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For a refresher on the four types of players that are eligible for inclusion on this list, please see the first edition of the year to find out why players like A.J. Pollock, Michael Brantley, Yu Darvish, and Zack Greinke are not listed below.

Last week’s Stash List can be found here.

The Graduates: (2) Michael Conforto, (23) Mike Zunino, (Next 10) Arismendy Alcantara, (Next 10) Ryon Healy

OF Michael Conforto rejoined the Mets on Sunday after hitting .344/.420/.623 in his 16-game Vegas banishment. Conforto started in right field for the first time in his career against the Cubs on Tuesday, and the team indicated that he could see time in center field with Yoenis Cespedes anchored to left field due to his tender right quadriceps.

C Mike Zunino was summoned from Triple-A Tacoma once again on Wednesday and promptly hit a home run in four at-bats against the White Sox. Scott Servais indicated that Zunino would likely be up for the rest of the season, saying, “We’re going to mix and match him and Chris. It will be more than once-or-twice-a-week scenario going forward." With the dreck that quite a few fantasy squads are deploying at catcher to this point in the season, it’s not a huge stretch to envision Zunino providing top-10 (or even top-five) value over the rest of the season–even if he’s in a timeshare with Iannetta.

Oakland promoted 3B Ryon Healy from Triple-A Nashville on July 15th and UT Arismendy Alcantara on Wednesday, as part of the team’s plan to reduce the playing time of its veterans over the last two months of the season. Healy has earned the start at third base in each of his six games since his recall and has hit for a .286 AVG with one home run and six RBI in 19 plate appearances. Alcantara could also see quite a bit of playing time in August and September once Billy Beane finds a taker for Jed Lowrie.

The Dropouts: (Next 10) Robert Stephenson, (Next 10) Austin Voth

Now, onto the 16th Edition of The Stash as we approach the trade deadline and the final month of the regular season in most leagues:

1) Alex Bregman, SS/3B/OF, Houston Astros (Last week: 1)
2) Yulieski Gurriel, 2B/3B, Houston Astros (Last week: 3)

Bregman went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Wednesday night’s PCL tilt against Joey Gallo and Co., which pushed his batting average in 15 games at Triple-A Fresno to .388. It wasn’t another three hit night at the plate that was the story for Bregman though, it was that he played his first professional game in left field, playing there for five innings before moving back to his familiar shortstop.

Bregman was seeing action in left field almost assuredly due to Houston’s signing of INF Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million deal last weekend. The Astros were apparently impressed enough with Gurriel’s conditioning that they intend to add him to the major-league roster in “two or three weeks,” per A.J. Hinch, and it appears that he’ll get the bulk of the time at third base over the rest of the season. George Bissell talked about Gurriel’s ability to make a fantasy impact in his most recent TDGX transaction recap, and with the money that Gurriel received, he’s going to receive an abundance of playing time and he’s going to be in the lineup at the major-league level very soon. With Gurriel now in the fold, I think that certainly decreases Bregman’s playing time this season when they are both on the roster, but I think it also increases his chances of being traded over the next week-and-a-half as the Astros seek an impact starting pitcher like Chris Archer prior to the trade deadline. There will likely be plenty of at-bats to go around for Bregman and Gurriel between left field, third base, and the designated-hitter slot over the final two months, but Houston’s presumed addition of two right-handed bats to the roster will probably cost left fielder Colby Rasmus (.576 OPS in 73 PA against LHP) and A.J. Reed a good chunk of at-bats down the stretch, and could see Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez get the bulk of the first-base duties.

Best guess ETA: This weekend for Bregman, early-August for Gourriel

3) Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Los Angeles Angels (Last week: 7)

Skaggs’ start scheduled for Tuesday at Triple-A Salt Lake was pushed to Wednesday because of rain, and with Nick Tropeano the latest Angel starter to be lost for the season with a torn UCL in the meantime, the start will likely serve as his last rehab tuneup before jumping into the Los Angeles rotation next week. Skaggs was impressive in his 5 2/3 innings of work on Wednesday night against Triple-A Iowa, striking out 12 (and walking three) while allowing just one hit.

After his monster performance against Omaha on July 14th, where Skaggs punched out 14 of the 22 batters he faced and allowed just one hit in seven innings of work, he was named PCL Pitcher of the Week, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

Best guess ETA: Next week

4) Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals (Last week: Not eligible)

Giolito appears likely to start for the Nationals on Sunday against the Padres, as Joe Ross is still not ready to rejoin the Washington rotation. Giolito allowed no runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking two in his first career start at Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday and could be the top candidate (ahead of Reynaldo Lopez and Austin Voth) to take Ross’s place in the big-league rotation if his shoulder prohibits him from returning this season.

Best guess ETA: July 24th

5) Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Last week: 4)

Glasnow was sent back to Triple-A Indianapolis on July 14th and made the start there on Monday, punching out nine in six innings of work, allowing three earned runs on two hits and issuing three walks. Jameson Taillon rejoined the Pirates rotation on Tuesday as Chad Kuhl was returned to Indianapolis, and with Jeff Locke (5.40 DRA, 120 cFIP) continuing to impress nobody, Glasnow could soon be reunited with Taillon, but it’s worth noting that he’s already very close (107.1 IP) to eclipsing last year’s 109.1 inning total.

Best guess ETA: Mid-August

6) Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF, Texas Rangers (Last week: 6)

Prince Fielder was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with a herniated disk in his neck, and Shin-Soo Choo joined him there with lower back stiffness. The team summoned OF Delino DeShields and UT Hanser Alberto from Triple-A Round Rock instead of Gallo, which leads me to recklessly speculate that they are keeping him there to protect his trade value. They could also simply think that Jurickson Profar is better equipped to help right now at the major league level and don’t want to have Gallo rot on the bench again, but I don’t get the impression that Gallo is untouchable by any means if Texas were to receive an offer for a starting pitcher or catcher of their liking prior to the deadline.

Best guess ETA: August 2nd

7) Adam Ottavino, RHP, Colorado Rockies (Last week: 5)

Ottavino has yet to be scored upon in four innings of work, allowing two hits, while walking one and striking out five. His fastball velocity is close to what it was in 2014 (pre-Tommy John surgery), but he’s yet to pitch in back-to-back games.

8) Sergio Romo, RHP, San Francisco Giants (Last week: 8)

9) Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox (Last week: 9)

Benintendi is 10-for-37 (.270 AVG) with one home run and as many walks (four) as strikeouts over his last 10 games at Double-A Portland, just as Brock Holt has hit for a .370 AVG with two home runs in his first eight games back from injury.

Best guess ETA: Mid-August

10) Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Last week: 17)

De Leon pitched a career-high eight innings on Wednesday night at Triple-A Oklahoma City and matched his season-high strikeout total of 10 while walking nobody. With LHP Alex Wood looking like he’ll miss a majority of the next two months, LHP Hyun-jin Ryu hitting the disabled list once again, and another Dodger lefty that you may have heard of also receiving less than ideal news about his back this week, De Leon looks like he’s a prime candidate to join the rotation in short order, provided he’s not dealt in a blockbuster for a veteran arm or bat of Andrew Friedman’s liking.

Best guess ETA: August 2nd

11) Jose Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins (Last week: 10)

Berrios has carried over his solid work in June (2.02 ERA in five starts) to this month at Triple-A Rochester, pitching to a 1.74 ERA in three July starts with 21 strikeouts (and five walks) in 20 2/3 innings of work while he waits for Ervin Santana to leave town.

Best guess ETA: August 2nd

12) Mike Clevinger, RHP, Cleveland Indians (Last week: 22)

Clevinger strikes me as a strong candidate to be moved as the Indians seek a bat to improve their chances of winning the AL Central. I don’t think a non-contender would hesitate to place the 25-year-old Clevinger into their rotation immediately upon his arrival.

Best guess ETA: August 2nd

13) Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Last week: 12)

Reyes allowed seven hits while walking two in his five-inning outing for Triple-A Memphis at Albuquerque on Saturday. Reyes struck out six, bringing his total to 67 in 46 1/3 innings over 10 starts on the season, and while he could provide the Cardinals with a weapon in their bullpen right now, the team has repeatedly mentioned that they would prefer that he continue to build up his innings total at Memphis after pitching 116 innings last season between the minors and the AFL, with an eye towards deploying him in the rotation next season.

Best guess ETA: Mid-August

14) Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates (Last week: Not eligible)

Bell made his first start in right field since 2014 at Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, but returned to the dirt for the team’s next two games. John Jaso’s continued struggles have led to more playing time for David Freese at first base over the last month, but it appears Bell needs an injury to an Pirate outfielder or Freese himself to find his way back to Pittsburgh prior to rosters expanding.

Best guess ETA: Mid-August

15) Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres (Last week: 21)

Renfroe has smacked four home runs in his last 10 games at Triple-A El Paso, buoying his total to 23 on the season in 90 games. The 24-year-old Renfroe should be the beneficiary (ahead of Manuel Margot) if A.J. Preller finds a trade partner for Jon Jay (or Upton the elder) prior to the deadline.

Best guess ETA: August 2nd

16) David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies (Last week: NR)

While I’m confident that the NL West prospect above Dahl on this week’s list will receive a promotion from the Pacific Coast League relatively quickly, I’m not nearly as confident that the Rockies will give their top outfield prospect a look prior to rosters expanding in September. Dahl likely needs a trade of Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez to see Coors Field in August, but if there’s a chance that he sees the majors at any point this season, he is worthy of stashing in leagues of all sizes due to his ability to make an impact if he is called upon.

The former 10th overall pick in 2012 is doing his best job to force the issue, hitting for a .510 AVG with five home runs in his first 13 games at Triple-A Albuquerque.

Best guess ETA: September 1st

17) Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros (Last week: 19)

Musgrove has pitched well in his last three starts at Triple-A Fresno, allowing just three earned runs in 18 innings while whiffing 22 batters and walking just one.

Best guess ETA: Mid-August

18) Zack Wheeler, RHP, New York Mets (Last week: 18)

Wheeler has reportedly been throwing bullpen sessions at the team’s spring training complex, which could signal that a rehab assignment could be coming very soon. Wheeler made “just under 30 pitches” on Sunday, his third bullpen session to date.

Best guess ETA: September 1st

19) Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres (Last week: 24)

Hedges has cooled off over his last 10 games at Triple-A El Paso, “only” hitting for a .372 AVG with three home runs in 43 at-bats.

Best guess ETA: August 2nd

20) Luis Severino, RHP, New York Yankees (Last week: 11)

Severino struck out 11 in six innings of work Wednesday night at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, his first start after Brian Cashman indicated that he would not rejoin the major league rotation “unless the need arises.” Severino may need a trade of Michael Pineda or another Yankee starter to rejoin the rotation before rosters expand.

Best guess ETA: September 1st

21) Alex Cobb, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Last week: 13)

After making just 27 pitches in his second rehab outing on July 11th, Cobb has been shut down with “fatigue and mechanical issues.” He’ll likely throw a live batting practice session at some point next week before restarting his 30-day rehab clock, but a return to the Tampa rotation looks unlikely to me at this point before September.

Best guess ETA: September 1st

22) Mike Minor, LHP, Kansas City Royals (Last week: 25)

Minor made a 36-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and appears close to starting another 30-day rehab period at Triple-A Omaha. Minor has been unable to pitch in a game since May 30th, but has declared that his shoulder is now “pain-free.”

Best guess ETA: September 1st

23) Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees (Last week: 14)

Judge’s knee injury, which could sideline him until mid-August, could open the door for Ben Gamel to be recalled when Carlos Beltran is likely traded prior to the trade deadline.

Best guess ETA: September 1st

24a) Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves (Last week: 15)
24b) Ozhaino Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves (Last week: 16)

Albies continues to flourish with the bat since being sent back to Double-A Mississippi to play with his future double-play partner in Atlanta, hitting for a .373/.448/.520 line with four stolen bases in 18 games this month. Swanson and Albies could be summoned to the majors should current shortstop Erick Aybar be dealt (or released), but it’s looking more likely that the duo may not reach Turner Field until rosters expand, if at all, this season.

Best guess ETA: September 1st

25) Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Last week: 20)

Nick Williams 2016 Walk Watch: Zero walks (in seven games) since last week’s list.

Williams clubbed a home run in Wednesday’s game against Triple-A Indianapolis, bringing his total to nine on the season. In 86 games this season, Williams has 25 doubles and five triples in addition to his less-than-five percent walk rate.

Best guess ETA: September 1st

The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):

Aaron Altherr, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Last week: NR)
Homer Bailey, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Ben Gamel, OF, New York Yankees
Chad Green, RHP, New York Yankees (Last week: NR)
Trey Mancini, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
Dillon Overton, LHP, Oakland Athletics
Jordan Patterson, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies (Last week: NR)

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
Jake Thompson, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
Dan Vogelbach, DH, Seattle Mariners (Last week: NR)

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wilymo
7/21
ok, i'll bite. why does dahl need both of blackmon and carlogon to be traded before he comes up

jansonsjj
7/21
Gerardo Parra should be back at some point soon from his ankle injury, and I don't think the Rockies callup Dahl in August unless he's playing everyday. A trade of Mark Reynolds and a move of Cargo to 1B could clear a spot for Dahl as well, but if "only" one of Blackmon or Cargo are dealt, I think the Rox summon Ben Paulsen until rosters expand. Jordan Patterson, who has experience at 1B as well as the OF, might be ahead of Dahl for a callup prior to September as well. I think Dahl is up on Sept 1st, but I do think he needs a few things to happen for a callup to happen prior to that, and that's what I was trying to convey.
wilymo
7/25
well, they're calling him up
jansonsjj
7/25
Yep, looks like I was dewd wrong on this. Should have included the caveat that it's the Rockies, and that as a native of Colorado and current resident, I've sort of given up trying to determine future Rockies moves, but this was an attempt to do so.
jfranco77
7/21
Jameson Taillon Who Cannot Catch A Break (his name was legally changed) took a liner off the dome on Tuesday. He stayed in the game (probably not smart) but is now going through the concussion protocol. You might see Kuhl or Glasnow get his next start.
jansonsjj
7/22
You are absolutely right. Looks like Glasnow will get the start on Saturday at home against Aaron Nola and the Phillies.
ramtax
7/21
Whathe are your thoughts about Duda? Thanks.
jansonsjj
7/21
I have him in a few deeper leagues, but I can't say I'm confident in his outlook for the rest of this season. I don't see him returning until mid-August (at the earliest), and I doubt the Mets throw him in the lineup everyday, as I think they'll be pretty cautious with him even with Wright no longer in the picture. Also, I think his back injury keeps him from his normal power output when he returns and Duda with less power isn't something I'm particularly interested in.