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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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