The Dynasty Digest: 5/10
Chris Clegg breaks down everything you need to know from Tuesday's action for dynasty.
Some awesome performances happened yesterday across baseball and there are a lot of implications to know for dynasty leagues. From elite names like Elly De La Cruz to names like Darell Hernaiz, there is plenty of info to know. I break it all down in Wednesday’s edition of the Dynasty Digest.
Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B, CIN
Elly De La Cruz is insane. Only two players have ever had two batted ball events over 116 mph in one game, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Elly De La Cruz had three on Tuesday night, hitting two home runs and a double.
Everyone still seems to be harping on the strikeout rate. I get it. Strikeouts are always likely to be a part of Elly’s game. But we are talking about a player who just turned 21 years old in Triple-A. To think he can’t see improvement is crazy.
I think its also worth noting that his insanely high strikeout rate in the early going was when he was coming back from injury and thrust right back into Triple-A game action. When a player has not played in games in a while, their timing gets off. Elly has his timing back now. He has just a 20 percent strikeout rate in May. The tools are insane and some of the best in baseball. If people are concerned about him striking out too much, buy in dynasty.
Jordan Diaz, 2B, OAK
Jordan Diaz hit three home runs on Tuesday against the Yankees, and the A’s still lost 10-5. Diaz posted exit velocities of 106.3, 105.2, and 100.9. The power is not new-found, however. He hit 19 home runs last year between Double-A and Triple-A, but he had an impressive 106 mph 90th percentile exit velocity(103 MLB average).
Diaz’s issue has always been groundballs. Last year, Diaz posted a ground ball rate north of 50 percent. This year, that number has dropped to 30 percent in the majors. Lifting the ball was all Diaz needed to do(see Yandy Diaz). He also makes high-end contact.
Jordan Diaz is an easy buy for me in dynasty leagues.
Henry Davis, C, PIT
Maybe I was too quick to write off Henry Davis. He has looked extremely sharp and after a two home run game on Tuesday, he is up to eight on the season in 97 plate appearances. Davis is also slashing .316/.464/.711 with just a 20.6 percent strikeout rate and a 16.5 percent walk rate.
Davis’ data is quite good as well. He has an 80 percent contact rate and a 90th percentile exit velocity over 108 mph(103 mph is MLB average). Maybe I was wrong after seeing Davis live several times last year. He looks like a different player this year and belongs in the top tier of catching prospects.
Darell Hernaiz, OAK, SS, 21 yo, AA
Darrell Hernaiz went from a hyped young prospect in the Orioles system to being traded for Cole Irvin this offseason. The Athletics are reaping the reward so far as Hernaiz is off to a strong start in Double-A for the Athletics. He hit two home runs on Tuesday, and now has four home runs and five stolen bases to pair with a .333/.372/.552 slash line.
Hernaiz is making contact around 80 percent of the time and is hitting the ball harder than ever. He may never be flashy, but he could be an interesting player if the power continues to develop. Hernaiz is someone I am keeping a close eye on for dynasty.
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