Four names have left this list since its last iteration: Twins OF Alex Kirilloff, Cubs 2B Nico Hoerner, Pirates RHP Miguel Yajure, and today, Rays RHP Luis Patiño.

With a pang of goodbye riding astride the hope of new beginnings in our hearts, we turn the page to a new edition of the 2021 Stash List. 

Click here for a look back at 2021 Prospect Stash List Week 1.

 

1. Boston OF Jarren Duran 

I’m betting on Boston and against Franchy Cordero here. The Sawx are contenders, and Duran is one of their top three outfielders. Pretty simple. His skill set is ideal for fantasy. He’s aggressive with his double-plus speed on the bases, patient in the batter’s box, and has recently been tapping into solid power thanks to a swing change that hasn’t harmed his plus hit tool.

 

2. Seattle OF Jarred Kelenic 

Look, we all expected to see Kelenic in the top spot, but that’s just not the simulation we’re living. GM Jerry DiPoto said Friday that Kelenic’s timeline can be measured in “weeks not days” and that lines up pretty well with my read on this situation from the beginning of draft season. Been thinking mid-June on Kelenic for a long time.

Is Kelenic a better player than Duran? Probably, yeah. Is there any profit in acknowledging that? No. No, there’s not. Will Duran steal more bases than Kelenic while offering solid production across the board? Yeah I think he will, which gives him a chance to outperform Kelenic for our game if he beats him to the show by a few scoring periods. 

 

3. San Francisco OF Heliot Ramos 

Major tea leaf reading here—drunken Trelawny scrolling Twitter type stuff—but Heliot has been burning up the alt site after a strong spring while the Giants are rolling through the league and showing no hesitation to promote players from A ball. RHPs Camilo Doval and Gregory Santos have both looked great, boosting a bullpen that was already cruising. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, front man Farhan Zaidi is good at this game. If you want to get more hyped on Ramos, compare his minor league stats at age to Kelenic’s. Ramos had a growth year as an 18-year-old in A ball when he was 3.4 years younger than the average player, but other than that, these two look pretty similar from draft capital to track record to baseline toolset. Same as with Duran, I do think Kelenic is the better player, but there’s no profit in acknowledging that and plenty of profit in wondering how wide that gap will be.

 

4. Tampa Bay SS Wander Franco 

Hell I dunno. He’s gotta be on here somewhere. Afraid he might drop down the list week to week as he remains in the minors and hope of seeing him this decade dwindles.

 

5. Kansas City SS Bobby Witt Jr.

The Royals are playing well, and their infield continues to have more questions than answers: two things that auger well for Witt’s redraft buyers. The key for him will be making enough contact to let the speed, power and defense shine, and that’s the kind of thing we can’t know until he gets a whole lot of plate appearances against the world’s best pitchers.

 

6. Seattle RHP Logan Gilbert 

Takes a lot of work for me to avoid calling every man named Logan “Weapon X” in these pages. Kevin Smith may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Mallrats is a singular viewing experience. If you’re going to hold one pitching prospect hoping he might come up and help your club, Gilbert should be that gottfried. He’s got a big league starter’s pitch mix and command, and he’ll be coming up to a hot club with pretty strong defense in a nice pitcher’s park.

 

7. Miami OF JJ Bleday 

I’d nominate Bleday for most likely to wind up looking too low on this list. “So move him up,” you might be thinking. Fair point, you, but it’s complicated. I’d be moving him based more on a guess he’ll be up soon than any real belief in his ability to impact our game as a rookie. Thing is, Miami was reportedly making eyes at him when Starling Marte went on the IL and might’ve moved that direction if it looked like a long term issue. Turns out Marte only needs a week’s rest for a broken rib. What the what? We’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.

 

8. Boston SS Jeter Downs 

This guy was ready for his next challenge two years ago. Boston did its best to block him this winter, signing Marwin Gonzalez and Enrique Hernandez and even Danny Santana to go along w Christian Arroyo. Big leaguers, all, maybe, but none a long term play of any kind for one the league’s wealthiest clubs. If they stay in the hunt, it’ll be because these guys played well, so kind of a multi-edged blade there. Downs makes the list because he’ll be an impact option early, even if we have to wait for an injury or two to clear his path.

 

9. Seattle OF Julio Rodriguez 

Every win for Seattle feels like a point in Julio’s favor, as his only chance at a 2021 promotion is probably tied to his team’s success on the field. I think he’ll be loud for fantasy from day one.

 

10. Tampa Bay 2B Vidal Brujan

I probably should’ve called him Tampa Bay OF Vidal Brujan. I’m not confident he’ll come up soon, but I’m certain you’ll want him in your lineup for steals when that day comes.

 

Here’s the next 15, in case you’re curious.

11. Los Angeles (AL) OF Jo Adell 

12. San Diego LHP MacKenzie Gore

13. Texas RHP DeMarcus Evans 

14. Oakland RHP Daulton Jefferies 

15. Minnesota OF Trevor Larnach 

16. NewYork RHP Deivi Garcia

17. Kansas City LHP Daniel Lynch

18. Toronto RHP Alek Manoah

19. Detroit RHP Matt Manning

20. Los Angeles (AL) Brandon Marsh

21. Chicago (NL) RHP Cory Abbott

22. Chicago (NL) LHP Brailyn Marquez 

23. Pittsburgh RHP Roansy Contreras

24. Baltimore OF Yusniel Diaz

25. San Diego SS CJ Abrams

 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

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Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

Hey Itch! In a 12 team keeper league ($260 budget, keep 8, weekly roto), would you swap a $14 Luzardo for $3 Witt in hopes he debuts some time mid season?

Thundershoe
Thundershoe
1 year ago

Hey Itch, Thanks for this write-up!

A. What’s your take on Vaughn? Is he about to heat up? And even when he does, will he be fantasy relevant in fantasy (particularly points leagues like my own). I’ve been holding on for dear life and am nearly resolved that he’ll get the boot once Springer comes off the DL.

For context, other batters who are potential drops include L. Urias and D. Peralta

B. What are your best guesses for the arrivals of Duran and Gilbert?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Well Patino had an excellent debut. But the Rays were the Rays and only let him pitch 2 2/3 innings. I really hate the Rays.

Bobo
Bobo
1 year ago

I wait for this article every week. Thanks for the hard work.

I missed Duran. The guy who always jumps early… jumped early.

I did manage to snag JDevers but he looked terrible in the first game. Hoping he gets some good looks.

Simeon Woods Richardson is on my radar, but can’t quite figure out when to jump.

fausto
fausto
1 year ago

love the content …is it me or does it feel like sea OF is way too crowded to try to bring up ju-rod in 2021? he feels like hes going to be a slightly lesser version of Juan Soto. also yuge fan of Brujan you think the Rays are gonna Ray and play brosseau over a guy that looks like hes going to be Rafael furcalish? I am currently holding freddy frigging galvis until ian happ figures something out hopefully
any chance vidal comes up before wander?
would you cut galvis to stash either julio or vidal?
I could also cut josh Rojas but sagnof . yahoo has vidal as a 2b and a good 2b might mean a championship in a 16tm. currently in 3rd. appreciate the work.

Hamporter
Hamporter
1 year ago

Morning Itch,

in a 16 H2H points league.

Would you stash Duran over Travis Shaw(he looks like he’s coming back to earth)? If so, would you hold him over Tyler O’Neil or McKinstry when he comes off the IL?

Would you go with Fleming or Flexen over Trevor Williams? I was avoiding Flexen like the plague, but his last few starts have been solid and yesterday’s win in Fenway was impressive.

Hamporter
Hamporter
Reply to  Hamporter
1 year ago

Bryse Wilson and Justin Dunn are also options. Thanks!

Hamporter
Hamporter
Reply to  Hamporter
1 year ago

Last one, I promise, Zac Lowther has solid stats, but…Orioles

RB
RB
1 year ago

Thoughts on dropping Mountcastle for Duran? Thanks!

Powdered Toast Man
Powdered Toast Man
1 year ago

Great list Itch.
Heard Gore was having some location issues so he has remained at alt site but you’d think he’ll be up soon once Lament goes under the knife.

Also heard TB wants Franco to face some lefties. I’m going he’s up by Memorial Day.

What’s your IP cap on Honeywell? I start him because IPs count but should I just look at a long reliever? Keeper league though…

McKinzie
McKinzie
1 year ago

Witt Jr looked like someone who has been in the league several years based on spring. I know, just spring but he look ready!!

You think Duran is a better redraft guy over Witt?

Garrett
Garrett
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

hard to forecast this but if you had to put an ETA on Duran would you say May?

Splash
Splash
1 year ago

No Nolan Jones – is that due to a pessimistic callup timetable or other factors?

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Morning itch…thoughts on Pedro Leon or the younger Cespedes, are either of these guy revelant this year? I dropped Durran….for Marsh….ughhh

Turn Two
Turn Two
1 year ago

What’s your thoughts on Maton? Not the highest-ranked of prospects.. but still hitting real well.
And is he hitting his way into a role even after Segura comes back?

Turn Two
Turn Two
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

It’s an NL Only keeper league 5×5.. debating between.. Maton, Ty. Taylor or the recently called up Peters or Corey Ray.

Seems like Taylor/Ray may have the most opportunities between Yelich and Cain’s injuries.. how would you rank them now vs. future?

SInce it’s a keeper league – I’d rather gamble on one of the younger, upside bats, instead of claiming a Ruf or a Dean.

Also future closer debate- Doval vs. Santos in SF.. besides a bat, I also need to claim a pitcher.
Need to pick up someone to replace Knebel.. also have Minter, Givens, Feyerseisen, or a starter like Bryce Wilson available. My team is low on the waiver priority.. so I won’t have first pick on any of these..

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

I wanted to get your take on a couple of relievers. I am looking for another closer for next year or good numbers this year for holds k, ratios, etc. Who is your favorite out of bednar, doval, evans. Evans got sent to the alternate site and joely rodriguez is there now. Hernandez who i own had tjs. Bednar isn’t getting much work and doesn’t have the k rate he was showing in spring, but his path to saves may be less complicated if RR is moved. Thx

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Odorizzi left the game today with a big velo drop. They’re calling it forearm tightness now. We’ll find out more soon but do you think luis garcia is the next man up? As you mentioned before he’s looked good. I think greinke is a FA after this year so do you think even if he is a swing man this year and spot starter he has a good chance of sticking next year in the rotation?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Itch!!!!

Love your stuff man. Good list! Watching these guys closely!!

Keep up the good work!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

Hey Itch,

I do have a question for you pertaining to one of my own players. Do you believe the Rays are going to start shuffling Luis Patino back and forth from the majors to the minors or alternate site like they are doing with Brent Honeywell. I thought I heard he was going to be their “opener” on Sunday but I may be wrong.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Interesting. Thanks for the reply. Guess I’ll see how this plays out. I really thought he was going to be back and forth this season but now I have to rethink my plans for him.

Thanks!