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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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bhacking

This feature I find really helpful, I can't keep track of every 19 year old just out of high school but for my league I do need to know who's about to make it. Thanks.

Jun 17, 2014 04:33 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Thanks!

Jun 17, 2014 10:01 AM
 
hmamis

What is happening to Asher Wojciechowski (P) and Miguel Alfedo Gonzalez (P) for the Phillies?.

thank you, Harry

Jun 17, 2014 06:33 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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They're both pretty uninteresting options. Woj is likely behind Nick Tropeano in the pecking order and the guys in Houston have done a much better job than anticipated. Gonzalez is an overrated arm based on how much money he got, and I'm not convinced he'll be more than a middle reliever.

Jun 17, 2014 10:04 AM
 
Tuck
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The blurb for Gregory Polanco doesn't mention Gregory Polanco.

Jun 17, 2014 06:57 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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That would help, huh? I did have a blurb there at some point, but it never made it to editing. Here's the abbreviated version: Polanco great. Drool. Polanco smash ball. Polanco run. Drool. Top of the order. Drool.

Jun 17, 2014 10:06 AM
 
middagh

Bret: What about Marcus Semien? Any chance we see him in the majors again this year?

Jun 17, 2014 08:07 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Absolutely I think we see him again. I just don't think he becomes relevant in mixed leagues. He's growing on me long-term, but I just don't think the requisite production would be there if he got the call tomorrow.

Jun 17, 2014 10:01 AM
 
JamesP469

Where did Brett Anderson go?

Jun 17, 2014 08:22 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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He'll be back, likely as soon as next week. There's a glut of players yet to move off the list, so the talent pipeline is strong. That said, the Rockies' ability to keep their pitchers healthy is a concern and affects Anderson's ROS value.

Jun 17, 2014 10:00 AM
 
deejaysurreal

I really think we won't see Betts until September. I know Boston was aggressive with his promotion to AAA. But you can't just give up on Bradley and throw Betts into CF. Left field could be a possibility. I just feel Betts needs more at bats. You could say he'd follow a similar path like Bogaerts but offensively long term Xander has more upside. Granted I've never been sold on Bradley for his lack of a bat. It was always a defensive profile guy. Just my two cents though.

Jun 17, 2014 10:09 AM
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edabbs44

No Cody Asche?

Jun 17, 2014 15:40 PM
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bienstock

Betts looks ready to me...and I have been impressed at how easily he seems to have picked up the nuances of playing CF. He has now gotten on base in all 13 games he has played in AAA. I believe that his plate discipline and swing are likely to transition unusually well to the majors against more polished pitching.

I would take the over on his ability to post an OPS of .750 right now in the majors and as Bret noted, the offensive bar set by Bradley et al has been at limbo level. Bradley has looked lost at the plate as of late and seems to get overpowered by any pitcher with a decent fastball (has a .140 SLG in 50 plate appearances against "power" pitchers, while striking out about half the time).

Jun 18, 2014 00:39 AM
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