Weekly Dynasty Roundup
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Brett Baty Promoted to Mets (Link)
After the Mets curiously sent Baty down to start the season, he is back after lighting the International League on fire to the tune of .400/.500./1.386 with 9 home runs and 15 RBI in 9 games. As long as he produced, his stint in Triple-A was going to be short lived. Baty should be a solid contributor this season and the future is bright for the 23 year old. With Baty’s promotion, that leaves Ronny Mauricio as the Mets’ top bat left in the minors. Mauricio also started the year on fire with six homers in his first 13 games, to go along with a slash line of .380/.436/1.316. He may force the issue sooner rather than later.
Oswald Peraza Promoted to Yankees (Link)
With Giancarlo Stanton’s placement on the IL, Peraza is back in New York. Peraza had an impressive stint in 2022, but lost his competition against Anthony Volpe for the starting shortstop job. Peraza has sputtered a bit out the gate in Triple-A, so it is unclear whether he will start on a regular basis. The Yankees’ active roster is mostly infielders, so Peraza may have to compete for at bats. Also, spring training star Andrés Chaparro is up to six homers in Triple-A and may challenge for DH at bats soon.
Zach Neto Promoted to Anaheim (Link)
Neto, who was the 13th overall pick in last year’s draft, will be the starting shortstop for the Halos. Prior to his MLB debut, Neto accumulated only 201 AB, making him the first 2022 draftee to appear in the majors. Neto came in at No. 44 in our shortstop rankings and should stay in the lineup as long as his defense remains stout. He grades out with an above average hit tool and average power and speed, which should lead to a solid contributor from the shortstop position for a long time.
Ramon Urias in Concussion Protocol, Joey Ortiz Promotion Possible (Link)
Ortiz could make his major league debut on Monday if Urias remains in concussion protocol. Ortiz hit 19 homers over two levels in 2022 and ended up with a slash line of .346/.400/.967 over 26 games at Triple A. With an above-average hit tool and a plus glove, Ortiz could take over second base if given the opportunity. For dynasty managers, with all of the talent coming through Baltimore’s system, he may become a Swiss-Army-Knife players whose average will not sink you and will provide a little pop.
Jeffrey Springs Diagnosed with Ulnar Neuritis (Link)
Springs will be on the IL for at least two months. Taj Bradley, who made his debut last week, is assumedly his replacement moving forward. Bradley is one of the premier pitching prospects in baseball and slots into a Rays rotation that has been ravaged by injury. If the Rays have another injury, I’d imagine they would use an opener and have Yonny Chirinos as the bulk guy. Chirinos pitched 3.2 innings in his first outing.
Brandon Woodruff Diagnosed with Subscapular Strain (Link)
Woodruff is looking at an extended stay on the IL, which will keep Colin Rea in the rotation. Rea pitched in Japan in 2022 and was brought in by Milwaukee on a minor league deal. Since 2020, Rea has really limited the free passes, so he may be a decent streaming option against weaker hitting competition. Adrian Houser is in the midst of a rehab assignment, so he may usurp the fifth spot upon his return.
Logan Webb Signs Long Term Deal in San Francisco (Link)
Webb has been one of the best pitchers in the National League over the past couple of seasons. For dynasty managers, this extension is good news as he will call Oracle Park home through 2028. Webb, who is a premier ground ball pitcher, will continue to benefit from his favorable home ballpark for the limited flyballs that he does give up.
Orlando Arcia to IL; Vaughn Grissom Recalled (Link)
After winning the shortstop job and starting the season off strongly, Arcia will head to the IL with a microfracture in his wrist. Grissom will take his place and because of his hitting prowess, he may not relent the spot. Vaughn was hitting .366 with a .458 OBP over his first 10 games at Gwinnett. Of course, if he cannot hold down the position defensively, then the Braves will have a tough choice to make.
Bryce Harper Working Out at First Base (Link)
First, Harper was not added to the 60 day IL. And now, he is working out at first base. The news surrounding Harper is all positive as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. For dynasty managers who were counting on Harper being a DH only player for a short bit, that may no longer be the case. Harper is no stranger to being in the infield, as he was drafted as a catcher and moved to the outfield to accelerate his bat.
Edouard Julien Promoted to Minnesota (Link)
Julien has a strong offensive profile for second base; last year he had a .441 OBP and hit 17 home runs over 508 PA at Double-A. He then went and tore up the Arizona Fall League. The promotion is exciting, however it is unclear whether he will survive the returns of Jorge Polanco and Alex Kirilloff, both of whom are on rehab assignments. If he is sent down, it will likely be short lived. The future is bright for Julien and dynasty managers should remain patient. Also, it would be unwise to forget that Royce Lewis is recovering from ACL surgery and should be ready to contribute later this season, which will only add to the number of Twins players looking for ABs.