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Jimmy Crooks C-St. Louis Cardinals: 2022 MLB Draft, 4th Rd, 127th overall

Former Oklahoma catcher Jimmy Crooks is heading to an organization with arguably the best catcher of the last two decades in Yadier Molina. Molina was also a fourth-round selection (113th overall) in the 2000 MLB Draft. Crooks blocks the plate well and gets the ball out of his glove quickly on the defensive end. He threw out 20 of 45 potential base stealers in 2022.

Jimmy Crooks C-St. Louis Cardinals
Crooks’ energy is evident every time he steps on the diamond. He turned it on in the postseason as a hitter, substantiating his work defensively behind the plate.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Crooks’ end to the season came as a hitter. He led the team with 20 runs batted in during the postseason and those totals included five home runs and six doubles. The former Sooner has enough speed for a catcher. He finished with 10 steals this past season.

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.

Baylor's Kyle Nevin making a catch in the 2022 Big 12 Tournament
Nevin’s versatility made him one of the Big 12’s best utility players. He started in both the infield and outfield for the Bears.