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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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teaaker

Thanks for putting these together! This is one of my favorite columns to read through and I've missed it the past few weeks.

Apr 22, 2014 08:35 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Thanks!

Apr 22, 2014 10:59 AM
 
MaineSkin

Which 2nd tier prospects are you most keen on stashing?
I'm in love with Micah Johnson and think he's a better leadoff candidate than Eaton. Preston Tucker, Corey Dickerson (big game), Cron, etc...or which do you not like? I'm totally out on Aguilar.

Apr 22, 2014 08:48 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Dickerson is someone I'd pay attention to in deeper leagues if the Colorado outfield becomes either murkier or injurier (that's now a word). I'm not a big believer in Johnson's bat, and I definitely like Adam Eaton a whole lot better than him.

As far as much lower-probability guys I have my eye on, I'd say Kyle Parker, Sean Nolin and Justin Nicolino.

Apr 22, 2014 11:09 AM
 
mwphnh

Do you prefer Syndergaard over Bradley? I have Bradley but someone recently cut Syndergaard so can swap out?
I prefer Bradley as he is better prospect but Citi Field a better park for pitchers.

Thanks - Howard

Apr 22, 2014 08:48 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Yes, for 2014, I'd want Syndergaard over Bradley. Long-term, I think it's very close, but I'd lean Bradley.

Apr 22, 2014 10:58 AM
 
JC

Any thought about Bauer considering:

1. How well he's pitched thus far
2. How poorly Carasco has pitched thus far
3. Bauer's already pitched in an MLB game

Apr 22, 2014 09:21 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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I had many deep thoughts about Bauer this week. My thought was that he should either be in the top-15 or off the list entirely, depending on whether I thought he would be a realistic positive contributor this year. I love the steps forward that he appears to be taking this season, and I very much want to believe in Bauer, but right now I'm just not there yet for 2014. The Indians also have other options for when Carrasco spontaneously combusts on the mound.

If Bauer continues along this path, he's going to have a prominent position on this list (and soon). But I need to see a little bit more.

Apr 22, 2014 10:58 AM
 
bienstock

Bauer should at least be an honorable mention...

Apr 22, 2014 10:21 AM
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noone99

If you had to project Baez final AVG HR SB, what would you say?

Apr 22, 2014 11:39 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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I'd say .260 with 15 homers and 12 steals, assuming he comes up to the majors at some point in June and gets around 350-400 plate appearances.

Apr 22, 2014 13:53 PM
 
warpigs

I also enjoy this feature, Bret. I'm a little surprised Alcantara only made honorable mention given Cubs struggles at 2b. He seems to be playing well at AAA despite the cold weather. Would you elucidate por favor?

Apr 22, 2014 16:20 PM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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I think Baez gets the first shot at 2B and he's ahead of Mendy on the depth chart right now. If Baez didn't exist, Alcantara would be higher.

Apr 23, 2014 18:19 PM
 
BP staff member Mike Gianella
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Any concerns about Franco's super slow start, particularly in terms of impact for a 2014 call up?

Apr 23, 2014 06:14 AM
 
BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Nope. I think any negative for his 2014 value from the slow start is equaled by the positive of Cody Asche being pretty bad.

Apr 23, 2014 18:21 PM
 
BP staff member Mike Gianella
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And he hit a HR last night.

Apr 25, 2014 07:35 AM
 
middagh

Thanks, Bret, for the enjoyable read. Just wondering what you think about Alex Meyer and Jon Gray. I play in a deep league where all but four of your Top 20 are already rostered (Heaney, Franco, Stroman & Holland still available). Thanks again.

Apr 26, 2014 07:53 AM
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