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The Stash List: 14th Edition

by Greg Wellemeyer

The Graduates: Kyle Schwarber (Previous Rank: 2), Jason Heyward (15), Zack Wheeler (17), Clint Frazier (21), Luke Weaver (23), Ketel Marte (25)

Schwarber hit four bombs in 10 Triple-A games before being recalled yesterday against the first-place Brewers. He batted fifth, though Joe Maddon indicated that he’ll consider penciling in Schwarber at the top of the order soon. Schwarber hit leadoff for first month and a half, and managed 19 runs in 38 games despite a .305 OBP.

Heyward and Wheeler are back and ready to disappoint.

The circumstances under which Frazier make his major-league debut were certainly not ideal, but he’s up nevertheless, and has started the last four games in right field. He’s hitless in 10 at-bats after homering in his debut.

I’m probably the high guy on Weaver around here, though I completely understand the hesitation. Slight fastball-changeup guy is not the best profile. The Cardinals are deploying him out of the bullpen for now. As a non-closing option, Weaver won’t carry any standard depth fantasy value until he gets a shot in the rotation.

Nick Ahmed’s broken hand made space for Marte’s arrival in the desert. He looks like a utility man, starting a pair of games at short and one at the hot corner since his promotion. It may take one more injury for Marte to become fantasy relevant, as he will need accumulation more than categorical excellence to return value.

The Dropouts: Dustin Fowler (19), Dan Vogelbach (24)

What a bummer. And I’m not talking about the big fella dropping out.

1. Yoan Moncada (2B)—White Sox (Previous Rank: 1)

Our newly minted top prospect is up to .281/.379/.456 with 11 homers and 16 steals.

2. David Dahl (OF)—Rockies (Previous Rank: 3)

Dahl began hitting off a tee last week but there is still no timetable for his return. Hang in there.

3. Amed Rosario (SS)—Mets (Previous Rank: 4)

4. Derek Fisher (OF)—Astros (Previous Rank: 5)

5. Lewis Brinson (OF)—Brewers (Previous Rank: 6)

6. Rafael Devers (3B)—Red Sox (Previous Rank: 8)

Brinson has been white hot since being sent back down to Triple-A Colorado Springs. In those nine games, he’s hitting .447/.488/.895 with three homers and a pair of steals. Meanwhile, Keon Broxton is slumping and continues to strike out more than anyone except Joey Gallo.

Allow me to list the reasons I don’t think the Red Sox are going to slow roll Devers as summer heats up: Marco Hernandez, Tzu-Wei Lin, Deven Marrero, Josh Rutledge, Pablo Sandoval. You have to figure that Dombrokski is active in the trade market, though I’m not sure why you’d give up assets to patch that hole when you have an internal option of Devers’ caliber.

7. Tommy Kahnle (RHP)—White Sox (Previous Rank: 9)

8. Keone Kela (RHP)—Rangers (Previous Rank: 10)

9. Jeurys Familia (RHP)—Mets (Previous Rank: Unranked)

10. Cam Bedrosian (RHP)—Angels (Previous Rank: Unranked)

11. Arodys Vizcaino (RHP)—Braves (Previous Rank: 11)

Familia and Bedrosian join the speculative save group this week. Familia may make it back in August despite surgery on his shoulder to remove a blood clot, previously thought to be season ending. Bedrosian lost his closing gig almost as quickly as he regained it, ceding the job to Bud Norris upon Norris’s return from a knee injury. I still like Bedrosian to get ninth-innings duties eventually, despite not finding anything to suggest this is fluky from Norris. Except for, you know, him being Bud Norris.

12. Ryan McMahon (1B)—Rockies (Previous Rank: Unranked)

13. Rhys Hoskins (1B)—Phillies (Previous Rank: 7)

14. Scott Kingery (2B)—Phillies (Previous Rank: Unranked)

15. Raul Mondesi (SS)—Royals (Previous Rank: 18)

16. Chance Adams (RHP)—Yankees (Previous Rank: 22)

McMahon is having an incredible rebound season following an underwhelming 2016 at Double-A Hartford. After mashing to the tune of a .926 OPS while repeating that level, McMahon is on some kinda tear since arriving at Triple A on June 1. He’s slashing an absurd .394/.424/.682 in Albuquerque, tacking on four steals in four tries for good measure. To top it off, he’s playing all over the dirt, logging most of his time at the cold corner but adding a handful of games each at second and third. The Rockies’ infield is crowded and there aren’t any at-bats for McMahon at present, but his performance warrant a stash.

As one of the minors’ premier speed-power performers, Kingery makes his first Stash List just a day after he earned the caboose in our midseason top-50 prospects list. We knew that speed would be part of Kingery’s game, but the newfound thump is what has his stock surging. It’s not just a Reading mirage either, as he popped more on the road during his Double-A time than he did at home. He’s already notched four at Lehigh Valley, an International League park that plays tougher than average for home run power. I’m not betting on plus power at the major-league level, but a high-average speedster is plenty valuable even if the power is minimal, and Kingery is one step away from the big leagues.

17. Brad Miller (SS/2B/1B)—Rays (Previous Rank: 16)

18. Marcus Semien (SS)—Athletics (Previous Rank: 13)

These two are slated to be back ahead of their respective clubs’ weekend series.

19. Kolten Wong (2B)—Cardinals (Previous Rank: Unranked)

20. Neil Walker (2B)—Mets (Previous Rank: Unranked)

21. Cesar Hernandez (2B)—Phillies (Previous Rank: 12)

22. Yasmany Tomas (OF)—Diamondbacks (Previous Rank: 14)

The second basemen are ranked in order of likely return, though I’d rank them in reverse order for per-game production if you have the luxury of waiting a bit longer. Tomas re-aggravated his groin injury while on rehab assignment and does not yet have a timetable for a return.

23. Harrison Bader (OF) —Cardinals (Previous Rank: Honorable Mention)

24. Austin Meadows (OF)—Pirates (Previous Rank: 20)

25. Zach Granite (OF)—Twins (Previous Rank: Honorable Mention)

Granite stole 56 bases at Double-A Chattanooga last year, so in a sense it’s a little disappointing that he’s only swiped 18 this season. Hard to complain about a guy who never strikes out and is batting .365 in his first taste of Triple A, though. I’m interested to see if major-league pitchers knock the bat out of Granite’s hand or if he can slash and dash his way to fantasy relevance.

Honorable Mention: Willie Calhoun, Anthony DeSclafani, Lucas Giolito, Carson Kelly, Devin Mesoraco, Brett Phillips, Brock Stewart, Vince Velasquez, Dan Vogelbach, Jayson Werth

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ramtax
7/07
Re: Chance Adams, it seems like there are Domingo Acevedo hoofbeats, too. Thoughts on that race? It seems the Yankees need pitching help and are willing to go internally.
gregwellemeyer
7/07
Adams by a mile. More upper levels experience, far better production, higher ceiling.
Toddius396
7/12
Do you think it's early to stash Franciso Mejia? What about in a keeper league with NA spot? Thinking of dropping Vogelbach for Mejia. Single catcher league.
gregwellemeyer
7/12
In a redraft, yes I think it's too early for Mejia. In a keeper, I'd absolutely drop Vogelbach for Mejia.
Toddius396
7/13
Awesome. Thanks Greg.