I went to a cobbler to fix a hole in my shoe. He took one look at my face and I’ve got some guys to stash for you.
Another week of high-end graduations, led by yet another number one departing. Castillo was finally summoned when Shane Victorino proved what we all thought coming into the season—that he couldn’t cut it as the Red Sox regular right fielder. However, with just three singles in four games so far, Castillo has a ways to go to prove that he’s the better option. In time, I think Castillo cements himself into this job and flirts with double-digits in both homers and steals before the year is over, but patience is likely to be required, as he’s had an injury-laden start to the season.
The remaining two graduates are oft-injured players whose former fantasy selves dwarf their current incarnations. Hamilton is a complete wild card, who could find himself struggling to hit .200 with little semblance of his former power, or could get a second (third? fourth?) wind back in Texas and be a reasonable mixed league outfielder for the remainder of the season. On the other hand, Garcia is both much more of a lock to perform well while on the field, yet also much more of a lock to stay off the field. He’s struggled in the strikeout-to-walk department (pitting just eight of the former versus five of the latter in his first two starts), but that 63.2 percent ground ball rate is the bread and butter of his game. If he can get his control under control before he gets hurt again, he should be ownable in almost all mixed leagues for the time being.
The Dropouts: None
With Juan Uribe shipped off to Atlanta, Olivera now has a direct route to playing time if he proves to be the player the Dodgers thought they were getting when they signed him to a $62.5 million deal earlier this month. He could be in Los Angeles as soon as the second half of June, and should find himself with multi-eligibility from the jump—which never hurts. It seems unlikely that Justin Turner or Alex Guerrero will be able to hold off a healthy Olivera at the hot corner for long.
Another boring week here for Heaney, who pitched very well again in his most recent outing, giving him a 3.02 ERA across nine starts in the Pacific Coast League now. Unfortunately, without an opening in the Angels’ rotation, in the Pacific Coast League he remains.
It was a light week for the rehabbing southpaw, as he is taking a brief hiatus from his comeback due to ordinary soreness. Right now, it is looking more and more like a second half of June return is a realistic outcome—not next week, as the Diamondbacks originally predicted.
There’s little question that Correa is the best shortstop currently in the Houston organization, it’s just a matter of when the call comes. He’s 20 years old, and is now hitting .350/.423/.650 across both the Double-A and Triple-A level this year, including an .853 OPS since his latest promotion. This is exactly what we mean when we talk about prospects forcing the issue.
5) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros (Last week: 10)
Speaking of forcing the issue with the Astros, Singleton is doing his best to do that as well. His .997 OPS looks far better than the .610 OPS that Chris Carter has put up so far this season. In fact, even Singleton’s .620 OPS from last year looks better than that.
Everything you need to know about Rodriguez is in today’s Call Up. So you should read that (after you finish reading the Stash List, of course). In brief, he’s up for one start now, but I’d expect that number to be much higher by season’s end, given the current state of Boston’s rotation.
The big jumper this week is Smith, as he continues to dominate in a set up role and Fernando Rodney continues to perform as though his #tilt is covering his eyes. This may be more of a slow burn than some are anticipating, as the Mariners may not rush to strip Rodney of closing duties, but there’s a good chance Smith is closing by the end of June.
The good Baez has now been on display in Iowa for nearly a month now, and if Addison Russell wasn’t taking well to the second base job in Chicago, we might see a promotion soon. Of course, we still might, but Baez has been splitting time almost evenly between shortstop and second base this year, and neither of those positions is vacant right now. In the long run, moving someone to third base and Kris Bryant to the outfield may be the approach, but don’t expect that any time soon.
Is he in the rotation or out of the rotation? Is Johnny Cueto going to make his start this weekend? Many unanswered questions in Cincinnati, but from a talent standpoint, Iglesias is one of the Reds’ five best starters right now—and I think that sorts itself out in time.
Next up for Gausman, as he tries to return to the Orioles’ rotation, is a simulated game on June 2. A rehab assignment will follow, and he could be ready to roll as soon as three weeks from now. Unfortunately, Mike Wright (seemingly his competition for a job) has gotten off to a great start in his brief career, so this brings yet another obstacle into the fold.
11) Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks (Last week: 11)
Maybe the Diamondbacks should stop giving return dates for their players. Lamb was scheduled to return around June 1, but just played in his first extended spring game last night—and given the way Yasmany Tomas has been hitting, they’ll likely give him a few extra games on his rehab assignment to make sure he’s fully ready to go. Tomas may be a brutal defender, but he’s hitting .345 and is not going back to the bench.
Currently on rehab, and seemingly always on rehab, Arcia is likely to return to the Twins next week—and boy do they need him, despite what their record might say. If he can keep his strikeouts more under control and retain the power, Arcia could be an option in all-sized mixed leagues, but he’s proven to be a poor bet to sustain both good performance and health.
14) Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers (Last week: 14)
The Uribe trade doesn’t help Seager much in the short term, as Olivera seems poised to get the first shot at that third base job. However, if July rolls around and the Dodgers are still searching for an answer at the hot corner, Seager and his .893 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A should be a good fallback option to have.
In his five starts since being demoted, Norris has good overall numbers (3.18 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings), but his struggles with the free pass (17 in that stretch) may be what keeps him in Triple-A longer than originally expected. That said, it would be a huge surprise if he were still in the minors at the end of June.
16) Dalton Pompey, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Last week: 12)
In almost any other organization, Matz would be a top-five name on this list; however, the Mets are going to have to get creative just to keep Noah Syndergaard in Queens, let alone make room for their next high-end pitching prospect.
21) Marco Gonzales, LHP, St Louis Cardinals (Last week: 20)
The way Chris Capuano has pitched thus far, the Yankees are likely counting the days until Nova can return—though it looks to be at least four weeks away. I strongly prefer more consistent pre-surgery performers when speculating on post-Tommy John candidates, but Nova is at least closer than some of those contemporaries, and that shouldn’t be understated.
23) Roberto Osuna, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (Last week: NR)
He’s clearly the best reliever in their bullpen right now, so why not speculate given the lack of a reliable ninth inning option?
25) Stephen Piscotty, OF, St Louis Cardinals (Last week: 23)