Welcome to the 2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 31-40
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 31-40.
Next week kicks off the MLB Winter Meetings, as they are set to take place December 4th-7th. If you are unaware of what the winter meetings are let me explain. The Winter meetings take place every off-season when all 30 teams representatives and player representatives get together in a hotel/conference center and discuss league business and transactions.
More times than not we see a lot of trades go down, sometimes even blockbusters. As well as some of the top free agents get signed to blockbuster deals as well. Also to top it all off we get the Rule 5 draft to put the cherry on top of the Winter Meetings on December 7th.
Some headlines to look for this year, does Aaron Judge sign to a new team? Where do some of the top SS sign? Who is the next starting pitcher to be traded? And one of the best things to look forward to is if a top prospect gets traded to a new team that might expedite his journey to the majors. So I highly recommend paying attention to the baseball news next week.
Now let's jump into the 31-40 FYPD Rankings.
2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 31-40
40. Landon Sims, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Mississippi State)
After adding top prospect Druw Jones, Arizona then switched to pitching when they selected Sims 34th overall in the competitive balance round.
Sims was a relief pitcher at Mississippi State. Therefore it remains to be seen if Arizona has intentions of stretching him out to be a starter or keeping sims in the bullpen. His large frame and quality pitch arsenal have the makeup of a starter if they wish to go that route.
Landon Sims is a force of nature.
8Ks thru 3. pic.twitter.com/dV3be0DnMZ
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 5, 2022
Starter or reliever, one thing is for certain. Sims has great stuff, he attacks the strike zone and doesn't shy away from hitters. He was almost unhittable at MSU displayed by his 0.81 WHIP and 1.69 ERA in 85 IP.
His 2021 season was one for the ages. He finished the season by going 5-0 with 13 saves and a 1.44 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 100K to only 15 walks, and his 16 K/9 led all of the SEC.
Again it remains to be seen what the future role is for Sims so I would temper expectations and hope that he falls to you in the third round instead of reaching for a future relief pitcher.
39. Peyton Graham, 3B/SS, Detroit Tigers (Oklahoma)
Peyton was selected 51st overall by the Tigers. However, if he can continue the type of career he had at the University of Oklahoma, then the Tigers could have a steal on their hands.
When we look at his time at Oklahoma, his 2022 season jumps off the page. He finished with a slash line of 335/417/640 with an OPS of 1.058. He has modest power but hit 20 HR and had 17 doubles.
The biggest appeal is not just the power but the speed power combo. He also stole 30 bags to go along with his 20 HR. Furthermore, he was the first NCAA D1 player to have a 20/30 season since 2004.
He played at both third base and shortstop for Oklahoma and if he builds in size as he ages, he may be destined for the hot corner in the big leagues. With the power and speed upside, Graham could end up being great value at the middle to end of the third round in your drafts.
38. Connor Prielipp, LHP, Minnesota Twins (Alabama)
With the 48th pick in the 2022 Draft, we've selected LHP, Connor Prielipp.
Welcome back to the midwest, Connor! pic.twitter.com/GQ73hsGBdU
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 18, 2022
Connor was another player that was previously drafted but then went on to their NCAA commitment and improved their draft stock. He was drafted in 2019 in the 37th round by the Red Sox. Then again this year when the Twins selected him 48th overall.
Connor only made seven starts in two seasons at Alabama. Mainly because the 2020 season was shorted from COVID and then his 2022 season was derailed in part to injuries including Tommy John surgery. After a strong 2020 season in which he didn't allow a run in 21 IP and stuck out 35 hitters. Many analysts thought he would be a top-five pick.
The skill set is there and the upside is immense for Connor. With pitching being so volatile I would be ecstatic to get Connor in the middle to the late portion of the third round.
37. Cole Young, SS, Seattle Mariners (North Alleghany High School)
Young was the Mariner's first pick in the draft and was selected 21st overall. The Pittsburgh area high schooler has exceptional bat-to-ball skills. MLB Pipeline has given Young a 60-grade hit tool.
He doesn't swing and miss a lot and has a smooth left-handed swing. Young picked up right where he left off in 2022. In his first 17 professional games, Young did not look overmatched. He slashed 367/423/517 with the same amount of walks to strikeouts.
Young doesn't offer much speed in terms of stolen bases but he did steal four bases in six tries. Young is not someone I am reaching for as he doesn't offer much power and speed but his contact skills could become serviceable as he develops and matures.
36. Jordan Beck, OF, Colorado Rockies (Tennessee)
Rockies select OF Jordan Beck as the 38th overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft! pic.twitter.com/zTNQd189sJ
— Rockies Now (@Rockies_Now) July 18, 2022
I will admit I may have bumped Beck up the rankings a bit just based on his last name, I kid, or am I (LOL). The Rockies selected Jordan Beck 38th overall in the competitive balance round A.
The large framed (6'3" 225lbs) outfielder was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 14th round in 2019, but ultimately went to Tennessee and it paid off, as he improved his draft stock by almost 13 rounds.
Beck had just an average career at Tennessee but he does have good raw power displayed by back-to-back double-digit runs in 2021 and 2022. He also made solid contact at the plate as he owns a career 284 batting average at Tennessee in 149 games.
Beck's defense is above average and his arm strength allows him to play all three outfield positions. I want to like Beck's upside but I think his struggles against secondary pitches have me worried.
35. Henry Bolte, OF, Oakland Athletics (Palo Alto High School)
Bolte was one of the many high school outfielders with upside in the 2022 draft class. So the Athletics took Botle with their second-round pick and 56th overall.
Bolte has the raw power and speed that you look for in prospects. However, his bat-to-ball skills are the biggest question. Albeit a small sample, those concerns transferred over in his first taste of professional pitching.
After being drafted he appeared in 11 games in the Arizona Complex League. He only hit 212 and struck out 19 times. If Oakland can continue to work on his swing and miss concern Bolte could end up being worth the gamble in the third round of your rookie drafts.
34. Max Wagner, 3B, Baltimore Orioles (Clemson)
I like what Baltimore was able to do with their first four picks in the draft. Max Wagner being their second-round pick, was again a good upside pick for Baltimore.
Wagner spent two seasons at Clemson and it was a tale of two seasons. In his freshman season, he only slashed 214/305/345 with only two home runs. However, Max rebounded for his sophomore season after a decent summer in the Northwoods league.
In 2022 he was the standout at Clemson when he hit 27 HR with 76 RBI, 66 R, and a 1.348 OPS all of which were team leads. Furthermore, he led the ACC in home runs and OPS, which led Max to be named the ACC conference player of the year.
Max Wagner will need to continue to make consistent strides at the plate but the power upside is worth a shot in your rookie drafts.
33. Noah Schultz, LHP, Chicago White Sox (Oswego East High School)
The local kid, Noah Schultz, was drafted by the local team Chicago White Sox. They selected Schultz with their first pick and 26th overall. The tall lanky kid had drawn comparisons to the former White Sox first-round pick, Chris Sale. Even if it's just because he is a tall left-handed pitcher.
I regret not being able to scout Schultz in person as Oswego East HS is only a short 20 minutes from my current location, but I digress. Schultz features a mid-90s fastball and a solid slider that sits mid-80s with high spin rates and can be an above-average out pitch to left-handers.
2022 MLB Draft Prospect Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East HS- Illinois
Fastball sat 91-95
Slider sat 79-83
Changeup sat 83-85
Here's his strikeouts from today's game pic.twitter.com/H9ZqoZTVzn
— James Weisser (@JWeisser88) May 17, 2022
Schultz will need to add more mass to his body and some velocity to his fastball. His control can be an issue at times as well. The White Sox have a knack for developing starting pitchers. Therefore I would take a shot on Noah Schultz early in the third round of your rookie drafts.
32. Jacob Melton, OF, Houston Astros (Oregon State)
Melton is a left-handed hitter that was drafted 64th overall by the World Champion Astros. The Astros have a pretty good track record when it comes to developing outfielders. Which is one of the reasons that Melton has me intrigued.
Other than the great landing spot. Melton is also an advanced hitter. He quickly established himself as a top college bat with his 2021 season.
In 2021 Melton finished with a slash line of 404/466/697 and an OPS of 1.163. Melton showcased the power in 2022 when he hit 17 HR, 43 extra-base hits, 85 RBI, 66 R, and a 1.094 OPS.
I like Melton's upside from the left side of the plate and could be good value at the end of the second round or early part of the third.
31. Owen Murphy, RHP, Atlanta Braves (Riverside Brookfield High School)
The Braves selected pitcher Owen Murphy with the 20th pick in the 2022 MLB Draft pic.twitter.com/fujDiaur6H
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) July 18, 2022
The Braves have a knack for developing pitchers. Spencer Strider, Kyle Wright, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson, should I continue? The Braves went pitcher heavy again in 2022 as they took all pitchers with their first four picks. Including Owen Murphy with their first-round pick and 20th overall.
Owen is yet another local to me kid, as Riverside Brookfield HS is only a few miles from my home. However, I did not get to do any in-person scouting of him. Owen is a legitimate two-way player as he excelled both on the mound and at the plate. However, he projects as a better pitcher than a hitter.
He features a low to mid 90s fastball, with secondary pitches of a change-up, slider, and curveball. Owen is already ranked as the Brave's third prospect by MLB Pipeline. With the Brave's pitcher development upside, and Owen's upside I'm banking on that to continue in their long line of above-average pitchers.
Be sure to check back next week when discussing 21-30 and check out more great Fantasy Baseball content from the F6P team!