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Welcome to Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-16-21

MLB and Robert Manfred got something right for once. This past Thursday was the Inaugural Field of Dreams game, which was played at a farm in Dyersville, Iowa. The farm is actually the location in which the 1989 Kevin Costner movie was filmed. The movie follows a farmer who builds a baseball field in Iowa that attracts ghosts of baseball legends from years past.

While the movie never won an Academy Award, it was nominated for several Oscars. Drawing off the movie’s popularity, the MLB decided to have a baseball game around the same premise of the movie. So major league baseball constructed a field and grandstands on the farm’s property and invited roughly eight thousand fans to attend the game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.

The intro for the game had tons of pageantry which even showcased the players appearing out of the cornfield just like in the movie. The game itself was also full of heroics and great plays alike, capped off by a six-run ninth inning that eventually ended on a Tim Anderson walk-off two-run home run.

Overall I thought it was a great fan experience and MLB should continue this game and make it an annual tradition with new teams every year.

Now let’s get into some players worth buying and selling.

You can check out last week’s Buy or Sell here.

Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-16-21

Buy

Touki Toussaint, RHP, Atlanta Braves

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One of the more forgotten pitching prospects in the Atlanta organization, Touki is proving that he deserves to be remembered. The former top 10 prospect made his big league debut in 2018 when he made five starts and struggled with his command.

Over the next several seasons, Touki would work between the pen and the rotation and continued to struggle with his command. He had a 5 or higher BB/9 between 2018 and 2020.

However, after battling various injuries, the Braves elected to start his rehab at high A and he made six starts on his way back to the majors.

So far in 2021, Toussaint has made five starts for the Braves, which have all been mildly successful,  only allowing one run on two walks.

Touki has really turned a corner as he is throwing more strikes and has only allowed nine walks in 27IP. Which has lowered is BB/9 to only 2.96, and he has a 28:9 K:BB ratio.

Still only 25 years old, Touki is primed and ready to excel for the Braves, not only for 2021 but for many years to come. I would buy Touki now while the price tag remains low.

Anthony Volpe, SS, New York Yankees

One of the few top middle-infield prospects in the Yankees system is in the midst of breakout season at Single A. Volpe still only 20 years old is the Yankees fifth-ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline.

After being drafted in the first round of the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft, Volpe has been on a tear. So far in 80 games, Volpe has 19HR, 67RBI, 86R, 27SB, and an OPS of 1.054.

Volpe was the discussion of many trade rumors this season, however, he was not dealt at the deadline and will remain in the Yankees organization for now. In 2020 he was left on his own for development as he was not a part of the Yankees Alternate Training Site. It seems to have paid off, as he has clearly taken the next step in his development.

Volpe has an advanced approach at the plate and makes solid contact while limiting the swing and misses. Initially operating with a more contact-over-power skillset, he has since re-written that script and been able to bulk up. This has added more power to his game. He also possesses the skill to hit the ball to all fields and has an impressive 30% line drive rate. He followed that up an impressive 21% home run to flyball ratio.

As it stands right now, the arrow is pointing up for Volpe. You should be looking to add him now because he could easily be a top 100 prospect in 2022 and one of the more coveted prospects.

Sell

Rougned Odor, 2B/3B, New York Yankees

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One of the new Bronx Bombers not named Anthony Rizzo is Rougned Odor. Odor arrived in New York via a deal back in April with the Texas Rangers. The Yanks were looking to add depth in the infield and they found their man.

Odor fits the Yankees player profile, free-swinging power bat. As Odor has had double-digit home runs in every season since his rookie year in 2014. He even has multiple 30+ home run seasons under his belt. In 2021 he already has 14 home runs in 80 games, which currently puts him on pace for another 30 home run season.

However, with the power comes the swing-and-miss concerns. He is currently striking out 25% of the time and had a strikeout rate higher than 30 percent of the time in the past two seasons. Furthermore, he has a career 23% K rate and only a 6 BB%.

While the power numbers are great. The advanced metrics are another reason to have concerns about Odor. He currently ranks in the bottom half of the league in multiple metrics: hard hit%, xSLG, whiff%, chase%, and K%. He also ranks in the bottom 20 percent of the league in xwOBA, xOBP & xBA.



Clearly, with Odor on a Yankees team that ranks in the top half of the league in both home runs and runs scored, his value is the highest it has been in years. I would be looking to sell Odor now while the sell high window is wide open.


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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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