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June 24, 2014

The Stash List

11th Edition

by Bret Sayre


The Graduates: Andrew Heaney (1), Miguel Gonzalez (20)
Heaney’s major-league debut went very well, albeit against a not-so-great Mets offense—as he allowed five base runners in six innings while striking out three. I’ve been talking about him for a while here, and I also had the opportunity to put my money where my mouth is. Mike Gianella and I won the FAAB bidding for Heaney this week in mixed LABR with a heavy-handed $21 entry. There will be no time wasted in getting him into our lineup this week as he gets two starts against the Phillies and Athletics. With Miguel Gonzalez now healthy, the Orioles are going with a temporary six-man rotation for as long as they have the roster flexibility to do so. Eventually they’re going to have to cut one, and Gonzalez still may be furthest out on the bubble.

The Departed: Francisco Lindor (24), Joba Chamberlain (HM), Casey Kelly (HM)
There’s nothing wrong with what Lindor is doing in the minor leagues—he’s still an excellent prospect and fine fantasy one as well—but the Indians are shaping up to hang around the AL Wild Card race and Asdrubal Cabrera is playing reasonably well. At this point, it will take an injury to make room for the future star shortstop. Chamberlain is also not a victim of his own failures, but a victim of Joe Nathan’s success—at least recently. Nathan has put together two very strong outings after making some mechanical adjustments, and the storyline is built for him to run with it. He’s still worth keeping a peripheral eye on, but Nathan has more rope now than a week ago. There’s a large soft spot in my heart for Casey Kelly, and I still think he is going to be a good major league pitcher. But this just appears to be another lost year for the athletic right-hander, who just can’t get past these elbow setbacks. Don’t worry, Casey—I don’t give up that easily.

And the ones who are still left waiting:

1) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (Previous Rank: NR)
Yes, it’s a little cheap to put Gausman back in here because the Orioles sent him down to Triple-A as part of very smart roster management and not LOL ORIOLES like most initially assumed. But it’s my list. In the brief time he’s spent in the Orioles’ rotation, he’s been the best pitcher they have—and I like him to continue to be their best pitcher the rest of the season. He is a must-own in all leagues.

2) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Previous Rank: 2)
This week’s start was a little bit of a setback on paper, but it came in Colorado Springs, so I think we can all take a deep breath about the stat line. He’s proving that he is healthy and Erasmo Ramirez pitching in Seattle is a thing that we are all living through right now. It’s only a matter of time before he’s up if the Mariners want to take themselves seriously as contenders. Of course, if they don’t, we may very well see another month or two of Erasmo.

3) Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Previous Rank: 3)
Back to biding his time in Triple-A, Taveras awaits an injury, a trade or the desperation that would lead to him playing center field. Also, don’t be swayed by any disappointing minor-league stats during this holding period—he’s ready to hit at the majo- league level and he knows it.

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BERSMR

Meyer has now had several poor starts in a row. Concern level? Any obvious explanation? Seems like he is moving further away each start from a call up, not closer.

Jun 24, 2014 06:24 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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A little concern, but I've never been particularly high on his 2014 value. Still think he'll get a shot relatively soon, but innings limit and control will hurt him at the major league level.

Jun 24, 2014 10:22 AM
 
jonmischa

Eddie Butler?

Jun 24, 2014 07:10 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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I still really like Butler long-term, but until there's some better news there, it's a big no thank you from me. Shoulders + Colorado = bad news.

Jun 24, 2014 10:23 AM
 
BPKevin

Love the Stash! Pick up Tyler Skaggs drop Jimmy Nelson or Jesse Hahn? Skaggs projected ROS: 15-GS, 83-IP, 69-K, 32-BB, 4.02-ERA, 1.34-WHIP, sound about right?

Jun 24, 2014 09:28 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Thanks! Gimme Skaggs of that group, and I'll take the under on those ratios and the over on the innings.

Jun 24, 2014 10:25 AM
 
BPKevin

Considering Jaime Garcia's injury history and recent injury, would you consider another DL familiar; Francisco Liriano, a better stash?

Jun 24, 2014 09:30 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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Well sure, Liriano would higher than 23 if he were eligible here. He's definitely a better stash than Garcia.

Jun 24, 2014 10:28 AM
 
Paul Allen

Any thoughts on Ranaudo? Is he just lost in the shuffle with all the arms close to the majors for the Sox?

And what about this Refsnyder character? Matt Carpenter-lite?

Jun 24, 2014 11:26 AM
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BP staff member Bret Sayre
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I don't think he's as much lost in the shuffle as he is just not as good as the other guys. I'd rather have RLDR, Webster, Barnes and Owens than Ranaudo. And Refsnyder is a nice story until he actually shows he can hit at the major league level. If he's Matt Carpenter lite, it's the difference between an ice cream sundae and a three dippin' dots.

Jun 24, 2014 12:38 PM
 
sroney

ESPN says Gausman is scheduled to start in the double-header against the Rays on Friday even though he was sent down. Is that even possible? I thought you had to stay down ten days unless there was an injury and I think that would be only seven at most.

Jun 24, 2014 12:31 PM
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BERSMR

That is generally true, but there is an exception for doubleheaders that allow you to bring up a 26th man, who may have been sent down in the past 10 days, and then send them right down after the doubleheader. This is actually little more than creative roster management by the Orioles to give themselves another roster spot for for a 10 day period--in all likelihood, although Gausman will be in the minor for about 10 days, he will effectively have been in the Orioles rotation the entire time.

Jun 24, 2014 12:38 PM
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