2022 MLB Draft: Seven Colorado products selected

The 2022 MLB Draft took place July 17-19 in Los Angeles. Below is a profile of the seven selected Colorado products.

Last season, six players who played high school baseball in Colorado were kidnapped.

For a list of all former Colorado players drafted, browse our MLB Draft History Database

Colorado’s first prep product off the board in the 2022 MLB Draft was former 2019 Legend player and Oregon State outfielder Justin Boyd, who went 73rd overall to the Cincinnati Reds in of the competitive balance round B. Boyd becomes the highest MLB draft pick with Colorado ties since David Peterson, a 2014 Regis Jesuit graduate and former Oregon Duck, ranked 20th overall New York Mets in 2017. Peterson is currently in his third MLB season with the Mets.

He becomes the first Legend player to be drafted and is the sixth drafted Titan of all time. Legend’s former highest player was current Boston Red Sox infielder Bobby Dalbec, who played in the fourth round (118th overall) for Arizona in 2016.

Next in the roster was 2018 Monarch graduate Andrew Morris, who went in the fourth round for the Minnesota Twins. Morris made a few stops in his college career, spending the first three seasons at Colorado Mesa before transferring to Texas Tech last season. He becomes just the third Monarch player drafted ever, and the first since 2015.

A third Colorado high school alum went to the seventh round, as 2019 Pine Creek graduate Riley Cornelio was taken 201st overall by the Washington Nationals out of TCU.

Coming out of Pine Creek, Cornelio was a highly touted rookie as he was named the 2019 Gatorade Colorado Baseball Player of the Year and was considered the top prospect in the entire state by Baseball America. He was ranked the 46th top prospect in the 2019 MLB Draft, but was not selected due to his strong commitment to playing at TCU.

On day three, Tayler Aguilar, who went to Frontier Academy but played baseball for Northridge, went 15th round by the New York Yankees out of the Grand Canyon. Aguilar becomes the first baseball player from Northridge to be drafted into the MLB.

Cherry Creek added to his impressive MLB legacy, as 2018 graduate Tanner O’Tremba was selected in Arizona by the San Francisco Giants also in the 15th round. The former Bruin started his career at Texas Tech. O’Tremba becomes the 52nd Cherry Creek player drafted all-time, the most in the state and the first since 2018.

In the penultimate round of the draft, former 2017 Niwot Skyler Messinger traveled to the Rockies’ hometown of Texas. Messinger was originally drafted out of Niwot in the 2017 draft, being chosen in the 22nd round by the Chicago Cubs, but turned down the pro ball to go to Kansas, where he spent the first four seasons of his college career. This is the eighth time a Niwot player has been selected in the MLB draft.

The last Colorado product selected in the 2022 draft was Cornelio’s Pine Creek teammate Drake Logan, a 2019 graduate, who went in the 19th round to the Chicago White Sox. Logan has spent the past three seasons at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and is signed to the recruiting class of 2022 at Alabama. Logan and Cornelio become the fifth and sixth Pine Creek graduates drafted all-time, and the first since 2017.

2022 MLB Draft Local Selections

CB-B 73 Cincinnati Reds Justin Boyd OF Legend 2019 Oregon State
4 114 Minnesota twins Andrew Morris HPR Monarch 2018 Texas Tech/Colorado Mesa
seven 201 Washington nationals Riley Cornelio HPR Pine Creek 2019 TOS
15 460 New York Yankees Taylor Aguilar OF Northridge 2019 Grand Canyon
15 466 San Francisco Giants Tanner O’Tremba OF Cherry Stream 2018 Arizona/Texas Technology
19 566 Colorado Rockies Skyler Messinger 3B niwot 2017 Texas/Kansas
19 581 Chicago White Sox Drake Logan 3B Pine Creek 2019 Shelton State CC

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