The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their eight selections from the second day of the 2022 Draft on Monday afternoon, picking University of Central Florida shortstop Alex Freeland (third round, 105th pick), Virginia Tech outfielder Nick Biddison (fourth round, 135th pick), Arizona State University infielder Sean McLain (fifth round, 165th pick), P27 Academy shortstop Logan Wagner (sixth round, 195th pick), St. Mary’s College infielder Christopher Campos (seventh round, 225th pick), Louisiana Tech second baseman Taylor Young (eighth round, 255th pick), University of Virginia left-handed pitcher Brandon Neeck (ninth round, 285th pick), and Westmount College catcher Simon Reid (tenth round, 315th pick).
On Sunday, Los Angeles selected catcher Dalton Rushing from the University of Louisville in the second round with the 40th overall pick. The team continued to focus on position players on day two, landing one left-handed pitcher, six infielders and one outfielder, including one academy player and eight collegiate players.
The Dodgers selected the 2022 Cape League All-Star Freeland, with their second pick of the draft. The Central Florida switch hitter slashed .282/.570/.419 in his sophomore season, driving in 38 runs, hitting 11 homers and stealing six bases in 42 games played.
From Virginia Tech, outfielder Biddison is coming off an incredible senior season with a stellar .351 batting average (88-for-251) with 47 RBI and 14 home runs. The 5’10” Virginia native was selected as a member of the Virginia SID All-State Second Team in 2020.
Continuing with the fifth round, Los Angeles chose the Arizona State University shortstop McLain. In 113 career games, the California native owns a .328 batting average with just over 100 runs accompanied by ten homers.
Los Angeles next selected Wagner, a high school senior out of P27 Academy. The 6’1” switch hitter is an Aurora, Illinois native and is committed to the University of Louisville. He was rated the No. 133 prospect in the draft by MLB.com.
Campos, a shortstop out of St. Mary’s College originally from Hacienda Heights, California, was selected in the seventh round. He hit four doubles and two home runs over 35 games, while batting .299 with 16 RBI this past season.
Young, a second baseman out of Louisiana Tech, was the Dodgers’ eighth round pick. Young broke the all-time hits record at LA Tech with 297, while also breaking his own single season runs record with 89 in 2022.
Los Angeles next selected the left-handed pitcher Neeck. The University of Virginia Cavalier threw 42.1 innings this season, posting a 4.04 ERA (19 ER/42.1 IP) with 57 punchouts. In his collegiate career, he owns a 3.33 ERA (25 ER/67.2) with 101 strikeouts.
The Dodgers finished the second day of the draft adding the catcher Reid, originally from McKinney, Texas. The college junior finished this season with 66 hits for a .400 batting average and 45 RBI. Over his career with Westmount College, he had 155 hits, 40 doubles, 18 homers, and 93 RBI.
An updated list of the Dodgers’ selections from the 2022 First-Year Player Draft can be found using the following link: https://www.mlb.com/draft/tracker/2022/all/team/dodgers.
The 2022 MLB draft concludes Tuesday morning with Rounds 11-20 starting at 11:00 a.m. Pacific.
(The Los Angeles Dodgers Media Group furnished the information provided in this report)
4 thoughts on “2022 MLB Draft: Dodgers Announce Day 2 Selections”
Glad they are drafting position players this year. Hopefully a couple of them can make consistent contact.
A read a few comments from those who know that indicated a number of these guys have good walk to strike out ratios which also means they have a good feel for the strike zone. That’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned.
Dennis or Andy, who are we looking at in the photo at the top here? He wears his uni very well, looks very athletic, and I predict a definite HOF career.
That would be Alex Freeland.
OK, I’m in. He definitely looks like a player.
I never look at stats. I judge all players by how they look in a uniform.