Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-28-21

by Jason Beckner
Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-28-21

Welcome to the 6-28-21 edition of Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell.

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is just around the corner. While many people don't care for the All-Star Game, I generally like the mid-summer classic--even dating back to when the game meant something. For whatever reason, the Commissioner of MLB decided the star-studded showcase needed a ratings boost, making a rule that allowed the league that won the All-Star Game to be rewarded with home-field advantage, I know, awful rule. Thankfully, that rule had since been nullified.

This year the game will be played in Denver, Colorado at the Rockies stadium. This is great for the game and the Home Run Derby, as the altitude of Coors Field creates one of--if not THE--most offensive-friendly stadiums in baseball.

Another thing to be excited about, Ohtani has agreed to be in the Home Run Derby. Ohtani is one the best home run hitters in the league this year as his 25 home runs rank second-best in the league.

Something not so exciting about the game is the uniform choice this year. Instead of the tradition where the players wear their team's standard jerseys for the game. MLB decided the teams should wear matching uniforms. I personally can't stand them. See for yourself.

This is a friendly reminder that the All-Start vote was just cut down to the seven finalists at each position. So don't forget to vote early and often for your favorite all-star in each league.

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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 6-28-21

Buy

Luke Voit, 1B, New York Yankees

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Luke is more of a journeyman, as the thirty-year-old is now entering his fifth season,  his fourth with the Yankees. He was sent to the Yankees from the Cardinals in a 2018 deadline deal.

While he has five seasons in the bigs he doesn't have a ton of experience, as he never became a full-time starter prior to 2019. Furthermore, he has never amassed more than 525PA, and he only had more than 500PA once in his career.

The large right-handed first baseman brings a ton of power to the table. During his time in the minors, he had four seasons of double-digit home runs. His 2016 season at Double A was his breakout season, when he slashed .297/.372/.477 with 19 HR, 70 R, and 74 RBI.

After being sent to New York, the Yankees gave him the playing time and he made the most of it. In his first full season with New York he hit 21HR, drove in 62 batters, and scored 72 runs. Then, during the shortened 2020 season, he would go onto hit a league-leading 22HR and a 610 slugging percent.

Unfortunately for Voit, he has suffered a plethora of various injuries including a partially torn meniscus in his left knee during spring training. As well as various other injuries since rejoining the team in May. However, he appears to be healthy and ready to pick up where he left off in 2020. So far in 2021 he already has three home runs in 17 games. I would be looking to buy Voit now as he can put up big power numbers.

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Emmanuel Clase, RHP, Cleveland Indians

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If you are in the market for a young pitcher with an electric arm, then look no further than Clase. The twenty-three-year-old was signed as an international free agent in 2015 by the Padres. Then the Padres shipped him off to Texas in 2018. Then the Rangers sent him to Cleveland in 2019 as a part of the Corey Kluber deal.

Clase has always had electric stuff. However, his first several professional seasons, his control really plagued him. He was walking three to five batters per nine innings and his walk rate hovered above ten percent.

However, since leaving the Padres system, Clase has turned things around. He cut down on the walks and started to strikeout out 25% of the batters he faced. His stuff is so good it allowed him to accelerate through the minor leagues as he made it to Double A as a twenty-one-year-old.

He would eventually make his MLB debut in 2019 with Texas as a twenty-one-year-old. Texas even used Clase in many high leverage situations as he was able to earn four holds and even saved one game.

Clase features a straight two-pitch mix. His fastball has a ton of late-cutting movement and is considered more of a cutter than fastball. He compliments the cut fastball with great sweeping sliders that he hammers down in the zone to both right and left-handed batters.

Clase's velocity is what really jumps off the page, he is able to consistently generate easy high-end velocity. His fastball sits 99-100mph while his slider low 90s. His slider is his true "out" pitch has he currently has a 41 percent Whiff%.

Furthermore, he sits in the top 5% of the league in xISO, Barrel%, fastball velocity, and chase%, xSLG, and xERA.

I would target Clase in all leagues but especially in saves+holds leagues, as Clase will always be used in high leverage situations.

Sell

Kyle Gibson, RHP, Texas Rangers

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Kyle is a pitcher that often gets overlooked in fantasy circles. He is the epitome of undervalued. He is currently in his ninth season and his age thirty-three season.

Kyle has been a workhorse his whole career even back to his days in the Minnesota organization where he made a name for himself. He has pitched at least 150IP in five of his 7 seasons, excluding the shortened 2020 season  He has made at least 25 starts in every season expect his debut 2013 season.

Clearly he is reliable, which is something you want out of your starting pitchers. He also has a great six pitch mix that relies heavily on his above average sinker. While his slider is also above average as it generates a great whiff percent.

While the velocity is not in the top of league he is able to pitch to contact and generate a ton of ground balls. His 52GB% is ranked as the ninth-best in the league this year. Furthermore since 2016 his 50.4GB% ranks as the 28th best amongst all qualified hitters.

Currently, Gibson has found himself having a really nice 2021. He has made fifteen starts in 2021 so far and has a quality start in his 14 starts. His only hiccup was his season debut on opening day when he allowed five earned in 1/3 of an inning.

He has also stretched deep into games, pitching into the seventh inning or later in five of those fourteen quality starts. HIs 1.01WHIP is good enough for top-20 in the league as he has only allowed 65 hits in 90 IP.

I would be looking to sell Gibson as his value is super high right and someone should be willing to pay the high price tag.


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