With the No. 86 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected high school shortstop Christopher Paciolla out of Temecula Valley High School.
Paciolla is considered a shortstop according to his draft profile, but he is also listed as a second baseman, third baseman, and outfielder by Perfect Game. His best tool is his contact, as MLB.com considers him predominantly a contact bat coming out of the draft.
The 18-year-old’s high school numbers are impressive. Over 94 career games, he holds a .394 average and .482 on-base percentage. In addition, he has 109 total hits, 64 RBI, and 63 runs scored. That said, his home run numbers aren’t great. Nonetheless, his bat profiles well entering this season.
Paciolla is committed to play college baseball for UCLA. Although a shortstop, many scouts believe his best position at the next level is third base due to his lack of speed. However, if Paciolla keeps his college commitment and attends UCLA, he may be allowed to stay at short and develop further.
The No. 4 ranked high school shortstop in California is the second high school player selected by the Cubs. However, he is the first position player after the Cubs selected RHP Cade Horton and LHP Jackson Ferris in the first two rounds. The real question for the Cubs is can they sway Paciolla away from his UCLA commitment?
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