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April 22, 2014

The Stash List

Second Edition

by Bret Sayre


Yes, there was no Stash List for the past two weeks, but that was all part of the plan. Any changes would be extremely minimal, as no one wants more overreaction to small sample sizes and there was never going to be much roster movement. Of course, then the Astros go and call up George Springer, and now everyone is eyeing the prospects on their benches and asking “why not me?”

Well, realistically, not for a while. The most impactful area of this column for the first two months of the season deals with prospects, and if you haven’t read Zachary Levine’s analysis on service time, it’s extremely important for stashers like you and me. We all know about Super Two, approximately when the deadline is and why teams do it. But it’s often forgotten that there are some big prospects who come up in the second half of April, once their teams have ensured that they don’t lose a full year of control.

But predicting these things is such a fool’s errand. Generally, common sense would say that a team that would call up a top prospect in the second half of April if they were in contention and either a team in a large market or with a strong history of signing pre-arb players. Houston certainly had a hole at the major league level, but they don’t really fit the bill here. In the end, if you’re taking a chance on stashing a top prospect who did not make the major league team out of Spring Training, operate under the assumption that you’ll see them on June 15 at the earliest. Anything before that is just gravy.

So without any further ado, let’s dive into The Stash List 2.0:

The Graduates: George Springer (2), Jon Niese (6), Jurickson Profar (7), Nick Franklin (17), Josh Beckett (21), Danny Espinosa (HM)

1) Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs (Previous Rank: 1)
The ankle injury left him temporarily sidelined, but even that and his poor early season performance doesn’t do anything to remove him from the top spot here. There is no one on this list who could have more impact in fantasy leagues during the last four months of the season. It’s still extremely unlikely we’ll see him until mid-June.

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