August 3, 2017
The Stash List
Rosario made his much-anticipated debut Tuesday, demonstrating plus speed by digging out an infield single. It’s speed that is likely to provide the greatest short-term fantasy value, though Rosario has a chance to contribute in batting average as well. Rosario stole 19 bases in 25 tries at Triple-A Las Vegas. If he can get on base enough to give you 6-8 the rest of the way, he’ll have been worth the stash.
Greene gets ninth-inning duties in Detroit following Justin Wilson’s move to Chicago. The Tigers’ competitive position probably gives the walk-prone Greene a long leash, but it’s worth nothing that they called up Joe Jimenez to take Wilson’s vacated roster spot. If you’ve been reading the Stash List for the past few weeks, you know how I feel about Jimenez. He hadn’t given up a run in more than a month at Triple-A.
Broxton was recalled to Milwaukee on Tuesday after seven games at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He hit and ran well during his week on the farm, while Lewis Brinson has scuffled with the big-league club. Craig Counsell hinted at Broxton getting most or all of the time in center field. I don’t know where that leaves Brinson, nor do I understand yo-yo-ing your best long-term asset based on small-sample results.
In Albies, the NL East added another exciting up-the-middle prospect this week. Like Rosario, Albies will add more value to your stolen-base category than anywhere else in 2017. He’s got more speed than Rosario and steals with more efficiency (21 for 23 at Triple-A Gwinnett), but his ability to get on base is a greater question mark. Albies has long been known for his contact ability, but his lack of power—career high ISO this year notwithstanding—leads me to believe that major-league starters will challenge him to hit his way on base. That’s a difficult thing for a 20-year-old to do.
Tapia and Winker come up to replace Ian Desmond and Scott Schebler on their clubs’ respective rosters. I don’t expect much of either, though Winker should receive close to everyday at-bats, and if Tuesday is any indication, hit in the top third of the Reds lineup.
The Dropouts: Kyle Barraclough (8)
The Marlins purged several members of their bullpen at the deadline, and Barraclough figured to be the biggest beneficiary had he not hit the disabled list with a shoulder issue. I always take a wait-and-see approach with shoulder injuries and velocity dips, and that’s especially true for closers on bad teams. Given how far Barraclough’s strikeout rate has slipped this season, and the continuing trouble he’s had with free passes, you’d have to really need saves to stash Barraclough, at least until we know more about his timeline.
1. Cameron Maybin (OF)—Angels (Previous Rank: 2)
Maybin is on the verge of a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a sprained MCL. He’s one of nine players that have stolen 20-or-more bases this season, and one of four who have stolen 25 or more. I can’t fathom why Maybin is unowned in 85 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Arodys Vizcaino (RHP)—Braves (Previous Rank: 6)
Braves skipper Brian Snitker suggested that Vizcaino would have closed Sunday if there had been a save situation, and that he plans to “mix and match” going forward. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for Vizcaino, but my money is on him getting the majority of Atlanta’s saves the rest of the way.
3. Michael Taylor (OF)—Nationals (Previous Rank: 10)
Taylor has played two games at High-A Potomac on rehab assignment for his injured oblique. Brian Goodwin has played well enough in Taylor’s absence that Taylor almost certainly will lose at-bats against some righties. Nevertheless, this kind of power-speed combination is hard to find on the wire.
4. Lonnie Chisenhall (OF)—Indians (Previous Rank: 12)
Austin Jackson has hit .414/.485/.483 in eight games since returning from a quad injury, while playing all three outfield positions. Jackson might steal a start here and there from Chisenhall, who is running but not yet ready for a rehab assignment, but I don’t think he’ll take enough of Chisenhall’s playing time to matter. I see Jackson as a clear fourth outfielder, who will spell all of Cleveland’s three left-handed regulars rather than strictly platoon with one.
5. Ronald Acuna (OF)—Braves (Previous Rank: Unranked)
Do I think Acuna—who won’t turn 20 until a week before Christmas—is going to come up this season? No. No I do not, regardless of how eye-popping his minor-league performance has been. See “Devers, Rafael” or “Rosario, Amed” for examples of where I’ve been wrong on timelines of elite prospects this season, though. Whether it’s rational to sacrifice a roster spot on Acuna depends on how badly you need a Hail Mary to hit in order to change your place in the standings.
6. David Dahl (OF)—Rockies (Previous Rank: 1)
Dahl falls from the top spot this week based on his own struggles at Triple A and Gerardo Parra’s continued success as Colorado’s everyday left fielder. I still love the upside, but it’s getting harder to see the Rockies installing Dahl as a regular option while they’re in the middle of a playoff race.
7. Tyler Glasnow (RHP)—Pirates (Previous Rank: Unranked)
I have to confess that I’d mostly tuned out on Glasnow after his demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis. I probably should’ve been playing closer attention given how dominant he’s been. Glasnow’s already proven himself to be too good for this level, but his 39.2 percent strikeout rate over nine starts is downright absurd. Glasnow posted a 7.45 ERA and 1.91 WHIP during his time in Pittsburgh, making him nearly impossible to trust, but pitchers with this kind of impact don’t typically exist at a negligible acquisition cost at this point in the season.
8. Keone Kela (RHP)—Rangers (Previous Rank: 4)
9. Cam Bedrosian (RHP)—Angels (Previous Rank: 5)
10. Jeurys Familia (RHP)—Mets (Previous Rank: 7)
I continue to believe that Kela and Bedrosian will earn closing jobs before the end of the year and continue to hope that Familia won’t.
11. Anthony DeSclafani (RHP)—Reds (Previous Rank: 25)
12. Tyler Skaggs (LHP)—Angels (Previous Rank: Honorable Mention)
DeSclafani has made two rehab starts and is due to go again today, his second turn at Low-A Dayton. He pitched to a 3.28 ERA and 90 DRA- last season and makes for a perfectly adequate back-of-the-rotation option. Same goes for Skaggs, who is on the verge of a return after missing more than three months. Skaggs’ rehab hasn’t gone particularly well in Triple A, but he has struck a batter per inning in abbreviated 2016 and 2017 seasons.
13. Reynaldo Lopez (RHP)—White Sox (Previous Rank: 17)
I haven’t been able to find anything about what might have changed for Lopez in late June, but over his past seven starts and 41 1/3 innings, he has a 54-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has allowed a .188 batting average against. Mike Pelfrey is still in the White Sox rotation.
14. J.P. Crawford (SS)—Phillies (Previous Rank: Unranked)
Crawford is the hitting version of Glasnow, the guy I probably should have added to the Stash List before now. Crawford finished the month of July with a .281/.389/.635 triple-slash that included eight home runs. He hit seven home runs all of last season. Before July came three months in which he hit .203/.321/.276. I think the Phillies would like to see more than one outstanding month before pushing Crawford to the majors. He’s stopped running altogether, so the bat will have to provide the fantasy value whenever he arrives.
15. Dansby Swanson (SS)—Braves (Previous Rank: Unranked)
I was not very high on Swanson coming into the season but I didn’t think he’d be nearly as bad as his .213/.287/.312 line suggests. The Braves mercifully sent him down to Triple A, where he hopes to jumpstart a long career of borderline mixed-league relevance.
16. Dominic Smith (1B)—Mets (Previous Rank: Unranked)
Smith should be joining former teammate Rosario in Queens any time now. The Mets’ 2013 first rounder is having his finest offensive season yet, as you do in Vegas. His .336/.383/.489 triple-slash in away games shows he’s not just a product of his home stadium, though the rest of the PCL ain’t a bad place to hit either. In any case, I view Smith in much the same way most folks saw Josh Bell this preseason, which is to say that I think his hit tool will travel with him to the majors and I have questions about how much power will.
17. Raul Mondesi (SS)—Royals (Previous Rank: 15)
18. Rhys Hoskins (1B)—Phillies (Previous Rank: 16)
There’s no chance the Rangers pick up Mike Napoli’s 2018 option, which would seem to make him a candidate for an August trade, assuming he can get through waivers. That’s what it would take for Calhoun to get a shot in 2017. The centerpiece of the Yu Darvish deal hit .298/.357/.574 in Triple A before switching organizations, and doesn’t have anything left to prove at the plate in the minors.
20. Harrison Bader (OF)—(Previous Rank: Unranked)
Bader got on base at a .348 clip during his first stint in the majors. He also struck out nine times in 23 plate appearances. He was sent back to Memphis to make room for a healthy Stephen Piscotty, and there’s not much room for him on St. Louis’ grass until Randall Grichuk slumps.
21. Willy Adames (SS)—Rays (Previous Rank: Unranked)
22. Franklin Barreto (SS)—Athletics (Previous Rank: 19)
23. Ryan McMahon (1B)—Rockies (Previous Rank: 22)
24. Scott Kingery (2B)—Phillies (Previous Rank: 23)
25. Chance Adams (RHP)—Yankees (Previous Rank: 18)
Truth be told, I don’t really think any of these guys is going to have any real impact in 2017, but the convention is to go out to 25, y’know?