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May 6, 2013

The Stash List

Pitchers Versus Position Players

by Bret Sayre


You might have noticed that, since this list has started, there have consistently been more pitchers than position players on it. This week is no different, as there are 15 pitchers and only 10 hitters. The reason for that is pretty simple—while pitching is more plentiful on the waiver wire than position players are, the stars need to align a little more for a bat stashed away on your bench to actively contribute value to any given fantasy team. If you had Anthony Rendon on your bench prior to his initial call-up, and you also had Adrian Beltre entrenched as your third baseman, you’re going to need to pull off a trade to capitalize on Rendon’s value. Of course, the owner with Beltre at the hot corner is less likely to be stashing a fellow third baseman anyway, which only furthers the point.

It’s rare to find an owner who couldn’t use more pitching on his/her roster (or at least an upgrade over the worst active member of their staff). When you’re dealing with individual positions, the barriers to entry for value make deciding whom to stash a different proposition. So while I’m saying that in a vacuum, Mike Zunino has more value than Anthony Rendon for the rest of this season, roster makeup can play a large role in determining who is more valuable to your specific team. And since the liquidity of these rookies can vary widely from league to league and owner to owner, points are docked for the lack of flexibility that may come with housing a hitter.

However, another factor worth paying attention to is the current eligibility of these players on your respective host sites. For example, and this is most important with minor-leaguers, Billy Hamilton and Nick Franklin are both playing positions different from their current league eligibility (both at shortstop). So when Hamilton gets the call, his eventual dual eligibility between shortstop and outfield only adds slightly to the overall package that you get by burning a roster spot on him. Additionally, Jurickson Profar right now has only DH eligibility in Yahoo! leagues; this could inhibit him from getting into your lineup immediately after his promotion. So if you’re unsure, just check. You may find something that you were not expecting (either good or bad).

Without any further ado, here is The Stash List, version 3.0:

The Graduates: Brian McCann (5), Dan Straily (8), Michael Saunders (12), Jhoulys Chacin (21)

1) Jurickson Profar, SS/2B, Texas Rangers (Last week: 1)

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