June 14, 2017
Stash List Supplemental
Do you play in a deeper or mono league and wish the Stash List had some names that weren’t already owned in your league? You’ve come to the right spot. Last time I did this, I gave you Dinelson Lamet and Eric Skoglund, both of whom are in the majors and have flashed a little something. On the other hand, I also gave you Ryan O’Hearn, a first base prospect who’s hitting .214/.308/.317 in the month-plus since that piece ran. Such is the nature of deep speculation. I’m not deterred. Let’s do some more.
It’s not often that I fall for a Tar Heel, but I did with Moran, a pure hitter who demonstrated supreme control of the strike zone during his three-year college career. After a mediocre Triple-A season in 2016 that included an unsuccessful cup of coffee, I was finally ready to move on this winter.
Moran was off to a half-decent start in 2017, slashing .250/.348/.425 and walking as often as he struck out, before hitting the disabled list the first of May. He’s been on some kinda tear since, ripping nine homers in his past 29 games. The reason I liked Moran in the first place was simply the quality of his hit tool, though you could find people who believed that the raw power was in there and that he’d be able to get to it in games because of his ability to put wood on ball. Even those people probably would be surprised at this outburst. The data seems to point to Moran as one of the legion of players who have changed approach though, perhaps validating this streak as something real. His spray charts indicate a clear shift toward the pull side, and batted-ball data suggests an intentional effort to elevate (and celebrate). Moran’s 41.7 percent fly-ball rate is a full 12 percentage points higher than his 2016 rate, while his ground-ball rate has dropped by more than 13 percentage points, making Moran one of the least-frequent worm destroyers in the PCL. Whaddya know, I’ve talked myself back into him.
I count seven healthy starting options ahead of Font, and that doesn’t even include veteran spot-start candidates Justin Masterson and Jair Jurrjens, or prospects with more likely futures in Dodger blue like Brock Stewart. Yeah, I didn’t know Jurrjens was still kicking around, either.