2021 Dynasty Baseball Trade Deadline – Prospects

by Dave Eddy
2021 Dynasty Baseball Trade Deadline - Prospects

Boy oh boy, the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline was one for the history books. The number of deals was massive and the impact it will have should be largely felt through not just the remainder of the season but for years to come. Here is my take on the 2021 Dynasty Baseball Trade Deadline Prospects moved.

I believe part of the reason we saw a more active than usual trade deadline was the fact that there were no post waiver trades available like in years part.

Traditionally, the day we think of as the "trade deadline" is really the non-waiver trade deadline. After which there is a period where pretty much all players under contract are put on waivers and the vast majority of them go unclaimed. At that point, any unclaimed player can still be traded during that post waiver trade period.

If a player gets claimed then both teams have a certain period of time where they can negotiate a trade or the team that put the player on waivers can simply allow the claiming team to take on the remainder of that players contract without any compensation.

In this article I wanted to take a chance, now that the deadline has passed, to discuss the notable prospects that were traded and the impact it has on Dynasty Baseball. I will give you some insight on any value changes and talk briefly about the player.

Below you will find a team by team list.

2021 Dynasty Baseball Trade Deadline - Prospects

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Chicago Cubs

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Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF (via Mets)

This kid is a prospect that I am much higher on than most in the industry, as he is already 241th in my Dynasty Baseball rankings. Crow-Armstrong was arguably the best prep hitter in the 2020 draft class.

He was off to a blistering start to the 2021 MiLB season before his season ended after just 24 at bats due to needing surgery on his right shoulder. He has the potential to be a Gold Glove caliber player in center field while supplying a high-impact bat at the top of the order.

I expect to see him patrolling the outfield at Wrigley Field sometime during the 2023 season.

Caleb Kilian, RHP (via Giants)

Kilian has been very solid in his 100.2 MiLB innings prior to the trade. He has posted solid ratios with a 1.79 ERA and 0.77 WHIP to go along with 113 strikeouts.

I think Kilian is likely to turn into a #3 or #4 starter and should debut at the Big League level sometime in 2022.

Alexander Canario, OF (via Giants)

This is a 21 year old that brings with him some great tools. Canario has impressive bat speed that leads to well above average power in his right-handed swing. While Canario has split most of his time between CF and RF he is likely to stick to the corner outfield long term due to average speed in the field and a well above-average arm. I expect he should debut at the Big League level sometime in 2023.

Kevin Alcantara, OF (via Yankees)

This is another guy that I have been high on since he was signed as part of the 2018 J2 class. He has the chance to be a nice power and speed guy that could play CF.  Alcantara will likely find a home in RF as he slows down and adds strength when his body fully fills out. He should make it to the Big League level sometime in 2023.

Minnesota Twins

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Austin Martin, SS/OF (via Blue Jays)

Martin was the 5th overall pick in the 2020 draft and was a guy that at various points in the year was a consideration to go #1 overall. Martin is actually quite an intriguing player because if you simply look at his stats he seems like a guy that is making positive strides. However, he is a guy that I don't think is going to live up to the expectations of a 5th overall pick. He isn't going to stick at the premium position of SS. He has a questionable glove and his arm isn't strong enough to play there. That is going to ultimately diminish some of his value. He is going to be a guy that in a pinch you can play almost anywhere on the diamond. I believe he finds a home in LF.

He is not a power or a speed guy. His batting average and on base skills will need to be where he makes his impact. While this isn't a disastrous thing he isn't a guy that excels at anything and has proven to be average in most areas. The Twins are not getting a bad player. They just not getting the player that the Blue Jays had hoped for when taking Martin with such a high pick. I think we will see him in Toronto late in the 2022 season.

Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP (via Blue Jays)

Woods-Richardson becomes the top pitching prospect in the Twins organization. At the age of 20, Woods Richardson has the pitchability, stuff and size that project very well. Add to it the fact he already has the command and control of four pitches (Fastball, Changeup, Slider and Curveball) and you are looking at a future #2 or #3 starter in the Big Leagues.

I expect to see him in Minnesota as early as the 2022 season.

Joe Ryan, RHP (via Rays)

At 25 years of age I think that Ryan is ready to show what he can do at the Big League level. He has been solid in his MiLB career as over 217 innings he has pitched to a 2.70ERA with a 0.87WHIP and struck out 309 batters. Ryan has the potential to be a #3. I think we will see him in Minnesota at some point in 2021.

Washington Nationals

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Keibert Ruiz, C (via Dodgers)

The 23-year-old catcher is a guy I have liked quite a bit for a few years now. He isn't as consistent behind the plate as you would like to see but he does have the ability to eventually be at least an average defender. This is because of his framing skills and above-average arm.

However, he isn't one of the better catching prospects in the game for his glove. It is his bat that leads the way. He provides the potential for an All-Star caliber hitter behind the plate as evidenced by his career slash line at the MiLB level of .300/.355/.447 to go along with solid power.

I think we will see Ruiz in Washington this year.

Josiah Gray, RHP (via Dodgers)

He was recently called up to the Dodgers prior to the trade to fill in their pitching staff. In his two appearances, he certainly showed some of his potential, even if the numbers don't look ideal.

He has a tremendous Fastball and Slider combination. The Fastball sits between 93 -96 MPH with good late movement that makes is hard to barrel up. The Slider sits in the mid 80's with sharp break. Gray has the potential to be a #2 or #3 at the Big League level.

He should stick with the Big League club coming over.

Texas Rangers

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Ezequiel Duran, 2B (via Yankees)

The 22-year-old was signed as part of the 2017 J2 class. Duran brings with him a solid power and speed profile that could produce 20/20 seasons at the Big League level.

He has power to all fields and barrels a lot of balls that produce high-end exit velocities. This bodes very well as these type of attributes carry well from MiLB to MLB Baseball consistently.

I expect for him to see the Big Leagues at some point in 2022.

Josh Smith, SS (via Yankees)

He possesses a quality bat that produces above-average power from the left side of the plate. He also blends that power with enough speed that similar to Duran could produce 20/20 seasons. His glove and arm profile better at 2B but I think he has every chance to stick at SS.

Smith could very well turn into a good double-play partner with Duran. The future middle of the Rangers infield looks to be in very good hands as soon as 2022.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Tucupita Marcano, INF (via Padres)

The 21-year-old was part of the 2016 J2 class. I do not see anything special here but he should be a decent Big League regular. He could stick at SS but would benefit from a move to 2B. Marcano will be a bat-first player. He could have enough of an on-base profile to carve out a decent career at the Big League level.

He already had seen 44 AB's with the Padres this year. There wouldn't be much surprise if he got some run with the Pirates in 2021 as well.

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