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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 2-22-21

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Welcome to the 2-22-21 edition of the Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell series.

In honor of pitchers and catchers reporting last week. This week’s Buy or Sell will solely feature pitchers and catchers. The true battery of a baseball team.

To me, late February is one of the best times of the year with both Spring Training camps opening up in Arizona (Cactus League) and Florida (Grapefruit League).

The sweet-sweet sounds of catcher mitts popping and spikes on gravel. Pitchers are throwing in shorts. Let’s also not forget the multiple reports of “player x” is in the best shape of their lives.

When it comes to pitchers, MLB teams seem to be taking a different approach than in the past. The new trend being teams not allowing their pitchers to pitch deep into games (or even starting them!), and using more pitchers per game.

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Stick around and take a look at our Dynasty Rankings, but first, read my Buy or Sell candidates!

Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 2-22-21

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Buy

Jackson Rutledge, SP, Washington Nationals

The towering 6’8” RHP was selected 17th overall in the 2019 MLB amateur draft by the Washington Nationals.

Jackson is a deeper prospect (not on many top 100 lists). However, he is absolutely someone I would be looking to acquire.

Currently, John has him ranked 125th on his 2021 Fantasy Baseball Prospect list.

Dave has him ranked as the 137th SP and 508th overall in his 2021 Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

Rutledge has an electric 4 pitch mix that is highlighted by his plus fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and can even reach 100+. His slider sits in the upper 80’s while his curveball sits lower 80’s. Both are above-average secondary pitches.

His changeup is not as refined as his other three pitches, but he continues to work and develop the pitch.

The skillset has been no match for the lower levels of the Minor leagues. He quickly climbed three levels in 2019.

Rutledge is a NRI (non-roster invitee) for the Washington Nationals in 2021. Eventually, he should be relegated to AA to start 2021. I envision Rutledge will make his debut sometime in 2022.

Rutledge has the big physical frame and durability to eventually become a SP1, and potentially the ceiling of an Ace!

Logan Gilbert, SP, Seattle Mariners

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Logan is yet another prospect arm that I am higher on than most people. Gilbert was selected 14th overall in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Another big frame RHP that stands 6’6” 225lbs, out of Stetson University. Stetson has also produced former Cy Young winners Corey Kluber and Jacob DeGrom.

Since being drafted, Gilbert seems to be more physical and aggressive on the mound since his college days at Stetson.

While he does pitch a bit cross-body, he has a four-pitch mix that he attacks the strike zone with. His fastball is his greatest offering, which sits in the mid-90’s and can touch 97.

Both the curveball and slider are also above average. The slider being the better of his two breaking pitches.

He has also been improving the changeup, which in time could end up being his best out pitch.

Even with no minor league games in 2020, Gilbert spent his time at the Seattle alternate site where he made huge strides in his pitch sequencing.

While Gilbert doesn’t project to be an ace of a staff, I can easily see him settling into the SP2 range for many years to come.

Sell

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

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Sanchez exploded on the fantasy scene in 2016 when he finished 2nd in AL Rookie of the Year, behind only Michael Fulmer.

Then in 2017, he took yet another step forward when he statistically finished with 79R/33HR/90RBI which was good enough to receive MVP votes.

While statistically, the counting stats stand out when you look closer the metrics paint a different picture. From 2017 to 2020 we saw Sanchez’s K rate increase year over year

yearK%BA
201722.9.278
201825.1.186
201928.0.232
202036.0.147

We have also seen Sanchez have two seasons in which he had a wRC+ (weighted runs created) below the league average of 100. 2018 was 90 wRC+ and in 2020 was a career-low of 68!

If you are in a league that uses batting average (BA/AVG) then you should be actively shopping Sanchez immediately as his BA has steadily declined since 2017 as well. He has not hit higher than his career average of .236 since the 2017 season.

When it comes to the catcher position in Dynasty Baseball, you can find yourself walking a thin line. The catcher position holds more weight in real baseball versus Fantasy Baseball. A lot of that has to do with teams putting more emphasis on defense and pitch framing.

Even with the catcher position being such a shallow position, I would be looking to sell Sanchez immediately.

 



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About Jason Beckner

Jason is based in Chicago. He is a baseball junkie. He eats, sleeps, & breathes baseball. Has a passion for dynasty formatted leagues. All opinions expressed are that of his own. You can follow Jason on twitter at @JRBecks

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