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June 17, 2014

The Stash List

10th Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Gregory Polanco (1)
Much was made about the contract that Jonathan 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—despite the Orioles’ best attempts to shoot themselves in the collective feet.

The Departed: none

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins (Previous Rank: 2)
It only took about six weeks, but we finally have a new no. 1. Heaney has nothing left to prove in the minors, and he’s ready for action. This may be the last week you have to pick him up, as I would not be surprised in the least if he was taking Polanco’s spot in the “Graduates” section a week from now. In 36 minor league starts, Heaney has a 2.31 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 198 strikeouts in 199 innings. He’d be an immediate upgrade over three-fifths of their current rotation (Tom Koehler, Jacob Turner and Randy Wolf). [Note from the future: I wrote this prior to him getting the call, so check out the upcoming Call-Up article for way more Heaney-related information]

2) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: 3)
And that is what Walker is supposed to look like. In his latest start at Triple-A Tacoma, Walker threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing only a single hit and striking out seven batters. Unfortunately, Erasmo Ramirez has somehow thrown 9 2/3 scoreless over his last two starts despite accumulating nine walks and nine strikeouts. Even though he’s still likely to see a couple more starts before being recalled, Walker is on track to see Seattle around the end of the month.

3) Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: NR)
While it’s sad to see Taveras end up back on this list, I’ll take solace in the fact that I’ll get to talk about how awesome he is on a weekly basis again. The problem right now isn’t with Taveras. Yes, he didn’t set the world on fire in his initial taste of the big leagues, but if you were frustrated with the performance, your expectations were too high. However, since the Cardinals are not comfortable putting him out there in center field, it’s going to take either an injury or a trade again to clear room for him. The upside remains tantalizing, despite the setback.

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