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April 29, 2014

The Stash List

Third Edition

by Bret Sayre


We’ll keep the introduction short this week, but it’s the perfect time to touch on a very important topic, both when trying to predict which prospects will have both 2014 and long-term value.

Minor league statistics are deceiving. That’s not to say they can’t be informative, because they do tell the story of what has actually happened in professional games, but they don’t come close to explaining the whole picture. Take Eddie Butler for example—he’s been pitching well in Triple-A, but with the lowest strikeout rate of his minor league career. You could read this as a bad sign when you’re flipping through his Baseball Reference page, but the reality is that the stuff is still just as good as 2013 (if not better), and the Rockies are asking him to pitch to contact more.

This is not an uncommon occurrence in the minor leagues—after all, it is part of the developmental process. And so is having players do things that are out of their comfort zone or work heavily on parts of their game that are seen as areas for improvement. This happens more with pitchers, as a minor league coaching staff may dictate how many breaking balls or changeups a pitchers needs to throw over the course of an outing. It happens with hitters too, as they may be asked to focus on an opposite field approach or to not sell out for power as heavily.

This is the crux of why scouting is so important when it comes to evaluating prospects for fantasy baseball. If you’re looking at a player’s stat page, you’re only getting a piece of the puzzle. The more pieces you get, the better you’ll be able to evaluate the next wave of major-league stars.

And speaking of the next wave of major-league stars, let’s dive into The Stash List 3.0:

The Graduates:

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