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July 1, 2014

The Stash List

12th Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Taijuan Walker (2), Mookie Betts (6), Marco Gonzales (21)
After firing a complete-game shutout in his last turn in Tacoma, Walker got the win on Monday night in his 2014 debut with the Mariners in Houston. If the shoulder problems are really behind him, Walker could be a solid third starter the rest of the way with that park at his back. There have been very few prospects to get people on both sides of the aisle (fans and writers) in a tizzy like Mookie Betts. There are some who think he’s going to perform like a top-10 second baseman (or shortstop, depending on eligibility) right out of the gate, and while I don’t see that happening, there should be room for him on almost any roster. The counting stats may not be plentiful hitting towards the bottom of the lineup for now and he’ll likely struggle to even show below-average power in game, but the average and steals will be helpful. With Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and Joe Kelly all sidelined, Gonzales will get a few runs in the Cardinals’ rotation to prove he belongs. It’s very possible with a strong pre-break showing, he could stick in the rotation rather than Carlos Martinez—who Mike Matheny may opt to keep in a setup role anyway. The upside isn’t high, and he’s just a fringy mixed league play, but his control will make some friends in the WHIP category.

The Departed: none

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (Previous Rank: 1)
Kevin, I heart you, but please don’t let me see you here again.

2) Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: 3)
Same with you, Oscar. It’s time to shine.

3) Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Los Angeles Angels (Previous Rank: 5)
Skaggs, who will rejoin the Angels’ rotation on Wednesday, doesn’t have the greatest schedule to ease back into after missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury. He’ll see two road starts in hitter-friendly ballparks (Chicago and Texas) and then his one home start will come against the Blue Jays. However, the talented left-hander was pitching better than his raw stats indicate prior to the injury, and if he pitches to that same underlying skill level, he’ll be a solid no. 4 starter the rest of the way in mixed leagues.

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conjoinedtwins

I'm surprised Domingo Santana, up soon, would trump Gallo, who isn't?

Jul 01, 2014 04:23 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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All signs pointed to merely a September call up for Santana prior to about 3am today. I don't think he makes a great play in mixed leagues this year due to his propensity for the whiff, but he could hit .230 with 10 homers the rest of the way. If that's valuable to you in an OF spot, he's worth it. He wouldn't have ranked that highly here even if we thought he was coming soon.

Jul 01, 2014 09:32 AM
 
boatman44

Does'nt look like Santana arrives until September, he is still striking out a lot !!

Jul 01, 2014 05:47 AM
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eadyankee

Santana is actually being called up today.

Jul 01, 2014 06:54 AM
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boatman44

Yup, up today Luhnow made me look like a male member. haha

Jul 01, 2014 08:43 AM
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jonmischa

Domingo Santana? Rumors are that he's being called up today. But if not today, soon. I feel like he should be on here somewhere.

Jul 01, 2014 06:39 AM
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sldetckl16

Love this series, Mr. Sayre. Kudos

Jul 01, 2014 09:13 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Thanks!

Jul 01, 2014 09:33 AM
 
alor112

What's holding Jimmy Nelson down on the farm? Couldn't he contribute out of the pen? It appears Estrada has saved his spot in the rotation for now.

Jul 01, 2014 09:50 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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If everyone stays healthy the rest of the way, I'd expect to see Nelson in the pen in September. However, until then I think he's more valuable as a really good sixth starter ready to go when someone gets hurt. Especially with guys like Garza and Estrada in the rotation who have injury histories. Then there's always the inherent risk of moving a guy to a short burst role (where I think Nelson could thrive) and then stretching him back out if there's a need.

Jul 01, 2014 09:55 AM
 
eadyankee

I have both Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in my keeper league. Who is the better bet for 2015 and beyond?

Jul 02, 2014 06:55 AM
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Rounding3rd

Hey, eadyankee, I'm in the same situation..... Since we should probably get a look at Bundy before the end of the season, I'm holding off on making a choice. More info should be available by the time the season ends. You don't have to decide now, do you?

Right now, I'd look to "unkeep" someone else and keep both.

Jul 02, 2014 14:45 PM
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