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June 4, 2013

The Stash List

The Mystery of Super Two Status

by Bret Sayre


For all of the talk about Super Two status, as it relates to calling up prospects, there is still a ton of uncertainty about what this means in a tangible manner. Putting it simply, when a player finishes a season between two and three years of service time, he can qualify for an extra year of arbitration if he is within the top 22 percent of players in that range. This means that whether a player called up this season will qualify for Super Two status will not be known until after the 2015 season. Essentially, teams are just guessing (in an educated manner) what that deadline will be three years down the road.

Since this is going to be the second year of the new CBA, which moved the cut off from 17 percent to 22 percent, we only have one year of data to go off of in order to get an idea of the timing mechanism. On June 8, 2010, Stephen Strasburg and Giancarlo Stanton both made their major-league debuts and have accumulated service time every day since. Both superstars missed the Super Two cut-off by about a week of service time (they each had 2.118 years and the cutoff was 2.139 years). Which means that if the 2015 cutoff is the same as the one from 2012, guys like Wil Myers and Zack Wheeler could come up tomorrow without their teams having to worry about that pesky extra year of arbitration eligibility.

Of course, with that said, there’s no guarantee that the date will stay constant from year to year. Which is why teams tend to be a little extra cautious when trying to avoid one of their potential future stars gaining Super Two status. However, with the end of next week being a somewhat safe guess to be past the deadline, we’re getting very close to seeing the graduation of many names on this list. So if you’ve been holding off on burning a roster spot on some of the top guys available, now might be a good time to grab one of them. In fact, just this past weekend, I finally used one of my three bench spots in a 12-team mixed expert league on the number-one player on this list.

Without any further ado, here is The Stash List, version 7.0:

The Graduates: Michael Wacha (6), Vinnie Pestano (13), Nate Karns (21)

1) Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (Last week: 2)

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