2023 Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 4-3-23

by Jason Beckner
2023 Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell

Welcome to the 2023 Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 4-3-23

We officially have the first weekend in the books and we have had some great performances and great games thus far. However, one of the biggest successes to start the year are the new rule changes.

The pitch clock has been a great success in my opinion. The clock has been able to shave off a lot of "dead" time in the game. Look I love baseball but even I was getting bored at times. Watching three-and-a-half-hour games with tons of wasted time between innings and batters. So I look forward to seeing how this continues to develop throughout the whole season.

Another rule change is the increase in base sizes. While this may not seem like a big deal, once I saw the new size of the bases I was impressed. I think this will help with more offensive runs scored as well as limiting injuries.

The other big rule change is the "no-shift" rule where there must not be more than two infielders on each side of the second base bag with their feet on the infield dirt. This will help not only generate more hits and runs scored but I think will help extend some player's careers.

Overall I am generally optimistic about all the new rules and am excited to see how the season unfolds with these new rules.

2023 Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 4-3-23

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Buy

Mason Montgomery, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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The Ray's sixth-round draft pick in 2021 is not a big-name prospect (yet). However, he is starting to gain recognition thanks mainly to his dominant 2022 season.

Mason also had a solid career in his three seasons at Texas Tech University. He finished with an 11-6 record with a 4.63 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 128 K in 116 IP.

Last year he started the season in High A and after 16 overpowering starts. Where he compiled a 42K% rate and a .194 BAA and a 118:27 K:BB ratio.

Thus receiving a promotion to Double-A. Once he arrived in Double-A he didn't show many signs of slowing down. In 11 starts he had a 2.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 24K%, and a 53:16 K:BB ratio.

Mason features a dominant fastball that sits mid 90s and can reach the upper 90s. He pairs the fastball with an above-average mid-80s changeup. He has also added an effective slider that gives him three solid pitch offerings.

Mason also gets the benefit of being in the Tampa Bay Rays organization which does an exceptional job developing pitchers. Mason is on the verge of a huge 2023 that could see him not only climb prospect lists but could also see him climb the Rays organization's ranks and if we're lucky could see some time in the bigs by the end of this year. If not, he will be on the roster for 2024.

Sell

Orlando Arcia, SS, Atlanta Braves

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After spending his first six seasons in Milwaukee, Arcia was shipped off to Atlanta in 2021. In 2022 Arcia only appeared in 68 for Atlanta and only posted a .733 OPS.

Coming into the 2023 season many thought Arcia would be pushed into a reserve/ utility role after the emergence of top prospect Vaughn Grissom. However, the Braves decided to start the year with the veteran at SS.

The Braves also gave Arcia a contract extension before this season keeping him in Atlanta till at least 2025. However, Arcia does not do enough statistically to warrant a spot on your fantasy roster.

He doesn't hit for a high average. He has never hit over .280 in a season, and he has not hit over .270 since 2017. He also doesn't get on base at a high level. He has only had an OBP above .300 in three out of seven seasons. THREE!

Even when he is getting hits they aren't of the power variety. He has a career-high 15 HR and has never had an HR/FB rate above 15%. Furthermore, he has never had a slugging percentage above .450 and only a career-high mark of .416.

Arcia also does not steal bases either collecting just 40 SB in 644 games. So no power, no speed, no ability to get on base. Arcia is a defensive shortstop that does not add enough fantasy value to be rostered on your team. Therefore I would be looking to sell him while he still has the starting job and holds some value.


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