2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Dinelson Lamet

by Nick Zaniboni
2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Dinelson Lamet

Welcome back to our 2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week series as we look at Dinelson Lamet. He is currently slotted 88th in our rankings and is the 22nd ranked pitcher in our positional dynasty rankings.

*Bruce Buffer voice* It's time!!! Not only is it time for this edition of our Player of the Week series, but it is the eve of Opening Day. I've got my hotdogs ready to cook and beer in the fridge. It's always an exciting day, a clean slate for all baseball fans and fantasy players alike. I wish all the good fortune on reader's fantasy teams and all success for their pro teams outside of the AL East.

Another exciting announcement: I will be joining Dave Eddy and Jason Becker on the rebirth of the On Deck Circle podcast starting live at 8 PM EST April 6th!

2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Dinelson Lamet

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This may have been our worst pun yet but, it still rings true. In Lamet's three years in the bigs, he has spent the majority of that time injured. In 2018, Lamet faced a pitcher's worst nightmare outside of Mike Trout: Tommy John. He came back and excelled, incorporating a different, more fluid delivery.

Last year, Lamet was battling a biceps injury, which lingered from the end of the season into spring training.

2020 Breakout

Lamet was an absolute beast last season. Hitters could barely touch him; he was striking batters out at an insane clip.

Lamet got ten strikeouts in four different starts and only slowed more than six baserunners twice during the shortened season. He finished the year with an ERA of 2.09. Lament ended the season 4th in Cy Young voting, behind Trevor Bauer, Jacob Degrom, and Padres newly-acquired Yu Darvish.

Unfortunately for the Padres, Lamet was shut down before the post-season due to his aforementioned biceps injury.

Best Slider in Baseball

You read that correctly, Lamet has the best slider in all of baseball, and he knows it. I say that because Lamet used that pitch 53% of the time last season. The total number of sliders thrown was an astounding 559 in 69 (nice) innings.

Here are the top three sliders usage rates in the last 13 years

1) Dinelson Lamet (2020): 53.4%
2) Chris Young (2016): 49.8%
3) Jhoulys Chacin (2019): 49.6%

71 of Lamet's 91 strikeouts ended with the devastating slider. Opposing batters are hitting an astounding .081 against the slider as well. Unfortunately for Lamet, a slider puts the most strain on a pitcher's elbow. It's a tough spot for a guy whose best pitch could be the reason behind his struggles staying healthy.

2021 Standing

Lamet is unfortunately not on the Padres Opening Day roster. This was an anticipated move: Lamet got a late start to his spring. The pitcher made his spring debut on March 24th; he hit the upper 90's on the gun and threw two sliders.

He will now get stretched out to be ready to pitch deeper into games for the upcoming season. There is no actual plan that fans know when to expect Lamet back with the big club.

I am not sure what to expect from Lamet in 2021; I would expect to see him around late June or early July. If he can bring what he brought last season, he will be a buy for any dynasty manager. However, if he can't get deep into games and is less effective because he doesn't want to use his slider, I would be staying clear.

Dynasty Baseball Verdict

Moving forward, I like Lamet; like previous articles, I have gone after the subjects of my write-ups in my "home" league. In the case of Lamet, I am already the owner. So I made him available to see the value he held.

I sent an offer to an owner of the offer of Lamet(88) and another reasonable piece for Aaron Judge(39). With the caveat that if Lamet gets Tommy John by the all-star break, I will send back Judge, and I would get Lamet back. This was rejected relatively quickly.

Then, I offered Lamet (88), Trevor Rogers (694), Andrew Benintendi (193), and Ha-Seong Kim (177). So a Top-100 ranked dynasty asset for two top 200 and one lowly ranked pitcher. I thought this would be a sure-fire acceptance and hope the players' values increase on the year. The deal was not accepted. I received a reply: "You want all of them?" So his dynasty value is low, and I would consider going after him.

Enjoy Opening Day, everyone!

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