcher since and is now our highest-rated college arm.
Horton worked on adding a cutter before the Big 12 Conference tournament, and while that didn’t really take, the process helped him upgrade his…