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July 2, 2013

The Stash List

Remembering the Medlen Effect

by Bret Sayre


We’re halfway through the season now, and the Stash List has gone through a large transformation since it began two-and-a-half months ago. Gone are the elite prospects who were awaiting roster spots and/or the Super Two deadline to pass. Gone are most of the players who began the season on the disabled list—either because they have come back and been successful, like early Stash List favorite Francisco Liriano, or they are one of the seemingly many players unable to make it back onto the field, like Corey Hart or Ryan Madson.

But if you think that stashing has become a feeble exercise at this point in the season, it only takes a very short memory to see why there is plenty of incentive to do so. At this point in 2012, Kris Medlen was still lingering in the Braves’ bullpen awaiting a chance to move back into the starting rotation. In fact, he wouldn’t make his first start for Atlanta until the last day of July—and I don’t need to remind you how that story ends.

Of course, it is exceedingly rare for a player to make such a large impact in such a short period of time, like Medlen did. But there were others who were very helpful, just overshadowed by Medlen’s ridiculous performance. Hisashi Iwakuma made his first start of the season on July 2, 2012, and went on to post a 2.65 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts the rest of the way. Salvador Perez had only 25 at-bats under his belt on July 2, 2012, and finished the season as a top-20 catcher. Pedro Ciriaco debuted on July 7 and hit .280 with 14 steals for the season.

Players will come up and make fantasy impacts in the second half, no matter what size league you’re in. And if I’ve done my job, those names should appear below. Maybe it’s the diminutive righty who continues to occupy the top spot on the list…

Without any further ado, here is The Stash List, version 11.0:

The Graduates: Dustin Ackley (3), Kyle Gibson (8)

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