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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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