For those of you who don’t know what FYPD stands for, I give you, freely, in the title of this post, the most common usage of that special acronym. While the phrase itself is used often, be wary for the potential of seizures and an impending brain aneurism when attempting to use it in everyday conversation. Sure, I guess you could simply just say that you are estimating the worthlessness of your local spiritualist’s materials of trade, after you’ve done foreplay, or if you are in a meaningful relationship, love-play, or if you are married, no-play, whilst jumping out the window. But where’s the fun in that? That’s what I’m saying. And if you want to verify those meanings and give a shout out to both Merriam and Webster, I’m a supporter of the more you know. Oh, and just in case, if you are having trouble finding your local spiritualist, they are usually located next to a knock-off luggage store or above a tattoo parlor. Christmas lights as signage means you’ve found it. Oddly enough, I think I also just described the entirety of Venice Beach. Two birds I guess.
If you’re wondering what this has to do with Fantasy Baseball, then let me tell you what the second most common usage of our special acronym is; FYPD can also stand for ‘First Year Player Draft’. While there can be variations on the name, it’s generally a draft that occurs in, or around this time of year in dynasty leagues which disperses players from this year’s 2012 MLB Baseball Draft to your respective fantasy baseball teams. While redraft and shallow leagues don’t have this dynamic, I have yet to see any successful dynasty have a missing mechanism to draft from this pool. So let’s go over some lesser known names in this year’s draft that have the potential to be a winning lottery ticket.
Pat Kivlehan | 3B – Drafted in the 4th Round by Seattle, Kivlehan opened eyes by playing football for four years and then deciding to try out baseball his senior year and then promptly hitting .392 with 14 home runs and 24 SB’s and winning the Big East’s Player of the Year award. Both the stats and tools look impressive, with plus power and plus speed.
Damien Magnifico | RHP – Drafted by the Brewers in the 5th Round, Magnifico is only 20 years old, standing at 6’2” and weighing 195 lbs. His main calling card is a mid 90’s fastball, which has touched 103 MPH but settles just south of 98 MPH on a consistent basis. Even though his changeup and cutter are inconsistent and considered below average, there are enough tools and physical frame to give Magnifico a magnifico ceiling of a #2 starter.
Blake Brown | OF – Known as raw and toolsy, the Braves drafted Brown in 5th Round. While he already has plus speed and plus power, Brown represents a high-risk high-reward hitter due to struggles with breaking balls and sometimes looking clueless at the plate. But the ceiling is high with 30/30 potential.
Max Muncy | 1B – Already nicknamed ‘Mad Max’ because no one wants to be sloppy seconds and nicknamed Thunderdome, Muncy looks like a younger and gentler version of the Brute Man from Rocketeer. Drafted in the 5th round by the Athletics, he brings a pretty swing and the ability to get on base with a sprinkling bit of power soon to develop.
Josh Elander | C – Even though he might move off of the catcher’s position at some point, the Braves 6th Round pick has enough power for RF or 3B, his likely landing spots defensively. Elander has a chance to hit for plus contact and have plus speed, and if his raw power materializes, he might provide a slash similar to Matt Joyce.
Preston Tucker | OF – Considered a refined college hitter, Tucker, taken by the Astros in the 7th Round, has power combined with plate discipline and a high baseball IQ. Tabbed to be a quick riser through Houston’s minor league system, the best comp could be Mark Trumbo or Mike Carp.
Damion Carroll | RHP – When you get as deep as the 8th Round, all you want to do is find a player with one good tool to work with, and then coach up the rest. Tampa Bay has done that here with Carroll. Standing at 6’4”, he shows good velocity on his fastball, touching 95 MPH only at the age of 18. The rest of his repertoire needs some work. He has a curveball and slider which are below average and just started working on a changeup, but you can’t learn velocity. And remember, the Rays drafted Matt Moore with the same premise.
Brett Wiley | SS – Selected in the 13th Round by the Cardinals, Wiley has speed, doubles power and pretty decent plate discipline. Most importantly, he has the defensive range and instincts to stay at shortstop.
Tyler Hollick | OF – Taken by the Giants in the 14th Round, if everything goes right, imagine Gary Brown with less power and better plate discipline.
Reid Scoggins | RHP – Drafted in the 15th round by the Los Angeles Angels, he stands at 6’3” and weighs 205 pounds. The first thing you notice about Scoggins is his charming player photo in which he offers an expression that emotes melancholy and the need of more fiber all at the same time. Kinda like how I felt when watching Garden State. The second thing you’ll notice is that he missed the entirety of the 2011 season because of Tommy John surgery. However, in limited action this year, Scoggins was able to strike out 33 batters in 19 innings. Both his cutter and curveball are raw, but his fastball stays in the mid 90’s and has a peak of 98-100. This deep in the draft, he offers a low-risk high-reward opportunity.