2022 MLB Draft: Dodgers target athleticism, upside in Rounds 11-15

Chris Newell

The Dodgers continued their trend of shortstops, athleticism and upside in Rounds 11-15 of the 2022 MLB Draft. There are some interesting players below.

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Round 11, No. 345 overall: OF Kyle Nevin, Baylor University

The Dodgers went the bloodline route by popping former Padres slugger and current Angels’ manager Phil Nevin‘s son out of Baylor. Phil Nevin was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 MLB Draft. Kyle Nevin hit .304/.361/.514 in 245 plate appearances for the Bears in 2022.

Rankings
ESPN: 300

And it sounds like he’s going to sign.

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Round 12, No. 375 overall: RHP Jacob Meador, Dallas Baptist

Lots of folks are saying this was a steal in the 12th round, and if he signs, he just might be. Meador had an unimpressive 5.24 ERA, but he struck out 91 hitters in 68 2/3 innings.

Rankings
Baseball America: 287
ESPN: 277
Perfect Game: 245
Prospects Live: 193

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Round 13, No. 405 overall: OF Chris Newell, Virginia

Newell was an early round candidate heading into the season, but things didn’t pan out for him in 2022. He hit .258/.385/.468 with 12 home runs for the Cavaliers. He also showed well in the Cape Cod League last summer — .289/.396/.556 in 53 plate appearances.

Rankings
Baseball America: 237
ESPN: 258
Perfect Game: 370
Prospects Live: 356

Round 14, No. 435 overall: SS Jose Izarra, Florida Southwestern State College

The Dodgers finally hit the JuCo ranks in the 14th round. And Izarra continues the theme of selecting shortstops in this draft.

Rankings
Unranked

Round 15, No. 465 overall: SS Nicolas Perez, B You Academy (Puerto Rico)

Perez is the youngest player the Dodgers drafted this year, and he’s going to be a bit of a tougher sign at this stage.

Rankings
Baseball America: 203
Perfect Game: 239
Prospects Live: 156

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Next up is a recap of Rounds 16-20, and any undrafted free agents who sign.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.