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June 3, 2014

The Stash List

Eighth Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Oscar Taveras (2), Marcus Stroman (15)
It only took a year longer than many thought, but Taveras has finally taken his rightful place in the Cardinals’ outfield and lineup. With the ankle injury finally in the rearview mirror, the stud prospect is ready to start hitting for average and power immediately at the major league level. If reading about Taveras is your thing (and frankly, that’s all of us), he got the full Call-Up treatment on Saturday by Jason Parks, with fantasy analysis from yours truly. Stroman, on the other hand, is getting his second shot this season, but this time in the role he was born to play: starting pitcher. In his starting debut, Stroman went six innings while striking out six and allowing five base runners. He should stick and although the performance may be up and down, he’ll be worth owning in leagues as shallow as 12-team mixed.

The Departed: None

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous Rank: 1)
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

2) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros (Previous Rank: 4)
To be fair, I had Singleton behind Heaney at the three spot before the news broke that he had signed his five-year, $10 million contract and would be on his way to Houston for Tuesday’s game. Thankfully the Astros had off on Monday so I didn’t have to write a blurb about Brett Anderson (I know, I know, he’s been through enough). Singleton is the odds on favorite to lead this entire list in home runs during the 2014 season, but it comes at a price. A likely low average (think .240-.250 initially) will offset some of that good, though he’ll be more gentrified in OBP leagues. Those potential 20 homers are nice though.

3) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins (Previous Rank: 3)
If it seems like Heaney had his first hiccup of the season this week, it’s because he kind of did. Coming into his start on Sunday, he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in a single game all season, and was knocked around for five runs in Colorado Springs. Then again, it was in Colorado Springs. Even with Randy Wolf turning back the clock on Monday night, Heaney will be here and he’ll be here soon.

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