Welcome to the 2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 21-30
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 21-30
Well, the Winter Meetings have come and gone. We had no shortage of activity either. Aaron Judge decided he would prefer to stay in the Bronx instead of the bay area. The Mets made some big splashes by signing Verlander to a two-year deal as well as resigned Nimmo to eight years 162M dollar deal. The Mets 2023 payroll is now sitting at $275M+ which is the largest in Baseball.
There was another all-star on the move as the Phillies backed up the Brinks truck for Trea Turner. When they signed him to a $300M+ contract. The SS market stayed red hot as the Padres shelled out yet another $300M+ contract for all-star and long-time Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts.
There are still a few big-name free agents that remain unsigned, including Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson, and Carlos Rodon. It should be an interesting winter as we wait to see where these top free agents sign.
Now let's get into this week's FYPD rankings.
2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 21-30
30. Cooper Hjerpe, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Oregon State)
Cooper is a left-handed pitcher that pitched well in a power-five conference. That was good enough for the Cardinals to pull the trigger and select Cooper with their first pick and 22nd overall.
Cooper stands tall on the mound and seems to attack hitters. He features a fastball that sits low to mid-90s, a curveball, and a change-up. His breaking pitch is the better secondary pitch and has more of a slow sweeping curveball that can be thrown for strikes. He has a knack for striking out batters as his 161 Ks in 2022 were an Oregon State record.
Cooper Hjerpe just struck out his 160th batter of the season setting a new school record! pic.twitter.com/dAsRlTU7Fm
— Stephen Schoch (@bigdonkey47) June 13, 2022
Cooper doesn't have a huge ceiling but his floor can be seen as a safety valve and projects as a mid-rotation arm. However, I do like the upside he brings to the mound as he has a bit of a funky delivery that leads to strikeouts. Absolutely look to add Cooper in the middle to late portion of the third round in your rookie drafts.
29. Daniel Susac, C, Oakland Athletics (University of Arizona)
I tend to fade Oakland prospects as well as catching prospects. However, Susac's skills are too good to pass up. The switching-hitting prospect has offensive upside, which caused the Athletics to draft him in the first round and 19th overall.
He had a highly productive freshman and sophomore seasons for Arizona. His final slash line was 352/413/586 with an OPS just under 1.000 (.999). He hit exactly 12 HR in both seasons, but his sophomore season saw more growth at the plate, as he cut down on the strikeout rate while increasing his walks.
The power is real and he is better from the right side of the plate. The power should only continue to increase as he ages and matures. Even as a catcher I wouldn't hesitate to Susac in the front half of the third round.
28. Brock Jones, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (Stanford)
Similar to my sentiment on the Ryan Cermak pick. I am always intrigued by a Tampa draft pick and prospect. So when the Rays drafted Jones with the 65th overall pick I was interested in what he had to offer, even as a second-round pick.
Joe Ritzo: "One of the most outstanding plate appearances we'll see all season."
Daniel Susac's first professional home run. pic.twitter.com/DgLkvCRG0P
— Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (@jgoldstrass) August 14, 2022
When you think of athletic baseball players you don't often think of Stanford. However, Jones is just that. He is a tall athletic outfielder that also spent time on the football field. Jones has above-average speed and that was on display at Stanford when he stole 33 bags in 45 attempts.
Jones also brings power from the left side of the plate. As he hit double-digit home runs in both his 2021 and 2022 seasons. Furthermore, he was only four stolen bases away from a 20/20 season in 2022. (21HR &16SB). The power and speed upside are what give Jones his appeal.
27. Robby Snelling, LHP, San Diego Padres (McQueen High School)
I will admit I might be higher on Snelling than the consensus, but I like what I see out of the Padre's competitive balance pick and the 39th overall pick.
Even at only 19 years old, Robby is a big, tall, left-hander that stands 6'3" and brings a lot of velocity on his fastball. His fastball sits mid 90s and can reach the upper 90s. His curveball is a plus pitch that has a lot of movement and can miss bats at a solid rate.
I like Snelling's bulldog mentality as his draft slot was good enough that the Padres were able to sign him away from his NCAA commitment to LSU. I wouldn't hesitate to reach for Snelling in the second, or even gamble to see if he slips to the third rounds of your rookie drafts.
26. Sterlin Thompson, 3B/OF, Colorado Rockies (University of Florida)
Jud Fabian's fellow gator teammate, Sterlin, was able to join Fabian in this draft class as the Rockies selected him with their competitive balance pick and 31st overall.
Sterlin Thompson just blasted a walkoff bomb for Florida to beat FSU. Also it amazes me with Florida’s success at home that this game isn’t packed pic.twitter.com/4PoFHWyZF1
— Stephen Schoch (@bigdonkey47) May 18, 2022
Sterlin has a decent hit tool that took strides during his time at Florida. He finished with a slash line of 332/424/524 in his two seasons there. Sterlin is another left-handed bat in this class that has shown the ability to hit to all fields. Like most young hitters he attacks fastballs and struggles with off-speed and breaking pitches. Hopefully, that will change as he continues to develop in the Rockies farm system.
Thompson is a hit-before power hitter so it remains to be seen if he can tap into his raw power. I like Sterlin's hit tool and should be a good target in the 2nd round.
25. Dylan Beavers, OF, Baltimore Orioles (University of California)
I have gone on record in the past saying I liked what the Orioles were able to do in this year's draft. Especially their top-four picks. Beavers being their competitive balance pick and the 33rd overall pick.
Beavers had a great 2021 season for Cal when he slugged 631 and had an OPS of 1.031 while crushing 18 bombs. The 18 HR were best in the PAC-12 and his OPS ranked in the top 10. Beavers' 2022 was more of the same for the Cal outfielder. He had an OPS over 1.000 and his 17 HR were the seventh best in the PAC-12.
Dylan Beavers with a NO DOUBTER in game 2 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series ? pic.twitter.com/VFgNHrxS4g
— Orioles Player Development (@OsPlayerDev) September 20, 2022
Beavers has a lot of power and upside at the plate. Even though he didn't hit any home runs in rookie and A ball he still had eight doubles and hit above 300 in 105 plate appearances. Draft Beavers with confidence.
24. Spencer Jones, OF, New York Yankees (Vanderbilt University)
Spencer Jones was originally drafted by the Angels in 2019, he went on to fulfill his commitment to Vanderbilt. He ultimately got hurt and required Tommy John Surgery. Fast forward three years and Jones gets selected by the Yankees in the first round, 25th overall in this year's draft.
Thanks in part to his solid career at Vandy and a successful season in 2022 in which he hit 12 HR and drove in 60 runs. The 60 RBI ranked as the tenth most in the SEC that year and his 1.103 OPS ranked in the top 15 in the SEC.
Spencer can hit for a high average with decent power and uses his 6'7" height to generate a long swing and tends to hit to the opposite field. Jones' size and athleticism give him upside and if he stays in the New York system has a chance to be in the always solid Yankees lineup.
23. Ivan Melendez, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks (Texas University)
If it seems like the Diamondbacks keep appearing on this list, that is because they are. They had a solid 2022 draft in part because they had three picks in the top 50. They took Ivan 43rd overall with their second-round pick.
Imagine seeing this and not taking Ivan Melendez tonight.
— Carli Todd (@carlihustle) July 17, 2022
Melendez is yet another prospect who had a solid 2021 and was drafted last year and then went back to College and improved his draft stock. Melendez is a big tall right-hander that generates a ton of power from the right side of the plate.
Ivan is the type of prospect that I have no problem reaching for in my rookie drafts. He has immense power upside, displayed by his 32 HR in 2022 for Texas. His 32 HR led the Big-12 and were 12 more than the second most (20HR by Peyton Graham(#39 on the list)).
If you are looking for a first baseman with huge power upside then go out and get Melendez in your rookie drafts.
22. Eric Brown Jr., SS, Milwaukee Brewers (Coastal Carolina University)
The four-year junior from Coastal Carolina showcased his offensive upside during his time in the Sun Belt Conference. So much so that the Brewers took Brown with their first-round pick and 27th overall.
Brown brings a strong power-speed combo that is always intriguing in prospects. As he had 16 HR and 26 SB in 123 games at Coastal Carolina. He was also able to steal another 19 bags between rookie and A ball in 2022.
Brown also has a great approach at the plate with quick hands and a great eye. He finished with more walks than strikeouts at Coastal Carolina. His plus defense will allow him to stay at the position even at the major league level.
I would gladly take Brown in the middle to the later half of the second round of your rookie drafts.
21. Cade Horton, RHP, Chicago Cubs (University of Oklahoma)
— MLB (@MLB) July 18, 2022
I might be slightly biased with this rank. However, the Cubs must have liked what they saw in Cade as well as they selected Cade with their first-round pick and seventh overall.
Cade was very impressive during the 2022 College World Series as he helped Oklahoma to a second-place finish. Cade finished with a 2.61 ERA and 49 K in 31 IPs. Which is a tale of two seasons as he had a 7.94 ERA during the regular season.
Cade features a fastball that sits mid 90s and has reached 98. His slider was very improved at Omaha and was his go-to out pitch. The slider is better than the low 80s curveball, and the change-up is still a work in progress.
Cade has the upside of an SP2 and the floor of an SP4 at the big league level, which is exactly what you want at the tail end of the second round in your rookie drafts.
Be sure to check back next week when discussing 11-20 and check out more great Fantasy Baseball content from the F6P team!