Moncada’s season-long reign atop the Stash List comes to and end with the White Sox trading Todd Frazier to the Yankees and subsequently recalling the game’s best prospect. In 80 games at Triple-A Charlotte, Moncada hit .282/.377/.447 with 12 homers and 17 steals. He also struck out 28.3 percent of the time, the biggest concern with his profile going forward. While it’s reasonable to be discouraged by his lack of progress on that front, it’s important to remember that Moncada just turned 22 years old in May and has fewer than 600 plate appearances in the upper minors. Expecting him to trim his strikeout rate in the immediate future is probably unrealistic. It won’t matter. His power on contact and impact on the bases can support the profile while we wait for the hit tool to come.
Vizcaino and Hernandez have both been activated from the disabled list since last week’s list. Hernandez went right back to his spot atop the Phillies’ batting order, while Vizcaino takes second chair in the Braves’ bullpen until Jim Johnson is dealt.
As a result of Wedneday’s trade, Kahnle goes from next in line on the South Side to 6th inning duties in the Bronx. LeClerc had been rumored to be part of a committee in Arlington, but Alex Claudio has picked up the Rangers’ last two saves. Between Claudio’s emergence and Keone Kela working his way back from a shoulder injury, there’s not enough opportunity for LeClerc to warrant a speculative add.
With J.D Martinez in the fold in Arizona, Yasmany Tomas looks to be out of a regular job. I think the 30-home run power he showed last year is real, but it’s not all that special in today’s game. A short-side platoon is the best-case scenario for Tomas, though it’s hard to imagine he and Martinez on the grass at the same time.
Dahl is 8-for-25 in seven rehab starts split between High-A Lancaster and Triple-A Albuquerque. Meanwhile, Bud Black set off a bit of a firestorm earlier this week when his comments left open the possibility of Dahl not making it to Denver this season. Black has since clarified that they’ll try to keep Dahl down as long as possible since he missed all of spring training. We already knew that. Gerardo Parra is white hot since returning from the disabled list in early July, but I fully expect him to return to a fourth outfielder role when the Rockies have to make a decision on Dahl at the end of the month.
Brinson is slashing .417/.455/.736 in 17 games since his demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Keon Broxton is slashing .083/.200/.146 over that same span, while losing time to Brett Phillips. I think David Stearns and the rest of the Brewers’ front office has the discipline not to move a prospect of Brinson’s caliber in order to prop open a competitive window that slipped open ahead of schedule. If I’m right, that probably means no more than a time-share for Brinson the rest of the way.
I have less confidence that Dombrowski and the Sox can help themselves from surrendering prospect capital for a hot corner rental even though Devers is mashing in his first week at Triple-A Pawtucket.
6. Keone Kela (RHP) – Texas Rangers (Previous Rank: 12)
8. Jeurys Familia (RHP) – New York Mets (Previous Rank: 13)
Shane Greene is probably the guy in Detroit but I prefer Jimenez. Unless you’re desperate for the saves, I always advise speculating on skills rather than trying to handicap how the opportunity is going to shake out. Greene walks too many guys to hold the job for long. Jimenez hasn’t had his best control this season either, but his fastball-slider combination screams for high leverage in the big leagues, struggles in a tiny April sample notwithstanding.
11. Neil Walker (2B) – New York Mets (Previous Rank: 16)
Far too many people are dumping Altherr in light of a hamstring injury that will cost him a month. He’s a top-50 outfielder according to ESPN’s Player Rater, and while a .288 batting average will probably dip, the power, speed, and lineup security are real. The same goes for Chisenhall, who is quietly building on his excellent age-27 season by becoming far more selective and adding power. He’s a top-20 hitter in all of baseball by wRC+. I had no idea.
14. Ozzie Albies (2B/SS) – Atlanta Braves (Previous Rank: Honorable Mention)
I believe this is Albies’ first appearance on the list proper this season. It’s hard to imagine that there’s anything to his recent power outburst other than small sample noise, but he does have 17 extra base hits in his past 35 games. He’s also one of the minors’ most efficient base stealers, successfully nabbing 21 in 23 tries. Assuming the Braves can work around Dat Dude’s no-trade clause to find him a new home, Albies could be looking at a major league job by the end of the month.
Reynaldo Lopez since I declared myself done with him for 2017 purposes a few weeks back: four starts, 25.2 innings, 1.75 ERA, 33 strikeouts against seven walks. Oops.
18. Rhys Hoskins (1B) – Philadelphia Phillies (Previous Rank: 21)
19. Raimel Tapia (OF) – Colorado Rockies (Previous Rank: Unranked)
Poor Raimel Tapia is wearing out the asphalt between Albuquerque and Denver this season. If Dahl stays healthy, I’m not sure he gets another chance until rosters expand. Even then, I remain skeptical he’ll do anything fantasy relevant except hit for average. That last part is true for Winker too.
This season’s gotten ugly in a hurry for Barreto. He remains here mostly because I think the A’s will give him another shot at everyday at-bats after the trade deadline, not because I expect him to do much with them.
22. Ryan McMahon (1B) – Colorado Rockies (Previous Rank: 20)
23. Scott Kingery (2B) – Philadelphia Phillies (Previous Rank: 25)
25. Anthony DeSclafani (RHP) – Cincinnati Reds (Previous Rank: 19)