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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-14-21

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Welcome to Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-14-21

We are roughly seven weeks away from the July 31st MLB trade deadline. Just like in this series, teams are tasked with the debate of buying or selling. Most of all the contending teams are actively looking to bolster their lineups by buying or adding players from other teams that are no longer in contention.

The major league baseball deadline can be one of the most exciting trade deadlines of all major sports. As the past has proven, baseball teams do not shy away from adding super-star caliber players by trading away a surplus of top prospects from down on the farm.

With the trade deadline looming for MLB general managers, let me know down in the comments which team you think will be buyers, and which teams will be sellers at the deadline. Furthermore, let me know which players you think are on the trade block and could be moved, and let me know which teams you think they could end up with.

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Now lets get into some Dynasty Buy or Sell

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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-14-21

Buy

Robert Hassell III, OF, San Diego Padres

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If you are looking for a young outfielder with an excellent, above-average hit tool, then look no further than the Padres outfield prospect Robert Hassell. Hassell is the Padres fourth-ranked prospect and was the top high school player drafted in the 2020 draft when he was selected eighth overall by the San Diego Padres.

With no minor leagues for 2020, the Padres elected to have Hassell report to the alternate site, where he was highly impressive as the youngest player in attendance.

Hassell has an amazing hit tool that MLB Pipeline has graded a 60 on the 20-80 grading scale. He has excellent plate discipline and above-average bat-to-ball skills. His smooth left-handed swing also generates smooth power and is able to make great contact that allows him to easily barrel up the ball.

As he continues to develop and bulk up as a professional hitter, the power numbers will continue to climb. He already has exceptional on-base skills, displayed by his current 392OBP and his 13BB% for the Padres Single A affiliate.

Aside from the above-average plate discipline he also offers above-average speed. He already has 12 stolen bases and has only been caught once so far in 33 games.

Padres have such high hopes for him, they were unwilling to deal Hassell when the cubs were looking to acquire him in the Darvish deal this past off-season. Hassell has immense upside and you should be looking to buy now while the price tag remains relatively low.

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Jake Eder, LHP, Miami Marlins

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If it is one thing that Miami seems to be good at, that is the scouting and development of starting pitchers. According to MLB Pipeline 14 of their top 30, and three of their top five prospects are all pitchers.

Jake is a bit of a sleeper prospect, but that’s why you come here right, looking for buy low prospects. Sometimes you have to find basement bargains and Jake might be what you are looking for. Jake is another pick from the 2020 draft, but unlike Hassell, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB Amateur draft. He is currently ranked as Miami’s 24th ranked prospect. However, I have a feeling he will begin to climb the ranks.

Jake attended Vanderbilt University where he showcased his first-round talent. In three seasons for the Commodores, Eder started 13 games and finished with 105Ks in 92.1IP, while also getting a three-inning save in the 2019 National Championship game.

Unfortunately, he had a rough time getting things going during the shortened college season in 2020, which ultimately made him fall to the fourth round. Eder features a three-pitch mix of fastball, curveball, and changeup. While his fastball is his best pitch as it sits mid-90s and tops out around 97, his curveball is the better secondary option as it has great spin and movement and he is able to throw it consistently for strikes.

So far in 2021 Eder has been appearing for the Marlins Double A affiliate with some pretty solid success. He is currently 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA, 0.93WHIP, 55Ks and only allowed one homerun in seven starts. That also includes a start when he pitched a perfect five innings.

I really like the upside that Eder brings to the table and you should as well. BUY BUY BUY.

Sell

Chris Taylor, 2B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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I am sure many of the readers are familiar with Taylor, but many might not know that he is producing at an above-average level.

First off let’s state the obvious. Taylor has multi-position eligibility. The biggest position of opportunity is second base. As many fantasy players know by now that second base is essentially a baron waste-land, with only a few players producing at an elite level.

Having second base eligibility already makes Taylor a valuable asset. In addition to the second base eligibility, he has been producing at an above-average level.

Currently, Taylor is slashing .273/.388/.465 with eight home runs and six stolen bases. In addition to that, he has already scored 46 runs despite the fact it’s only June 14th. That ranks as the third-most in the National League behind only Acuna and Winker. That also puts him on pace for 118 runs scored.

When you look a little deeper, however, the stats paint a different picture. While he does walk a lot, his 13.5BB% is the highest it has been in his career. He has also cut down on the strikeouts too. However the last time he received a full season worth of plate appearances, he went on to strike out 178 times. Those 178 times were the fifth most in all of baseball.

He is currently striking out 25 percent of the time and that only ranks in the 17th percentile. The biggest reason for all the strikeouts could be his 19.7% chase rate. Which has increased from 2020. This means he is more aggressive at the plate and that is causing more strikeouts.

Some of the advanced stats have been concerning as well. Right now, his exit velocity and hardhit% are both league average, as he ranks in the 52nd and 49th percentile, respectively. Even when he is making solid contact the ball isn’t flying over the wall. He only has eight home runs and his ISO is currently .192 which is at just an average level.

Many owners may see Taylor’s current stats and his pace for 2021 and could be looking to buy. However, if I am a Taylor owner I would be looking to sell. Mainly because I feel the regression is coming for Chris Taylor.

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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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