The MLB Draft began last night, with the first two rounds being completed.
Several great young stars were taken in the first round with several more coming in the second round.
The Cleveland Guardians made a solid choice with their pick.
With the 16th pick in the draft, Cleveland selected outfielder Chase DeLauter from James Madison University.
DeLauter is a solid lefty bat with a ton of power, and the Guardians were wise to pick him up.
MLB Draft analyst Joe Doyle shared his thoughts about this pick on Twitter, praising the Guardians for drafting DeLauter and even comparing him to Kyle Tucker.
We had Chase DeLauter the best player available in this draft in March. Special bat. Arguably the best player in the 2021 Cape. Plus tools everywhere. Run, throw, power, field, etc… Swing is unique and divisive. Kyle Tucker type? Huge ceiling. #Guardians nailed this.
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) July 18, 2022
A Solid First Pick
DeLauter definitely is a solid pick for the Guardians.
On MLB Network, coverage of the draft was being shown, and when they highlighted DeLauter, they showed some footage of his college career.
This kid has a sweet swing.
He’s also a five-tool type player, meaning he has a ton of power, contact, and speed, and also has a great arm and a solid glove, as Doyle mentions in his tweet.
The Guardians really came through with this pick.
His swing is actually kind of similar to that of Ken Griffey Jr.‘s.
There’s no telling when DeLauter will end up in the big leagues, but with his skillset, one can imagine that it won’t be too long before we see him don a Guardians jersey.
Maybe a couple of years.
But to draw comparisons to Kyle Tucker is a huge compliment.
Tucker also has a sweet swing and can do a ton of things out on the baseball field.
The future looks bright for the Guardians’ No. 1 pick, and now we’ll wait and see what he can do.