High school title holder Dylan Lesko, who is the best player in the 2022 MLB Draft, underwent surgery on Tuesday, a source told ESPN.
A source told ESPN that Lesko, eighth in the overall standings, had the procedure performed by Dr. Neil Atrash, the Los Angeles Dodgers and NFL chief medical officer.
Lesko, of Buford High School (Georgia), is Vanderbilt’s commitment, should he choose not to drop out of the draft this year. He still has a solid chance of being the first drafted bowler and/or getting the highest reward among bowlers in the draft due to this year’s poor bowler category and his outstanding talent.
The MLB Draft will take place July 17-19 in Los Angeles.
The closest analogue to this situation occurred in 2012, when the top pitcher in the draft class, Lucas Giolito, was previously discontinued with an elbow injury that later required Tommy John’s surgery. He ended up going 16th overall to the Washington National Team and underwent the procedure after one pro showed up. Giolito signed for just under $3 million, which ended up being the eighth highest payout in the draft that year.
It’s been a bad year for the bowler’s health as it relates to the draft. Of the seven shooters ranked among the top 32 ESPN players in this year’s draft class, Alabama’s Conor Prilip returned from Tommy John surgery and Tennessee’s Blade Tidwell missed the first half of the season with shoulder pain.
In addition, Mississippi State right Landon Sims and Texas Prep right Cole Phillips were expected to go into the first round before both had Tommy John’s operation in March, and left Peyton Palette, Arkansas Palette and Reggie Crawford left were expected to go in Connecticut State is in the first round before getting their pre-season surgeries. Another expected player, Florida left-hander Hunter Barco, is out indefinitely with an elbow injury.
Two other bowlers expected for the first five rounds — Duke RHP Henry Williams and Oregon State RHP Will Frisch — also had Tommy John surgery this spring.