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May 28, 2013

The Stash List

Don Mattingly's Post-Realism

by Bret Sayre


I would be remiss not to talk about this past week’s strangest story, at least as far as potential call-ups from the minor leagues are concerned. On Wednesday, Don Mattingly said that the Dodgers had “internal conversations” about calling up top prospects Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson from Double-A Chattanooga.

The way I see it, there are a few different plausible ways this could have gone down. The first is that Mattingly forgot that these two prospects were outfielders and thought they could shore up the Dodgers’ tenuous (that’s being kind) infield situation. The second is that Mattingly brought their names up as a joke to lighten the mood after another Dodgers loss, and then poked a few holes in his Andre Ethier voodoo doll before muttering something under his breath about grit. The final option is that after watching Juan Uribe, Nick Punto, Luis Cruz, and Dee Gordon play for the last eight weeks, he’s just given up on the idea of a traditional infield and instead wanted to go with a five-man outfield.

Hyperbole aside, regardless of how great Pederson and Puig are playing at the Double-A level, there’s just no room for them in the 2013 incarnation of the Dodgers right now. Yes, Andre Ethier could get traded—but the possibility of that is pretty low, given his contract and the market demand for an aging corner outfielder without a ton of power. Yes, Carl Crawford could get hurt—but for all the flack he gets about his recent health history, Crawford has only been on the DL once in his career for anything that could be considered a soft tissue injury. And those are the most likely repeat offenders.

So while Puig and Pederson are clearly performing very well in the minor leagues, the odds of either one of them racking up significant fantasy value in 2013 is slight. And even if one of the outcomes above actually comes to fruition, there’s no clear indication from Dodgers management as to which minor-league outfielder would get the first shot.

Without any further ado, here is The Stash List, version 6.0:

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