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August 6, 2013

The Stash List

The Biogenesis Fallout, or Lack Thereof

by Bret Sayre


I saw a question posed on Twitter a couple of hours before Major League Baseball announced the Biogenesis suspensions asking why there hadn’t been any content on the players likely to benefit from the playing time being left behind by Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and the like. And the easy answer is that there’s just nothing really exciting to say about the players standing behind them, but we’re going to talk about it anyway. Things might have been different were Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon been handed suspensions, as they each had interesting players waiting in the wings, but alas, that is not the case. At least Melky was kind enough to go on the disabled list anyway.

For something as long and drawn out as this Biogenesis saga has been, you’d think there would at least be a little excitement for fantasy purposes on the back end. Maybe a young prospect with some impact potential would get a call up. Maybe a bench player with some power potential would see additional at-bats. Instead what we’re left with are a ragtag group of hitters who are uninspiring at best. Here are the three biggest names to get suspended on Monday and who’s most likely to take those at bats:

Nelson Cruz

This one could have actually been fun, but Ron Washington doesn’t feel comfortable throwing Jurickson Profar into the outfield on a regular basis. Instead, it’ll be a combination of Engel Beltre and Craig Gentry. Beltre is the more interesting name of the two, but he’s unlikely to be much more than empty batting average at best. Sure, he does have a history of stealing bases in the minor leagues, but this year he was 14-for-24 on the base paths before being called up. Gentry, on the other hand, could steal more bases but do less everywhere else. We already know who he is at this point.

Everth Cabrera

This gets a little dicey, as the first guy likely to get a crack at playing time in Cabrera’s absence is Logan Forsythe. On the bright side, Forsythe has never made an error while manning the position at the highest level. On the other side, he’s only played 24 innings there in his major-league career. In fact, he only played 13 games at shortstop in his minor-league career as well. As much as I’d love to see Forsythe stick there, since he actually has some skill with the bat, but the odds of this working out are slim. And if it doesn’t, Ronny Cedeno is always there.

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