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Top-100 2021/22 FYPD Rankings for Fantasy Baseball

Another great MLB draft is in the books, and what a marvelous draft it was. After having only five rounds in the 2020 draft, this year’s draft was up to 20 rounds with plenty of great talent throughout. After watching game film and studying these players for the better part of the last year, Chris Clegg and Eric Cross put their heads together and came up with their combined top-100 FYPD rankings for fantasy baseball purposes below.

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2021/22 FYPD Rankings

1 (Tied). Marcelo Mayer, SS (Previous: 1)

From: Eastlake HS (CA) | Drafted By: Boston Red Sox

Marcelo Mayer may have the best all-around skillset in the draft class. Mayer does a lot of things well, but at the plate, he brings a smooth left-handed swing. He has a great feel to hit and has elite bat-to-ball skills. Mayer could grow into plus power as he already displays great raw power. At 6’3 188, it is easy to see Mayer having plenty of room to add strength to his frame. Mayer is currently an above-average runner, but will likely see his speed tick down with time. Some have comped Mayer to Corey Seager which is quite lofty, but it shows the upside that is in Mayer’s profile. You can make an argument for Mayer to be the top pick in FYPD’s, but with any prep player or prospect for that matter, there are risks. (Chris)

1 (Tied). Kahlil Watson, SS (Previous: 2)

From: Wake Forest HS (NC) | Drafted By: Miami Marlins

One of the biggest surprises of the first round was Kahlil Watson sliding to the Miami Marlins at pick 16. Man, Kim Ng, Derek Jeter, and company must’ve been partying in the war room when Watson landed in their laps. I know I would. There were rumblings about his asking price and character issues, but I don’t like to speculate on the latter without knowing the person myself. But what I do know is that Watson has immense offensive upside and is a no-doubt top-5 fantasy FYPD option. Although he’s smaller in size (5’9/180), Watson packs a punch at the plate with elite bat speed and a swing path that creates plenty of natural loft. Everything off Watson’s bat seems to be loud and he could wind up as a plus-hit, plus-power bat with above-average to plus speed as well, even if he bulks up a bit. Although, there’s not a ton of physical projection here. But still, Watson’s all-around offensive skillset is robust and he has the defensive skills to remain at shortstop longterm. Regardless of whether he remains at shortstop or moves to second base, Watson projects to be a major impact bat. (Eric)

3. Brady House, SS (Previous: 4)

From: Winder-Barrow HS (GA) | Drafted By: Washington Nationals

I was fortunate enough to see Brady House live this season. House has been well known for a while thanks to his big raw power. At 6’4/215, House produces tremendous bat speed and power to all fields. The biggest question coming into the high school season was his hit tool after some struggles in summer ball in 2020. House made several mechanical adjustments to shorten his swing and make more contact. In my live look, House controlled the strike zone well while pitchers tried to avoid throwing him in the zone. In one at-bat, House was in a 3-2 count and there was a close pitch low and away. He took it opposite field and it nearly cleared the wall. In his April matchup against top 2022 prep arm, Dylan Lesko, House went 3-3 with two doubles. He swung at five of six pitches that he saw against Lesko, showing a clear strategy of aggression. But, the results where there against the best prep competition he could have faced. House has potential double-plus raw power and an average hit tool. He likely moves to the hot corner, but is athletic enough to stick at shortstop if his team chooses to do so. (Chris)

4 . Jordan Lawlar, SS (Previous: 3)

From: Jesuit Prep (TX) | Drafted By: Arizona Diamondbacks

The 6’2 prep shortstop from Texas had a commitment to Vanderbilt but left that behind as the #6 pick in this year’s draft. This is the type of projectable shortstop prospect hounds dream on. Lawler has shown above-average or better contact skills and raw power with plus speed as well. As he fills out his projectable frame, he’ll likely drop to a 50/55 runner, but with the potential to be a plus hit/plus power bat from the shortstop position. There are some concerns about the bat speed, but the all-around skillset is enticing. Lawler will likely fall a couple of spots in your FYPDs too after his injury. If you have the 3rd pick or lower and Lawlar is on the board, I’m scoop him up without question. (Eric)

5. Seiya Suzuki, OF (Previous: NR)

From: Japan| Currently A Free Agent

Seiya Suzuki is a unique player, being 27 years old and coming from the NPB. The reality is, no one really knows how Suzuki is going to perform in MLB. He was elite in the NPB last season, posting a .317/.433/.636 slash with 38 home runs and nine stolen bases. Some will look to the performance of Ha-Seong Kim last year and say they are out on Suzuki. It is fair, but Kim came from the KBO which is a step down from the NPB. Suzuki has the potential to be a solid MLB contributor in year one. So if you have a contending team and are in need of a bat, Suzuki is a solid choice. (Chris)

6. Jack Leiter, RHP (Previous: 6)

From: Vanderbilt | Drafted By: Texas Rangers

Jack Leiter was the best pitcher in college baseball this season. You can make an argument for others, but it’s hard to argue against Jack Leiter. Leiter was a workhorse this season for Vanderbilt, pitching 110 innings over 18 starts. He posted a 2.13 ERA, a 0.845 WHIP, and 179 strikeouts. It’s rare to see any pitcher at any level locate his fastball up in the zone as well as Jack Leiter. He consistently sits mid-90s and can get up to 98 mph, spinning the pitch extremely well. His fastball is his best pitch, but Leiter’s arsenal also features a 12-6 curve that he can get hitters to chase. He also uses a slider that has the potential to develop into a better pitch than the curve. Leiter is smaller which concerns some, as he is just 6’0. That should not matter to you if you have watched him pitch. He repeats his delivery extremely well and has a consistent release point. Leiter is the best pitcher in the class and is a fairly safe bet for fantasy purposes. (Chris)

7. Colton Cowser, OF (Previous: 8)

From: Sam Houston | Drafted By: Baltimore Orioles

After Henry Davis, the next collegiate hitter could go several different ways. Colton Cowser is in that discussion, however. Cowser has a smooth left-handed swing and consistently finds the barrel. There is a plus hit tool in Cowser’s profile as he does not swing and miss often, nor strike out. Cowser does have a fairly flat swing which is a knock on his future power output. But, as we have seen with players like Jarren Duran, swing changes can make a huge difference. I will always bet on players with great hit tools. Cowser played against fringe college competition, but it is hard to argue with his numbers. He finished the year with a .374/.490/.680 slash line over 253 plate appearances. Cowser mashed 16 home runs and stole 17 bases while walking 42 times versus just 32 strikeouts. (Chris)

8. Harry Ford, C (Previous: 10)

From: North Cobb HS (GA) | Drafted By: Seattle Mariners

Harry Ford is a highly athletic catcher who is more than capable of moving off the position. Regardless of where he ends up in the field, the bat will play. The ball just jumps off Ford’s bat thanks to his high-end bat speed. He generates natural loft with his swing and has performed well against high-end pitching. Considering the raw power that Ford can generate, he hits the ball to all fields well. Ford is also a plus runner and posted a 6.42 second 60 yard dash time. Ford’s profile is coveted by plenty of teams. The track record of prep catchers has not been great in the past, but that could change with the recent crop of prep catching talent. Ford is capable of sticking behind the plate, or he could play second base, third base, or outfield. It will be up to the team who drafts him to decide that. (Chris)

9. Henry Davis, C (Previous: 9)

From: Louisville | Drafted By: Pittsburgh Pirates

The draft class of college hitters is quite weak this season. In a year where the prep shortstops stand out, Henry Davis is the headliner of collegiate hitters. Davis finished his collegiate career at Louisville with a 1.001 OPS and more walks than strikeouts. There is easy plus raw power in Davis’s profile and Davis can hit the ball out of the park on line drives. In addition to his power, you could make an argument that Davis is an easy plus hit tool. He makes consistent hard contact and controls the strike zone well. I have read that some think Davis struggles against breaking pitches and will be exploited there against big league pitching, but five of his 15 home runs this season came against breaking pitches. Overall, Davis posted a .370/.482/.663 slash with 15 home runs and ten stolen bases against high-end collegiate competition. Davis’ bat is legit and I do not think playing catcher hurts his fantasy stock. Davis feels like one of the safer bets in this year’s FYPD. (Chris)

10. Benny Montgomery, OF (Previous: 9)

From: Red Land HS (PA) | Drafted By: Colorado Rockies

Remember when I was gushing about Zac Veen in Coors last year? Well, get ready for part 2 of that with Benny Montgomery, a 6’4 outfielder from Pennsylvania. Simply put, Montgomery is athletically gifted and has an offensive upside that will make you drool. The 6’4 Montgomery was already an easy top-15 FYPD pick and then the Colorado Rockies elevated that to top-10. You could make a strong case that Montgomery has the best power/speed blend in the entire draft class with legit 30/30 aspirations down the road. However, the hit tool is currently a concern along with his propensity to chase too many pitches outside of the zone. This is easily a 60+ raw power, 70-speed outfielder with room to fill out his frame even more. There’s not one other player in this draft that has you can say that about. Not one. Add in Coors Field and you have a fantasy monster waiting to happen if the hit tool and approach come around. Let’s cross our fingers and hope they do because Montgomery legitimately could wind up as the top fantasy player from this draft class. (Eric)

11. Trey Sweeney, SS (Previous: 7)

From: Eastern Illinois | Drafted By: New York Yankees

Trey Sweeney is one of the most underrated hitters in the draft class. He is probably getting a little more love now that he was selected 20th overall by the New York Yankees, but he is a player I will be targeting in FYPDs. Sweeney makes elite contact and hits the ball extremely hard from the left side of the plate. His power began to show in the summer of 2020, but really took off this season at Eastern Illinois. Sweeney posted a slash line of .382/.522/.712 with 14 home runs and three stolen bases. I believe there is potential plus hit and power in the profile, which will really play up in Yankee Stadium. (Chris)

12. Cristhian Vaquero, OF (Previous: NR)

From: Cubs | Signed By: Washington Nationals

For all of the international prospects signed in mid-January, my no-doubt #1 is Vaquero. Just look at that 6’3/180 frame and raw power without getting excited. I dare you! Vaquero already exhibits plus raw power with a quick left-handed swing that generates plenty of natural loft. He’s also shown a good feel for hitting and can drive the ball to all fields. On top of that, he’s around a plus runner right now that could still be above-average after bulking up. Always hard to tell how the hit tool will develop with these young, international prospects, but Vaquero has the makings of an offensive stud outfielder that could be top-25 overall before too long. (Eric)

13. James Triantos, SS/3B (Previous: 15)

From: James Madison HS (VA) | Drafted By: Chicago Cubs

Without question, the prospect that has done the most to raise his stock since the draft has been James Triantos of the Cubs. The 6’1 shortstop slashed an impressive .327/.376/.594 with seven doubles, six home runs, and a trio of steals in 25 games, showcasing an all-around offensive skill set that could make him a top-25 prospect in a year or two. Triantos displays a great feel for hitting and barreling up pitches with above-average raw power and speed. As he fills out, he’ll likely be more of a 60-power, 50-run type but this could also be a plus hitter as well. With his potential to hit for average and power while possibly adding double-digit steals annually as well, Triantos is a great target in your FYPDs after the first 10-12 picks. (Eric)

14. Matt McLain, SS (Previous: 11)

From: UCLA | Drafted By: Cincinnati Reds

Matt McLain will likely end up being selected in the first round twice. He was originally drafted 25th overall by the Diamondbacks in 2018, but elected to attending UCLA. McLain looked to be in the midst of a breakout in 2020 before the COVID shutdown and started the 2021 season very slow. He came on strong and finished the season with a .333/434/.579 slash with nine home runs and nine stolen bases. He also posted a 1/1 strikeout to walk rate with 34 a piece. McLain has great bat-to-ball skills and has more power than most realize. He has impressive strength that gives him the potential at average game power. When you pair that with a plus hit tool on top of being a plus running, you have the makings of a solid fantasy asset. McLain could end up being a 15 HR/20 SB threat who post good averages. Much like 2020 UCLA draftee Garrett Mitchell, I do not think McLain is getting the respect he deserves. He will prove to be a great value to you in FYPDs. (Chris)

15. Sal Frelick, OF (Previous: 14)

From: Boston College | Drafted By: Milwaukee Brewers

All Sal Frelick has done over the last few years is hit, hit, and hit some more. With the exception of a .241 average in 15 games before the pandemic last spring, Frelick has posted batting averages north of .350 and OBPs north of .430 everywhere, including two stints in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in 2018 and 2020. Frelick reminds me a bit of Pete Crow Armstrong who went a few picks later to the New York Mets last year. The hit tool and speed really stand out here with his speed easily being plus and the hit tool bordering on it. That hit tool and his mature plate approach give him a solid chance to hit near the top of Milwaukee’s batting order someday while flirting with 30 steals annually. The game power does lag behind a bit but Frelick could settle in around 50-grade there if he bulks up a bit. Best case scenario if everything clicks could be a Whit Merrifield type of player. (Eric)

16. Jay Allen, OF (Previous: 13)

From: John Carroll Catholic HS (FL) | Drafted By: Cincinnati Reds

There are a plethora of high-upside talents in this draft class and Jay Allen is certainly one of them. Allen was a two-sport star in high school with the athleticism you’d expect from a two-sport star. He’s currently a plus or better runner and has already flashed above-average raw power at times too with exceptional bat speed. Allen is still raw at the plate, but the hope is that the contact skills and natural feel for hitting will increase now that he’s solely focusing on baseball. The upside here is tremendous, so if that’s the type of prospect you covet in FYPDs, give Allen a long look after pick 10. (Eric)

17. Roderick Arias, SS (Previous: NR)

From: Dominican Republic | Signed By: New York Yankees

Many lists will have Arias ahead of Vaquero, but not here. While both Chris and I value Vaquero higher, there’s still plenty to get excited about in Arias’ offensive profile. Arias, a switch-hitter, is one of the better pure hitters on the international market this period with a 6’2 frame that has the potential to add some solid bulk over the next few years. The tradeoff could mean he’s more of a 50-grade runner longterm, but he could still add double-digit steals to a 55+ hit/power profile in a great hitter’s park. (Eric)

18. Jackson Jobe, RHP (Previous: 12)

From: Heritage Hall HS (OK) | Drafted By: Detroit Tigers

While everyone is rushing out to get the Vandy duo of Leiter and Rocker, I’m going to be targeting Jackson Jobe heavily in my FYPDs. Those two are safer, but Jobe has the highest upside of any pitcher in this draft class in my eyes. He’s just as electric as 2020 first-rounder Mick Abel, and I believe you all know my thoughts on Abel by now. Jobe is downright filthy. He’ll sit in the mid-90’s, touching the upper registers with his fastball that features great finishing life and pairs that with arguably the best pitch in the 2021 class in his 70-grade slider. That slider consistently sits well above 3000 rpm and features very sharp two-plane break. Jobe also mixes in a fading changeup that flashes plus thanks to the fade, sink, and velocity separation. He’ll also throw the occasional curve, but his arsenal is primarily the fastball/slider/chanegup, all three of which project as plus or better. Add in the fact that he’s advanced for his age with a clean delivery, and you have a frontline starter in the making. Jobe is going to be a beast. Mark my words, five or six years from now, we’ll be drafting Jobe ahead of Mize, Skubal, and Manning in fantasy drafts. (Eric)

19. Gavin Williams, RHP (Previous: 16)

From: Eastern Carolina | Drafted By: Cleveland Guardians

Every year there are a few picks in the early rounds that have their stock boosted by the organization they get selected by. In 2021, one of those players is Gavin Williams. The big 6’6/240 right-hander transitioned into East Carolina’s rotation in 2021 and blossomed into one of the best pitchers in the nation and an easy first-round selection. In 81.1 innings, Williams posted a stellar 1.88 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 6.4% walk rate, and 39.4% strikeout rate. The improved command and control shown in 2021 was huge for Williams’ draft stock and helped take his already impressive arsenal to new heights. Williams sits in the mid to upper-90’s, touching 100, and mixes in a plus curveball, above-average slider, and an average changeup. His ability to miss bats at a high clip makes him very intriguing for fantasy purposes and I have no doubts that the Cleveland organization can continue to help him maintain and improve his command/control profile even further. Williams and Cleveland is a match made in baseball heaven. (Eric)

20. Gunnar Hoglund, RHP (Previous: 18)

From: Mississippi | Drafted By: Toronto Blue Jays

Gunnar Hoglund was drafted in the first round out of high school and now ends up a first-round pick again coming out of college. Hoglund made a major leap this season for Ole Miss and saw his fastball velocity increase significantly. Hoglund also features a slider that sits in the mid-80s and gets hitters to swing and miss. Hoglund’s changeup is an above-average pitch and gives him a solid third offering. He has repeatable delivery and throws plenty of strikes. Hoglund is a great mix of floor and ceiling. Unfortunately, Hoglund recently has Tommy John surgery, but do not let that keep you from investing in him for fantasy purposes. In the long run, Hoglund will be fine. (Chris)

21. Sam Bachman, RHP (Previous: 17)

From: Miami (OH) | Drafted By: Los Angeles Angels

Sam Bachman really shot up draft boards thanks to his stellar final collegiate season. In 12 starts, Bachman posted a 1.81 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 7.5% walk rate, and 41.0% strikeout rate across 59.2 innings. Bachman’s stuff is so good, he could pitch out of the Angels bullpen THIS season. That’s a notion I’ve heard several times and I tend to agree. Bachman sits in the mid to upper-90s with strong life on his fastball and can touch triple-digits at times. His slider is nearly as nasty, featuring sharp break in the mid-80s, and Bachman also has an above-average changeup with fade as well. With all that said, there is some reliever risk here due to inconsistent command and some effort in his delivery, but the upside is a #2 starter that posts elite strikeout numbers. But I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of the Angels track record with developing pitchers. (Eric)

22. Colson Montgomery, SS (Previous: 25)

From: Southridge HS (IN) | Drafted By: Chicago White Sox

Colson Montgomery was a basketball star in high school before really blossoming in baseball. One of the biggest knocks on Montgomery and what possibly kept him from going higher in the draft was his age. Many teams shy away from prep players who are 19, and Montgomery turned 19 five months before the draft. He has a smooth swing from the left side of the plate and has great mechanics with his swing. He generates natural loft and has ideal launch angles. He is capable of hitting the ball to all fields well, but sometimes gets pull happy when trying to hit home runs. It’s possible he sticks at shortstop long term, but he could also grow out of the position and end up at third base. (Chris)

23. Lonnie White Jr., OF (Previous: 21)

From: Malvern Prep HS (PA) | Drafted By: Pittsburgh Pirates

Lonnie White Jr. is one of the best athletes in this year’s MLB Draft class. A three-sport athlete was committed to playing football and baseball at Penn State. On the diamond, White Jr. has a smooth swing with high-end bat speed. The first time White really focused on baseball was during the summer 2020 showcase. His swing creates natural loft and good power. He has a shorter swing that limits swing and miss and creates good contact. There is plenty of future power projection in White Jr’s 6’3 212 pound frame. Not to mention being a double-plus runner. With White solely focusing on baseball, there is plenty of high-end potential to dream on. (Chris)

24. Andrew Painter, RHP (Previous: 19)

From: Calvary Christian HS (FL) | Drafted By: Philadelphia Phillies

Andrew Painter is a monster on the mound for a high school arm. Standing at 6’7/225 pounds, Painter has a smooth delivery and a true four-pitch mix. Painter’s fastball sits near the mid-90s and can reach 99 with good spin rates. Both his curveball and slider are easily average or better pitches and Painter’s changeup shows solid upside. While having great velocity, there is plenty of room for Painter to gain strength and add more. If you are willing to invest in prep arms for fantasy, Painter is one of the best options. (Chris)

25. Joshua Baez, OF (Previous: 24)

From: Dexter Southfield HS (MA) | Drafted By: St. Louis Cardinals

When it comes to power, Joshua Baez may rival anyone in this class for the most raw power. The power also comes with plenty of swing and miss in his game. Currently, the hit tool is below average, but there are reasons to think he could grow into an average hit tool long term. Baez swings for the fences regularly, and if he shortens the swing some and gets less erratic, the hit tool will certainly improve. He also will not sacrifice power in doing so. Baez is an average runner who is capable of sticking in center field long term. He also has a cannon for an arm and when he pitches can reach 97 mph with his fastball. (Chris)

26. James Wood, OF (Previous: 22)

From: IMG Academy | Drafted By: San Diego Padres

One of the biggest boom or bust picks in the early rounds of 2021 FYPD will be James Wood. And when I mean the biggest, I’m also referencing his size. Wood is 6’7 and 240 pounds of strength and athleticism. He could probably play outside linebacker in the NFL or power forward in the NBA, but instead, he’s a power-hitting corner outfielder with a lofty offensive ceiling. Wood possesses easy plus power, bordering on double-plus and is an above-average runner as well, which might surprise some given his size. He did have some strikeout issues this spring and his swing can get a tad long at times, but when he does connect, the sound off the bat is astonishing and his slight uppercut swing path creates plenty of natural loft and backspin. If the hit tool and approach can improve, Wood could be a high-impact corner outfielder at the highest level. (Eric)

27. Connor Norby, 2B (Previous: 20)

From: East Carolina | Drafted By: Baltimore Orioles

Another prospect that saw his draft stock soar in 2021, Connor Norby proved himself to be one of the best pure hitters in the 2021 draft class. In his final season at East Carolina, Norby slashed .415/.484/.659 with 15 home runs, 15 doubles, and 18 steals (4 CS) in 61 games with nearly as many walks (33) as strikeouts (34). As impressive as his hit tool, quick and clean swing, and plate approach are, Norby’s power gains this spring really make him that much more intriguing for fantasy purposes. Norby now has around average power to go along with above-average speed and a plus hit tool. Getting selected by Baltimore is also encouraging for his longterm outlook. Don’t sleep on him in your FYPD. (Eric)

28. Will Bednar, RHP (Previous: 27)

From: Mississippi State | Drafted By: San Francisco Giants

The National Champion, Will Bednar saw his stock rise more than many over the last month. Bednar had a masterful performance this postseason that helped the Bulldogs capture the national title and Bednar was absolutely dominant in game three of the CWS final. Bednar outdueled Kumar Rocker and held Vanderbilt hitless. Bednar features a plus fastball that sits in the mid 90s. He primarily works with the fastball and his slider which is an excellent pitch as well. It gets late movement that deceives hitters. Given that Bednar is a draft-eligible sophomore, there is not a long track record outside of this season. Regardless, Bednar profiles as a mid-rotation starter. His frame allows for him to be a workhorse-type start that has good durability. Pitchers usually take a little hit in FYPD’s, so it’s likely you draft Bednar at a reasonable price. If you are looking to draft a pitcher this year, I would be willing to take a shot on Bednar rather than paying up for one of the high-end arms. (Chris)

29. Zack Gelof, 3B (Previous: 26)

From: Virginia | Drafted By: Oakland Athletics

Zack Gelof is one of those “sum of the parts” players. He doesn’t stand out in any one area and likely won’t have any plus tools, but there’s a solid chance he’s average to above-average across the board offensively with a 20-homer, 10+ steal profile to pair with a solid AVG and OBP as well. His first taste of professional baseball went as well as one can expect, slashing .333/.422/.565 with seven home runs in 161 PA. If he’s available around pick 30 in your FYPD, I’d be tempted. (Eric)

30. Ricardo Cabrera, SS (Previous: NR)

From: Venezuela | Signed By: Cincinnati Reds

Cabrera is a Reds signee from Venezuela. Scouts lauded his feel to hit early on the scouting process. He is one of the more well-rounded players in the international signing class. He has a compact, but quick swing and hits to all parts of the field. He has grown and added power in the process while maintaining plus speed. (Chris)

31. Chase Petty, RHP (Previous: 23)

From: Mainland Regional HS (NJ) | Drafted By: Minnesota Twins

While Jackson Jobe was the unquestioned top prep arm in this year’s draft class, Chase Petty isn’t far behind. The 6’2 New Jersey prep right-hander is one of the most electric arms in the 2021 class, sitting in the upper-90’s with good run and sink. When he’s running that in to right-handers at up to 101-102 mph, it’s basically an unhittable pitch. Offsetting the heater is an upper-80’s slider that flashes plus and an average changeup that shows potential for more. It’s a harder changeup around 89-91, but Petty has shown some feel for it with some fade and sink as well. With more experience and repetitions, Petty could wind up with an above-average changeup to pair with a plus slider and double-plus fastball. The upside here is enormous and I’m really excited to see how the Twins develop him over the next few years. (Eric)

32. Won-Bin Cho, OF (Previous: NR)

From: South Korea | Signed By: St. Louis Cardinals

Won-Bin Cho was not highly regarded in this international signing class because he was expected to sign in next years class with the Washington Nationals, who spent the majority of their bonus pool on Cristhian Vacquero. Cho has big power which he displayed at the National Power Showcase in November 2020. He hit a 468 foot home run with a 112 mph exit velocity and his one 485 feet with an aluminum bat. Cho has a sweet swing and makes solid contact to go with his elite power. He should be much higher regarded than he is by most. (Chris)

33. Alex Binelas, CI (Previous: 30)

From: Louisville | Drafted By: Milwaukee Brewers (Traded to BOS)

Originally drafted by Milwaukee, Alex Binelas came to the Red Sox at the trade deadline as one of the return pieces in the Hunter Renfroe deal. While his stock fell due to an underwhelming final collegiate season, Binelas reversed the trend by slashing .309/.390/.583 with nine homers in 159 PA after the draft. There’s plus power from the left side here and potentially an average hit tool to go with it. It’s a bat-first profile but one that could carry him up to the bigs at either corner. (Eric)

34. Cooper Kinney, 2B (Previous: 54)

From: Baylor School (TN) | Drafted By: Tampa Bay Rays

Cooper Kinney was the Rays’ second-round pick who possess a very good bat. He does not chase often and makes high-end contact(some of the best in the draft class). His bat speed is very good and there is projectable power in his 6’3 200-pound frame. He may not get the power credit he deserves. It might surprise you that Kinney had a higher max exit velocity than Jordan Lawlar. (Chris)

35. Jackson Merrill, SS (Previous: 39)

From: Severna Park (MD) | Drafted By: San Diego Padres

Merrill brings a solid approach to pair with projectable power from the left side of the plate. He added 30 pounds of muscle prior to the draft according to Geoff Pontes. Merrill uses all fields well but could benefit from pulling the ball more. (Chris)

36. Maxwell Muncy, 2B/SS (Previous: 29)

From: Thousand Oaks HS (CA) | Drafted By: Oakland Athletics

It might be weird to learn that this is the second Max Muncy in pro baseball (Dodgers Max Muncy). But beyond that they actually share the same birthday. Muncy shows a good feel to hit and has developed a ton of power. He could easily grow into 20-25 home runs. (Chris)

37. Ryan Cusick, RHP (Previous: 31)

From: Wake Forest | Drafted By: Atlanta Braves

Ryan Cusick has one of the best fastballs in the draft. It sits in the mid-to-upper 90s with elite spin rates and riding action. Cusick is capable of holding his velocity late into starts. There were questions on his secondaries coming into the season, but Cusick came out with a much improved 12-6 curveball. It has the makings of being a plus offering. His changeup and slider are still developing pitches. The development of his changeup would go a long way for Cusick sticking as a starter. Cusick has good arm action and a clean delivery. He already stands tall at 6’6, but also has a high arm slot that creates a good downhill plane. Cusick will need to show improved command and a developing changeup if he wants to make it as a starter at the big league level. Regardless, there is plenty to like in Cusick’s profile. (Chris)

38. Ethan Wilson, OF (Previous: 38)

From: South Alabama | Drafted By: Philadelphia Phillies

As I mentioned with Gelog, there isn’t a standout tool with Ethan Wilson, but he’s proven to be an above-average hitter with solid pitch recognition and plate discipline. There’s enough power and speed in the profile to post some 15/15 seasons as well. Don’t sleep on him in your FYPDs. He’s a decent target after pick 30 or so. (Eric)

39. Aaron Zavala, OF (Previous: 36)

From: Oregon | Drafted By: Texas Rangers

After a quiet first two seasons at Oregon, Aaron Zavala burst out of his shell in 2021 and was one of the top bats in the nation. In 55 games, he slashed a robust .392/.526/.628 with nine homers, 11 steals, and more walks than strikeouts. If you’re looking for a prospect with the potential to rise up rankings considerably in 2022, Zavala should be a target of yours. He’s an above-average or better hitter with exceptional plate discipline and potentially above-average power to go with it. (Eric)

40. Christian Franklin, OF (Previous: 28)

From: Arkansas | Drafted By: Chicago Cubs

While his slide to the 4th round was puzzling, there’s plenty to be excited about for fantasy purposes when it comes to Christian Franklin. The strong and athletic outfielder possesses above-average to plus speed and those tools showed up frequently during his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas. In his 141 games there, Franklin racked up 27 doubles, 22 home runs, and 26 steals with a .288/.402/.499 slash line. In his final season, Franklin had 13 homers and 11 steals in 61 games. As nice as that 20/20 upside is, there are some concerns about Franklin’s ability to hit for average and his swing/miss issues. Franklin walks at a high clip (16.1% in 2021, 13.5% for career), which has helped boost his OBP, but his chase issues led to a strikeout rate above 28% in two of his three seasons on campus. If he can cut back on how many pitches he chases outside the zone, he has solid enough contact skills to hit around .270 to pair with that good power/speed blend. (Eric)

41. Jordan Wicks, LHP (Previous: 40)

From: Kansas State | Drafted By: Chicago Cubs

Jordan Wicks comes armed with arguably the best changeup in the draft class. He is a solid lefty who reached 95 on the fastball regularly. His changeup should be used heavily as it is an elite pitch. Wicks rounds out his arsenal with a slider and curve that are average pitches. He is a high-floor type arm with a good chance to stick as a starter. (Chris)

42. Anthony Gutierrez, OF (Previous: NR)

From: Venezuela | Signed By: Texas Rangers

Outside of Vaquero, I could make an argument that Anthony Gutierrez has the highest upside of any international prospect this period. The 6’3 Venezuelan outfielder has demonstrated a good feel for hitting from the right side and has flashed above-average or better power already with projection for more as he fills out his frame. Gutierrez also has at least average speed as well. The bat has a chance to be special. (Eric)

43. Bubba Chandler, RHP/SS (Previous: 32)

From: North Oconee HS (GA) | Drafted By: Pittsburgh Pirates

One of the most exciting two-way players in recent memory, Bubba Chandler is a name to get excited about with his level of talent in a good player development organization in Pittsburgh. While he’s a solid hitter and shortstop, Chander stands out more on the mound with a potential plus fastball and a trio of solid secondaries. If Pittsburgh succeeds with him, Chandler could be an impact arm at the MLB level. (Eric)

44. Tyler Black, 2B (Previous: 52)

From: Wright State | Drafted By: Milwaukee Brewers

Wright State has produced some very solid players in recent memory and Tyler Black could be the next one. In his 2021 season at Wright State, Black walked 39 times while only striking out 25 times. He posted a .383/.496/.683 slash line. His power showed up, but I do not expect it to be a huge part of his game at the professional level. (Chris)

45. Ben Kudrna, RHP (Previous: 41)

From: Blue Valley SE (KS) | Drafted By: Kansas City Royals

I had the privilege to see Ben Kudrna live in an Arizona Instructional League game. Royals first rounder Frank Mozicato pitched the first two innings and was relieved by Ben Kudrna. Kudrna already possesses a great frame and has potential to grow. He throws a lot of strikes and sits mid-90s with his fastball. His delivery is consistent, but Kudrna will need to work on his secondaries. Overall, in my live look, Kudrna was head and shoulders above Mozzicato. (Eric)

46. Oscar Colas, OF (Previous: NR)

From: Cuba | Signed By: Chicago White Sox

The legend of Oscar Colas will likely push his ADP in FYPDs too high for my liking, but there’s still some enticing upside here. Think of Colas similarly to how we were with Pedro Leon and Yoelqui Cespedes. There’s an intriguing set of tools here, but will Colas hit enough to be an impact bat. He’s also 23 years old already and likely won’t debut until he’s 25 or so. (Eric)

47. Ty Madden, RHP (Previous: 33)

From: Texas | Drafted By: Detroit Tigers

Outside of Kahlil Watson falling to 16, the biggest slider on day one of the draft was Ty Madden dropping to the Tigers at 32. Madded was projected as a top 10-15 selection with a couple having him being taken right around Kumar Rocker who went 10th to the Mets. But don’t let the drop scare you away as Madded is a very talented arm. Madden features a mid 90’s fastball, above-average to plus slider, and a curve and changeup that should both be at least average, maybe 55 on the curve. The reason why he’s still only 30th in these rankings is that Madden doesn’t miss as many bats as you would expect from someone with this pedigree and his walk rate has hovered around 10% for his collegiate career. The all-around profile is very good, but I think he’s more of a high-end #3 starter longterm. (Eric)

48. Joe Mack, C (Previous: 46)

From: Williamsville East (NY) | Drafted By: Miami Marlins

Joe Mack was one of the top catchers in the draft last year. His stock fell a little and I think that was partially due to his high school baseball season not starting until May 14. In general, scouts were not concerned due to circumstances and Mack still was a first-round pick. His bat could develop into plus power. At worst, he is probably a bat-first catcher with average power. (Chris)

49. Frank Mozzicato, LHP (Previous: 34)

From: East Catholic HS (CT)| Drafted By: Kansas City Royals

As Chris mentioned above, we were able to get live looks at both Frank Mozzicato and Ben Kudrna at Fall Instructs while out in Arizona back in October. I’ll agree that Kudrna was more impressive that day, but Mozzicato is a projectable arm with a above-average or better curveball and a feel for a changeup. I’m just not sure how much velocity he’ll grown into, even if he adds bulk to his lanky frame. If you want a Kansas City arm, Kudrna is a better choice. (Eric)

50. Daylen Lile, OF (Previous: 35)

From: Trinity HS (KY) | Drafted By: Washington Nationals

Daylen Lile sneaking into the top-30 here is 100% on me. In my personal rankings, I have Lile 19th. Why? His hit tool can rival any prep hitter in the entire class. Lile has a quick and compact swing from the left side and can use the entire field well. Now, while the hit tool can be considered plus, Lile doesn’t have the power/speed blend that the top prep bats in this class have. Lile is an average to above-average runner but the power is more of the gap to gap variety presently. The bat speed is certainly there so if Lile can add bulk and drive the ball in the air more consistently, 20 homers aren’t out of the question. Having a hit tool like Lile’s is a great building block. (Eric)

Media Credit: Chris Clegg (Feature Image)

FYPD Rankings 51-100

51Lazaro MontesOFCubaSeattle Mariners
52Michael McGreevyRHPUC Santa BarbaraSt. Louis Cardinals
53Diego BenitezSSVenezuelaAtlanta Braves
54Carson WilliamsSSTorrey Pines HS (CA)Tampa Bay Rays
55Wes Kath3BDesert Mountain HS (AZ)Chicago White Sox
56Anthony SolometoLHPBishop Eustace HS (NJ)Pittsburgh Pirates
57Kyle Manzardo1BWashington StateTampa Bay Rays
58William Bergolla Jr.SSVenezuelaPhiladelphia Phillies
59Landon MarceauxRHPLSULos Angeles Angels
60Ky BushLHPSt. Mary's CollegeLos Angeles Angels
61Izaac Pacheco3BFriendswood HS (CA)Detroit Tigers
62Jose TorresSSNC StateCincinnati Reds
63Robert GasserLHPHoustonSan Diego Padres
64Ryan Bliss2BAuburnArizona Diamondbacks
65Corey RosierOFUNC GreensboroSeattle Mariners
66Tyler WhitakerOFBishop Gorman HS (NV)Houston Astros
67Edwin ArroyoSSArecibo Baseball Academy (PR)Seattle Mariners
68Cody MorissetteSSBoston CollegeMiami Marlins
69Matt MikulskiLHPFordhamSan Francisco Giants
70Jordan ViarsOFRick Reedy HS (TX)Philadelphia Phillies
71Doug NikhazyRHPMississippiCleveland Indians
72Peyton Wilson2BAlabamaKansas City Royals
73Ryan ReckleySSBahamasSan Francisco Giants
74Spencer SchwellenbachSS/RHPNebraskaAtlanta Braves
75Denzel ClarkeOFCal State NorthridgeOakland Athletics
76Luke Waddell2BGeorgia TechAtlanta Braves
77Jaden HillRHPLSUColorado Rockies
78Noah MillerSSOzaukee HS (WI)Minnesota Twins
79Peter HeubeckRHPGilman HS (MD)Los Angeles Dodgers
80Maddux BrunsLHPUMS Wright Prep (AL)Los Angeles Dodgers
81Dyan JorgeSSCubaColorado Rockies
82Niko Kavadas1BNotre DameBoston Red Sox
83Ryan HolgateOFArizonaSt. Louis Cardinals
84Christian Encarnacion-Strand1BOklahoma StateMinnesota Twins
85Justice ThompsonOFNorth CarolinaCincinnati Reds
86Simon JuanOFDominican RepublicNew York Mets
87Max Ferguson2B/OFTenensseeSan Diego Padres
88Andrew AbbottLHPVirginiaCincinnati Reds
89Ian MollerCWahlert HS (IA)Texas Rangers
90Dylan SmithRHPAlabamaDetroit Tigers
91Sean BurkeRHPMarylandChicago White Sox
92Adrian Del CastilloCMiamiArizona Diamondbacks
93Ryan Spikes2BParkview HS (GA)Tampa Bay Rays
94Tommy MaceRHPFloridaCleveland Indians
95Shane PanziniRHPRed Bank Catholic (NJ)Kansas City Royals
96Matheu NelsonCFlorida StateCincinnati Reds
97Tyler McDonough2B/OFNC StateBoston Red Sox
98Bryce MillerRHPTexas A&MSeattle Mariners
99Wes ClarkeC/1BSouth CarolinaMilwaukee Brewers
100Carter JensenCPark Hill (MO)Kansas City Royals

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  1. Pirates says

    Kumar Rocker. Can I take him late? He’s not on your list. Is he even eligible? He’s not going back to Vandy next year, and if he plays in the independent league why can’t I take him? Obviously different leagues have different rules, but I’m asking here because I don’t want my league to get wise.

    1. Eric Cross says

      Depends on your league settings, but in most, he will not be available to draft until next year since he didn’t sign. if he’s eligible, I’d rank him around 45-50 personally.

    2. Gizmo Jenkins says

      Just read the constitution/rules for your league. Most leagues have an explicit rule that says you can’t draft players who haven’t signed prior to the start of your draft.

  2. Alex says


  3. Alex says

    Why does this say top 100 but only has 50?

    1. Eric Cross says

      We just changed over to our new site and some stuff didn’t update/carry over. Will be fixed by EOD.

    2. Doug Anderson says

      Thanks for noticing 🙂 Should be all set now. Tying up loose ends after a redesign.

  4. Carl says

    Where would the international prospects fit into this list? Like Arias or Vaquero

    1. Eric Cross says

      13-17 range for me.

  5. John says

    Where would Seiya Suzuki rank on this list?

    1. Eric Cross says

      For me personally, 6th or 7th.

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