A dozen former Oklahoma high school baseball stars saw their dreams realized this week when they were selected in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft.
Leading the way was recent Stillwater High School graduate Jackson Holliday, who was the first overall pick of the draft. The 6-1, 175-pound shortstop, who went to the Baltimore Orioles with the top pick, was the only high schooler from the Sooner State selected in the 20-round event. The estimated value of being selected first overall is nearly $9 million.
Also going in the first round was former Norman two-sport star Cade Horton. The former Tiger quarterback and current University of Oklahoma pitcher/third baseman went to the Chicago Cubs with the seventh overall pick.
The Washington Nationals nabbed former Bixby Spartan hurler Jake Bennett in the second round with the 45th overall pick. The 6-6 southpaw was a 2nd-team All-American this year and helped lead OU to the College World Series. The Nationals also selected Bennett in the 39th round in 2019 following his senior year of high school.
A pair of Edmond natives were selected in the 7th round. OSU pitcher Roman Phansalkar (Heritage Hall) and OU first baseman Blake Robertson (Santa Fe) were chosen by the Devil Rays and Angels, respectively.
The final Oklahoman chosen on the second day of the MLB Draft was pitcher Trevin Michael, who went to the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round. The former Piedmont star led the Wildcats to two high school state championships before beginning his college career at Lamar. The right-hander spent the past season at OU, where he led the Sooners in ERA and saves.
Day three of the MLB Draft saw five more former Oklahoma prep stars get selected (all pitchers). OU righty David Sandlin (Owasso) went in the 11th round to Kansas City.
Junior college left-hander Miguel Fulgencio (Claremore Sequoyah) compiled an impressive 13-1 record with six saves in two seasons at Cowley County (KS) Junior College. Fulgencio, who committed to OU in April, was selected in the 13th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bryce Osmond (Jenks) and Kale Davis (Westmoore) both saw plenty of action this past season as members of the Oklahoma State pitching staff. Osmond went in the 15th round to the Angels and Davis was a 16th-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The final Oklahoma hometown hero selected in the 2022 MLB Draft was OU’s Javier Ramos. The 6-6 righty was the #3 prospect in the state back in 2018 while attending Vian High School. Ramos was an 18th-round selection of the Colorado Rockies.