3 reasons Raptors fans should get hyped over Christian Koloko

3 reasons Raptors fans should get hyped over Christian Koloko

The Toronto Raptors only had one draft pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, but they were largely considered to have hit a home run by taking Arizona center Christian Koloko at No. 33 overall. Even though he is a bit of a work in progress, his talent is obvious. Koloko has officially wrapped up Summer […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Toronto Blue Jays have selected Josh Kasevich with the 60th overall pick

With the 60th overall pick, the Blue Jays selected Josh Kasevich.

Kasevich is a right-handed batter shortstop drafted from the University of Oregon. At 6’2, 200 lb, there is potential for more pop from the 21-year-old middle infield.
This season with the Oregon Ducks, he slashed .310/.383/.445 with seven homers. Kasevich walked (BB% of 8.66%) more times than he struck out (K% of 5.78%), meaning that the righty is a contact hitter.

With the 60th overall pick in the MLB Draft the #BlueJays select SS Josh Kasevich from Oregon. Really good contact and on-base skills, could stick at shortstop, too: pic.twitter.com/y8E4FdAZsY
— Mitch Bannon (@MitchBannon) July 18, 2022

For his collegiate career, he slashed .303/.374/.424 with eleven homers. He had the same K% and BB% of 8.43.
Baseball America notes that he has a flat bat path which doesn’t allow him to elevate the ball often, but he still showed great plate discipline which allowed him to walk more than strikeout.
According to MLB Pipeline, Kasevich is considered one of the better defenders in his NCAA league. He has a great arm that is accurate and has excellent instincts (hands and footwork). 

Josh Kasevich’s offensive talents are going to receive plenty of love, and rightly so, but he features a solid glove, too. #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/qNHdZD5Gng
— Thomas Hall (@ThomasHall85) July 18, 2022

Baseball America notes that he doesn’t have a “quick-twich lower half” that scouts like in a big league shortstop. However, he only made 14 errors with Oregon. Kasevich is an average runner as well.
Here are his grades according to MLB Pipeline:
Hit: 50
Power: 40
Run: 50
Arm: 55
Field: 55
Overall: 50
If he develops more pop, he could become an excellent prospect.
It’s likely that the 21-year-old Kasevich starts in High A as he’s likely advanced enough for that level.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

With the 128th overall pick, the Blue Jays could select…

While this isn’t a top 100 pick, there could be some interesting prospects available with this pick

Of course I had to feature a hard-throwing college player that everyone knows about, but there are some interesting starters available with this pick.
This will be the last article in the series, but there are still  plenty more players that will be picked in the 20-round draft. Let’s get into this group of prospects.
Ben Joyce: 
Joyce is a right-handed reliever that will likely be picked higher than 128th. You’ve probably heard the name for good reason. He’s only pitched one season for the University of Tennessee, but boy did he ever leave an impression.
The 6’5 righty had an ERA of 2.23 with a K/9 of 14.8 and a BB/9 of 3.9 in 32.1 innings pitched. While the righty is strictly a reliever, his stats aren’t the reason everyone and their mothers want him drafted for their bullpen.

Ben Joyce throws the fastest pitch in college baseball history at 105.5 MPH (via @PitchingNinja) pic.twitter.com/TPgsCwyNrb
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) May 1, 2022

Yup, you read that right. According to the velocity reading at the arena, Ben Joyce threw 105.5 mph. While there are questions about whether or not this was the actual velocity, it’s definitely possible as he often hit 103 mph and hit 104 mph a few times.

Tennessee junior Ben Joyce is hitting 103.5 MPH pic.twitter.com/KXWQdlDWuv
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) February 24, 2022

There are causes for concern, however. The 21-year-old missed all of 2019, pitched at a community college in 2020, and missed all of 2021 due to Tommy John. While the Jays have shown they aren’t afraid of drafting pitchers with arm issues (Gunnar Hoglund, Nate Pearson), it’s to be seen if Joyce’s arm can hold up.
This leads into the second issue, which is the fact that he hasn’t ever worked in back to back days for his University. In fact, he works on 3+ days of work, according to MLB Pipeline.
Furthermore, some Jays fans believe he would immediately help this bullpen, which is just not true. While at this point, his floor is a major league reliever, Joyce needs to work on command, as his BB/9 of 3.9 is on the high side. His secondary pitches also need work.


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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Leafs select Brandon Lisowsky with the 218th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

With their fifth and final pick of the 2022 NHL draft, the Leafs selected forward Brandon Lisowsky of the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL. He is undersized at just 5’9″ and 172 pounds but he put up strong numbers for the Blades in his draft year.

With our final pick, we select Brandon Lisowsky.
Welcome to Toronto, Brandon!#NHLDraft | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/MISOm5ae96
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 8, 2022

Lisowsky was very good for Saskatoon this season and his 33 goals were the third most among WHL draft eligibles, behind only Jagger Firkus and Matthew Savoie. He creates – and finishes – a lot of chances off the rush in junior with good acceleration and the ability to make skilled moves in stride but that will prove more difficult as he climbs the ranks. His greatest weapon is his shot – it is heavy, deceptive, and accurate. Lisowsky will have to diversify his offensive attack a bit as he progresses but he has legitimate upside as a secondary scorer at the NHL level.

#Leafs Brandon Lisowsky is a small goal-scoring winger. Worth the swing this late in the draft pic.twitter.com/QkeF5XpvV1
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) July 8, 2022

We’ll have plenty more on all the Leafs’ moves at the 2022 NHL Draft. Stay tuned.
 
(Statistics from EliteProspects.com)
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The Leafs select Nicholas Moldenhauer with the 95th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

After trading down from the 79th pick and acquiring the 95th and 135th overall picks, the Leafs selected forward Nicholas Moldenhauer from the Chicago Steel of the USHL. There is an obvious connection between the organization and the player as newly appointed assistant general manager Ryan Hardy is the former GM of the Chicago Steel.

With the No. 95 pick in the Draft, the #Leafs select Nicholas Moldenhauer from the Chicago Steel. Obviously the Leafs have tight connections with that team.
— David Alter (@dalter) July 8, 2022

Moldenhauer missed time to begin the season but was a star for the Chicago Steel upon his return, finishing the campaign with 18 goals and 25 assists in just 41 games. He measures in at 5’11” and 170 pounds.
A speedy, hardworking forward who can pull off skilled moves in stride, Moldenhauer possesses a diverse offensive skill set. He sees the ice well and distributes the puck with pace, has the puck skills to beat defenders one-on-one and play through traffic, and has a good sense of anticipation to arrive in scoring positions at the right time to utilize his quality shot. He can sometimes try to do too much but when he utilizes his teammates and plays a give-and-go game, he can be a real offensive driver. There is still a rawness to his overall game but if he can put it all together, Moldenhauer could grow into an effective middle-six NHL forward.

Filthy goal from #2022NHLDraft eligible forward Nicholas Moldenhauer. He missed time to begin the season but has looked good since returning to Chicago’s lineup. pic.twitter.com/FYJdDS5cc1


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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs select Fraser Minten with the 38th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

With their first pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, the Leafs have selected center Fraser Minten from the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL. Minten, 6’1″ and 185 pounds, put up 20 goals and 35 assists in 67 games for the Blazers this past season.

The Leafs take Fraser Minten from the @blazerhockey with the 38th overall pick!
Thoughts on the pick? pic.twitter.com/peNfQC6WSV
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) July 8, 2022

Minten is one of the youngest players available in this draft but he is almost one of the most physical. He bears some similarities to last year’s second-round pick, Matthew Knies, in that he is a highly competitive player with a great shot who really put it together in the second half of his draft year.

Fraser Minten really does have terrific two-way skills. His speed, strength, and ability to protect the puck in stride allows him to transition the puck with give and go plays real easy. #2022NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/ZU7dn5c88m
— Joel Henderson (@dathockeydoe) April 6, 2022

Not only does Minten finish his checks with consistency but he knows how to use his strength to make plays off the wall and into the middle of the ice to open up space for himself or his teammates. At this point in his development, he is a bit of a straight-line player but there is plenty of growth potential with this pick.
Minten may not have a dynamic quality in his game but he has a well-rounded skillset and projects as a solid complementary forward who can bring energy and chip in with some secondary offense.
We will have more on the Leafs’ picks following the conclusion of the draft. Stay tuned.
 
(Statistics from EliteProspects.com)
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