Welcome to the Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-21-21
I want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day. Being a father myself, Father’s Day has taken on a more special meaning. Not only do I get to celebrate my father, but I also get to celebrate myself!
One of my favorite father-son moments that relates to baseball is from the movie “Field of Dreams” where Kevin Costner’s character gets to play catch with his father’s ghost. There is even an iconic movie quote when he says to the ghost, “Hey dad, want to have a catch?” How can you not get warm-hearted and fill with joy during that scene?
Leave a comment down below sharing your favorite father-son moment in cinema, even if it doesn’t relate to baseball!
I am a father of two boys, so this Father’s Day we all played baseball in the backyard and everything seemed great in the world again. So if you are a father I hope you got to spend quality time with your children. If are not a dad then I hope you got to spend quality time with your father!
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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-21-21
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Lucas Sims, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Lucas is someone that many people may not have even had rostered in the beginning of the season, as he has primarily been a relief pitcher in his last three seasons in the majors. While he was a highly ranked prospect prior to 2014. He only ranked as high as 4oth by Baseball America.
After failing as a starter for Atlanta in his debut season, when he went 3-6 5.62ERA, 1.51WHIP, and only 44Ks in 10 starts. The Braves elected to use Sims solely out of the bullpen. Then in 2018, the Braves shipped him out to Cincinnati in the deal that netted them Adam Duvall. The Reds attempted to use him as a starter in 2019, with about the same luck as Atlanta, so he was quickly sent back to the pen.
Now in 2021, the Reds are in desperate need of someone to take over the closer role that was left after Iglesias was sent packing last season. While both Garrett and Doolittle were the pre-season favorites to take the closer job, both have been inefficient and have not held the position long.
Now steps in Sims who has been everything the Reds could ask for. He is currently 7/8 in his saves chances and hasn’t blown a save since the first week of the season. Not only does he appear to have the closer role on lock. He has been pitching lights out.
Lucas Sims with a massive 55 CSW% on his slider last night pic.twitter.com/nB2baEsDoX
— Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) May 16, 2021
He currently ranks in the top 4% of the league in Barrel%, exit velocity, xBA, xSLG, xwOBA, xwOBACON, K%, and xERA. He is currently striking out almost 14 batters per nine. His CSW% of 33.7% ranks 14th amongst pitchers with at least 20IP. Needless to say, but he is pitching very well and should continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Sims is still only twenty-seven years old and in his pre-arbitration years. Therefore I believe he is going to take this closer role and run with it for the next several seasons. I would add Sims if you are looking for a semi-inexpensive closer.
Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox
Robert is one of the White Sox core pieces in this current rebuild. He was signed as an international free agent as a part of the 2017 class. Since being drafted Robert has steadily raised the prospect rankings. He ranked as high as the second overall prospect via Baseball America.
The highly sought-after power-speed combo, especially in the day and age when stolen bases are continually declining. Robert is here to make an exception to the downward trend. Robert made his debut in 2020 and was able to show off his 70-grade speed and 60-grade power, compiling 11HR and 9SB in 56 games.
Luis Robert has that easy power. 💪 pic.twitter.com/BZsEtDHR0y
— MLB (@MLB) March 13, 2021
Robert can offer more than just speed and power, he has above average bat-to-ball skills evidenced by his slash line of 316/359/463. Furthermore, his xBA, xSLG, wOBA, and HardHit rate are all above average.
Unfortunately, Robert sustained an injury at the beginning of May when running out an infield single. It was diagnosed as a Grade 3 Hip Strain and it will cause Robert to miss a minimum of 12 weeks. The injury news is bad news for both the Robert owner as well as the game of baseball, as Robert was one of the top young players in the game.
However, this is also an excellent buy-low opportunity for Robert, as the Robert owner could be willing to deal him with the recent injury. Robert brings the ultimate power-speed combo to the table and at only 23 years old, I could easily see him producing at least one if not multiple 30/30 seasons in his prime. Buy now!
Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
There was a stretch from 2015 to 2017 when Martinez was winning double-digit games and was a two-time all-star. His 2017 season was as good as any top 10 starting pitcher in baseball. He finished that season with 12 wins, two complete-game shutouts, and 217Ks in 32 games.
Carlos has always had a very strong strikeout ability. Displayed by his career 917 strikeouts in 952.2IP which is good enough for a career 23K%. He was also able to maintain a strikeout rate above 20 percent including a career-best 26.5% in 2019
However, one thing that continually plagues Martinez is his lack of control. His career walk rate is 9%. He even had a season in which his walk rate rose all the way to 11.5 percent. He has always had a very high BB/9, he would allow anywhere from three to five free passes per nine.
Martinez had injury troubles in 2018 that derailed his season and only allowed him to pitch a total of 118IP. Then in 2019, the Cardinals elected to use him as their closer which he saw success as he saved 24 games in 27 save chances.
2020 was another bump in the road for Martinez as he went back to be a starter with little to no success as he finished the year with an unreal 9.90ERA and 2.10 WHIP. However, in 2021 he is having mild success and has been having a bit of rejuvenation to his career.
So far in 2020, he has six quality starts out of 13. This includes a stretch at the beginning of the season when he had three straight quality starts. He has been a serviceable starting pitcher and can help a contending team. I would be looking to sell Martinez now while he has regained some value.
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