Welcome to the Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 7-12-21
As I sit here and write this week's article, I have the Futures Game on in the background. The Futures Game is an all-star type exhibition game that showcases the game's top prospects from the minor leagues. The format is a seven-inning game in which the National League and American League go head to head.
This year, like many years prior, the rosters are stacked. This is a great viewing opportunity to get a look at baseball's next generation of All Stars. I thoroughly enjoy the Futures game, and I highly recommend any baseball fan to give it a watch. Any Dynasty players should be watching as well, as you get to see many of your rostered prospects compete against each other and see how they perform against some top competition.
This leads me to this week's article's theme. I have decided to make this week's article a Futures Game feature, as all the buy-and-sell candidates are 2021 Future Game participants.
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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 7-12-21
Quinn Priester, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
I admit it, I may have a small amount of bias towards Quinn as he is a local kid to the Chicago land area. Quinn was a first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft when the Pirates selected him 18th overall. This draft selection marks the first Illinois-born player to be taken in the first round since Mike Foltynewicz in 2010.
The soon-to-be 21-year-old features a four-pitch mix of fastball, slider, curveball, and change-up. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and can reach 99mph, and features a great spin rate. While his curveball is his best secondary option and was able to register close to 3000RPM.
His large frame on the mound allows to him tower over batters and generates good leverage. He is able to throw all four pitches for strikes and works his two-seam fastball down in the zone to generate a lot of ground balls. Displayed by his 52% ground ball rate so far in 2021.
While Quinn is still green in his own right, he only has 79.2IP the past two and a half seasons, excluding his time at the 2020 Alternate Site. However, he has really been able to showcase his high-end skills and really impressed the team at the 2020 Alternate Site.
RHP Prospect, Quinn Priester #Pirates
Already showing out in the Futures game striking out White Sox #2 Prospect, Yoelqui Cespedes 🔥 pic.twitter.com/g0A6J9Ie7p
— Pirates Prospect Talk (@TalkPirates) July 11, 2021
He has only made it to high A so far in his young career. However, after his performance thus far in 2021, I imagine there is a promotion to Double-A in the very near future.
Quinn has a ceiling of a number two starter and a floor of a number three starter. At his prime, he will be able to provide low ratios with high-end strikeout numbers. Buy Priester now while the price tag remains low.
2021 Futures Games stat line: 0.2IP, 1K, 1BB
Nick Pratto, 1B, Kansas City Royals
Nick is the Royals' fifth-ranked prospect and ranked as the 100th top prospect via MLB Pipeline. He is quickly bursting onto the Dynasty and Baseball scene alike.
The former first-round pick has been making significant strides since being drafted 14th overall in the 2017 draft. He was a two-way star at Huntington Beach High School and eventually became a standout hitter his senior year.
Nick was drafted more for his defensive prowess at first base. However, since being drafted Nick has been showcasing his smooth left-handed swing that generates easy power. He has shown the patience at the plate to draw walks, but he also still strikes out at an alarming rate.
Nick Pratto’s 12th double. pic.twitter.com/GPW72fCoLR
— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) July 7, 2021
The power-speed combo is one that you don't think of when you think of a first baseman. However, Pratto is trying to change that. He has had double-digit stolen bases every year since being drafted including a career-high of 22SB in his first full professional season.
Pratto has also been able to improve his game at every stop so far, seemingly getting better and better at every level. After only hitting nine home runs in 2019 he already has 14 so far in 2021. He also has seven stolen bases through half the year.
I would be looking to buy Pratto while he remains under the radar, as he has the ceiling to join the 20/20 club as a first baseman.
2021 Future Game stat line: 0-for-1
Heliot Ramos, OF, San Francisco Giants
Ramos has seemingly been a top prospect for a few years now. That is because he was drafted as a 17-year-old in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft. He was drafted 19th overall with a big power speed skill set.
Since being drafted Ramos has ascended through the Giants' low levels reaching Double A as a 19-year-old and even made his first Futures Game appearance in 2019. Then the Giants elected to have him compete at the Alternate Site in 2020.
While Ramos has the upside, he is proving to be a more power over hit type bat. He has only batted higher than 300 once, excluding his rookie season. He also strikes out way too often. Ramos is striking out 30 percent of the time and does not possess an above-average approach at the plate. As he is only walking 9% of the time.
Ramos was drafted for his combination of speed and power, but that has yet to come to fruition at the big league level. He only has 41HR and 33SB in 317 games thus far in his career. While the power seems to be there, the speed is lacking.
I would be looking to get out from under Ramos now before his top prospect status washes away like footprints in the sand. His ceiling is too low for my liking and I would prefer to see him on a league mates roster than mine
2021 Future Game stat line: 0-for-1 with a strikeout
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