Welcome to the 2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 1-10.
Welcome back to the 2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings Series. In this new weekly series, I will be talking about the top fifty first-year eligible players and giving some insights to help you with your drafts this off-season. Every week will be a ten-player breakdown starting at fifty and ending with the number one prospect. This week continues as we look at prospects ranked 1-10.
A quick note, at the time of writing this article. The NPB Hanshin Tigers have posted Shintaro Fujinami. However, he has not been signed by a major league club. Therefore he has not been included in these rankings. There is a strong indication that he will sign with an MLB team at some point this off-season and I would project him to rank somewhere in the 10-15 range of my FYPD rankings.
Be sure to check out last week’s 11-20 FYPD rankings.
Now let us get into the top 10 of this year’s FYPD class.
2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 1-10
10. Cam Collier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds (Chipola Junior College)
Cam followed a similar path to the draft as Bryce Harper did. As he reclassified for the 2022 class by getting his GED and headed to Chipola JC in the spring. He also appeared in the Cape Cod Summer League that same summer. Even for a 17-year-old draftee, his upside was enough for the Reds to draft him in the first round and 18th overall.
The Reds liked him so much that they signed him for above slot to help the signing ability. His left-handed swing generates power with quick bat speed and hits to all fields. He has solid bat-to-ball skills and the power should only continue to develop as he matures and adds strength.
His defense and arm fit that of a hot corner defender, so he has the ability to stick at third base. Given his age and need for professional at-bats, it may be a few years before we see Cam in a major league lineup. However, the upside is worth the draft capital in the middle to the late first round of your FYPD.
9. Masataka Yoshida, OF, Boston Red Sox (NPB)
Yoshida was the second most coveted international posted player and the Red Sox took the gamble and signed Yoshida to a 5 year $85M deal which included a $3M signing bonus. This is a big gamble for the Red Sox but it fills a big hole in their outfield.
Yoshida ranks in the top 10 as he instantly becomes a contributor for the Red Sox and your dynasty team. The soon to be 30 year old had a solid seven seasons in the NPB as he was one the better hitters. He finished with a solid slash line of .327/.421/.539 for an OPS of 960. He also had 133 HR including multiple seasons of 20+ HR.
He has a great eye at the plate as he had multiple seasons with more walks than strikeouts, and had 100+ more walks than strikeouts in his seven seasons.
It will remain to be seen if Yoshida can adjust to MLB pitching. However, we saw Sekiya Suzuki adjust appropriately last seen in Chicago. Draft Yoshida in the middle to late portion of the first round. Especially if you need an immediate impact bat.
8. Jace Jung, 2B, Detroit Tigers (Texas Tech)
The younger brother of Josh Jung, who was a first-round selection in 2019 by the Texas Rangers. Jace followed closely in his brothers footsteps as he also attended Texas Tech and was also a first-round pick in 2022 when the Tigers selected him 12th overall.
The left-handed hitting Jace has a lot of power evidenced by his 39 HR during his three seasons at Texas Tech. That includes back-to-back double-digit homerun seasons and 21 HR in 56 games as a sophomore.
His 2021 sophomore season was so good that he won Big 12 Conference player of the year. Thanks in part to his 21 HR, 1.159 OPS, and 67 RBI all of which led the Big 12.
He not only hits for power he also makes a lot of contact and has solid bat-to-ball skills. He holds a career .328 batting average in his three seasons at Texas Tech. Jace has a ton of upside and should be able to hit for a high average while also hitting 20+HR in a season.
7. Chase DeLauter, OF, Cleveland Guardians (James Madison University)
If you are looking for one of the best pure hitters in this college class then look no further than Chase. The Guardians seemed to like Chase as well, as they selected him 16th overall.
He had an amazing time at James Madison. During his three seasons there he finished with an impressive slash line of .402/.520/.715 with a 1.235 OPS. He also had more walks than strikeouts at JMU.
He was on his way to having a monster 2022 Junior season but ultimately it came crashing down when he broke his foot in April. Chase has a tall large frame (6’4″ 235lbs) that generates raw power, and it remains to be seen if he can translate it into in-game power.
I might be higher than the consensus on Chase, but if he can add the power tool to his already impressive hit tool Chase could end up being a top-five prospect in this whole draft class.
6. Jacob Berry, 3B, Miami Marlins (Louisiana State University)
Similar to Chase, Jacob is also one of the top college bats in this class. However, Jacob has a slight edge over Chase as he has shown power. The Marlins thought so as well as they selected Jacob sixth overall and the first college bat in the draft.
Jacob has shown why he deserved to be the top college bat in the class as he hit double-digit home runs in 2021 and 2022 while also having an OPS above 1.000.
As a freshman, Jacob led the Pac 12 in RBI (70) extra-base hits (41), and total bases (167). Then as a sophomore at LSU, he led the team in batting average (372)
The switching-hitting third baseman has the ability to hit for a high average and power. His defense remains a question mark as he may not be able to stay at the hot corner. However, his bat and the offensive upside is the reason I would be drafting Jacob Berry in the middle of the first round of your FYPD drafts.
5. Kodai Senga, RHP, New York Mets (NPB)
If you thought the Mets were only going to replace DeGrom in the rotation by signing Justin Verlander, you were wrong. The Mets also went out and signed the top international free agent Kodai Senga.
In 11 seasons in the NPB Kodai held a 2.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 10K/9. The 29-year-old was one of the better starting pitchers in the NPB in the past decade. Kodai has solid velocity and his fastball can reach the upper 90s.
When it comes to Kodai, his biggest asset is his availability. When you draft Kodai you have the ability to plug and play him beginning with the 2023 season. Proximity is the main reason I have Kodai ranked inside the top 10.
Anytime you can get a solidified middle-of-the-rotation arm in an FYPD you draft him at the top of the first round and never look back.
4. Elijah Green, OF, Washington Nationals (IMG Academy)
Nationals draft Elijah Green 5th overall!— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) July 17, 2022
The 18-year-old is regarded as the best pure athlete in the Draft with elite speed and arm strength pic.twitter.com/lYxGk5AMTT
Thought of as a possible top pick in this draft class by some, Elijah Green ultimately fell to the Nationals who selected Green fifth overall.
The newly turned 19-year-old already has the size of a professional as he stands 6’3″ and 225lbs. He uses his size to generate high bat speeds and solid contact. His size also generates a ton of raw power that allows him to drive the ball to all fields.
Green does have some swing-and-miss concerns in his game however he should be able to make adjustments to correct that. He is an elite runner, MLB Pipeline has given Green a 70-grade run tool.
Green did appear in 12 games in 2022 in the Florida Complex League and he did not look overmatched in his first taste of professional pitching. A small sample size but did slash .302/.404/.535 for an OPS just shy of 1.000. He also hit two home runs a stole a base.
I wouldn’t be mad at you if you selected Green in the top three picks of your drafts. However, I would wait till at least the fourth pick.
3. Termarr Johnson, 2B/SS, Pittsburgh Pirates (Mays High School)
Termarr was one of the main four prospects in this class that had the potential to be the first overall pick in the draft. However, he did fall several spots as he went to the Pirates with the fourth overall pick.
Termarr was one of the best high school hitters in this class. He makes great contact and generates a lot of power for his lean body type. He should be able to generate 20+ HR at the big league level.
After being drafted, Termarr spent time in both the Collegiate Summer League and the low levels of the Pirates system. In those 39 games, he showcased his speed as well. When he stole 12 bags in 15 attempts. While he only hit one homerun he did have 12 extra-base hits.
Termarr will have to slide over to the keystone as his defense wont be good enough to stick at SS. However, that defensive move will not hurt his fantasy upside and I would gladly take Termarr with a top-three pick.
2. Jackson Holliday, SS, Baltimore Orioles (Stillwater High School)
The son of former MLB Silver Slugger Matt Holliday, Jackson is yet another prospect that has a ton of pedigree. The Orioles liked him so much that they selected him with the first overall pick.
Even though he was the first pick in the MLB draft and signed for a record-breaking $8M, he has slid to the number two rank in my FYPD. That is not a knock on his game and skills. Jackson had an insane slash line as a high school senior when he slashed .685/.749/1.392 for just an absurd 2.141 OPS in 41 games.
His defense and arm strength is good enough to stick at shortstop and should only continue to develop and improve as he ages and matures. Holliday has a great approach from the left side of the plate and makes a ton of contact. He is more of a hit-over-power type bat. However, the power is non-existent and could end up becoming better as he ages and gets stronger.
Given the pedigree, the skills, and the draft capital I would have no problem taking Holliday with the first or second overall pick in your rookie drafts.
1. Druw Jones, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (Wesleyan High School)
Speaking of sons of former players we have yet another in Druw Jones, he is the son of former Silver Slugger and MLB All-Star Andruw Jones. Druw Jones was the number one ranked prospect coming into the draft. So the Diamondbacks were ecstatic when he was available at the second overall pick.
Druw is a five-tool prospect that has many similarities to his dad. His tall frame (6’4″) and lean body for starters but the approach at the plate has many similarities as well.
His raw power should continue to develop as he matures and adds more strength. He already has elite speed and combined with his power is the reason I have him ranked number one in this class. His above-average power and speed combo are exactly what you look for in a number-one draft prospect.
His centerfield defense is yet another similarity to his father. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury didn’t allow him to make his professional debut in 2022. I will have my eyes on him in 2023 to see how he develops in his professional debut season.
If you have the number pick in FYPD drafts I would be drafting Druw with confidence.
Good luck to everyone in your FYPD and let me know how your drafts shake out. Feel free to post your draft results on Twitter and tag me (@JRBecks) in them as I am always curious to see the draft results.