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May 20, 2014

The Stash List

Sixth Edition

by Bret Sayre


We’re rolling with a slightly different format this week, so instead of an introduction, we’re actually going to talk about those who graduated from last week’s list. Do you like this? RT for yes, fav for no.

The Graduates: Jaime Garcia (14), Derek Norris (15), Rafael Montero (19), Jennry Mejia (22)
We finally had some graduates this past week, clearing a few spots on the list for new names. Garcia looked pretty sharp (other than a few long balls) against the Braves, and I remain optimistic about him from a skill (not health) standpoint. Norris finally goes off the list as he started five games last week, with four of them coming against right-handed pitching. If he’s still unowned in your league, please rectify this immediately. Montero made his debut against the Yankees on Wednesday and looked good enough that Mike Gianella and I picked him up for our LABR team. That fact alone should cause you to sell him before he spontaneously combusts (yes, we’ve gone through more pitchers than Spinal Tap has drummers). And finally, Mejia seemed like the best option the Mets had to close games, and he’s doing just that—causing him to fall off the list for positive reasons.

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous Rank: 1)
Yes, we all hear and read about the Super Two deadline and think that it’s crazy for the Pirates to keep down Polanco while they give at bats to retreads like Jose Tabata, Travis Snider, and Jaff Decker. However, while that argument may have made sense three weeks ago, the Pirates are right to keep him down right now. It doesn’t matter how much you miss the deadline by, bringing Polanco up this week could cost the Pirates millions when the difference between him and whatever dredge they’re throwing out there is likely only around a third of a run over these next three weeks. Patience, he will come.

2) Jurickson Profar, 2B, Texas Rangers (Previous Rank: 2)
Your window to trade for Profar is running out. However, this holds true more in keeper/dynasty leagues than redraft formats, as the owner in your league who drafted Profar would likely not have paid the 2014 entry price if he/she didn’t think the breakout was starting this year. It’s still worth a shot though—especially if they’ve gotten good production out of his replacement.

3) Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: 3)
With the clock ticking on Taveras, Peter Bourjos has played better of late—hitting .324/.390/.486 and playing his usual brand of excellent defense. This further muddies the waters with regards to who exactly Taveras is going to replace once he comes up. And it also means that the Cardinals may not be in a huge rush to get him up as well.

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