The Dynasty Digest: July 20, 2023
Chris Clegg runs down everything that you need to know for dynasty from Wednesday's action.
Raúl Alcantara, LHP, SEA, 22, A+
Alcantara may not be completely fantasy viable, but his performance is worth mentioning and monitoring as we move forward. Pitching strictly out of the bullpen in 2021 and 2022, Alcantara moved to a starter’s role in 2023 where he has had his ups and down. A stretch of bad starts in May tainted his overall line, but Wednesday was certainly one of the ups.
Alcantara fired seven innings which was a career-high, striking out 13(also a career high) and not issuing a walk. He generated 25 whiffs and had a 50 percent CSW. Seventy percent of Alcantara’s pitches landed for strikes. This may be nothing, but I at least have Alcantara’s name on my radar now.
Ben Brown, RHP, CHC, 23, AAA
Brown was one of the 2023 season in AA, which led him to get a promotion to Triple-A, which has been somewhat of a rocky road. For the season, Brown sits on a 3.96 ERA, but looking at just Triple-A numbers, he owns a 5.24 ERA, but with a 4.04 xFIP. A large part of Brown’s struggles are his inconsistencies with his control, evident by five walks in 1.1 innings in his start on July 9.
But, he did not let that start deter him from bouncing back as Brown posted one of his best Triple-A starts on Wednesday, firing five scoreless innings with zero walks and one hit allowed while striking out nine. Brown’s four-seam led the way as it averaged 95 mph and had a 28 percent CSW. His slider devastated hitters to the tune of a 46 percent whiff rate and a 45 percent CSW. When Brown is on he is nearly unhittable and could be making starts in Chicago by August.
Luke Adams, 3B, MIL, 19, A
I probably have not given Adams the respect he deserves in my rankings but that will be changing. On Wednesday, Adams hit his eighth home run of the season and added a double. It brought his season line to .237/.420/.409, which is relatively unimpressive, but digging under the hood a bit there is more to like.
Adams is a very disciplined hitter and makes a ton of contact. He is walking 20 percent of the time with a 22 percent strikeout rate. Adams stands at 6’4”/210 lb and has an unconventional swing, but he makes it work. Currently, Adams has an 82 percent in-zone contact rate and a chase rate of just 18 percent. The average exit velocity of 88 mph is fine, but his 90th percentile EV of 106 mph really pops off for a 19-year-old.
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