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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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