The Dynasty Digest, June 3, 2023(Dynasty FAAB/Waiver Report)
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With Jonny DeLuca getting the call, I wanted to write him up in detail for all to read because I am highly excited about him.
Jonny DeLuca, OF, LAD, 24, AAA
Jonny DeLuca is one of those guys that is “too old for the level,” but one that could be an MLB regular in the outfield for the Dodgers. Between Double and Triple-A this year, DeLuca has 14 home runs and 12 stolen bases with a .297/.378/.583 slash. DeLuca is a former 25th-rounder out of the University of Oregon. To put that in reference, he wouldn’t have even been drafted in any of the drafts since 2020 since it has been shortened.
DeLuca is an athlete; in fact, he was a standout on his high school track team and could have been a college track star. He excelled in both the 100-meter sprint and the long jump. After high school, he was selected in the 39th round by the Twins but opted to go to the University of Oregon. He was solid but never stood out there, which is why he was drafted in the 25th round.
Something happened during the 2020 shutdown because DeLuca returned in 2021 as a different player. He didn’t break out per se, but he hit 22 home runs, which was double what he hit in his college career. He slashed .264/.348/.519 that season with an 18.9 percent strikeout rate and a 10.5 percent walk rate. This set him up for success in 2022.
Last season DeLuca unlocked something as he spent the season between High-A and Double-A. The slash line was only marginally better at .260/.347/.541, but he hit 25 home runs and stole 17 bases. This year, DeLuca has taken his game to the next level. It is not a surprise that an elite athlete in a tremendous developmental organization took off.
Between Double and Triple-A, DeLuca has 14 home runs and 12 stolen bases with a .297/.378/.583 slash. He has struck out just 17 percent of the time while walking 9.5 percent.
Since moving to Triple-A, DeLuca has a 94.4 percent zone-contact rate which is quite impressive. His overall contact rate is also an impressive 83.7 percent. DeLuca has an 8.5 percent barrel rate thanks to hitting plenty of line drives and fly balls.
He may not hit for plus power, but the amount of balls DeLuca puts in play only helps his fantasy impact. DeLuca’s athleticism, contact, and stolen base instincts enable him to be a solid fantasy impact. The question is, how much will the Dodgers play him?
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