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June 10, 2014

The Stash List

Ninth Edition

by Bret Sayre

The Graduates: Jonathan Singleton (2), Kevin Gausman (6)
Much was made about the contract that Singleton signed upon his call up, but his first week has seen ups and downs similar to the opposing sides of the contract discussion. On the plus side, he had two homers and a steal while slugging .480. On the negative side, he hit .200 and struck out in 10 of his 26 plate appearances. Expect a lot more of both the rest of the way. Meanwhile, I had my eyes squarely on Gausman as he made his way back into the Orioles’ rotation (at least for now) and took on the hottest team in baseball in the Oakland Athletics. Those eyes watered with joy as he threw seven strong innings, allowing only one run with five base runners and six strikeouts. He may be the best starting pitcher the Orioles have right now, and if he shows it, he’ll be up for good.

The Departed: Jurickson Profar (21), Eddie Butler (24), Jesse Crain (25)
We all saw the money quote from Profar last week, when he said that he doesn’t expect to play again in 2014. And while it may just be an in-the-moment quote from a frustrated player, it’s enough for him to fall off the list. If he comes back and does anything at this point, it’s just gravy. Butler fell prey to the curse of Mike Gianella and my LABR team and got injured less than 24 hours—and rotator cuff inflammation isn’t the best diagnosis for a pitcher. He’s still eligible for the list, but he won’t be back until he shows that this health scare is behind him. Crain falls off less because of anything news with him, but because Chad Qualls has been close to lights-out as of late and figures to hold onto the closer’s role for the foreseeable future. If the Astros trade him in July, they may turn to Crain at that point, but there are too many question marks right now.

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous Rank: 1)
The last seven days will forever be known as the week things got weird with Polanco. Reports surfaced that he was coming up on Friday and then were rebuffed by “high-ranking team sources.” Finally, Friday came and went with radio silence on the subject like we were being punished for wanting to see Polanco at the highest level. Now, with Neil Walker on the shelf with an appendectomy, Polanco finally gets the call on Tuesday for his major-league debut. In the end, we’re where we thought we would be, but boy was it a strange journey. Look for Polanco to contribute much more heavily in steals than homers upon arrival, with the possibility of hitting in the .270-.280 range.

2) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins (Previous Rank: 3)
After his worst start of the season, Heaney came back and fired six strong innings against Round Rock on Saturday—giving up just one run and striking out nine. He’s ready for the spotlight right now, but unfortunately Randy Wolf continues to look just good enough to hang on for a little longer. However, word is now starting to leak out of Marlins’ camp that Heaney is likely to see the majors by the end of the month.

3) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: 5)
It was always going to be a big surprise if Walker was ready after just two rehab starts, and even prior to walking four in his two innings of work last Tuesday, it was announced that he’d stick around for a few additional warm-up gigs. As long as he’s feeling good, the results on his rehab assignment shouldn’t be bothersome—it takes much longer for a prospect to shake off rust than a veteran. And speaking of results, they were much better last night, as Walker went five strong, giving up only two runs (both solo shots) and allowing only one walk. He’s still a long shot for this weekend, but unless something goes wrong, he should only have to wait one more turn.

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