Toronto Blue Jays take Ohio State baseball's TJ Brock in 2022 MLB draft

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch
The Ohio State University athletic department logo, 2017. [provided by OSU]

Ohio State baseball's closer from the 2022 season is off to the MLB. 

Right-handed pitcher TJ Brock was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 188 pick in the sixth round of the 2022 MLB draft Monday. 

The Buckeyes have developed 111 draft picks in school history, 38 of which have made it to the big leagues including, most recently, left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully for the Cleveland Guardians. Ohio State had 28 draft picks under head coach Greg Beals, who was fired May 22 after 11 seasons with the Buckeyes. 

After allowing 37 earned runs in 39.1 innings pitched through his first two seasons with the Buckeyes, Brock proved to be a strong piece at the back end of the bullpen, saving 11 games for the past two seasons while allowing 12 earned runs in 38.1 innings pitched. 

In his final two seasons with Ohio State, Brock bumped up his strikeout numbers, averaging over 13 per nine innings pitched in his junior and senior seasons. 

Brock is the first Ohio State player off the board in the 2022 MLB draft after three Buckeye pitchers were selected in the 2021 draft: Seth Lonsway in the sixth round by the San Francisco Giants, Garrett Burhenn in the ninth round by the Detroit Tigers and Jack Neely in the 11th round by the New York Yankees. 

Catcher Dillon Dingler was the last position player selected after being selected by the Detroit Tigers with the No. 38 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 draft.