First Year Player Drafts are an important part of building a strong foundation for your dynasty team, as it’s a great opportunity to build the foundation of your minor league system. Hitting in the FYPD could be the difference between having a guy like Julio Rodriguez or a guy who you’re just going to be dropping halfway through the season. The top of FYPDs are usually fairly straightforward, with a group of guys that’s pretty set in place, but as you get into later rounds, there’s plenty of opportunity to find hidden gems that can help skyrocket your team’s value. In order to help you get ahead of your fellow league members, I’m going to give you a few guys you should be targeting in later picks of your FYPDs. 

Jack Kochanowicz, SP, LAA 

I mentioned in my past articles that I’m not a fan of pitching prospects in dynasty, and High School pitchers are even bigger risks, but I’m such a fan of Kochanowicz that I highly recommend him to anyone. Kochanowicz is a 6’6” RHP out of Pennsylvania who was drafted in the 3rd round by the Angels. He was one of my favorite pitchers pre-draft, and that certainly hasn’t changed since then. Kochanowicz posts elite spinrates on both his fastball and his curveball, and both have the potential to be plus pitches. His fastball currently sits low 90s, but he has plenty of room to add velocity as he adds muscle. His changeup is a bit behind his other two pitches, but it also shows potential, and when you combine a solid 3 pitch mix with decent command, he has all the makings of a major league starter. After Espino, I think any high school pitcher is fair game, so I would take Kochanowicz before most, if not all of the other prep pitchers.

Hedbert Perez, OF, MIL

Hedbert Perez is a name that’s flown way under the radar, but has the potential to be one of the best players from this year’s J2 class. Part of the reason Perez has been underrated this offseason is because his $700k signing bonus wasn’t anything special, but he’s made drastic improvements since signing. Perez has true five tool potential, and could end up contributing in all aspects of fantasy. Despite not being the tallest, coming in at only 5’11”, Perez generates great raw power with solid bat speed and a swing geared for loft. He’s also gotten significantly faster recently, and now grades as a plus runner. Perez’s quick wrists and barrel control allow him to drive the ball to all fields, and his advanced approach could allow him to move quickly through the Brewers system. Especially in Miller Park, Perez has a chance to be an elite power/speed option, while also posting a solid AVG/OBP. Hedbert Perez should be one of the top J2 names off the board, yet I have a feeling he’ll go undrafted in plenty of FYPDs. Don’t let your FYPD be one of them. 

Reggie Preciado, SS, SDP

Unlike Hedbert Perez, Reggie Preciado is a name that you will see on most lists, but he’s still massively underrated. Like Perez, Preciado didn’t get the biggest signing bonus, so he seems to be undervalued in FYPDs so far. Preciado is listed at 6’4” 180, but there’s no way he weighs that much because Preciado is extremely skinny. The Panamanian switch-hitting SS shows advanced feel for hitting from both sides of the plate, and constantly makes hard contact. Preciado’s hit tool is one of the best in the entire J2 class, and as he fills out his slender frame he’ll likely add a lot more power. Preciado’s hit tool itself makes him one of the safer J2 guys, but his insane raw tools and room for physical projection also give him one of the highest ceilings too. He should be off the board very early in the draft.

  1. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Itch,

    Just curious, if you had to choose one over the other, who do you like better … Perez or Preciado?

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Hi, Harley!

      Kinda seeing this by accident, but I think it’s Perez by quite a ways.

      He’s likely to make his full season debut this year, so he’s way ahead of Preciado on timeline, we’ve seen him hit for power and steal bases against low level pro pitching, and if he doesn’t hit in the chilly Midwest April or May, you could drop him for someone who is making noise and keep tracking Perez from free agency.

      With Preciado, you’d have to hold him all year (or trade him). That’s not the worst thing as he’s unlikely to lose any perceived value in 2020, but Perez is at an escalator/inflection/bounce point.

    • Will Scharnagl

      Will Scharnagl says:
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      gonna agree with Itch that I like Perez better, but I don’t personally think the gap is as big as he does. With J2 guys it’s such a crapshoot that rankings are so hard to differentiate, although that is why Itch’s point about him being way ahead time wise is really nice. Both have big upside, and Preciado’s is possibly higher, but I like Perez better rn

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Hey, thanks! Double the answers for one question!!

        Great answers. Just wanted to see where you guys stood. Appreciate the responses. I’ll definitely keep an eye on both players. Thanks!!

  2. goofold2 says:
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    haha, after not having enough PIT info in time for getting t.thomas, i DID just yesterday get Kochanowicz before reading this, PL liked him too in their LAA page. another SP on LAA has moved up a lot since last year as well.

    • Will Scharnagl

      Will Scharnagl says:
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      yeah the LAA list was Alex Jensen and him and I have talked about Kochanowicz a lot. we’re both big fans

      • goodfold2 says:
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        and he’s the guy doing the upcoming PIT list as well per earlier mentioned.

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    we’re in the 5th round, i’m about to have 2 picks right next to each other again and then 1 more in the 6th round. so far i’ve gotten bracho, fraley, m.thompson (WSOX) and kochanowicz (LAA). here are the probable best hitters left, how you ranking these if any stick out:
    muzziotti, rojas (PHI), j.noel (CLE, power over hit guy), a.pie (TB), e.duran, j.smith (NYY), beard, o.lopez, d.brown (TOR), preciado, mean (SD), pages (LAD, big power guy), t.fletcher and those 3 guys you had much higher than anybody else moquete, burgos, romeri (STL), r.castro (PIT), toribio (SF), acosta (CIN), e.garcia (MIL). deaveaux (LAA).

    • goodfold2 says:
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      itch had those 3 STL guys higher than anybody else. i left noel in there as even though he’s low at his team, CLE is so good in general it might not dock him much. SD too though. he’s probably best CI left (castro might be a CI long term too though)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        dejesus LAD SS in there too.

    • Will Scharnagl

      Will Scharnagl says:
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      I would take one of Pages, Preciado, Fletcher, Pie, or Toribio from that group.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        pages is what i was thinking too, even with my OF guys being deeper than any other position.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        yeah pages sounds quite good upside guy, even though i’m super OF heavy in general that’s who i was thinking too. some spots show him upsided to 55/60/50 guy.

        • Will Scharnagl

          Will Scharnagl says:
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          yeah especially with the Dodgers development I would say Pages there

          • goodfold2 says:
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            then it’s just whether i grab 2 of these in 3 picks total or go best pitcher left in 2 picks and hope the pitcher is left over later. i’m not naming him now in case this is being spied (haha) but i found him when i found about koch.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              went jose soriano LAA with that other pick. with my last it’ll be a hitter. i’m glad i found those 2 LAA guys just before my last 3 picks. they both were from a few spots probably the best SP’s left unowned. prospectslive and at least somebody else had j.soriano quite high, obv PL and you had koch even higher.

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    what about hedbert P/preciado vs p.martinez CUBS? clearly p-mart has the speed here it sounds like an maybe a year quicker on the ETA (or maybe not) preciado has the hit upside, sounds like hedbert is the most balanced on all 3 tools.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      itch and some other sites have p-mart top 10 or higher on CUBS list, PL have him a full 10/5 points lower though (45/40), but at same time whoever just wrote the new 1st year overall list which goes very deep wasn’t the same guy who did their MIL system page as hedbert wasn’t even in the top 30 and that was from dec 5th. probably just a matter of one guy knowing a lot less about MIL in general there but he was tasked with doing their page.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        it’s possible PL’s lower grades on p-mart are from his defense though.

  5. Chris says:
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    Did I miss the Razzball First Year Player Draft rankings? Look forward to these each year and can’t find the ranking anywhere.

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