Murphy came off the disabled list a week ago today and has been in a strict platoon with Tony Wolters since. Wolters is hitting .292/.390/.350 and has been roughly average by FRAA, so Murphy will have to mash his way to a bigger piece of the timeshare.
Bedrosian returned to the Angels after nearly two months on the disabled list and has pitched two perfect innings, striking out three. If you’ve been stashing him, the payoff will be immediate. Bud Norris hit the DL on Tuesday with a knee injury and Bedrosian seems likely to reclaim the closer’s role in Norris’ absence. I don’t think Bedrosian will give it back. I’m interested to see how long Bedrosian can extend his infinite strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s got 38 punch-outs to go before equaling Kenley Jansen’s 50-0.
News of Urias’ shoulder injury broke just after I submitted last week’s Stash List to editing. I decided to keep him in the two-spot, a decision borne from equal parts laziness and desire to wait for further information. A week later, I’m moving on from Urias altogether despite reports that there is no structural damage. The nature of shoulder injuries and the Dodgers’ propensity to wrap this kid in bubble wrap in the first place have me struggling to find a path to significant fantasy value in 2017.
Torres is the second elite prospect to drop out this week. He’s ticketed for Tommy John surgery after tearing the UCL in his non-throwing arm sliding into home. Torres had caught fire at Triple A and was looking at a midsummer promotion to a Yankees team that’s arguably been the best team in baseball to date. I have a draft version of next year’s inaugural Stash List saved with Torres at the top.
1. Yoan Moncada (2B)—White Sox (Previous Rank: 1)
With 10 hits and seven unintentional walks in his past six games (.500 OBP), Moncada seems to be snapping out of a post-injury funk. If there’s a nit to pick, it’s that just two of those hits have gone for extra bases, and he hasn’t swiped a bag despite standing on first base 16 times.
2. Wilson Ramos (C)—Rays (Previous Rank: 3)
Ramos caught back-to-back days this past Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Durham, then caught a full nine-inning game Monday. Those were both big achievements as he continues to advance toward an activation slated for this weekend. Ramos has only struck out once in 21 at-bats at Triple A, and looks ready to contribute immediately upon joining the Rays.
3. David Dahl (OF)—Rockies (Previous Rank: Unranked)
This marks the first time this season that Dahl’s ownership percentage in ESPN leagues has slipped below 25 percent, the threshold I use for eligibility here. Dahl is still feeling discomfort in his ribs and remains without a timetable for return, sent to extended spring training to heal up. The five-category upside here if and when he does come back is substantial and warrants patience.
4. Manuel Margot (OF)—Padres (Previous Rank: 4)
Margot’s rehab assignment began on Monday at Triple-A El Paso. There’s little question that the center-field job is Margot’s whenever he’s ready, but Franchy Cordero has looked interesting there in Margot’s stead. Yangervis Solarte’s oblique injury just might provide an opportunity for Cordero to stay up, with Jose Pirela— who is having an eye-opening season himself—sliding from left field to the keystone.
5. Blake Snell (LHP)—Rays (Previous Rank: 6)
Snell has struck out no fewer than seven batters in each of his seven Triple-A appearances, despite pitching into the seventh inning just once. He’s too good for Triple-A but could be down a bit longer, with Jacob Faria establishing himself in the major-league rotation.
6. Carlos Rodon (LHP)—White Sox (Previous Rank: 7)
Rodon reportedly will make one more rehab start before joining the struggling White Sox rotation. It’s typically advisable to take rehab statistics with a grain of salt, especially in a case like Rodon’s, where the rehab represents a player’s first live game action of the season. Nevertheless, I think it’s fair to be a little concerned about Rodon’s three turns to date. He’s running an 8.53 ERA and 1.83 WHIP, and perhaps most alarming, has only whiffed four batters in his two Triple-A starts. The ratio risk and low-win expectancy isn’t worth investing in without confidence that it’ll come with a strikeout per inning.
7. Amed Rosario (SS)—Mets (Previous Rank: 8)
8. Derek Fisher (OF)—Astros (Previous Rank: Unranked)
9. Rhys Hoskins (1B)—Phillies (Previous Rank: 9)
10. Rafael Devers (3B)—Red Sox (Previous Rank: 11)
Fisher did all he could to stick on the major-league roster, coming close to a four-digit OPS in five starts. He was sent back to Triple-A Fresno on Monday to make room for Josh Reddick’s return from a short stay on the 7-day concussion DL. Jake Marisnick has cooled off in June after a big start. If his struggles continue, it may not be long before we see Fisher in Houston again.
11. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)—Mets (Previous Rank: 15)
12. Brandon Finnegan (LHP)—Reds (Previous Rank: 16)
13. Homer Bailey (RHP)—Reds (Previous Rank: Unranked)
The Reds’ rotation is about to get some help in the form of Finnegan and Bailey, each of whom could be back next week. Bailey has fared well in three rehab starts across three levels, the latest of which was a 91-pitch effort at Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Finnegan is up to seven scoreless innings in two starts at Double-A Pensacola. The Reds will determine his next move after his scheduled start at Triple A on Wednesday.
14. Yasmany Tomas (OF)—Diamondbacks (Previous Rank: 14)
15. Brad Miller (SS/2B/1B)—Rays (Previous Rank: 17)
Two groin injuries, zero timetables.
16. Austin Meadows (OF)—Pirates (Previous Rank: 10)
It’s entirely possible I’m being too reactionary to another cold snap in Meadows’ Triple-A performance, but I’m losing confidence that he’ll spend substantial time in Pittsburgh this season. Even if I’m wrong about the opportunity, I’m not sure there’s a near-term carrying tool that rationalizes keeping him with the group of prospects above.
17. Raul Mondesi (SS)—Royals (Previous Rank: 18)
18. Dustin Fowler (OF)—Yankees (Previous Rank: 19)
19. Clint Frazier (OF)—Yankees (Previous Rank: Unranked)
The Yankees turned to Mason Williams this week when Aaron Hicks needed to take a few games off to nurse a sore Achilles. If Hicks—or either of the Yankees other starting outfielders, for that matter—goes down for a longer stretch, I can’t see the Bombers using Williams in a full-time capacity. If the need is in center, Fowler is probably the choice. If a corner goes down, it’s a toss-up. Either way you’re looking at a power-speed combo that can help straight away.
20. Dan Vogelbach (1B)—Mariners (Previous Rank: 20)
21. Ketel Marte (SS)—Diamondbacks (Previous Rank: 21)
23. Chance Adams (RHP)—Yankees (Previous Rank: 23)
24. Drew Smyly (LHP)—Mariners (Previous Rank: 24)
25. Reynaldo Lopez (RHP)—White Sox (Previous Rank: 25)
The bottom six remain unchanged from a week ago, and I view each as somewhat interchangeable with the honorable mentions.