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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 7-26-21

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Welcome to Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 7-26-21

When it comes to Dynasty Baseball, the only way to truly make your team better is through the art of the trade. Because of this, in many dynasty leagues, there are often trade deadlines.

With the season more than halfway over, just like the MLB, many leagues’ trade deadlines are rapidly approaching.  However, there is a lot of discrepancy as to whether trade deadlines are necessary for fantasy baseball. The casecan be a case made that there is no need for a trade deadline at all. Others feel the deadline should be as close to the end of the regular season as possible.

Let me know in the comments down below what are your thoughts on the trade deadline.

Now let’s get into this week’s buy or sell assets.

 

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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 7-26-21

Buy

Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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The big and tall left-handed bat was once a highly-touted prospect that many thought would be a can’t-miss prospect. However, things have not quite gone the way they were supposed to go.

The former 10th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft, had a disappointing debut season in 2020. He would only slash .161/.212/.266 with three home runs and zero stolen bases in 38 games last year.

Adell unfortunately had trouble with big-league pitching. He only walked at a rate of 5.6% and he was also striking out at an astonishing rate of 42%, so clearly he was overmatched in his first go around.

Now in 2021 Adell has been at Triple-A all season, and is proving that he may be ready for a promotion and taking that next step. Through 67 games, he is slashing .278/.331/.556 with 19 home runs, 60 runs batted in, and seven stolen bases.

While the strikeout rate is still concerning, the power is shining through as his ISO is up to .278 and has a wOBA of .364. If he can continue to work on his approach at the plate and limit the strikeouts, he should be able to be a star at the major league level.

The time to cash in on his post-hype sleeper status is now. He has been passed over several times this season for a promotion which tells me the Angels want him to take his time and make sure he is ready for the next level.

You should be able to get Adell at a discounted rate now before he takes off. Still only twenty-two years old, Adell has time to continue to develop his approach, and show why he was a top-ranked prospect.

 

 

Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Chicago White Sox

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Thought as just a throw-in piece in the Giolito deal, Reynaldo is trying to prove he is more than just organizational depth.

Lopez is a former top 100 ranked prospect by many reputable outlets. He was even ranked as high as the 3oth ranked prospect via Baseball Prospectus prior to 2017.

Lopez has proved he could be a workhorse in the middle of a rotation when tallied 180+IP in both 2018 and 2019, unfortunately is with only mild success. His ERA hovered around four and five respectively.

However, he does have above-average strikeout ability, displayed by his career 20K% and even had a career-best 30K% in 2016 at Double-A.

Lopez’s biggest downfall is his control. He tends to lack the ability to strikes at times and gets behind in counts which leads to walks. He tends to walk three or more batters per nine in his career.

Lopez has been putting in a lot of work the past year and a half. There were reports that he was impressive at the alternate training site in 2020. He has shown progress at Triple-A in 2021 as well.

Lopez was recently promoted to the big league club. However, the White Sox rotation is absolutely stacked so he will remain as a swingman for now. Thus far, he has only surrendered two earned runs in his eights innings of work.

He seems to have turned a corner with the control as he has only given up one free pass while striking out eight.

It remains to be seen if the White Sox want to give him another shot at the rotation, but between his strikeout upside and his price tag remains basically free, I am willing to buy Lopez in deeper dynasty leagues.

 

Sell

Christian Pache, OF, Atlanta Braves

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In 2015 the Braves signed Pache as an international free agent. As a seventeen-year-old, Pache quickly rose through the Atlanta system when he made it up to Double-A as a nineteen-year-old.

Pache is an elite defender, that many dynasty owners think will be able to contribute 20/20 type seasons. However, the power and speed combo has been absent from Pache’s game.

Even as a speedster he has only amassed 62 stolen bases. He only has one season with more than 20 stolen bases. Only one season with more than 30 stolen bases.

The power numbers don’t jump off the page either. He only has 26 home runs in 467 minor league games. He has never had a season in which he has hit more than 15 home runs and he only has one season in which he has hit double-digit home runs.

Furthermore, he looks overmatched at the plate in the majors. In his 72 plate appearances, he has struck out 27 times which equates to a 38K%. In addition to that since 2018, he only has one season with a wRC+ over 100.

I would be looking to sell Pache, the Braves’ number one ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline, now to maximize his dynasty value.

 


 

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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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