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July 29, 2014

The Stash List

15th Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Neftali Feliz (22)
This past week saw the sad-sack Rangers finally deal off their closer (who had been one of the best in baseball to this point) Joakim Soria to the Tigers, freeing their former star closer to retake the role. Unfortunately, Feliz still doesn’t have his pre-Tommy John velocity back and it’s manifesting itself in diminished strikeout numbers (he has four in 11 1/3 innings). He can keep the job without the whiffs, as they don’t really have a great alternative, but his value will be diminished if it doesn’t pick up a little.

The Departed: Joey Gallo (HM)
As much fun as this would be, there’s just zero incentive for the Rangers to rush Gallo when he hasn’t even gotten a half-season’s worth of at-bats at Double-A.

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Mookie Betts, 2B/OF, Boston Red Sox (Previous Rank: NR)
Picking up right where he left off before disappointing in Boston for a few weeks, Betts is hitting .361/.395/.556 in eight games at Pawtucket—where he’s unlikely to linger for long. There are still unrealistic expectations among many as to what kind of player Betts will be for fantasy purposes, but he doesn’t need to be a star to be valuable.

2) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: NR)
The comments that Lloyd McClendon has been making about Walker don’t instill the most confidence in the organization’s ability to use the talented right-hander the way many think they should down the stretch. Of course, the six walks his last time out in Tacoma doesn’t instill a ton of confidence either. There’s always the chance his shoulder is still bothering him a little, and there’s also the chance that the Mariners will keep jerking him around, but the talent is there for him to be an impact pitcher as the season comes to a close.

3) Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs (Previous Rank: 14)
Since Baez played his first game at second base on July 17, he’s hitting .367 with five homers, 18 RBI, and only 12 strikeouts in 55 plate appearances. I say “only” because his strikeout rate is still north of 30 percent for the season. The official end of the Darwin Barney era doesn’t have an effect on Baez’s timetable, but it’s interesting to note that Arismendy Alcantara has still played half his games in center field, even with Barney out of the picture. There’s room for Baez if the Cubs want, and he’s doing everything he can right now to earn it.

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dtothew

Anthony Ranaudo garner any consideration for the list?

Jul 29, 2014 04:29 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

No real consideration. I'm not a big fan.

Jul 29, 2014 09:17 AM
 
BJohannsen

Jorge Soler may get a call up before Baez and Bryant. He's at AAA, on the 40-man roster, and absolutely raking since he came back from the hammie ~3-4 weeks ago. Epstein recently said they didn't want to add any new names to the 40 so that they could better protect their talent.

Jul 29, 2014 05:10 AM
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Myles Handley

Give Soler's unique option situation, I'd say it's CERTAIN that Soler sees time in September. Until then, he'll just have to be content embarrassing the PCL.

Jul 29, 2014 05:28 AM
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BJohannsen

What is the "unique option situation"?

Jul 29, 2014 07:31 AM
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mdupske

From Wikipedia:

A team may have a fourth option year on a player with less than five full seasons of professional experience, provided that both conditions below are met.

1)A player has not spent at least 90 days on an active professional roster in a season. Minor leagues that play below Class A Advanced have seasons that are shorter than 90 days, and as such, any player who spends a full season in a rookie or Class A (short-season) league will receive a fourth option year.
2)A player has not spent at least 60 days on an active professional roster AND then at least 30 days on a disabled list in a season. Only after 60 days have been spent on an active professional roster does time spent on the disabled list count towards the 90-day threshold. As with the prior example, this cannot occur with players who spend a full season in a rookie or Class A (short season) league.

Jul 29, 2014 19:43 PM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

Lots of Soler questions, so I'll cover it here. I do think Soler gets to the majors in September, but I don't think he gets there in August and think his impact is limited down the stretch. He's certain to show up on this list next week once the trade deadline guys clear out, but just because he's killing minor league pitching right now doesn't mean I don't expect him to struggle in September in the at bats he gets. He has minimal upper minors experience at this point, and that may show brightly in his cup of coffee.

Jul 29, 2014 09:20 AM
 
Oskar2020

Move Asche to LF to get Franco time at 1b? You gonna play Howard at 3b???

Jul 29, 2014 06:14 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

Yes, if anyone could move up the defensive spectrum right now, it's Ryan Howard. And yes, that's supposed to read third base.

Jul 29, 2014 09:23 AM
 
jemw06

Jorge Soler is killing the dreams of pitchers all over AA and AAA this season...hard to imagine the Cubs keeping him down unless its a service time issue, and they're really not a club that should be concerned with such things given their market.

Jul 29, 2014 07:07 AM
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dtothew

Soler is already on the 40-man, no service time manipulations are needed

Jul 29, 2014 07:58 AM
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buddycream


Any thoughts on Rusney Castillo?

Jul 29, 2014 07:37 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
BP staff

Sure. Big fan of his in dynasty formats. Don't think he has much fantasy impact this year. Plus, I'm not going to put him on the list here until he's signed and able to be picked up in fantasy leagues (outside of the handful of leagues where you can pick up non-MLB players).

Jul 29, 2014 09:22 AM
 
Nacho999

Love the Stash List...I'm a stasher of the highest order and you have listed several of mine; Refsnyder (we deserved that dig no doubt), May, Masterson...And I'm stashing clueless Michael Pineda too...And God forgive me, Michael Choice too...I'd love to get Montero on my team, but I have a feeling he might be on the move over the next day or two; clearly the Mariners don't plan on giving him a legitimate chance this year...Not a big fan of Jack Z, but maybe he's smart enough to figure out Montero's value may never be higher post Pineda trade...He's still a man without a position really, but then again what the Mariners are throwing out there at 1B is laughable so who knows?...Maybe he stays...Either way a definite stash though...May I suggest Brandon Morrow, Nick Franklin, Avisail Garcia, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Davidson, Will Middlebrooks, Wil Myers and Micah Johnson (depending on who is eligible for Stash status?)...Great column...Love it...

Jul 30, 2014 07:11 AM
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