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May 29, 2014

The Stash List

Seventh Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Trevor Bauer (5), Kole Calhoun (6), Nick Franklin (12), Josh Willingham (25)
We finally got more of Trevor Bauer, major leaguer, and while it’s exciting that he’s back up, six runs and 19 base runners in just 10 1/3 innings isn’t something to start throwing televisions out of hotel room windows for. Yes, the velocity and strikeouts are promising, but the same things were said about Danny Salazar, right? Calhoun and Willingham returned from their injuries this week without much fanfare, but fantasy owners should have taken notice. Willingham’s injury poses more long-term concern, but he should still be valuable enough to play regularly in medium-sized and deep mixed formats. Nick Franklin is back up in Seattle, but without consistent playing time or a consistent position, the Mariners aren’t exactly putting him in the best position to succeed at the moment. Then again, he really doesn’t have to do much offensively to be an upgrade over Brad Miller.

The Departed: None

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous Rank: 1)
What is there to say about Polanco that hasn’t already been said? He’s good and he’s coming. There’s your hard-hitting analysis. I can’t wait for the day that he graduates from this list both because I will get to watch him regularly and because there’s only so many ways to say “I love you”. Yes, he’s cooling down over the last two weeks, but his version of cooling down is a .302/.362/.472 line.

2) Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: 3)
In case he still needed to prove that he belonged at the major-league level, Taveras is picking the right time to get hot. Over the last two weeks, he’s hitting .400 with eight extra-base hits in 50 at bats. There’s literally nothing that Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos can do to avoid it. This train is coming.

3) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins (Previous Rank: 7)
Shortly after the last list came out, Heaney was promoted to Triple-A and the level hasn’t given him any more of a challenge yet, as he’s allowed one run in 11 innings with 14 strikeouts and no walks. Between Randy Wolf being Randy Wolf and Henderson Alvarez’s elbow issues (a high-velocity guy with elbow issues, I guess you really can’t predict ball), Heaney is very likely to be up at some point in June, and potentially within the next week or so. With a strong offense at his back and a generous home park/division, Heaney has a very good chance to be of use in all leagues this year.

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