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If you’re here for the introduction, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you’re here for the Stash List, welcome friend, have a seat.

The Graduates: Kris Bryant (1), Danny Salazar (6), Addison Russell (16)

This was a fun week, huh? Bryant was the most overrated prospect ever on Friday, before being the greatest prospect ever the rest of the week. He’s going to play every day and hit in the middle of that lineup, and I like his chances at being a top-10 third baseman the rest of the way. Of course, some people will value him as a top-two option and those people may provide you with an interesting opportunity. Salazar finally claimed his rotation spot after getting passed over in spring training, and with Zach McAllister headed to the bullpen for the foreseeable future and T.J. House being generally terrible, his job security is surprisingly high at the moment. Of course, he’s still not a great bet to hold up over the course of a full season, either from a health or performance standpoint, but enjoy it while it lasts. Russell was someone I had planned to give a huge bump to this week, given the playing time he started getting at second base. But instead the Cubs didn’t even give me the chance to look smart and promoted him before I could do it. I blame Jason Parks, obviously. Russell will have eyes in the back of his head with two members of the Stash List as possibilities to take over for him if he stumbles, but he’s an elite prospect for good reason.

The Dropouts: Mark Appel (HM), Jaime Garcia (HM), Jonathan Gray (HM)

With a few higher-profile demotions and eligible injured players, these three get the bump. Appel has looked strong to start the season, and he’s deserving of a spot on this list once the backlog has cleared. Garcia is likely four-to-six weeks away from a return, and the Cardinals don’t know whether he’ll even be able to hold down a rotation spot at that point, given his latest bout with fatigue. Finally, Gray just doesn’t look like the impact prospect that he hinted at around the time he was drafted in 2013. If he’s an inconsistent no. 3/4 starter staring down the barrel of being a rookie in Coors, I don’t want any part of that this year.

1) Carlos Rodon, LHP, Chicago White Sox (Last week: 2)

Rodon still qualifies for this list because he’s not in his permanent role yet (the rotation) and he’s not above the ownership limit for relievers (25 percent). He got into his first game on Tuesday, and things didn’t go so well—as he allowed six base runners and two runs in 2 1/3 innings. However, the most promising thing was that he threw 60 pitches, meaning the White Sox are keeping him stretched out. It’s only a matter of time before he ends up in the rotation.

2) Rusney Castillo, OF, Boston Red Sox (Last week: 3)

3) Michael Saunders, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Last week: 4)

As of now, Friday looks like it could be the day Saunders returns to the Blue Jays—and it’s just in time, as Jose Bautista is sidelined with a shoulder injury. With all of the playing time against right-handed pitchers ahead of him that he can handle, Saunders makes for a strong last outfielder in mixed leagues.

4) Henderson Alvarez, RHP, Miami Marlins (Last week: NR)

The high-velocity, low-strikeout starter is crashing the party this week after going on the disabled list last week with shoulder soreness. With a return anticipated during the first half of May, Alvarez will set out to prove that he can improve his peripherals to match his ERA, rather than see the regression that many assume is coming.

5) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Los Angeles Angels (Last week: 5)

We’re only three weeks into the season and there are already issues with C.J. Wilson’s elbow and Matt Shoemaker’s performance. Even with Hector Santiago pitching well and Garrett Richards healthy, Heaney should have a shot to get into the rotation before Memorial Day and should make for a strong starter at home immediately.

6) Raisel Iglesias, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (Last week: NR)

In just one start this season, Iglesias showed both the positives and negatives of his game. He cruised through the first couple of innings, getting swings and misses with his fastball and crisp slider. But by the fifth inning, he was losing command and velocity, only adding fuel to the fire that he’s a reliever in the end. Regardless of what his long-term role is, the Reds are continuing to treat him as a starter, and there’s just no way Jason Marquis holds him off for that long. The strikeout potential is strong here, and having a month or so to stretch out in Triple-A can only help his future fantasy value.

7) Hector Olivera, 2B/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers (Last week: 7)

8) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (Last week: 10)

Bud Norris has a 17.42 ERA through three starts this season. I’m just going to leave that here.

9) J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles (Last week: 8)

Another week and still no rehab assignment for Hardy. A return before the end of April looks pretty unlikely at this point, but there’s no reason to believe it will be much longer than that.

10) Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs (Last week: NR)

The good news for Addison Russell was bad news for “the new Ben Zobrist”. Unfortunately, no one told Alcantara that he was supposed to hit like Zobrist after the swing change, not before it. There’s no guarantee that Russell takes the second base job and runs with it—and even if he does, opportunity abounds in the outfield, whether it’s over Chris Coghlan or due to a potential Dexter Fowler injury. He’ll be back and will again be a power/speed threat with a low batting average.

11) Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets (Last week: 9)

12) Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (Last week: 15)

Franco has been on fire to start the season at Lehigh Valley, hitting .352/.407/.593 with nine extra-base hits in 12 games. There’s no shortage of opportunity in Philadelphia this year, but with Cody Asche pleasing the BABIP gods and Ryan Howard still a Phillie, it’s hard to see a quick promotion coming here.

13) Pat Corbin, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Last week: 17)

Slowly but surely, Corbin is trickling up this list. He was highly underrated when he broke out in 2013, and he’s trending in that direction again. The left-handed threw to live hitters for the first time in his recovery this week, and should have throw a simulated game by the next time I write this column. Exciting times in the desert.

14) Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers (Last week: 20)

It’s very noteworthy that Seager played third base twice this past week, for the first time since 2013. It’s a mantra that bears repeating, even after the Russell write-up above: players in the upper minors who play out of position are always doing it to prepare for a major league role. Since he’s still playing mostly shortstop, it looks like Seager is just getting comfortable in case an opportunity presents itself, but the fact that he hits everywhere he goes will certainly help his chances.

15) Alex Guerrero, Hitter, Los Angeles Dodgers (Last week: 13)

Good news for Seager is bad news for Guerrero, although he still has more routes to playing time—including injuries at second base, third base, right field and left field.

16) Nick Franklin, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays (Last week: 11)

The second baseman was supposed to have started a rehab assignment by now, but he still has not recovered from his oblique injury enough to get there yet. And while I don’t like his chances to keep it up, Tim Beckham is doing his best to give the Rays something to think about even when he does come back.

17) Tony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Last week: NR)

It’s no secret at this point that Mark Melancon has really struggled to find his velocity this season, causing him to stumble through two terrible outings thus far en route to an early 8.53 ERA. While Watson is left-handed, he’s also the best reliever the Pirates have—and their right-handed options all have flaws. Plus, Watson’s platoon split isn’t scary enough to make this an issue, as right-handed batters have hit .215/.284/.357 against him in his career.

18) Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros (Last week: 21)

The Astros’ first baseman of the future continues to push to get another shot to be the first baseman of the present in Triple-A. With his slash line up to .313/.400/.646, and the big, bad Evan Gattis/Chris Carter duo now combining for a .667 OPS, he is certainly presenting the organization with options. And yes, that .667 OPS is derived from the sum of Gattis’ .382 mark and Carter’s .285.

19) Rafael Montero, RHP, New York Mets (Last week: 23)

The Mets have already announced that Montero will start for the club on April 28th against the Marlins, so there are two questions in play here. First, can he make the case to stick in the rotation over Dillon Gee? And how fantasy relevant will he be even if he does get that opportunity?

20) Chris Taylor, SS, Seattle Mariners (Last week: 18)

21) Javier Baez, 2B/SS, Chicago Cubs (Last week: 14)

22) Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians (Last week: 19)

23) Bobby Parnell, RHP, New York Mets (Last week: 12)

24) Josh Hamilton, OF, Los Angeles Angels (Last week: NR)

The Angels handling of Hamilton over the last few weeks has been nothing short of a public relations disaster for the club, and since they’re unlikely to get the retribution they’ve been lobbying for, Hamilton stands a good chance to be back in Los Angeles at some point in June. If this sounds familiar, just ask Alex Rodriguez, who everyone thought was done before he wasn’t.

25) Blake Swihart, C, Boston Red Sox (Last week: 22)

Honorable Mention: Alex Gonzalez, Jose Peraza, Sean Nolin, Stephen Piscotty, Kris Medlen,

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derekgetman
4/23
Good list, thanks. I'm surprised Dilson Herrera didn't make it.. Is this simply due to opportunity?
bretsayre
4/23
Thanks. Yes, it's about opportunity. The Mets have shown no interest in having him compete with Flores for the shortstop job, despite being similarly competent defensively, and there's very little chance the Mets trade Daniel Murphy at this point. That means it would have to be a major Murphy injury to open things up, and even that would be temporary. That said, after some of this logjam clears up, he'll make the list. He was one of the last 2-3 names to be cut.
tylersnotes
4/23
what are the chances we see michael lorenzen on this list in the near future?
bretsayre
4/23
Slim to none. I have very little confidence that Lorenzen would be a capable mixed league fantasy starter in 2015, even with opportunity. He's an interesting name to stash in NL-only formats though, I just think he's their seventh starter right now.
t0mmyo
4/23
Michael Taylor should probably make the cut since he was sent down. He will get the call if anything happens to Werth/Span.
bretsayre
4/23
That is the problem with Taylor though, right? He has zero chance of forcing his way into the lineup, and while those pure injury guys will make their way onto the list, they have capped ceilings and less utility. If the Nationals didn't have such a loaded outfield, he'd easily slide into the top-10, but I'd rather be betting on opportunity at this point. It's the same reason why Stephen Piscotty is barely hanging onto a spot in this list, despite the fact that I think he'd be pretty useful if Heyward or Holliday got hurt.
t0mmyo
4/24
Very true. He's crushing AAA right now.
wma1963
4/23
Hi Bret. Is Mike Foltynewicz starting to make it on your radar?
bretsayre
4/23
This is both the fun and difficult part of doing this list in April. There are so many players on the radar, that I could easily go 50 deep each week (though I might not survive by June though). Foltynewicz is just not a guy I buy as a starter right now, and though he may get an opportunity, I think he'll struggle to provide fantasy value due to the shortcomings in his game (command, control, secondaries). If he starts stringing together good outings and showing improvement, he'll pop up here, but I don't think he'll feature prominently.
winder
4/23
Bret,Saunders can't hit lefties? If not then who does he platoon with?
bretsayre
4/23
How about Kevin Pillar? He has a career OPS 100 points higher against southpaws, and would fit nicely in that role.
winder
4/23
Oh yeah.Forgot about Pillar.Thanks.
sebaker
4/23
I'd like to ask about Sean Nolin since he's the only player listed here not owned in my league ;)
bretsayre
4/23
Sure. I really like the combination of his profile (#4 starter, fly ball guy, not incredible stuff) in that ballpark. He's about to start a rehab assignment (had off-season hernia surgery) and could be ready to join the A's rotation in 3-4 weeks. I'm also not a Kendall Graveman believer and think Nolin stands a decent shot at grabbing his spot (depending on what happens with their TJ guys).
sebaker
4/24
Great thanks ... am supposing that AJ Griffin and Jerrod Parker are still too far away to crack the List ... am seeing buzz about Parker currently but not about Griffin, I'm assuming just because Parker's rehab is more advanced
Graz96
4/23
Interesting. Franco started to play first. You think that might be a sign of a quicker promotion?
bretsayre
4/24
Not really, unless they cut ties with Ryan Howard in this situation, but it is always at least an incrementally good sign (just not a big one here).
BPKevin
4/24
Does Coco Crisp qualify and if so, do you think he's worth a stash?
bretsayre
4/24
He did not this week, but is trending towards qualification next week. And yes, in a non-shallow mixed, he's certainly worth stashing at this point.
BPKevin
4/25
Thank you, considering dropping stash-Jaime Garcia for him to help my anemic offense. Another name popped up; Nick Swisher - returning from double knee surgery, expected to play right field and 3-5 in first minor league game.
joshzd1
4/24
John Holdzkom ... He's had very limited use at the ML level but his splits are even v R/L (t least in 2014) and he can touch 100. Wouldn't that make him an option in Pittsburgh? Watson is too valuable at setup IMO.
jfranco77
4/24
His command at AAA has been horrific this year. Love the guy and his story, but for now he's way behind Watson and Caminero, maybe even behind Hughes and Liz.
bretsayre
4/24
Agreed. I don't see Holdzkom being any higher than fifth on this list (at best) and he's not someone I'd worry about at this point.
granbergt
4/27
Is Heaney getting called up now that Shoemaker is on the DL?