Where do you hide your stash? Over the years I have used such hiding places as my original Nintendo Entertainment System (where you put the cartridge in), inside one of my Bauer ice hockey gloves (masks any odors) and in the back pocket of the pants of my homemade Cobra Kai outfit. However, the most important part about hiding your stash isn’t necessarily where you actually hide it, but instead, actually remembering where you hid it. And the key to remembering is based on your “state of mind” when you hid it. I’m pretty sure I just blew through my allotment of commas. If you’ve never spent hours searching for a stash, or stumbled upon a stash weeks later, you’re a better man than I. As for Grey, he hides his stache in plain sight, right on his face. That’s how cool he is!

Dylan Bundy intrigues me. There I admit it. At this point we all know that he’s out of minor league options and was destined to break camp with the Orioles this year. It was pretty much a use him or lose him type of deal. Bundy was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, behind Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen and Trevor Bauer. Cole has already established himself as an ace, Hultzen has dealt with his share of injures and Bauer has had a more successful rap career than MLB pitcher. The 2011 draft included other big names such as Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, George Springer, Jose Fernandez and Sonny Gray. That quite the class of players.

With his injuries behind him (fingers crossed), Bundy is ready to get the show on the road. Even though it seems like he’s been around forever, he’s only 23 years young. And now it’s time to put up, or shut up. The big question is “can Dylan Bundy help fantasy owners in 2016?” That’s a difficult question to answer, but I’m leaning towards “I think so”. Baltimore is currently using him out of the pen, as that’s really their only play right now. They have to protect him and he’s not ready to be in the rotation. The reason I think Bundy will have value this year is because I expect him to be starting games later in the season. More importantly, I expect him to be a key piece in the Orioles rotation next year and beyond. In order for that to happen, he has to make it happen.

So far he has had three appearances this season. Two 1-inning outings and a two and a third inning performance where he gave up one earned run on three hits. He has been far from dominating, but has been clocked at 95 mph. I think his one inning appearances will slowly disappear and we will start to see him employed in multi-inning outings. And if he does manage to start some games this season, his RP eligibility will make him slightly more valuable. However, if he doesn’t, that RP eligibility will carry over into 2017, making Bundy a rather attractive option on draft day. If he can remain injury-free I think he will be a top twenty starter in 2018, with the upside of a top ten.

With that said, there is another pitcher out there that I am stashing before Dylan Bundy. Everyone is well aware of Lucas Giolito, Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios and Blake Snell. There should be very few leagues (if any) in which those players are available. Let’s add also Julio Urias to that list. According to mlb.com Urias is currently the number two prospect behind Giolito. Guess who out-pitched Urias a few nights ago in a AAA matchup. That would be Sean Manaea. In 6.2 innings, Manaea struck out 11 while giving up just one earned run. In two starts he now has 17 strikeouts, 2 walks and 2 earned runs in 12 innings. The big 6’5″ lefty is getting ready to make a splash in the majors. I can’t say for certain when that will be, but it’s coming. If he’s available in your league, you might want to seriously consider scooping him up.He has had success at every level. Here’s what prospector Ralph had to say about Manaea a two weeks ago.

The last hurler I want to mention is Alex Reyes. Now here’s a guy that didn’t have any trouble finding his stash. Currently serving a 50-game suspension, Reyes has 356 punch outs in 269 innings over his minor league career. He should find his way into the Cardinals rotation at some point in the second half of the season. At that same time (or sooner) he should find his way onto your roster.

 
  1. Mike says:
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    Please rank j upton, kemp, trumbo ROS?
    Thx

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Mike: I’d rank them just as you’ve listed them. As an Upton owner in a few leagues I am getting frustrated, but not enough to move Kemp or Trumbo ahead of him. Depending on the league I could see Trumbo beating out Kemp. Especially if it was power you were looking for…

  2. knucks says:
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    Great article, keep it up!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @knucks: Thanks knucks!

  3. Papa C says:
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    I had to trade prospect Alex Reyes for fricking Kyle Gibson because I needed a SP so badly (my 10 bench players included 6 prospects and 3 injured SP). You really think Reyes is going to be worth anything this season?

    • malamoney

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      @Papa C: Is it a re-draft league? I think there is a 50% chance he makes some starts for the Cardinals this season. Were it not for the suspension, I am certain he would be called up in 2016. He’s the real deal. Ouch, Kyle Gibson…

  4. Tj says:
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    How about aaron blair? Great start so far and brave rotation isnt that great…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Tj: I expect we will see Blair at some point this season too. He just pitching 7 innings of no hit ball. However, Reyes is a much better pitcher…

  5. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Great write up. I was big on Bundy the year he got injured, but would love to see him in the rotation sooner than later. I’ve got a bullpen question in a 12 team H2H (standard 5×5).

    We have 2 RP positions, and one P position (the rest SP), which I generally try and keep filled with relievers. I have Kimbrel and J. Gomez in my RP slots, with Cingrani in my P spot. (I originally drafted Kimbrel, Giles and Jumbo Diaz, so you can see how that has gone). After Cingrani’s performance today, I’m getting a bit antsy.

    Who would you grab to replace Cingrani? Waivers include Bundy, Giles, Storen, Watson, Herrera or Siegrist…. Should I use it to stream SP? I already have one streaming spot and the SP’s on the waivers don’t inspire a whole lot of confidence.

    Thanks for any and all help.

    • malamoney

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      @NickfromtheRoc: Thanks. I have high hopes for Bundy. Given the pitchers you listed I think I’d stream. Even if you tried vulturing saves. But I’d keep an eye on Bundy. If he starts getting stretched out pitching several innings per outing, he might be able to contribute stats wise. And, of course, if Giles ends up getting the closer job back, he’s the obvious pickup…

  6. Jason Morgan says:
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    Good stuff malamoney. I don’t have the roster space to stash Bundy, but I will keep an eye on his progress. Manaea definitely seems like he could be solid and he is available in my league. Would you drop either of Trevor May or Jason Grilli to pick him up?

    • Defector Detector says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Grilli isn’t closing anymore as vizcaino has taken over that role. Couldn’t hurt to drop him and take a chance on somebody who will provide some sort of value in the near future.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: I’d drop both for Manaea, but Grilli would be my first choice to drop…

  7. Relsh says:
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    Great piece! Surprised to not see jameson taillon mentioned in the same circles as bundy.

    Who is the Rockies Catcher to own ROS?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Relsh: Thanks. Taillon would be a good stash too. And for now, Hundley is still the catcher to own in Colorado.

  8. Defector Detector says:
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    I have 3 minor league spots available in my keeper league which are filled by Glasnow, Rodgers, and Brinson. Should i drop brinson to open up a spot for Manaea??

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Defector Detector: Yes, I’d drop Brinson to pick up Manaea for sure…

  9. Ross Watson says:
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    I know this is all speculation but give me a guess of these guys call ups in order. Giolito, Glasnow, Manaea, Urias and Snell.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ross Watson: Manaea, Snell and Glasnow all around the same time. Giolito. Then Urias…

  10. Eric says:
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    Are you stashing Glasnow, Snell, and Urias in all leagues? I’m in a 12 team redraft league with a deep bench and their all available on my waiver wire. I’m already stashing Berrios but I could probably exchange any/all of them for Nicasio, Kazmir, Ervin Santana. Just wondering if I could get your take hahaha thanks!

    Eric

    • Eric says:
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      @Eric: gah, they’re not their haha

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Eric: In a 12-team league all of those players should be stashed…

      • Eric says:
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        @malamoney: gotcha but even for Nicasio, Kazmir, and Ervin Santana?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Eric: Well not all three of them on one team. But between the 12 teams, they should be being stashed. Not over Nicasio or Kazmir, but potentially Santana. I don’t think too highly of him and would probably prefer the potential upside of one of those rooks. It also depends on the rest of your staff. If any of these three are guys you really have little intention of actually starting, then that makes them expendable…

          • Eric says:
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            @malamoney: thanks for the quick reply! Haha I’ll have to sit and think about it lol.

      • Eric says:
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        @malamoney: In yahoo leagues, none of their ownership % is higher than 20% so that’s why I’m asking I guess.

  11. Greys Bum Hair says:
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    So for ROS what are some comps for Manaea ?

    Would you have him above or below guys like T Walker/Corbin/J Ross/Matz etc

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Greys Bum Hair: I’ll get back to you on the comps, but I’m not taking Manaea over any of those “established” guys. At least not until he’s up, and even then, it’s an unknown…

  12. blah blah blah says:
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    Please rank – Lucas Giolito, Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios, Blake Snell, Julio Urias

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @blah blah blah: In redraft leagues I’d rank them Glasnow, Snell, Berrios, Giolito and Urias. This is based on the amount of time they will spend in the Majors this season. In dynasty leagues I rank them Urias, Giolito, Glasnow, Berrios and Snell…

  13. Shivdaddy says:
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    12 team h2h points. I have Kimbrel, Rondon, Miller, and Gausmen for my RPs. We only start 2. Can I go ahead and cut Andrew Miller and pick up berrios?

    • malamoney

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      @Shivdaddy: That’s a scary move while Miller is still closing , but depending on my starting pitchers, I’d strongly consider that move. Any chance you can trade Miller now and get something out of him? Maybe a two for one deal. Miller and someone for decent player. Then pickup Berrios with your empty roster spot?

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    you say “add urias to that list” i’m pretty sure (like your reference said) he’s ranked ahead by almost everybody as higher on that list, but with a definitely late season (if at all) ETA. but even with that he’s stashed at least as much as those other guys, except by me, as berrios should already have a job. i’m guessing only reason you’re thinking he’s not already on that “list” has something to do with ownership % numbers, which i admittedly don’t pay any attention to, ever. they do seem quite useful for fantasy writers though, so if true, that makes sense.

    • malamoney

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      @goodfold2: Actually he was meant to be included in that list. I just mentioned him separately so I could transition into the fact that he was out pitched by Manaea. However I definitely look at ownership percentage…

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