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June 24, 2014

The Stash List

11th Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Andrew Heaney (1), Miguel Gonzalez (20)
Heaney’s major-league debut went very well, albeit against a not-so-great Mets offense—as he allowed five base runners in six innings while striking out three. I’ve been talking about him for a while here, and I also had the opportunity to put my money where my mouth is. Mike Gianella and I won the FAAB bidding for Heaney this week in mixed LABR with a heavy-handed $21 entry. There will be no time wasted in getting him into our lineup this week as he gets two starts against the Phillies and Athletics. With Miguel Gonzalez now healthy, the Orioles are going with a temporary six-man rotation for as long as they have the roster flexibility to do so. Eventually they’re going to have to cut one, and Gonzalez still may be furthest out on the bubble.

The Departed: Francisco Lindor (24), Joba Chamberlain (HM), Casey Kelly (HM)
There’s nothing wrong with what Lindor is doing in the minor leagues—he’s still an excellent prospect and fine fantasy one as well—but the Indians are shaping up to hang around the AL Wild Card race and Asdrubal Cabrera is playing reasonably well. At this point, it will take an injury to make room for the future star shortstop. Chamberlain is also not a victim of his own failures, but a victim of Joe Nathan’s success—at least recently. Nathan has put together two very strong outings after making some mechanical adjustments, and the storyline is built for him to run with it. He’s still worth keeping a peripheral eye on, but Nathan has more rope now than a week ago. There’s a large soft spot in my heart for Casey Kelly, and I still think he is going to be a good major league pitcher. But this just appears to be another lost year for the athletic right-hander, who just can’t get past these elbow setbacks. Don’t worry, Casey—I don’t give up that easily.

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (Previous Rank: NR)
Yes, it’s a little cheap to put Gausman back in here because the Orioles sent him down to Triple-A as part of very smart roster management and not LOL ORIOLES like most initially assumed. But it’s my list. In the brief time he’s spent in the Orioles’ rotation, he’s been the best pitcher they have—and I like him to continue to be their best pitcher the rest of the season. He is a must-own in all leagues.

2) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: 2)
This week’s start was a little bit of a setback on paper, but it came in Colorado Springs, so I think we can all take a deep breath about the stat line. He’s proving that he is healthy and Erasmo Ramirez pitching in Seattle is a thing that we are all living through right now. It’s only a matter of time before he’s up if the Mariners want to take themselves seriously as contenders. Of course, if they don’t, we may very well see another month or two of Erasmo.

3) Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: 3)
Back to biding his time in Triple-A, Taveras awaits an injury, a trade or the desperation that would lead to him playing center field. Also, don’t be swayed by any disappointing minor-league stats during this holding period—he’s ready to hit at the majo- league level and he knows it.

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