Acton starred for the Florida Gators before transferring to Georgia in 2021. The former Bulldog finished with 95 assists in the field and produced with his bat down the stretch. An original draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2019 (39th round, 2018 MLB Draft), Acton started nearly 60 games (58) for the Gators as a freshman.
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Tanner Tredaway OF-Pittsburgh Pirates: 2022 MLB Draft, 10th Rd, 290th overall
Tredaway finished as one of the all-time leaders in hits at Oklahoma, while also racking up a number of total bases. The team’s leading hitter in 2022 (.370 BA) was also solid in the field, finishing his career with a .971 fielding percentage. The former Sooner stole more bases this past season (23) than he had in his first three years on campus combined.
Trevin Michael RHP-Detroit Tigers: 2022 MLB Draft, 10th Rd, 297th overall
Former Oklahoma pitcher Trevin Michael often outclassed opponents late in games, notching 10 saves in the Sooners’ 2022 championship run. Michael, however, also started down the stretch, posting an impressive victory over Florida in the Gainesville Regional final.
Prior to arriving in Norman, Michael played at both Lamar and Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa.
That win hoisted the Sooners to the 2022 College World Series. The Tigers selected him with one of their 19 selections in the 2022 MLB Draft.
Kyle Nevin IF/OF LA Dodgers: 2022 MLB Draft, 11th Rd, 345th overall
Former Baylor first baseman/outfielder Kyle Nevin became the second Baylor Bears player to transfer to Oklahoma at the conclusion of the 2022 campaign. Not long thereafter, Nevin -who was drafted in the 11th round of the 2022 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers- decided to sign and go pro. In 2022, he batted .304 with eight home runs, 15 doubles and 49 RBIs for the Bears this past season. His father, Phil, played 12 seasons in the major leagues and his older brother, Tyler, plays for the Baltimore Orioles.
Tommy Sacco INF-Houston Astros: 2022 MLB Draft, 14th Rd, 433rd overall
Braylen Whimmer INF-Philadelphia Phillies: 2022 MLB Draft, 18th Rd, 592nd overall
Former South Carolina Gamecocks second baseman Braylen Whimmer was the only Gamecock infielder to start every game for the team in 2022. Whimmer’s bat aided the team immensely during SEC play, as he notched seven home runs. We break down the Phillies’ 18th-round draft pick in our video spotlight. He reminds us of a player from our 2012 MLB Draft Big Board.
Jack Gowen RHP-Miami Marlins: 2022 MLB Draft, 20th Rd, 592nd overall
Georgia RHP Jack Gowen went 3-1 in 2022 and led the Bulldogs with 10 saves. In the process, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound closer earned NCBWA All-American honors. The Miami Marlins selected Gowen in the 20th round of this year’s draft.
Los Angeles Angels 2021 3rd Round pick, 80th overall: Landon Marceaux RHP-LSU
After initially having some issues with pitch selection early in his career, LSU’s Landon Marceaux took his game to the next level over the last two seasons. Part of it was increased attention to detail, as his added proficiency on secondary pitches resulted in 116 strikeouts in 102 innings this past season. The 2021 second-team All-SEC selection developed into one of the conference’s best pitchers with the increased command. We go inside Marceaux’s diverse skill-set in our video breakdown.
Cleveland Indians 2021 2nd Round pick, 58th overall: Doug Nikhazy LHP-Ole Miss
Nikhazy plays the game with a unique combination of emotion and savvy. With a four-pitch repertoire that includes a 94 mile-per-hour fastball, the Ole Miss left-hander was one of the SEC’s leaders in strikeouts in 2021. The junior from West Orange High School (Fla.) posted eight games with double-digit Ks this past season, including an eye-opening 16 versus Florida State in the Oxford regional nearly a month ago.
Over the course of his All-American campaign, Nikhazy ranked in the top five in the SEC in a number of categories, including strikeouts and ERA. His mix of pitches has been well-documented, as has his ability to bounce back after giving up home runs.
In terms of his draft stock, look for the left-hander to come off the board somewhere in the draft’s first 60 picks. In the last three drafts (2018-20), the Rebels have had 18 players selected, including five in the first four rounds. We spotlighted former Ole Miss shortstop and Houston Astros 2019 second round pick Grae Kessinger just a few years back.
Ryan Bliss IF-Auburn: 2021 MLB Draft preview (video)
In 2021, former Troup County HS (Ga.) star Ryan Bliss became just the fourth two-time All-American in Auburn’s baseball history. He did so one year after ranking second in the SEC with 29 hits in just 18 games. Bliss started every game of his true freshman season at Auburn, with a large majority of those starts coming at second base, the position he may eventually land at in the pros.
While the SEC’s coaches selected Bliss as a second-team All-SEC selection in 2021, he has a legitimate chance to become the third Auburn infielder to be drafted in the last three seasons, as Will Holland and Edouard Julien were selected in the fifth and 18th rounds, respectively, of the 2019 MLB Draft. Auburn also had a pitcher, Bailey Horn, taken in the fifth round of the 2020 MLB Draft.
Over the last two seasons, Bliss has developed into a dependable shortstop, posting a career .972 fielding percentage. Bliss’ quick hands, solid reactions and overall bat speed, however, contributed to a robust career .514 slugging percentage for the Tigers. Those totals included a career .328 batting average with 20 home runs and 99 RBIs.