Dynasty Baseball Trade Targets: Davis Schneider and Hunter Brown

by Josh Stevens
Dynasty Baseball Trade Targets

Can a change in roles really make a big difference in a player’s performance? Both of our Dynasty Baseball Trade Targets: Davis Schneider and Hunter Brown hope that the answer is yes.

You’ve probably heard it time and time again: “he just needs a change of scenery!” Usually, this means that a player can hopefully succeed on another team. In football, we've seen guys like Baker Mayfield revive their careers in a new city. However, both Davis Schneider and Hunter Brown hope that a change in roles with their current team can help further their fantasy value.

2024 Dynasty Trade Targets: Schneider/Brown

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Davis Schneider, UTIL, Toronto Blue Jays

Nobody in MLB history has had a better start to their career than Schneider. Not only did he go deep in his first career at bat, but he collected nine hits in his first three games. That is a record for the most hits in the first three games of a career.

While the rest of the season didn’t go as well as the first three games, he had a very promising opening act. In 35 games, he hit eight homers and 12 doubles to the tune of a .276 average and OPS above 1.000.

Still a qualified rookie in 2024, the expectations were sky-high for the utility man in Toronto, who was well on his way to carving out an everyday role.

While 2024 hasn’t been as kind to Schneider as 2023, he’s still been solid. In 34 games, Schneider has four homers, eight doubles, and a .840 OPS. All of Schnieder’s numbers are decent but are worse across the board.

How do the Blue Jays plan to unlock Schneider's full potential? The last couple games have seen Schnieder hit in the leadoff spot, up from 6th/7th for most of the season.

A New Spot In the Order?

While part of the switch had to do with George Springer’s struggles at the plate, the Jays have full confidence in Schneider’s ability to produce at the top of the order.

How has Schneider fared as the leadoff man? Thestar.com writes "Since his major-league debut last August, the mustachioed 25-year-old went into Monday having posted a .952 OPS, second in the major leagues to the Yankees’ Juan Soto over that span. He led all qualifying Jays this season in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage before going 0-for-5 in Monday’s extra-inning win in Baltimore. He’s also second on the team in walk rate to Daulton Varsho."

"With Springer in sick bay, Schneider has led off three of the Jays’ last four games, with all three of his hits from that spot having come in Saturday’s huge comeback win over Minnesota. If there’s an extended run coming for him up top, he’s ready."

Per Statcast, Schneider is excelling at barreling balls up, landing in the 99th percentile with a 19.7 barrel rate. This leads to slightly less impressive, but still good numbers like a 78th percentile xwOBA and average exit velocity.

While Schneider hasn’t been adept at drawing walks yet, his 94th percentile chase rate suggests that walks are on the way.

Although the Jays lineup has been struggling, a move to put Schneider, who gets on base far more than Springer, in the leadoff spot can help guys like Bo Bichette get going.

Hunter Brown, RHP, Houston Astros

Yes, Brown is 0-4 with an ERA of almost eight. Are these numbers ideal? Of course not. But this could be the perfect time to buy low on a young pitcher who may be starting to find his groove.

Brown’s ERA is abysmal in the first two innings of a game, with a 20.25 and 12 ERA respectively. However once he makes it past the second, Brown turns into a different pitcher in the third through fifth innings; just giving up one total run in 16 innings over these innings so far.

How do the Astros try to fix Brown’s early game woes? Throw him in the bullpen, where he has a higher chance of faltering the first time through the order again, as that’s likely all he will face.

While it doesn’t sound like the smartest plan, it seemed to work. Brown’s last outing ended up as a long relief outing out of the Pen in which Brown threw five shutdown innings while fanning seven.

This start gave the Astros enough confidence to place Brown, who is only 25, back into the rotation. If the Astros have enough confidence in Brown, he is worth a shot in the dark for a trade.

However, the biggest source of optimism comes from baseball savant’s similar pitchers to Hunter Brown based on velocity and movement. The first name on this list is 2023 Gerrit Cole, undisputedably the best pitcher in baseball last year. Some other names on this list are 2024 Dylan Cease and 2023 Zac Gallen, who are both aces as well.

While Brown might not have the stats you’d want right now, his high ceiling makes him an intriguing trade target, especially when his price is as cheap as it is right now.

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