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May 13, 2014

The Stash List

Fifth Edition

by Bret Sayre

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No time to waste this week—instead we jump right into the list with the fervor and excitement of a Yasiel Puig bat flip. Yes, we’re going full Puig.

So without any further ado, here is The Stash List 5.0:

The Graduates: None

1) Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous Rank: 1)
At this point, Polanco’s Triple-A season is turning into Everybody Loves Raymond. It’s the same joke again and again and again, but instead of it being funny, it’s just sad and you wish it were over. This past week, Jaff Decker was promoted over Polanco. Yes, it was just to have a warm body for a few days, but that is a thing that happened.

2) Jurickson Profar, 2B, Texas Rangers (Previous Rank: 2)
Get back on the bandwagon now. It’s going to be full again before you know it.

3) Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: 3)
At this point, it doesn’t seem like there’s much that Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos can do to prevent Taveras from taking this job in another month or so. This is for the best.

4) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros (Previous Rank: 6)
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Oh what’s that? Just 11 homers and an on-base percentage over .400. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

5) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins (Previous Rank: 8)
I don’t want to talk about Jose Fernandez. None of us do. But unfortunately we must look past it for now, and that is squarely at Heaney—the next shoe to drop in the Marlins shuffling rotation. In the meantime, he has a 2.31 ERA with nearly a strikeout per inning and a WHIP of 1.05. It’s going to be very hard for the Marlins to continue their impressive run to start the year without their ace, but Heaney certainly would help.

6) Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs (Previous Rank: 4)
Things are going to turn around for Baez, but one has to wonder at this point whether it’s going to at least cost him the first call up of the season. It seems like every day Baez is showing up in the Minor League Update with an 0-4 with three strikeouts line—and while he’s far too talented for that to continue, he drops a few spots here.

7) Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets (Previous Rank: 5)
With Montero getting the call ahead of Syndergaard (not surprisingly), the big righty will have to wait about another four-to-six weeks before getting to show his wears on the biggest stage. But again, he’s great and you shouldn’t be concerned with Vegas numbers.

8) Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels (Previous Rank: 9)
Running the bases. Getting closer.

9) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (Previous Rank: 13)
Bouncing back from his bout with pneumonia, Gausman threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first start in over two weeks. With his innings being held down thus far, both by design and by accident, Gausman will be unleashed upon the American League at some point in June and may not have to stop until the season is over.

10) Marcus Stroman, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (Previous Rank: 7)
His initial major-league career has seen ups and downs. After looking pretty good in his first three appearances, he got roughed up by the Angels—specifically Hank Conger, who took him deep for a three-run shot—last time out. Despite this, he’ll still make his way into the rotation before long.

11) Trevor Bauer, RHP, Cleveland Indians (Previous Rank: 11)
Say what you will about how deserving Bauer is of a shot in the rotation, but Josh Tomlin coming up and pitching very well in his first two starts of the season is just the latest thing to put a damper on Bauer’s 2014 fantasy value.

12) Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (Previous Rank: 10)
13) James Paxton, LHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: 12)

After throwing a bullpen on Sunday, Paxton is one step closer to heading out on a rehab assignment. And while he’s not as good as his very early season numbers have shown, he doesn’t have to be in order to hold plenty of fantasy value the rest of the way.

14) Jaime Garcia, LHP, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: 23)
In the matter of a couple of hours on Monday, the stars aligned for a possible weekend return to St Louis for the left-handed. Garcia threw well in what could be his last Triple-A rehab start (five innings, five base runners, and five strikeouts) while Tyler Lyons got obliterated by the Cubs in what could be his last major league start for a while.

15) Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics (Previous Rank: 14)
Coming into Monday’s games, Norris had a .385 average and .467 on-base percentage against left-handed pitching (in 39 at bats). This part you expect—he’s historically been a platoon player and it makes sense. However, he also had a .385 average and .467 on-base percentage against same-side pitching. Just let the man play. He’s already been the second best fantasy catcher this season even without the full playing time. If he gets it, he’s not giving it back.

16) Jesse Crain, RHP, Houston Astros (Previous Rank: 22)
17) Derek Holland, LHP, Texas Rangers (Previous Rank: 16)
18) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: 19)

After being held out of action for a couple of weeks, Walker threw his first bullpen session since being shut down for the second time on Sunday, and felt good throwing fastballs and changeups. He’s anything but out of the woods at this point, but a June return to the Mariners is at least still on the table here.

19) Rafael Montero, RHP, New York Mets (Previous Rank: HM)
Having the role is great (which Montero now has), but he’s going to be on a relatively short leash to stick with Thor lingering right behind him. Montero’s lack of a true out pitch may inhibit his strikeout numbers, especially early on, but the NL East is a nice division to call home—for as long as he’s up.

20) Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Chicago Cubs (Previous Rank: 21)
The worse things look for Javier Baez, the better they appears for Alcantara, even though he very nearly refuses to take a way (he has four in 137 plate appearances). And the fewer reps that Baez gets in the minors at second base, the less of a chance there is of the Cubs calling him up to do so (it’s not as easy of a transition as third base on a moment’s notice).

21) Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins (Previous Rank: 18)
22) Jenrry Mejia, RHP, New York Mets (Previous Rank: NR)

With Rafael Montero staking claim to his rotation spot, Mejia now finds himself back in the bullpen—though it may be for the best. In the rotation, he’s both an injury risk and a tax on the relievers behind him, as he only finished six innings in two of his seven starts. In the pen, he can let loose and be himself, two traits that could land him in the closer’s role in short order. In fact, his first relief appearance of the season came Monday, as he protected a two-run lead in the eighth inning against the Yankees.

23) Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Previous Rank: 24)
No news is supposed to be good news, right? In this case, there’s just nothing to do but sit back and hope he doesn’t get taken away from us as well.

24) Matt Wisler, RHP, San Diego Padres (Previous Rank: 20)
Wisler has been railroaded in his first taste of Triple-A, giving up 11 earned runs in just 6 1/3 innings—along with four long balls. However, the PCL can do strange things to people, and an adjustment period was to be expected. I still think we’ll see him in the majors around the All-Star Break.

25) Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins (Previous Rank: 25)
Arcia had a setback this week with his wrist while rehabbing at Triple-A Rochester. There’s no reason to believe It’s going to be a long-term setback, but it looks like he probably won’t be back in Minnesota for another week or so.

Honorable Mention: Nick Franklin, Alexander Guerrero, Josh Willingham, Joc Pederson, Brett Anderson

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eadyankee

I am in a keeper league with Stroman, Bauer, R. Montero, Heaney, Bryant, and Baez currently on my roster. I need have recently had a rash of injuries (LaRoche, Fernandez, Harper, Grilli, and J. Hamilton). With your stash list, do you rank them in order of impact for 2014 or "going forward value"? I am trying to determine who to cut to clear room for pick-ups. I'd also like to grab Thor at some point here soon. I am leaning towards cutting ties with Stroman.

Also, I am a little surprised Kris Bryant doesn't make your stash list. I understand that the plan is for him to be in the minors this season, but I could see him forcing his way into Iowa here soon, and a September call-up could be in order. Mike Olt's recent power surge aside, there isn't much blocking his way.

May 13, 2014 06:49 AM
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Meepits

Check the last Stash List for the Kris Bryant discussion.

May 13, 2014 06:55 AM
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eadyankee

Thanks paulfrancke.

For others curious, here is what Sayre said about Bryant in the Stash List 4.0:

"Maybe August if you are super optimistic, but I'd be very surprised if he makes any sort of fantasy impact in 2014. The Cubs are still in the evaluation stage with some of their major league roster, including Olt--plus he's behind Baez and Alcantara for a promotion. On top of that, he needs more reps at 3B to see whether he can play the position at the major league level. The guy hasn't even played 100 pro games yet (including the AFL), let's all just take a breath."

May 13, 2014 07:03 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

Correct. This still holds true for me. Love him long-term though.

May 13, 2014 13:02 PM
 
jonjacoby

Why did Casey Kelley drop off the Honorable Mentions? Did he have a bad rehab start or other guys have better weeks/ look more promising?

May 13, 2014 07:16 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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It's tough when there are no graduations in a given week. A few names made jumps, Kelly did not. He'll be back as soon as this coming week (especially with Gausman and Montero looking like graduates).

May 13, 2014 13:03 PM
 
tommybones

No Alex Cobb yet?

May 13, 2014 08:09 AM
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Shawnykid23

I don't know what it is off the top of my head, but I believe there is a % ownership threshold for the list. Cobb falls above that threshold. Likewise, Bryce Harper won't be on this list when he (hopefully) returns in July as he is most likely still owned in just about all leagues.

May 13, 2014 11:10 AM
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BP staff member Mike Gianella
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The threshold is 25%.

May 13, 2014 13:00 PM
 
BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

Yes, listen to Mike. He's a smart dude. Cobb is owned in more than 85 percent of leagues out there, so putting him on a list like this provides no added value. He's great, we love him, he'll be back soon.

May 13, 2014 13:04 PM
 
eadyankee

I don't think Cobb would qualify as a prospect.

May 13, 2014 10:42 AM
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eadyankee

I retract my statement. Looking at some of the names like Jamie Garcia, Jesse Crain, and Derek Holland -- this isn't just for prospects. Sorry.

May 13, 2014 10:51 AM
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eadyankee

Also, friends, #9 Kevin Gausman has graduated. He was just called up to start against the Tigers on Wednesday.

May 13, 2014 13:32 PM
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eadyankee

Does Trevor Bauer's recent blow-up push back his call-up? Does it change your opinion on him at all? I am having a tough time justifying keeping him owned. If he is called up mid-June, I think I'd rather just swap him out with Syndergaard. Thoughts?

May 14, 2014 08:18 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Not at all (either way), and I would drop Bauer for Syndergaard in any format.

May 14, 2014 09:32 AM
 
kristopherjhoff

I have to drop one of the following before the end of the week, any suggestions? Gausman, Heaney, Stroman, Syndergaard, Pomeranz. I'm in a 15 team keeper points league, and I'm leaning towards Stroman.

May 14, 2014 14:24 PM
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eadyankee

I had a similar dilemma. I ended up dropping Stroman, for what it's worth. Miami's acquisition of Wolf could throw a slight wrench into Heaney's arrival time, I'd think.

May 14, 2014 17:59 PM
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