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July 16, 2013

The Stash List

Seeing the List in Action

by Bret Sayre


There’s no doubt about it in my mind—the Futures Game is hands down the best event of All-Star Weekend. And with the entire experience being local for me this year, I was able to take advantage of my geography and head out to Citi Field to see seven members of this week’s Stash List with my own eyes. Of course, it also helped that I had the more finely tuned eyes of Zach Mortimer and Chris Mellen from the BP Prospect team, among others, with me for most of the game. And before we delve any further into this, if you haven’t checked out Zach’s Minor League Update from yesterday with notes from a number of Futures Game participants, just click there and then come back. I can wait.

It’s no coincidence that a number of the names you’ll see below were among the most impressive prospects I saw on Sunday, as Futures Game performances tend to swing toward the more advanced guys. Here are a few who caught my eye in particular for fantasy purposes:

Xander Bogaerts

Enough has been said about Bogaerts’ bat at this point to fill an Aaron Sorkin pilot, but two things really jumped out at me having finally seen him in person. First of all, he is a lot faster than I thought he would be. Coming into this season, he had never had a success rate stealing bases of higher than 50 percent, but he’s been successful seven out of nine times so far this year. He’s certainly not a burner, or even an above-average runner, but he’s certainly not a base-clogger. Bogaerts tried to steal second off Austin Hedges in the first inning and was gunned down, but there’s no shame in that—there will be a long list of players who learn not to try and steal against Hedges over the next decade and a half. Secondly, and most importantly, he looked the part enough on defense to have a great chance to hold that eligibility for the next few years. And in a fantasy landscape where Jed Lowrie and his seven homers and sub-.300 batting average is a top-10 shortstop, being able to put Bogaerts at short will do wonders for his value.

Christian Yelich

There’s really not much more to add here, except to add to the sentiments that already exist. Yes, his BP was great, and yes, he’s got a silky smooth swing, but we knew this already. He just looks like a guy ready for the big leagues, and as you can probably tell by him jumping back up this list, a call-up in the next couple of weeks would not shock me.

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