With the 369th overall pick in the 2022 MLB first-year player draft, the Red Sox selected Auburn University left-hander Hayden Mullins.
Mullins, 21, is not regarded by Baseball America as one of the top pitching prospect’s in this year’s draft class, though the Tennessee native was ranked 119th by BA coming out of high school in 2019.
While he was not drafted back then, Mullins recently put the finishing touches on a junior season with Auburn in which he posted a 3.63 ERA and 1.39 WHIP to go along with 43 strikeouts to 25 walks over 11 appearances (eight starts) spanning 34 2/3 innings of work for the Tigers.
One of the primary reasons Mullins was limited to just 34 2/3 innings this spring was because of injury. On March 25, he left his start against Texas A&M after throwing three innings. On April 29, he left his start against Tennessee after throwing 1 2/3 innings and was later shut down for the rest of the season due to an elbow injury.
Listed at 6-foot and 194 pounds, Mullins has a high leg kick in his delivery and works with an 86-90 mph fastball that reaches 92 mph as well as a 72-79 mph curveball, per his 2019 scouting report.
Mullins, who turns 22 in September, has eligibility remaining so it is no sure thing he will go pro right now. Regardless of that, though, it is worth mentioning that the lefty played with 2021 ninth-rounder Tyler Miller as both a freshman and sophomore at Auburn.
The recommended slot value attached to the 369th pick in the 2022 draft comes in at $125,000, which is actually the case for all of Boston’s Day 3 selections. The Red Sox will have until the end of the month to sign Mullins.
(Picture of Hayden Mullins: Auburn University Athletics)