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Dynasty Baseball Buys and Sells: Heeeeere’s Jonny!

This week’s dynasty baseball buys includes an underrated prospect on the verge of making his major league debut and an outfielder with intriguing power. The dynasty baseball sells consists of a struggling prospect and a shortstop off to a hot start that is due to regress. In case you missed it, you should also check out last week’s edition of Dynasty Baseball Buys and Sells.

Dynasty Baseball Buys

Jonny DeLuca, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

DeLuca suffered a fractured right hand after being hit by a pitch in spring training. He made his 2024 debut on May 3 against the New York Mets, where he drove in three runs, stole a base and scored a run. In his first five games back, he hit a .389 average with one home run, 10 RBI, three runs scored, and two stolen bases. His 10 RBI are the most through a player’s first four games in Tampa Bay’s history.

DeLuca was a part of the trade that sent Tyler Glasnow to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He possessed elite raw power in the minor leagues, where he had a .257 career ISO. He mashed 42 home runs, 43 doubles, and seven triples over 2022 and 2023 in 171 minor league games. DeLuca also swiped 29 bags over that span. Despite being a power hitter, DeLuca only struck out at a 16% clip for his minor league career. His tantalizing power and speed combination make him a strong dynasty baseball buy.

Jacob Wilson, SS, Oakland Athletics

It might be last call soon for Jacob Wilson in your dynasty leagues. Oakland just announced yesterday that Wilson has been promoted to Triple-A. It was a well deserved promotion, as he was slashing .455/.473/.705 in 93 plate appearances at Double-A. The Athletics don’t currently have a mainstay at shortstop. The position has been filled by Darrell Hernaiz, who recently went on the injured list. He was slashing .182/.243/.182. The shortstop position is currently being held down by Max Schuemann.

Wilson was the sixth overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2023 draft. He more than held his own in his first taste of professional baseball. Last year he slashed .333/.391/.475 in 26 games between High-A and Rookie ball. Wilson makes a lot of contact, evidenced by his minuscule 10.3% strikeout rate for his career. He has flown through the minors, reaching Triple-A in less than 50 games. Since there is no real barrier at shortstop at the major league level, Wilson could receive a big league call-up this summer if he performs well at Triple-A.

Dynasty Baseball Sells

Mick Abel, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Abel was the 15th overall draft selection in the 2020 draft. He was ranked the 49th-best prospect by entering this season. He was promoted to Triple-A for one start at the end of 2023. Before reaching Triple-A, he put up a 4.09 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in his minor league career, not exactly eye-popping numbers. However, since he’s been in Triple-A, things have progressively gotten worse.

Since arriving in Triple-A, he has a 5.81 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 26.1 innings. He’s allowed 30 hits and 15 walks over that span. His command has always been an issue as can be seen by his career 4.8 BB/9. In Triple-A, it has risen to 5.1 BB/9. Another troubling statistic is that his K/9 has dropped every season of his career. In 2021, he had a 13.3 K/9 and now he currently owns a 9.1 K/9 this season. I would consider him a dynasty baseball sell at this point.

Brice Turang, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers

Turang’s dynasty value ultimately won’t get any higher than it is right now. He’s currently hitting over .300 and is tied for second in the major leagues in steals. According to the advanced statistics, he is outperforming his expected stats in just about every category. His batting average sits 41 points higher than his xBA. His slugging percentage is 52 points higher than his xSLG. Furthermore, Turang’s on-base percentage is 58 points higher than his xwOBA.

Turang had a .270/.363/.378 career slash line in 1,918 plate appearances in the minor leagues. His main calling card is his speed, but he never had more than 35 steals in a minor league season. Over his past 12 games, he has a .268 average, .641 OPS, zero home runs and two stolen bases. I believe Turang is a dynasty baseball sell due to his looming regression and limited upside.

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