2022 Dynasty Baseball Week 4 Buy or Sell

by Jason Beckner
2022 Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell

Welcome to the 2022 Dynasty Baseball Week 4 Buy or Sell article here at F6P!

Yesterday was May 5th, also known as Cinco De Mayo. Cinco De Mayo is an annual celebration that commemorates Mexico’s independence when they defeated the French Empire in 1862. I decided to honor the Mexican holiday by having Taco Tuesday on Thursday this week.

I wanted to cook an authentic Mexican-style taco. So I decided to make the uber-trendy Quesabirria style taco. Which is a taco that is filled with braised beef in different chilis. Then is filled with cheese and pan-fried so the corn tortillas are crunchy and crispy. Combine that with the super gooey and creamy cheese and the herbal flavor of the cilantro and that right there is a bite of pure bliss.

I wasn’t done there either. I decided that no taco night was complete unless there were chips and salsa. Therefore I went ahead and made homemade roasted tomatillo salsa also known as Salsa Verde (green salsa). I started by fire roasting several tomatillos, jalapenos, onions, and garlic. Next, I threw it all in a food processor with cilantro, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Gave it a couple of quick pulses and then it was finished. I used the salsa on the top of the tacos as well as used for dipping tortillas chips.

The Quesabirria taco is my new favorite style of taco and I am always looking for a reason to make them. If you are looking for a new twist on your taco night I would highly recommend you try making this style. You will not be disappointed.

Now let’s jump into this week’s Dynasty Buy or Sell.

2022 Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 5-6-22

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Buy

Jose Miranda, 3B, Minnesota Twins

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Miranda was a top-100 pick in the 2016 MLB draft and has shown that he has an advanced approach at the plate as well as exceptional contact skills. Since being drafted Miranda has never had a strike-out rate higher than 17%, while also maintaining a walk rate higher than 5%.

The stocky right-handed hitter’s calling card in his young career is his contact skills. He holds a minor league career slash line of .281/.338/.445 with an OPS of .783.  While it doesn’t jump off the page he had a 2:1 K:BB ratio in his six minor league seasons, and he does hold a career 12% strikeout rate in the minors

Miranda enjoyed a breakout season in 2021. He appeared in 127 games between Triple-A and Double-A and had an impressive slash line of .344/.401/.572 which is good enough for an OPS of .973. His .960 OPS at Triple-A was ranked as the tenth best in Triple-A East.

Miranda also had a power increase in 2021.  He had a career-high 30 HR and 94 RBI in those 127 games. He had such a solid 2021 that Miranda jumped into many analysts’ top-100 ranked prospect lists before the 2022 season.

Miranda got his call to the big leagues this past week, despite being off to a slow start at Triple-A. He has appeared in three games and has 13 plate appearances, but has yet to record a home run and only has one hit (a double). With the injury to Miguel Sano and his overall ineptitude to hit for a consistent average. I would expect Miranda to continue to get at-bats in the middle of the Minnesota lineup.

Based on his power ability and contact skills, I would be looking to buy Miranda in all Dynasty formats, even in shallower leagues,

Sell

Corey Kluber, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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If you are unfamiliar with the name, I am talking about Corey Kluber, the two-time Cy Young award winner, and three-time all-star. The now-36-year-old righty is off to a solid start in 2022. He currently has a 1-1 record with a 2.36 ERA, which ranks as the 19th best in baseball amongst all qualified pitchers. Even when you look at his FIP and xFIP, both are only a run higher than his ERA.

His advanced metrics also paint a nice picture. His hard-hit rate and barrel rate are ranked in the top half of the league. He continues to fool hitters at the dish with his advanced command. He currently has a 6% walk rate which ranks in the 75th percentile of the league.

Kluber is relying heavily on his cutter and his curveball and is throwing his changeup 5% less than last year. The last time he was using his cutter and curveball as his primary pitches was in 2017 when he won the Cy Young award and had a career-high whiff rate of 33%.  While it is a small sample size, Kluber also has an HR/FB ratio back to a healthy 7% which is the lowest it has been since 2014.

His 30% CSW rate is at the level you want from a front-end starter.  A large part of that is his consistent called strike and swinging strike rates. All that while having his lowest first pitch strike percent since 2013. He has been able to accomplish this all with a fastball velocity that ranks in the bottom two percent of the league.

Kluber is pitching the best he has pitched since his highly valuable years before 2019. When he was a 5+ WAR pitcher. I would be looking to capitalize on Kluber’s hot start in 2022 and be looking to flip him while the value is that of a top-50 starting pitcher.




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