2022 MLB mock draft predicts JUCO standout taken by the Reds at No. 18

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While the 2022 MLB Draft is still a few months away, it's never too early to take a peek into the future. Prospects Live just came out with the outlet's most recent mock draft and the Cincinnati Reds are projected to stick with the same approach they've shown in recent years.

Last year, the Reds took shortstop Matt McLain with their first-round selection and the year before it was outfielder Austin Hendrick. Prospects Live has tabbed Cipola College third baseman Cam Collier as the Reds pick at No. 18 in the 2022 MLB Draft.

If that prediction comes true, it would make three consecutive drafts where the Redlegs have a taken a position player over a pitcher. The Reds made Nick Lodolo the No. 7 overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.

Reds predicted to select third baseman Cam Collier.

Prospects Live touts Cam Collier as a top five player in the upcoming draft. If that's the case, why in the world would the Cincinnati Reds still be in-line to snag the third baseman with the No. 18 overall selection?

The truth is, there's not a great deal of information out about the 17-year-old. Collier reclassified for the 2022 MLB Draft, got his GED, and enrolled in junior college this spring. He'll no doubt be an intriguing player to follow as the draft approaches.

Collier is though to have a plus hit tool, but maybe not as much power as you'd like to see for third baseman. He does have great bat speed, however, and the potential to be an above-average power hitter is there.

With Rece Hinds moving to the outfield this season, the only other third base prospect to speak of in the Cincinnati Reds farm system is Elly De La Cruz. Several scouts, however, are still split on whether or not De La Cruz is a shortstop or a third baseman.

Given how poorly the Cincinnati Reds have hit to begin the 2022 season, may Nick Krall should just draft the most advanced bat he can find and immediately promote him to the big leagues. We'll keep tabs on how the MLB Draft landscape shifts in the coming months.

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