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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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mbovie

Pederson is hitting a tad higher than .247... And his OBP is approaching obscene. Looking forward to this guy getting his chance.

May 29, 2014 04:25 AM
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Sharky

.340 according to milb.com!

May 29, 2014 05:13 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Fixed.

May 29, 2014 10:06 AM
 
Nojsztat

I had wondered if that was a typo. Below .250 in the PCL does not sound impressive.

May 29, 2014 10:08 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

Yep, I fat fingered that one. He was at .347 before going 0-for-4 last night.

May 29, 2014 11:27 AM
 
BPKevin

In the utopia that both get the call and both get near FT PT, who outperforms the other; Joc Pederson or Jonathan Singleton? Personally was thinking Pederson, but considered Singleton in a better park and better K/BB (at least this year).

May 29, 2014 07:11 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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If both were up tomorrow and were going to get the exact same playing time, I'd take Pederson over Singleton.

May 29, 2014 11:28 AM
 
alor112

With Walt Weiss's recent comment regarding Eddie Butler might we see him on the 8th Edition of the Stash List?

May 29, 2014 10:24 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

He's been hanging around the Honorable Mention section throughout the season, but it's tough for him to get too high on the list because the combination of rookie pitcher and Coors Field can be hard to overcome to return strong fantasy value. Butler has the talent to be the exception to the rule though--so yes, keep an eye out for his name as some of the mainstays finally graduate (I hope).

May 29, 2014 11:31 AM
 
eadyankee

Speaking of Weiss, he mentioned Ottavino might be a closer in the future. While Hawkins has been admirable, is there a chance Ottavino supplants him this season? I am digging for saves and of the guys currently looming on a closer job, I think I like his odds the best.

Other guys I could grab include Webb, Familia, and Betances.

May 30, 2014 09:07 AM
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cernig16

what are your thoughts of kendrys morales making the list?

May 30, 2014 09:53 AM
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bp

He should definitely be on this list. He should only be a week or so away from signing with someone.

May 31, 2014 04:32 AM
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buddycream

Any chance we see Odrisamer Despaigne this year?

Is he anywhere near your Honorable Mentions?

Jun 01, 2014 09:04 AM
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