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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-2-21

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Welcome to the Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-2-21.

Where we look at several players worth buying and selling in your dynasty leagues. This past Friday was the MLB trade deadline, and boy was it ever exciting. Many have claimed it to be the most exciting deadline in years.

With so many different trades and many different players and prospects on the move, I have decided to make this weeks buy or sell article be solely focused on players and prospects that have been traded at this years trade deadline.

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Now let’s get into this week’s Buy or Sell.

Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-2-21

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Buy

Kevin Alcantara, OF, Chicago Cubs

Trade: Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees in return for Kevin Alcantara and Alexander Vizcaino

Signed as an international free agent in 2018 with one the highest upside in the class, Kevin Alcantara was just sent to the Cubs as a return for first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Still only 19 years old, Alcantara has lots of time to grow and bulk up. He stands 6’6″ 188lbs so if he can fill out add more muscle and body size he could really see the power numbers increase.

He has above average speed and athleticism which allows him to play stellar defense in center field and allows him to showcase his athletic ability and prowess.

Kevin also possesses great bat speed and presumed power. He is still young and lots to prove, since 2019 he has only appeared in 49 games, but the upside is to good to ignore.

He instantly becomes a top ten prospect for the rebuilding Cubs. With the Cubs recent trades they appear to be acquiring younger prospects and the nineteen year old Alcantara fits right into this timeline.

 

Keibert Ruiz, C, Washington Nationals

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Trade: Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Dodgers in return for Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, Gerardo Carrillo, & Donovan Casey

In another shocking move, the Nationals traded away one of the top pitchers in all of baseball, in Max Scherzer. However, they did receive a couple nice pieces in return, one of which is their catcher of the future Keibert Ruiz.

With no long term catcher on the Nationals 40 man roster, Ruiz is set to take over as their primary catcher from here on. He has been on a tear at Triple A so far in 2021.

Ruiz has an advanced approach at the plate and above average bat to ball skills. He has never had a strike out rate higher than 15% and is currently has a 23:27 BB:K ratio for Triple A.

The power numbers are starting to show as well. Ruiz is currently in the middle of his best power season as a professional. His 17 home runs are his career best and his .320 ISO is also a career best.

 

 

Sell

Austin Martin, SS, Minnesota Twins

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Trade: Jose Berrios to the Blue Jays in return for Austin Martin & Simeon Richard Woods

The Blue Jays second ranked prospect and the former fifth overall pick, is on the move. The Blue Jays sent Martin packing at the deadline when they acquired starting pitcher Jose Berrios.

Martin had a ton of hype after winning the College World Series for Vanderbilt in 2019, many teams regarded him as the top hitter in the draft.

Now after just 55 games in Double A, the same teams are starting to realize he might not be the hitter they thought he was. Martin does posses good bat to ball skills but he lacks the power. After hitting 13 homeruns in 2019 and 2020. Martin only has two long balls in 2021.Furthermore of the 139 qualified Double A hitters in the NE league, Martin’s .102 ISO ranks 116th.

Its not just the power that has gone missing, the 55 grade speed has taken a step back as well. After stealing 43 bags in 140 games for Vanderbilt he only has nine in 55 games, which puts hi on pace for 23 swipes almost half of his stolen bases at Vanderbilt

Obviously it is still a small sample size, but I would be fading or selling Martin now while he still ranks as a top twenty prospect.

 

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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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