2024 Dynasty Baseball Trade Target: Victor Scott II

by Josh Stevens
2024 Dynasty Baseball Trade Target: Victor Scott II

Sometimes just one amazing tool can elevate a player to stardom on the fantasy scene. This is the case with our 2024 Dynasty Baseball Trade Target: Victor Scott II.

We hear all the time about five-tool players and what they bring to the table. Guys like Acuna and Betts are invaluable because they impact the game in every single facet.

However, once you start getting later in fantasy drafts, these five-tool players are long gone. Most times, you’re just looking for that one under-the-radar player who has one tool that they excel at that can rack up fantasy points.

Many times, this tool is power. That makes sense, as power is undoubtedly the most fun tool of the five. We even predict the next Jake Burger, highlighting players like this.

2024 Dynasty Baseball Trade Target: Victor Scott II

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A Need For Speed

However, speed is almost just as important in the fantasy scene. Stolen bases are a huge part of the game, and nobody does it better than Victor Scott.

In Connor Thomure’s (who highlighted just how valuable Scott may be for me) waiver wire article, he pointed out that

“Victor Scott was a favorite late-round sleeper for many Fantasy managers until the Cardinals optioned him before the regular season. However, everything changed when Cardinals' starting center fielder Dylan Carlson injured his shoulder after colliding with right fielder Jordan Walker. Carlson was then diagnosed with a sprain in his AC joint and is starting the year on the injured list.”

The injury to Carlson paves the way for Scott to make an impression right away as an everyday Cardinals outfielder. What can we expect from him in his first few MLB games?

Stolen bases, stolen bases, and then a few more stolen bases. In 2023, Scott swiped a ridiculous 94 bases between the AZ Fall League, A ball and AA. This was after Scott stole 75 bags across two college seasons at West Virginia averaging almost a steal per game.

I mean seriously, who makes this a double? On Tatis too!

Not Just One Dimensional

So we know Scott can steal bases, as speed never goes in a slump. However, can he hit enough to warrant a spot on a fantasy lineup, or is he destined to Esteury Ruiz territory, sent down to the minors on a team as miserable as the A’s?

Throughout the minors, the optimism lies with the former. Scott was a solid hitter in both the Fall league and A ball, hitting .285, albeit with minimal power.

However, Scott took his game to a new level in AA. Over the course of 66 games with Springfield, Scott hit .323 and added some power with seven homers.

Bernie Pleskoff, a scout over at Forbes.com, also sees hitting potential in Scott. He writes that

“The left-handed hitting Scott has flashed excellent bat control, with the ability to barrel the ball with solid, well-developed swing mechanics.

While he isn’t overly aggressive at the plate, he can see the ball out of the hand of the pitcher and use excellent eye-hand coordination in his selective approach.

His swing is very measured, and his quick hands through the ball help generate the type of gap power that allows him to be off to the races as soon as the bat hits the ball.”

Current Shortcomings for Scott

The hope for Scott is that he can have an OBP at .350 or above to sustain his base-stealing prowess. However, to do this Scott will have to walk a little bit more in the MLB. While he tallied 46 walks a year ago, these numbers will naturally come down as pitchers in the MLB are more accurate, and will avoid giving him a free pass at all costs.

Another question mark with Scott is the projectability of his power. He hit 11 homers in about 100 college games, and only two through the Fall league and A ball.

However, Scott seemed to find his strike in AA, as he belted seven in 65 games. With someone who steals as often as Scott, power isn’t a big deal, but is a wanted luxury. The target number for homers in a full season should be 10-12, and I think Scott will have a very good shot at reaching that mark.

The calling card will always be the speed though, which has already been showcased in 2024. During Opening weekend, he reached a top speed of 30.7 FPS. The league leaders last year? Bobby Witt Jr. and Elly De La Cruz with 30.5.

Final thoughts

For much of this article, I’ve been hyping up Scott as a one-dimensional speed guy. While that’s undoubtedly his main attribute, the skills are there for the other tools to develop.

Scott’s defense will find him a spot in the lineup, while his ever-improving bat will provide fantasy managers with a great steal via trade. That is…if you make Victor Scott II one of your 2024 Trade Targets.


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