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August 19, 2014

The Stash List

18th Edition: The Final Quest

by Bret Sayre


It’s been another very fun season of writing the Stash List, but all such things must come to an end. This will be the final installment of the 2014 season, so I hope it’s been helpful to you guys, and let’s do it again in 2015, shall we?

The Graduates: Dexter Fowler (2), Mookie Betts (3), Michael Pineda (4), Rafael Montero (6)
Fowler has returned with a vengeance from his intercostal strain, hitting .389/.522/.556 in his first five games back. I like him to close the season strong in an improving offense. The news was relatively sour on Betts until Monday, when Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent back down to Triple-A because his ineptitude at the plate finally overshadowed his delightfulness in the field. Betts should be playing pretty close to every day for the foreseeable future, and should be improved over his first stint, but don’t expect the light bulb to just turn on brightly. Off days for the Yankees have given Pineda some extra rest after his first start back—which was a positive sign—and he won’t toe the rubber for the second time since returning until Wednesday. The upside is still high, especially if you’re chasing strikeouts. Meanwhile, elsewhere in New York City, Montero is trying his hardest to satisfy the Mets faithful who really wanted to see Noah Syndergaard instead. He followed a weak start against the Nationals with a strong one against the Cubs, and fortunately for Montero, the Mets have a reasonably tame schedule the rest of the way.

The Departed: Matt Lindstrom (8), Kris Bryant (20), Noah Syndergaard (HM), Stephen Piscotty (HM)
I know saves are saves, but Lindstrom is becoming a worse and worse bet to reclaim the job before the year is out, and he’s a terrible pitcher to boot. Bryant and Syndergaard are still two of the best prospects to own in dynasty formats, but I’m done waiting around for them not to show up in 2014—even though we pretty much knew this already, hence their ranks. Piscotty could always surface in the case of a Matt Holliday or Oscar Taveras injury, but with both Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos playing better of late, the Cardinals could just roll with both of them in that case anyway and call up Randal Grichuk to play a reserve role. After all, he’s not on the 40-man roster yet.

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: 1)
In Walker’s last two starts at Triple-A, he’s now allowed two earned runs in 13 innings, while striking out 22 batters (and walking four). In other words, yes. The Mariners are currently running Roenis Elias back in the rotation, despite the fact that he seems to be wearing down, but subbing him out for Walker could make them a more dangerous team as they approach the post-season. Elias’ turn comes up next in Boston on Sunday—but after walking six in his latest start, he’ll need to pitch better to hold off the charging rookie.

2) Jacob deGrom, RHP, New York Mets (Previous Rank: NR)
It’s pretty incredible that deGrom has dropped in ownership this much, but there are two things working against him here. First of all, as minor as it sounds like it is at the moment, it is still a shoulder injury. Secondly, even if he does return soon, he’s likely still facing an innings limit that will shut him down before the season ends. As of now, he could come back this weekend, but it makes no sense for the Mets to push him in another lost season. Then again, Jenrry Mejia.

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