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July 23, 2014

The Stash List

14th Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Dillon Gee (1), Kevin Gausman (2), Arismendy Alcantara (3), Jimmy Nelson (5), Danny Salazar (7), Brett Anderson (17), Josh Reddick (21), Joe Kelly (23)

This is what happens when you take a week off in mid-July. Gee and Gausman are both back in their respective rotations and should be stalwarts in most leagues down the stretch. There’s always the chance that the Orioles will do something dumb with Gausman, but here’s hoping we’ve seen the last of their roster games. Alcantara was only scheduled to be up for a couple of days initially, but he’s shown enough for the Cubs to DFA Darwin Barney this week. In fact, he’s doing almost exactly what he was doing in the minors, hitting .286/.316/.543 with six extra-base hits and three steals in eight games. Jimmy Nelson got shelled in his first outing, but it’s safe to say that the second one went better, throwing a quality start against a depleted Reds lineup on Tuesday evening. Unless the Brewers end up being a surprise player for a starting pitcher at the deadline, Nelson should hold off the banished Marco Estrada.

While those first write-ups were overly positive, the next group is not so fortunate. Salazar returned on Tuesday night, but decided to pack his control issues and elevated pitch counts with him in his duffel bag. There will always be upside, but we’re now painfully aware of what the downside looks like. It’s getting really hard to believe at this point that Anderson was once a high-end starting pitcher with a bright future. Right now, he’s lucky the Rockies are employing a continuing sad sack of starters, so his job appears to be safe for as long as he stays healthy. Reddick returned to action on Tuesday night after missing nearly a month with his second major injury of the season, but did not get the start with the left-hander on the mound. There’s still upside there, and it’s worth a gamble if you need a spark, but that’s all he is at this point. Kelly has had one good start and one bad one since returning from his hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly three months. The best you can reasonably hope for with him is that he can be serviceable at home the rest of the way.

The Departed: Casey Kelly (HM), Chris Taylor (HM)

I’m so tired. Tired of waiting. Tired of waiting on youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. (I still really like you though, just please get healthy soon). As far as Taylor goes, with Brad Miller being not terrible lately and Nick Franklin being most likely to get traded, that probably leaves him in Tacoma for the rest of the minor league season. He’s pretty close to major league ready though.

And the ones who are still left waiting:

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eadyankee

If you had to take a guess, when do you think we see Baez playing (second base) in Wrigley?

Jul 23, 2014 07:19 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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August 14th.

Jul 23, 2014 09:24 AM
 
eadyankee

That would be terrific. That would make him redraft league stashable right now.

Jul 23, 2014 11:51 AM
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eadyankee

10 days early! :)

Aug 04, 2014 11:30 AM
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medler312

Further Cub prospect question.

Jorge Soler was called up AAA and he's already on the 40 man roster. Furthermore, rumors are rampant that the cubs will bring him to wrigley sooner than Baez and/or Bryant.

If this is true, where does Soler go on the stash list?

Jul 23, 2014 08:01 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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He's very unlikely to make this list. I don't see a scenario where he gets to the majors in 2014. Especially not ahead of Bryant.

Jul 23, 2014 09:24 AM
 
sldetckl16

I heard the same 'Soler up before Baez' tonight on a baseball broadcast (channel surfing Extra Innings and didn't catch which game) - guess the FO made a statement pointing out the advantages of not having to make a roster move (Soler) versus having to make a roster move (Baez).

Jul 23, 2014 18:49 PM
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grandslam28

With all cantata playing well at the major league level, you would have thought the cubs might move Baez to third to move up to the spot Plt is holding down with his .140 average.

Jul 23, 2014 08:08 AM
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grandslam28

Alcantara*

Olt*

Jul 23, 2014 08:09 AM
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sbnirish77

The plot is thickening in Chicago.

As soon as it appears Alcantara has succeeded Barney, Baez takes over Alcantara's 2B job in the minor's.

Most probably would have bet that Baez would go to 3B and Bryant would be sent to RF. That's a lot of people playing out of position.

Seems the Cubs might be looking at an infield of Bryant, Castro, Baez, and Rizzo next year with Alcantara as a super sub.

And then trading Castro for pitching and replacing him with Russell later.

I'm sure the plan isn't etched in stone but the move of Baez to 2B last Friday was telling something.

Jul 23, 2014 08:17 AM
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BarryR

Alcantara won't be a sub - Alcantara will either be their regular 2B or regular CF. Eventually, I suspect Baez will be at 3B with Bryant in RF with Almora and Soler in the other OF slots and Alcantara back at 2B. Of course, this doesn't account for the Russell/Castro situation, but I suspect a trade solves that.

Jul 23, 2014 13:05 PM
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seanqueue

I had one roster spot to use for a speculative play on a closer-in-waiting, and I ended up using it for Josh Fields over Ken Giles. My gut feeling was that Chad Qualls was more likely to be dealt at the deadline than Papelbon, and like Giles, Fields would return some decent value in Ks and ratios for the ten days leading up to the deadline.

I'd love to know who others would choose given the choices, or if neither of the above, who would be behind Door #3.

Jul 23, 2014 09:03 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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I'd go Giles over Fields, but I like both. He's a better pitcher right now, despite the hot streak Fields is on.

Jul 23, 2014 09:30 AM
 
bline24

Where is CJ Cron?

Jul 23, 2014 09:06 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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He'll show up post-deadline, but with no spot for him in LA, he's just an injury wait (and I'm still not sold on his bat anyway).

Jul 23, 2014 09:27 AM
 
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