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08-19

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The Stash List: 18th Edition: The Final Quest
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Bret Sayre

08-12

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The Stash List: 17th Edition
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Bret Sayre

08-05

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The Stash List: 16th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-29

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The Stash List: 15th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-23

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The Stash List: 14th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-09

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The Stash List: 13th Edition
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Bret Sayre

07-01

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The Stash List: 12th Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-24

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The Stash List: 11th Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-17

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The Stash List: 10th Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-10

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The Stash List: Ninth Edition
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Bret Sayre

06-03

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The Stash List: Eighth Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-29

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The Stash List: Seventh Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-20

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-13

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The Stash List: Fifth Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-06

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The Stash List: Fourth Edition
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Bret Sayre

04-29

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The Stash List: Third Edition
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Bret Sayre

04-22

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The Stash List: Second Edition
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Bret Sayre

04-01

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The Stash List: Week One
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Bret Sayre

09-24

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The Stash List: A 2014 Preview
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Bret Sayre

08-20

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The Stash List: The Final 2013 Installment
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Bret Sayre

08-13

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12

The Stash List: Checking Back in on the Graduated Perch Dwellers
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Bret Sayre

08-06

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10

The Stash List: The Biogenesis Fallout, or Lack Thereof
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Bret Sayre

07-30

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The Stash List: Speculating on the Trade Deadline
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Bret Sayre

07-23

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The Stash List: Drawing a Line in the Sand
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Bret Sayre

07-16

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The Stash List: Seeing the List in Action
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Bret Sayre

07-09

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The Stash List: All Killer, No Filler
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Bret Sayre

07-02

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The Stash List: Remembering the Medlen Effect
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Bret Sayre

06-25

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The Stash List: Checking Back in on the Debut Debate
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Bret Sayre

06-18

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The Stash List: Moving Beyond the Super Two
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Bret Sayre

06-11

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The Stash List: Wilpocalypse Now?
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Bret Sayre

06-04

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The Stash List: The Mystery of Super Two Status
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Bret Sayre

05-28

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The Stash List: Don Mattingly's Post-Realism
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Bret Sayre

05-21

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The Stash List: Jurickson Profar's Valedictorian Speech
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Bret Sayre

05-15

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The Stash List: The Bad Teams With a Plan
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Bret Sayre

05-06

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The Stash List: Pitchers Versus Position Players
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Bret Sayre

04-29

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The Stash List: Seeing What You Want to See
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Bret Sayre

04-22

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The Stash List: First Edition
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Bret Sayre

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May 20, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: Sixth Edition

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Bret Sayre

The Super Two cutoff isn't yet upon us, so Gregory Polanco retains his spot atop the list.

We’re rolling with a slightly different format this week, so instead of an introduction, we’re actually going to talk about those who graduated from last week’s list. Do you like this? RT for yes, fav for no.

The Graduates: Jaime Garcia (14), Derek Norris (15), Rafael Montero (19), Jennry Mejia (22)
We finally had some graduates this past week, clearing a few spots on the list for new names. Garcia looked pretty sharp (other than a few long balls) against the Braves, and I remain optimistic about him from a skill (not health) standpoint. Norris finally goes off the list as he started five games last week, with four of them coming against right-handed pitching. If he’s still unowned in your league, please rectify this immediately. Montero made his debut against the Yankees on Wednesday and looked good enough that Mike Gianella and I picked him up for our LABR team. That fact alone should cause you to sell him before he spontaneously combusts (yes, we’ve gone through more pitchers than Spinal Tap has drummers). And finally, Mejia seemed like the best option the Mets had to close games, and he’s doing just that—causing him to fall off the list for positive reasons.


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May 13, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: Fifth Edition

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Bret Sayre

The wait for Gregory Polanco's debut continues.

No time to waste this week—instead we jump right into the list with the fervor and excitement of a Yasiel Puig bat flip. Yes, we’re going full Puig.

So without any further ado, here is The Stash List 5.0:

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May 6, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: Fourth Edition

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Bret Sayre

Jurickson Profar makes his first appearance, but Gregory Polanco remains at the top.

The worst thing for a player who is performing at a high level in the minor leagues is to have a player (or players) ahead of him who is also getting the job done. This goes triple for position players, as a starting pitching prospect will force his way in there if his performance dictates that he deserves a job. If you look at the top names on this list (specifically the first five prospects), part of the reason why they are so prominently ranked is that they are significantly better from a talent perspective than what is ahead of them on the depth chart. Those five players, who are potentially going to be phased out, are (roughly) Travis Snider, Jon Jay, Luis Valbuena, Marc Krauss, and Cody Asche. Those are not impediments, they are placeholders.

The waters get much more murky when you have a player like Alexander Guerrero, who from a talent and performance standpoint should probably get a shot at major league playing time, but is behind Dee Gordon on the depth chart. Normally this wouldn’t be a huge obstacle, but Gordon (and his .385 on-base percentage) has been one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball this season. So while Guerrero ends up in the Honorable Mention section again because he would likely get the call in the event of a Gordon injury, that’s a much less likely outcome than a near replacement player playing like a near replacement level player.

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April 29, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: Third Edition

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Bret Sayre

Three NL Central position players lead the way.

We’ll keep the introduction short this week, but it’s the perfect time to touch on a very important topic, both when trying to predict which prospects will have both 2014 and long-term value.

Minor league statistics are deceiving. That’s not to say they can’t be informative, because they do tell the story of what has actually happened in professional games, but they don’t come close to explaining the whole picture. Take Eddie Butler for example—he’s been pitching well in Triple-A, but with the lowest strikeout rate of his minor league career. You could read this as a bad sign when you’re flipping through his Baseball Reference page, but the reality is that the stuff is still just as good as 2013 (if not better), and the Rockies are asking him to pitch to contact more.

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April 22, 2014 10:07 am

The Stash List: Second Edition

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Bret Sayre

Javier Baez retains the top spot, but there's a new hot prospect ranked second.

Yes, there was no Stash List for the past two weeks, but that was all part of the plan. Any changes would be extremely minimal, as no one wants more overreaction to small sample sizes and there was never going to be much roster movement. Of course, then the Astros go and call up George Springer, and now everyone is eyeing the prospects on their benches and asking “why not me?”

Well, realistically, not for a while. The most impactful area of this column for the first two months of the season deals with prospects, and if you haven’t read Zachary Levine’s analysis on service time, it’s extremely important for stashers like you and me. We all know about Super Two, approximately when the deadline is and why teams do it. But it’s often forgotten that there are some big prospects who come up in the second half of April, once their teams have ensured that they don’t lose a full year of control.

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April 1, 2014 6:30 am

The Stash List: Week One

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Bret Sayre

Javier Baez gets the nod atop the first edition of this year's list.

Welcome back to my focal column here at Baseball Prospectus, The Stash List. I know, you’ve missed it. But for the 2014 season, we’re starting right from Week 1 with a first look at who you should be spending valuable reserve slots on in your league. For those of you not familiar with this column and the types of players who are included/excluded from it, I will now throw it out to past Bret to explain from April of 2013:

The purpose of it is to rank the top 25 players who are not active contributors to fantasy teams for 2013 only. Again, it does not take into account future value, which would result in a very different order. This list will include four different types of players, with specific restrictions attached:

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September 24, 2013 6:00 am

The Stash List: A 2014 Preview

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Bret Sayre

With this season winding down, Bret looks at the players who might populate the first 2014 edition of the list.

With the last week of the season upon us, it’s a good time to take a fun look ahead to next season. And the form that takes today is a stab at what the first installment of the Stash List might look like in six-and-a-half months. And yes, that means the Stash List will live on for another season.

Of course, this sneak preview will only take into account a small part of the player pool that goes into the list, since there will certainly be players who are either injured or beat out for jobs in the spring included come April. But for now, we will roll ahead with the group of players we pay the most attention to—prospects yet to get the call to the majors. And as an added wrinkle, I’m not going to include a few high-profile prospects who I believe have a better than even chance to be on their team’s Opening Day roster. Among those are the following potential future stars:

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August 20, 2013 6:42 am

The Stash List: The Final 2013 Installment

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Bret Sayre

Pedro Strop gets the no. 1 spot in this year's final Stash List, as Bret unveils the top 20 and prepares for his second taste of fatherhood.

This week, the Stash List turns 18, and to celebrate, I’m kicking it out the house and telling it to get a job. Like I mentioned a week ago, the closer we get to the end of the season, the more luck-based and less skill-based stashing becomes. It also becomes less helpful to actually use a roster spot on a stash once the beginning of September rolls around. Those roster spots are generally better used by grabbing pitchers who will have attractive upcoming match-ups and hitters who have pronounced platoon splits that you can sneak into your lineup once or twice a week when the situation permits.

This goes double for those of you in head-to-head leagues, where you may have been stashing a player or two on the off chance that they carried real fantasy value for the playoffs. Since we’re now less than two weeks from the likely start of your playoffs, that potential value needs to be shifted to real value. Once the bell rings in that first playoff match-up, it’s all hands on deck every week. And that goes for anyone who is not currently on an active roster. The worst thing you can do is become too confident in your team and look ahead to the semi-finals or finals.

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August 13, 2013 8:57 am

The Stash List: Checking Back in on the Graduated Perch Dwellers

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Bret Sayre

Bret reviews the rewards offered by the players who once topped these rankings, and then unveils this week's top 20.

First, let’s start with the sad news. There will only be one more Stash List left for 2013 after today, and it will run as scheduled next Tuesday. We’re getting to the point in the season where a lot of the skill in putting together this list is becoming overshadowed by short-term randomness, and the overall usefulness is coming close to running its natural course. But, we’re not there yet. So let’s party like this column will never end.

Since this idea was birthed back in April, the list has seen seven different players occupy the top spot. And now that we’re just about three-quarters of the way through the season, it seems like a good time to check back in on how those players are doing.

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August 6, 2013 6:00 am

The Stash List: The Biogenesis Fallout, or Lack Thereof

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Bret Sayre

Bret reviews the few players who could see their fantasy values rise as a result of the Biogenesis suspensions, and then unveils his updated top 20.

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:

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July 30, 2013 6:29 am

The Stash List: Speculating on the Trade Deadline

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Bret Sayre

Bret offers advice that could help you capitalize on tomorrow's trade action, before unveiling this week's top 20.

It’s tough to avoid getting into the trade deadline spirit this time of year, and with less than 48 hours left until we actually know who has changed uniforms, speculation is in full swing. It seems like every hour or two there is a new name thrown into the fire. The Phillies are buyers and then they’re sellers and then they’re buyers again. The White Sox are looking to unload Jake Peavy and then they want to build around him “long-term”—but not if Zach Mortimer has anything to say about it. The rumors are endless and it’s nearly impossible to differentiate the smoke from the fire in the internet age.

So to avoid getting too deep into the actual names being thrown around (we’ll get into that with some of the players below), let’s take a step back and talk about the best way to speculate prior to the trade deadline. While there are certainly players whose fantasy value would increase greatly due to trades, whether it’s an eighth-inning arm who gets a shot to close or a fourth outfielder who gets a full-time job, the trick is to grab as many names as possible and keep your fingers crossed.

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July 23, 2013 6:15 am

The Stash List: Drawing a Line in the Sand

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Bret Sayre

Bret explains why certain players who were recently promoted never made his list, then unveils this week's top 25.

We may have moved past the big Super Two names, but the call-ups from the minor league have not stopped. Instead we have a slew of non-Top 100 prospects up with bigleague clubs—some even looking at legitimate playing time. For the purposes of the Stash List (which is geared towards mixed leaguers), these players aren’t of requisite value to be on your radar—especially when compared with players who are likely to be free agents in those leagues. At some point, there needs to be a line drawn in the sand between prospects who can come up and produce enough to be ownable in medium-sized mixed leagues and ones that are very unlikely to be able to do so. The truth is that for a lot of these minor leaguers, the only leagues they’re getting picked up in are the ones where almost everyone needs to be owned, and you don’t need me to tell you to own a player who’s going to get playing time in an AL or NL-only format.

But with that said, a lot of people who read this site and this column do play in those deeper formats, so I’m going to dig into some of those players right now, and what I expect from them this season. And let’s start with the most recent, and likely most valuable, call-up of the last week or so:

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