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May 6, 2014

The Stash List

Fourth Edition

by Bret Sayre


The worst thing for a player who is performing at a high level in the minor leagues is to have a player (or players) ahead of him who is also getting the job done. This goes triple for position players, as a starting pitching prospect will force his way in there if his performance dictates that he deserves a job. If you look at the top names on this list (specifically the first five prospects), part of the reason why they are so prominently ranked is that they are significantly better from a talent perspective than what is ahead of them on the depth chart. Those five players, who are potentially going to be phased out, are (roughly) Travis Snider, Jon Jay, Luis Valbuena, Marc Krauss, and Cody Asche. Those are not impediments, they are placeholders.

The waters get much more murky when you have a player like Alexander Guerrero, who from a talent and performance standpoint should probably get a shot at major league playing time, but is behind Dee Gordon on the depth chart. Normally this wouldn’t be a huge obstacle, but Gordon (and his .385 on-base percentage) has been one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball this season. So while Guerrero ends up in the Honorable Mention section again because he would likely get the call in the event of a Gordon injury, that’s a much less likely outcome than a near replacement player playing like a near replacement level player.

Adding to the potential drama, Los Angeles also has Joc Pederson, who would be getting a ton of hype (and possibly a top-five spot on this list) if he weren’t behind a full outfield in Los Angeles. Of course, that didn’t stop Yasiel Puig in 2013, but with the money owed that collective bunch, the likely outcome of this scenario is Pederson getting a September cup of coffee before the Dodgers are forced to fix their glut of outfielders in the off-season. Sure, an Andre Ethier trade would help, but it would have to happen in congress with a Carl Crawford injury for it to even matter to Pederson—making it a two-step process. And the odds of a player just getting to the majors in that situation, let alone performing at a level worth owning in mixed leagues, is just not attractive enough yet.

So without any further ado, here is The Stash List 4.0:

The Graduates: Jacob Turner (19), Robbie Ray (20)

1) Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous Rank: 1)
Nothing much has changed here, Polanco is still raking in Triple-A and he still is extremely likely to have to wait until June to start showing what he can do at the major league level. On a nice note, Polanco is now 5-for-6 in his last half-dozen stolen-base attempts after starting the season successful just 1-for-4.

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