Welcome to the 2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 11-20
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 11-20
Be sure to check out last week's 21-30 rankings.
2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 11-20
20. Kumar Rocker, RHP, Texas Rangers (Frontier League)
— MLB (@MLB) July 17, 2022
After selecting half of the Dynamic Dou from Vanderbilt University in Jack Leiter in 2021. The Rangers were lucky enough to get the second piece this year. As the Mets walked away from signing Rocker when there were concerns with his physical after drafting him 10th overall in 2021.
After spending a year in the Frontier League where Rocker only appeared in five games, he was selected by the Rangers with their first-round pick and third overall.
Rocker was one the top pitching prospects in the 2021 class when he finished his time at Vandy with a 2.89 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, with an astonishing 321 K in 236 IP.
He features an above-average fastball that sits mid 90s and reaches the upper 90s. He also features a slider, curveball, and changeup, with the slider being his best secondary option.
Health will be Rocker's biggest concern but if he can stay healthy he has the ability to be an SP2 and someone that you should be targeting if you miss on Brock Porter.
19. Justin Crawford, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Bishop Gorman High School)
Yet another of the next crop of former kids players, the pedigree is strong in this one as Justin is the son of former all-star outfielder Carl Crawford.
CF JUSTIN CRAWFORD #Phillies
- 18, 6’3”, 175 Lbs from Las Vegas ?
- Son of 15 Yrs #MLB Carl Crawford
- Tremendous athlete, elite speed
- Projects as excellent CF
- Slap hitter today, good bat to ball skills, can go the other way, needs to develop powerpic.twitter.com/sK56epX7FD
— Oscar Budejen (@OscarBudejen) July 18, 2022
Like father like son, Justin brings speed to the diamond just like his father who stole 480 career bags. MLB Pipeline gave Justin Crawford a 70-grade speed. He is a tall, super-athletic outfielder that has the speed and ability to play all three outfield positions.
Justin is a left-handed hitter that has good bat-to-ball skills and uses his elite speed to hustle down the line. He should continue to approve as he matures and ages in the minors. For now, you know you will be getting elite speed which could be a commodity late in the second round of your rookie drafts.
18. Jett Williams, SS, New York Mets (Rockwall-Heath High School)
When the Mets failed to sign Kumar Rocker in 2021 they were afforded a second first-round pick in 2022 and after taking Parada with the 11th overall pick they followed that up by selecting Jett with the 14th overall pick.
You have to love a player named Jett. While the name doesn't exactly mirror the ability, Jett still has slightly above-average speed. In a small sample size, he was a perfect six for six in stolen base attempts during his 10 games in the FCL in 2022.
Jett is a small (5'8") stocky middle infielder that has great bat-to-ball skills and does not swing and miss a ton. He should be able to hit for a high average and does have some sneaky power for his physical size.
The question remains to be seen if the defense will play at the big league level as he may need to shift over to second base. You are leaving me with Dustin Pedroia type vibes. Grab Jett if you are looking for a hit-over power type middle infielder.
17. Dylan Lesko, RHP, San Diego Padres (Buford High School)
Lesko was one of the top pitching prospects in this draft but ended up having Tommy John surgery during his senior season. Which caused him to fall in the draft when the Padres took him 15th overall.
While the top player in the class is a hitter, scouts are talking about the 2022 class as the year of the high school pitcher.
Dylan Lesko, along with five other hurlers, rank in the top ten 2022 high school MLB Draft prospects. pic.twitter.com/fnNOGjgK4a
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) January 5, 2022
As a 19-year-old Lesko's fastball already sits the in 90s and can reach the upper 90s, with the possibility of adding even more velocity as he matures. He compliments the fastball with a changeup that sits in the low 80s. While the curveball is still a work in progress.
Lesko has the upside of an SP1 but will need time to progress and develop as he returns from Tommy John surgery. However, Lesko's upside gives me a reason to draft him with a mid-second-round pick.
16. Brooks Lee, SS, Minnesota Twins (Cal Poly University)
Lee was originally drafted in the 35th round of the 2019 draft but went on to college to improve is his draft stock, and he did just that. After a successful three seasons at Cal Poly, he was a top 10 draft pick in 2022 when the Twins drafted him eighth overall.
Lee is a switching infielder that has above-average bat-to-ball skills that hits for a high average. In his three seasons at Cal Poly, he finished with a final slash line of 351/426/647. Furthermore, he led the Big West in OPS in 2022 with a 1.125 OPS.
Lee also has above-average power displayed by his double-digit bombs as a sophomore and Junior. Combine the power, the hit tool, and his size. He could easily become a top-10 prospect in this class. Draft Lee with confidence and don't be afraid to reach.
15. Drew Gilbert, OF, Houston Astros (University of Tennessee)
Teammate of another top outfield prospect in this class, Jordan Beck. Drew Gilbert was selected by the Astros with their first-round pick and 28th overall. Gilbert is the better of the two outfielders at Tennessee.
Gilbert was a two-way player at Tennessee however he ended up being a better outfield prospect than a pitcher. In his three seasons at Tennessee, he finished with a slash line of .314/.400/.534 with 22 HR, 140 RBI, 116 R, and 16 SB. The speed is sneaky and can steal bags if needed,
Gilbert has an aggressive approach at the plate but he can make consistent contact and get on base consistently. Gilbert is in a farm system that has a good track record of developing hitters so the upside is there for Gilbert. Grab Gilbert in the early parts of the second round of your rookie drafts.
14. Zach Neto, SS, Los Angeles Angels (Campbell University)
Zach Neto became the first-ever first-round pick from Campbell University when the Angels selected Neto with the 13th overall pick. The right-handed hitting shortstop was one of the best hitters in this college class.
Neto has sneaky power and speed. In which he showcased the power-speed combo during his time at the NCAA level. Including a 10/10 season as a sophomore and then a 15/15 season as a Junior.
He also has a solid approach at the plate. In three seasons with Campbell, he finished with a slash line of .403/.500/.751 as well as more walks than strikeouts Let's not forget this was in the Big South Conference which isn't quite full of power-horse teams.
Neto's defense will most likely have him moving over to second base as opposed to shortstop. However second base is always an area of need in fantasy baseball.
13. Brock Porter, RHP, Texas Rangers (St. Marys Prep)
Texas seems to have a need in the pitching department as this is now two pitchers back to back as they took Brock with their second pick and 109th overall. Despite being drafted in the 4th round Porter has a ton of upside.
He possesses the best fastball in the high school class, as it sits mid to upper 90s and can reach triple digits as a 19-year-old. His changeup is a good compliment as it sits low 80s and generates a ton of swings and misses. He also has a slider and curveball as solid secondary offerings.
Brock stands tall on the mound and attacks hitters, as he struck out 115 batters in 58 IP during his senior season. He also threw multiple no-hitters as a senior. Brock has immense upside and he should not last past the first half of the second round.
12. Kevin Parada, C, New York Mets (Georgia Tech)
The Georgia Tech product was the first catcher taken in this year's draft, and rightfully so when the Mets took Parada with the 11th overall pick.
Parada had a successful freshman season at GT when he slashed .318/.379/.550 with nine home runs and 31 extra-base hits. He then followed that up with an even stronger sophomore season. When he slashed .361/.453/.709 with 26 HR and 88 RBI., his 1.162 OPS was the fifth best and his 26 HR was second best in the ACC in 2021.
His defense is solid enough to remain a backstop and if he does, then Parada is easily a top-five catching prospect in all of baseball. That type of production and upside is hard to find, so I would have no problem if you took Parada late first or early second round.
11. Gavin Cross, OF, Kansas City Royals (Virginia Tech)
— MLB (@MLB) July 18, 2022
The left-handed hitting outfielder jumped onto prospects lists after a super strong 2021 season for Virginia Tech. So much so that the Royals took Cross with their first-round pick and ninth overall.
Cross also had a strong Junior season as well. He finished with an OPS above 1.000 as a sophomore and Junior. Furthermore, during his three seasons at VT, he finished with a slash line of .340/.412/.609, 28 HR, and 28 SB.
He has a solid approach at the plate and puts the ball in play and has improved his walk rate every year since his freshmen year at VT. He has some solid power as well and should be able to hit 15-20 HR as a big leaguer.
Gavin should be able to progress through the minor league system fairly quickly and could give the Royals a well-needed middle-of-the-order hitter. Draft Cross with confidence.
Be sure to check back next week when discussing the Top 10 and check out more great Fantasy Baseball content from the F6P team!