Welcome the 2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 41-50
I hope all the US readers had a delightful Thanksgiving. Hopefully, you are like me and left the dinner table so stuffed and full that you hated yourself. Because I know that had so much mac-and-cheese and stuffing that I felt like an over-stuffed turkey (pun intended).
With that being said I wouldn't want it any other way. I mean isn't that the point of Thanksgiving dinner? Be thankful for things and people in your life and eating so much that you want to explode? (or at least remove your belt a couple of notches).
Regardless of how much, or how little you ate I hope you enjoyed your time. With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rear-view mirror, it is time to start focusing on your Dynasty Baseball First-Year Player Drafts (FYPD). So this article is going to do just that.
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 kicks off the new series as we look at prospects ranked 41-50.
Be sure to check back best next week when we discuss 31-40.
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2022 Dynasty Baseball FYPD Rankings 41-50
50. Colby Thomas. OF, Oakland Athletics (Mercer University)
After taking Elliot 69th overall they followed that up by taking yet another outfielder and selected Thomas 95th overall. Baltimore originally drafted Coby Thomas in the 37th round of the 2019 draft but ultimately ended up staying true to his commitment to Mercer.
His freshman year at Mercer showcased his power as he hit five home runs with 18 RBI in the 16-game COVID-shortened season. He then had a down season in 2021 when he struck out 53 times and only batted 247.
But Colby rebounded with a great 2022 Cape Cod league and that translated into a solid Junior season at Mercer where he became more selective and he went on to slash 325/451/734 and an OPS of 1.184 in 42 games. Which also included 17 HR and 11 SB.
Thomas has the ability to play CF and his solid hit tool should allow for a solid average and OBP. It will remain to be seen if he can develop his raw power into in-game power as he matures in the A's farm system.
49. Ryan Cermak, SS, Tampa Bay Rays (Illinois State University)
The Rays took a surplus of position players with their first four picks and that included Cermak in the Competitive balance round and 71st overall. Cermak hopes to follow in the footsteps of his prior ISU prospects, Paul DeJong and Owen Miller, by making it to the big leagues.
Cermak led ISU in home runs with 11 in his sophomore season and then followed that up by hitting 19 HR as a junior. The hit tool also developed as he matured. As he increased his batting average to a highly respectable 340 in his final and junior year at ISU and finished with an OPS of 1.137 which ranked as the best in the Missouri Valley Conference.
— Stephen Schoch (@bigdonkey47) April 13, 2022
Cermak's approach at the plate is a work in progress, he was able to cut down on the swing and misses while also increasing the walks this past year and I hope it will be a focus during his development. He needs to work on spraying the ball as he has a heavy pull swing.
Cermak was drafted as a shortstop even though he didn't log one inning at the position at ISU, so it will be worth monitoring as I do not believe he will stick at SS and will most likely end up in the outfield.
48. Bryce Hubbart, LHP, Cincinnati Reds ( Florida State University)
One-half of the Florida State starters who had a great 2022 season and were highly touted going into the draft. He ended up being the second of the pair to be drafted. Hubbart was drafted by the Reds in the third round at 94th overall.
Hubbart does have some upside even for a pitcher that wasn't the ace of the staff at FSU. He features a fastball that sits low 90s, but has been able to reach the high 90s at times. His fastball has an above-average spin rate which adds late life and movement. His curveball can induce whiffs and will be a good secondary option and his changeup is decent but will need more time to develop.
The big knock on Hubbart's game is his control. He walked a total of 58 batters in the 155IP during his three seasons at FSU and that equates to almost three and a half walks per nine. It remains to be seen if Hubbart can develop and remain a starter or if he is ultimately headed to the bullpen.
47. Cayden Wallace, 3B/OF, Kansas City Royals (University of Arkansas)
Cayden is a big-framed right-handed batter. That brings a power bat to the Royals organization when they selected Cayden with their second pick and 49th overall in the draft.
Cayden played two seasons at the University of Arkansas and finished with a slash line of 289/379/528. While he didn't hit for the greatest average. He made up for it in the OBP and power department. Cayden hit 30 HR during his 127 games at Arkansas. Including tying the school freshmen record of 14 HR held by former first-round pick Heston Kjerstad.
His defense remains a question mark and he played both third base and right field in college. However, he may be headed for a corner outfield spot at the major league level.
Cayden wasted no time picking up where he left off after being drafted, albeit with a small sample size. In 132 plate appearances at rookie league and Single-A, he slashed 293/379/466 with 13 extra-base hits and 17 RBI.
46. Jacob Miller, RHP, Miami Marlins (Liberty Union HS)
One thing that you can count on is the Marlins drafting some of the top pitching prospects in the draft. They did exactly that when they selected Miller with their second-round pick and 46th overall.
Jacob Miller is one of the top arms in the 2022 MLB Draft class and here he K’s Daylan Pena pic.twitter.com/yQwY0JHIj7
— Matt Powers (@MattPowers31) September 26, 2020
Miller was one of the top high school arms in the draft. The Marlins were able to sign him away from his commitment to Louisville. Many analysts thought we might even see Miller go in the first round. So the Marlins were pleased to see him available at 46.
Miller has high-end velocity, as he was able to touch 97 as a senior in high school. His secondary pitches have the ability to be above-average options. As he also has a good feel for spin and has great spin rates. The change-up sits mid-80s and is still in development but quickly becoming a good outpitch.
Miller will need to add more bulk and muscle as he develops in the minors in order to be a workhorse starting pitcher for the Marlins.
45. Clark Elliott, OF, Oakland Athletics (University of Michigan)
The second-round competitive balance pick was coming off one of his best seasons at the University of Michigan (UofM). As a 21-year-old Junior, Elliott compiled a 1.090 OPS. Which ranked top ten in the Big Ten and his 153 total bases were the fourth best in the Big Ten.
He enjoyed his time at the U of M. Where in three seasons he slashed 304/430/527 and complied 21 HR, 31 SB, and 98 RBI in 555 plate appearances. While the power isn't special, he did hit 16 HR and 17 doubles in 2022. His 630 slugging% was eye-popping but may have been an outlier. Elliott is more of a line-drive hitter who projects as more of a hit-over-power corner outfielder.
44. Jud Fabian, OF, Baltimore Orioles (University of Florida)
I have a soft spot for Jud as we share the highly unorthodox ability to bat right-handed but throw left-handed. Not sure of the exact statistic but look it up. That batting and throwing stances are very rare. Fabian's handedness isn't the only reason to like the 67th overall pick.
If the name looks familiar it's because Fabian was drafted in back-to-back years. First in 2021 by the Red Sox and then again in 2022 by the Orioles. The Red Sox failed to sign Fabian so he chose to go back to Florida for his Senior season.
Fabian comes with some red flags and the biggest being his swing and miss concerns as well as the below-average hit tool. Displayed by his college stats of 24K% and a batting average below 250.
Fabian doesn't have top-tier speed on the base paths but does have decent speed as he swiped 24 bags in 35 attempts. The power upside and the average speed does have an upside you should be looking for at the back end of your drafts.
43. Tyler Locklear, 3B, Seattle Mariners (VCU)
The four-year junior out of Virginia Commonwealth brings an advanced eye at the plate. He had more walks than strikeouts (101:78) in 132 games. The Mariners like him too and took him with their second pick in the draft and 58th overall.
Tyler also brings raw power from the right side of the plate. He hit 37 HR and 83 extra-base hits in three seasons at VCU. Including a 20 HR season in 2022. The power continued in 2022 after he was drafted when he hit another seven home runs for the Mariners Single-A affiliate. Which gave him 27 HR total in 93 games in all of 2022.
The power also was there in the Cape Cod League (wooden bat summer league). When he hit another nine home runs in 34 games over the summer of 2021. Tyler's advanced approach at the plate and power upside are what have me intrigued and should be a good dart throw at the end of your drafts.
42. Blade Tidwell, RHP, New York Mets (University of Tennessee)
Blade Tidwell, have a day.
— Tennessee Baseball (@Vol_Baseball) June 4, 2022
The tall, lengthy, 6'4" right-hander enjoyed a respectful career at the University of Tennessee. Tidwell most likely would have been a first-round pick if it wasn't for injuries in 2022. Which caused the Mets to select Tidwell with their second-round pick and 52nd overall.
Tidwell has great velocity and his fastball regularly sits in the mid-90s and can even reach 99 at times. While he does offer several secondary pitches. His change-up is the best secondary pitch that sits low 80s and has a lot of swing-and-miss capabilities.
Pitching is always volatile, especially more so in rookie drafts. However, I would feel comfortable taking Tidwell in this range as he has the ability, pitch mix, and body frame that projects as a starter in the big leagues.
41. Cade Doughty, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (LSU)
Cade is a contact hitter that was an instant starter as a freshman for the LSU Tigers. Mostly impart due to his contact skills and his defense at the keystone. The Blue Jays took Cade with one of their two second-round compensatory picks when they selected him 78th overall. If Cade can continue to develop his power the Blue Jays could end up getting a steal.
The three-year starter ended with a solid slash line during his time at LSU. In 133 games he slashed 301/379/541. Cade was also able to increase his power numbers, after only hitting two home runs as a freshman. He went on to double digits home runs as a sophomore and Junior. With a 15 HR season as a Junior in 2022.
Cade doesn't bring a lot of speed to the base paths as he only swiped nine bags in 13 attempts at LSU. However, I like Cade's floor with his contact approach at the plate and his power development. For those reasons, I would be targeting Cade in the later rounds of your rookie drafts.