Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Stockwatch: Players, prospects who’ve moved up include Nathaniel Lowe, Brandon Pfaadt

The 2022 season is nearing an end, but in Dynasty leagues, the real work is just beginning. The offseason is a time for overhauling one’s roster — or at least making tweaks where appropriate — which is why it’s important to have an accurate valuation of players heading into it.

Specifically, you may want to update your thinking on these 15, 10 of them major-leaguers and five of them prospects. They’re the ones who’ve seen their value change the most since my last Dynasty Stockwatch six weeks ago.

Players who’ve gained the most value

Prospects who’ve gained the most value

Andrew Painter, SP, Phillies

A/A+/AA: 6-2, 1.56 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 103 2/3 IP, 25 BB, 155 K

Painter’s continued success after his move up to Double-A clinches his spot as a top-three pitching prospect for next year. There’s Grayson Rodriguez, there’s Eury Perez, and then there’s him. Frankly, Perez’s rocky finish might be enough to move Painter up to second. I don’t remember the last time a pitcher straight out of high school steamrolled the minors in this way, overpowering everyone with his 6-foot-7 reach and impeccable command of his secondary arsenal.

Logan O’Hoppe, C, Angels

AA: .283 BA (360 AB), 26 HR, .961 OPS, 70 BB, 74 K

O’Hoppe was already looking like the breakthrough catcher prospect of 2022 before being dealt to the Angels for Brandon Marsh. Since the trade, he’s been damn near unstoppable, batting .306 with 11 homers and a .473 on-base percentage in 29 games. His home venues this year, whether with the Phillies or the Angels, have been especially homer-friendly, and yet 17 of his 26 homers have come on the road. More than anything, it’s the plate discipline that will carry him — that and his defensive skills, which will ensure he remains at catcher.

Brandon Pfaadt, SP, Diamondbacks

AA/AAA: 10-7, 3.85 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 161 1/3 IP, 32 BB, 208 K

The Diamondbacks’ top two minor-league affiliates are especially hitter-friendly. We saw two pretty good pitching prospects, Ryne Nelson and Drey Jameson, get wrecked there before coming up and making an immediate impact in the majors. Pfaadt has actually leapfrogged those two in terms of prospect standing this year, and his numbers at those two levels pretty much tell the story. That’s especially true at Triple-A Reno, where he has a 2.57 ERA in nine starts. Only two other pitchers in that venue’s entire history, Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Bauer, have produced an ERA below 3.00 there, according to Baseball America.

Andy Rodriguez, C, Pirates

A+/AA/AAA: .319 BA (439 AB), 24 HR, .989 OPS, 60 BB, 98 K

Rodriguez was a prospect of some note coming into the year, but it’s his performance since the beginning of July that has made him a hot commodity all of a sudden. During that time, he has hit .373 with 17 homers, a 1.182 OPS and more walks (35) than strikeouts (34). Most of that production has come after his move up to Double-A, and he’s even getting a taste of Triple-A to close out the season. Best of all is his versatility to play all over the diamond, which could mean a big playing-time advantage if he retains catcher eligibility in the majors.

Edgar Quero, C, Angels

A: .312 BA (413 AB), 17 HR, 35 2B, .965 OPS, 73 BB, 91 K

Wow, look at all these catchers emerging, as if we haven’t already seen an influx of talent at that position this year. If O’Hoppe is this year’s breakout catcher prospect, then Quero might be the runner-up. He’s a couple steps behind in the Angels organization but is a similarly disciplined hitter, having reached base at a .435 clip. The power seems to be legitimate, and the switch-hitting makes for an easier path since so few catchers bat from the left side of the plate.

Losing value

Players who’ve lost the most value

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