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Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-9-21

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Welcome to this week’s Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-9-21

As I am sure many of you are aware, the 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed last year due to COVID concerns. The Olympics were rescheduled to the 2021 summer and were played the past two weeks.

The bigger news is that baseball and softball were both Olympic sports again after a 12-year hiatus. This was big news for baseball and Olympic fans alike. The gold medal game was played yesterday, and we saw the US fall to Japan 2-0 in nine innings.

The best part of baseball returning to the Olympics is that the United States elected to use their top minor league players instead of major league players. For dynasty players, it was a good opportunity to see some of their top prospects compete against the world’s best, as there were several top 100 prospects on the US roster.

Unfortunately, the Olympic committee elected not to carry over baseball and softball so it will not be part of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.

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

Check out last week’s Buy or Sell here.

Dynasty Baseball Buy or Sell 8-9-21

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Buy

A.J. Puk, LHP, Oakland Athletics

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The former Florida Gator was drafted sixth overall in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft and was instantly a top 100 prospect via MLB Pipeline. Puk even peaked as the 32nd ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline. The tall, lengthy lefty, is currently the Athletics second-ranked prospect.

He was highly successful during his three seasons at the University of Florida. He appeared in 54 games and finished his collegiate career with a stat line of 16-9, 3.39ERA, 1.20WHIP, 11.6 K/9, and less than a home run per nine.

After quickly rising through Oakland’s minor league system, in which he racked up the strikeouts and never had a K per nine lower than eleven. While command and walks were a minor issue, Puk was good enough to earn a promotion at the end of the 2019 season, although it was in a bullpen role.

Injuries and command issues prevented him from making the big league club in 2020, as he eventually underwent surgery in September to repair his left shoulder. Now in 2021, he has recently been making waves at Triple A out of the bullpen.

In 25 appearances, Puk’s ERA ballooned to 6.23. He is currently allowing three walks per nine. However, since the end of June, he has been able to turn things around. Since June 26th he has allowed zero earned runs in eight of his twelve appearances including one start in which he only allowed one earned run. Furthermore, he has not allowed more than one earned run in an appearance since June 22nd.

His immediate impact appears to be in Oakland’s bullpen, however, I feel that his future role is that of an SP3. In my opinion, his electric fastball and his above-average secondary pitches, highlighted by his plus slider, work well as a starter, I would be looking to buy now while the price tag remains that of a reliever.

 

Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Chicago White Sox

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Hernandez is another player who was dealt at the deadline last week, going from Cleveland to Chicago in a rare inter-divisional deal. In my opinion, he has always been an underrated fantasy asset, for many different reasons.

The thirty-one-year-old has long been a staple at the top of the batting order since his time as a lead-off hitter for the Phillies in 2015. Mostly due to his above-average on-base skills. In nine seasons he has a career OBP of .348, which ranks in the top 100 of all qualified hitters.

While he has never hit higher than 300, he is able to use his advanced approach at the plate to limit strikeouts and draw walks.

He has lost his speed in recent seasons, as he has not stolen a base since 2019m but there was a time when he was stealing 15+ bags a season. What he lost in speed he has replaced in home runs. After never hitting more than 15 home runs in a season, he currently has 20 home runs in 2021.

It’s not just the on-base skills or the power that makes Hernandez a top fantasy asset. Hernandez’s best fantasy asset is his ability to score runs. Since 2014 he has scored 490 runs, which is good enough for top six in all qualified second baseman. Now in 2021, he has already crossed the plate 65 times. Which ranks top 30 in all of baseball and top 20 in the American League.

Furthermore, he was traded from Cleveland who ranks in the bottom 10 teams for runs scored, to the White Sox, who are ranked as the eighth-best team in runs scored. Since joining Chicago he has been hitting out of the two-hole and in the eight games, he has already scored five times.

If you are looking for an underrated, top-of-the-order second baseman, look no further and buy Hernandez now.

 

Sell

Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants

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Posey has arguably been the top catcher in all of baseball in the past decade. He has been the face of the Giants franchise since 2010. He has won three World Series titles, Rookie of the Year, NL MVP, and a perennial All-Star.

The thirty-four-year-old backstop is currently having another top offensive season for catchers. He is currently slashing 328/418/534 with 13HR, 47R, and 37RBI.

His 157wRC+ is his best since his MVP 2012 season and the second-highest of his career. Furthermore his wRC+ ranks in the top 10 of all qualified hitters for 2021. Behind names like Bryce, Harper, Shohei Ohtani, and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

Posey currently ranks in the top 10 percent of the league for xwOBA, xBA, xOBP, Chase%, and BB%. His 418OBP ranks first among all qualified catchers and is a whole 44 points higher than the next best catcher. Furthermore, his OBP ranks second amongst all hitters behind only Juan Soto.

Statistically, he is having his best season since 2015. So I would be looking to sell high on the thirty-four-year-old catcher now before Father Time catches up to him.


 

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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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