I’d been thinking this would be a Sunday feature, but that’s partly because alliteration is word-weed for the brain, and Sunday Stash List feels like a party and mainly because I thought making the list once a week might naturally accommodate the list’s inherent turnover. 

Well this week brought a bit more turnover than the typically three-day window, so we’ll reshuffle the stashes like a 70’s skin flick and bump prospect news to Sunday.

NOTE: This ranking is focused on redraft impact of players who’ve yet to debut in 2020. It’s a snapshot of all the information I can synthesize as of today.

1. Tigers RHP Casey Mize jumps to the one spot this week over Dylan Carlson due to the unknown of COVID-19. If St. Louis is back in action this weekend . . . but that seems like a thing we might not want to wait around for. Plus I’m not certain Carlson will steal any bases or play every day. I think he’ll play a lot, but the Cardinals don’t have the best track record for turning their youngsters loose. 

2. Cardinals OF Dylan Carlson could be an impact bat in even ten-team leagues, and he might be part of the rona relief team prepping for 90 seconds of rooftop wreckage removal. 

3. Phillies RHP Spencer Howard has a case for first on this list because a) his team set out to contend this year, b) he’s among the team’s top three pitchers, and c) he might’ve debuted last week were it not for postponements. 

4. Dodgers 2B Gavin Lux is subject to any number of class-based puns. His team is so talent rich it can afford the . . . extravagance of waiting to promote him until they have maximum control over his future. America! Luck yeah!

5. Yankees RHP Clarke Schmidt’s 2020 fate is tied to what happens with JA Happ and James Paxton. Neither is on his game right now. 

6. Cardinals RHP Alex Reyes is part of that track record in St. Louis, but he’s a talent I think they’d have loved to turn loose long ago. Hitting 99 at the training site on a team that will have some openings on the pitching side, Reyes is stash-worthy to me.

UPDATE: Reyes was recalled minutes after this post published. Or moments before. Rotoworld timestamp says 2:09. Here we go!

7. Rangers LHP Joely Rodriguez was activated from the IL on Tuesday and has a clear path to the back end of the Texas bullpen. He was Japan’s best reliever the past few seasons and could quickly establish himself as the primary option. 

8. Atlanta LHP Tucker Davidson was my pick to fill the Folty opening–an opportunity that went to Touki Toussaint–and I’ll just play that song again now that Mike Soroka is out for the year. 

9. Padres LHP MacKenzie Gore watched his good buddy Luis Patino get promoted on Tuesday but shouldn’t have to wait long. San Diego insists on seeing how the Lucchesi/Quantrill paradigm plays out, and I can’t blame them in a year when playoff positioning seems almost irrelevant. 

10. Marlins RHP Jordan Yamamoto will actually start Thursday against Baltimore. We can’t be certain he’ll earn a long-term look if he pitches well, but we can be certain he’s got solid off-speed command and a chance to showcase it.

11. Rays LHP Brendan McKay is finally back to pitching after a long COVID layoff. He probably needs an injury to break into the rotation, but he needs time to ramp up anyway, and these things tend to take care of themselves, especially in 2020. 

12. Tigers LHP Tark Skubal dooby doo, where are you? We’ve got some work to do now. If it wasn’t for that meddling Mize, Tarik could be unmasked by the end of next week. 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter and Reddit.

 
  1. Jaco says:
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    Love your prospect stuff! Thanks for the hard work.

    Picked up Sulser based on ur write-up last week; hopefully we get to see if he can keep it going tonight

    Really excited for Schmidt, just remember the Yanks taking him right after TJ, cool to seem him on the doorstep now

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Jaco!

      Glad you got some Sulser! Yeah he could get a save opp in the double dip tonight!

      I’m trying to trade for Schmidt in a 15-teamer right now . . . can’t wait!

  2. Primetime says:
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    What about Matt manning?

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      I should’ve just folded him into the Skubal blurb. Manning might be ahead of him given Skubal had the virus.

      • Primetime says:
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        You like Skubal over Mize and Manning?

        Also when you think Clarke Schmidt? After Happ walking 12 guys today.. maybe he gets a call.

        • jason batteiger says:
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          he put mize at the top, skubal at the bottom, so…… that might be telling to this exact question. having said that he DID put skubal ahead of mize for long term top 200 (contrary to most/many). obv this list above is for this year only.

          • The Itch

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            Yeah well sussed on this.

            Mize looks like he might get a handful more starts than Skubal this year, and in the short burst, that’s that for who’s most valuable this year, probably.

            But for the life of their careers, I like Skubal.

        • The Itch

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          I’d think soon on Schmidt, but the thought of playoff positioning is creeping in again.

          I’m sure it’s nice to play the 3-game opener at home or to have home field throughout, but is that incentive enough to write Happ off as a sunk cost?

          I still think so, but who knows.

          And yes, I prefer Skubal long term.

  3. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey The Itch,

    In the card world, are you holding Luis Robert or cashing in on the hot start?

    Brujan seems like a good deal right now, i picked up a gold shimmer auto for $150. You agree its a good idea to keep buying?

    How about Heliot Ramos, is he someone you’re buying?

    Thanks again Itch, I appreciate you!

    • The Itch

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      What up, Worm Burner!?

      I’d probably split on Robert: sell some, save some. But I’d set a fairly high BIN and not deal with auctions.

      I might wait on Brujan if you’re already in. No harm in monitoring him and scooping on the odd auction that falls through the cracks, but power prospects in big cities are typically safer than speed plays in small ones.

      Ramos fits the power bat in big city, but I’m not convinced on his hit tool.

      Monte Harrison might be a nice buy. Speedy in a small fan base, but he’s a unique personality and talent and could splash the kind of debut that boosts him 3-4x in a hurry.

  4. Harley Earl says:
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    Reyes got the call today. I’ve had him for five years on a dynasty team. Here’s to hoping he finally stays healthy and stays in the Bigs.

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Yeah I hope they break him in slowly, middle innings, low leverage, one frame at a time. I’m a little worried they’ll use him heavily right away if he looks good his first few outings.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        The Cardinals won’t hold him back. He’s 26 years old now. I think he has one more year before free agency. It’s taken 5 years just to get to this point. They’re going to put him in high leverage pretty quick. Then make him a starter next year and let him sink or swim.

        Basically, it’s now or never for Mr. Reyes.

        • The Itch

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          Yeah I suspect you’re right.

          But I’m thinking what about the playoffs. A healthy and hot Reyes in October could make a huge a difference. Getting an extra 7th inning out for 20 pitches or so his second week back in August seems a nearsighted play. Just saw something similar with Ohtani. Still blows my mind a guy throws 40+ pitches in one inning in his situation. Including warm-ups that inning and getting hot for the game, that’s sooooooo many pitches in a short window, and Reyes being mostly a starter in his development, may feel he needs a lot of pitches in the pen to get hot, meaning every little extra push to see him go further might be even more . . . . stop, gotta remember to breathe . . . sorry man. Hope all’s well on your end : )

  5. scoboticus says:
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    For Keeper leagues, we still go to your top 200 list, correct?

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Yeah that plus my 2021 position-by-position rankings. They synthesize prospects down to this year’s draft and international classes with the MLB and MiLB players. Pretty prettaaayyy deep.

      I’ll have a new top 100 or so out soon. Maybe at the halfway point, which is, I guess, a couple weeks from now.

  6. bbmedic3195 says:
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    Love the prospect column. I stashed Sixto Sanchez in a minors spot along with Alex Krilloff. More for the long game cause I can keep them as a 15th round pick in a 14 teamer. Should I pivot off either of these guys for someone like Schmidt or Skubal who are still available?

    • The Itch

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      Thanks for the kind words!!

      I’m not huge on Sixto and think the Yankees convert Wins like few other teams, so I’d prefer Schmidt or Skubal to him.

      Might have to hold Kiriloff, but I wonder if you could try to trade them?

      Other people probably like their keepers, too, I suppose, but those are nice enough pieces that you might be able to consolidate them.

  7. Anodyne says:
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    Did Lewan Diaz get any consideration for this post?

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      He did. Landed at the nine spot last week https://razzball.com/redraft-stash-list-top-ten-prospects-wholl-soon-be-rookies/

      Just a little worried about their comments regarding “top prospects.” I think it’s mostly clock gamery while they wait to see what their record is, but if they lose a few games or get a few guys back quicker than expected, that throws a wrench in the Diaz plan.

      I’ve been thinking for a while it doesn’t make much sense to micromanage a first baseman’s clock, but the fish seem to think otherwise.

  8. scoboticus says:
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    Moderator, please delete.

  9. Banksy says:
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    Keep forever, h2h, hr, ave, r, rbi, sb, ops

    Give – Vlad
    Get- gallo and bohm

    • The Itch

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      that’s a nice offer . . .

      but I want to give Vlad a full season coming off a full off-season before I move him.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxjnaI9dzw0

      2019 HR Derby just for kicks . . . and for my own patience . . . I got a pretty good offer in a 15-teamer myself just this week and had to think about it

  10. Perfect Game says:
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    Maeda or Montas in quality start league.

    • The Itch

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      Montas, but can’t really go wrong here.

  11. Moon Shots says:
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    Yo Itch. Man your content hits the spot. Scratches the dynasty…you know.

    Last post i commented about waiting for an MiLB spot to open up on my roster in 30-team dynasty so i could try to cash in a veteran or two for a prospect. Been waiting on Adell, Bart, etc. With Adell up i can finally try to make moves. I think i have a line on a deal sending my Taijuan Walker and Kike Hernandez for a potential Austin Riley and Paredes or Downs. Havent really worked it out yet but curious for your thoughts. You believe in Riley long term despite the swing and miss in his game and awful start this year? Also, how big is the gap between Downs and Paredes and how hard do push to get one over the other? Downs with the much better ranking but i like Paredes profile too. Brett Baty could be in the mix too though im allergic to the Mets.

    Lastly, you like Brinson or Jaylin Davis better as a dynasty flyer?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Moon Shots says:
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      Ps Thats Isaac not Enoli!

      • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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        almost certainly jaylin over brinson from the dynasty ranks (obv those no longer have brinson in them)

      • The Itch

        The Itch says:
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        What up, Moon Shots!?

        I hope you got that Walker deal done before the game today. People get pretty gunshy early season.

        I’ll take whatever I can get along with Downs. Wouldn’t want to stall a good deal. I think the gap between Downs and Paredes is large and well worth whatever finagling is required to make sure Downs ends up with you.

        That said, it’s often best to trust your takes and stay with them in dynasty. Maybe you can get Paredes and Downs?

        And yeah I’m still on Davis over Brinson. I’m a bit stung the Giants set him aside so quickly, but Zaidi has shown a knack for brilliance and patience in development, and he targeted Davis last year, so I think he’s still a big factor in the plans.

        • Moon Shots says:
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          Thanks Itch.

          Yeah, was hoping that something would go through before Walker’s start today OR that he would kill it. Alas, neither occurred. Ah well, maybe it can still be salvaged.

          Thanks for the sage advice on Downs. Sounds like for you getting him is the main thing and to be prioritized over getting Riley in the deal?

          Also good to know your thoughts on Davis vs Brinson. I had turned down a deal straight up of his Davis for my Brinson but maybe ill reconsider that now.

          Best to you.

          • Moon Shots says:
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            Side bar…you got any love for Thaiss or Thorpe? I just acquired both as throw ins on a deal for some of my spare parts (got a 2021 RD1 as the main piece…traded Graveman and Duvall). Neither was really on my radar but hey, extra pieces is extra pieces.

  12. dude says:
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    Any chance Trammell gets a look this year? I know he modified his swing/approach after he went to SD and curious if you’ve heard anything on how he’s looking at the alt. site?

    • The Itch

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      I haven’t heard, dude.

      Never been a buyer on Trammell, but if his price falls and the timeline stretches, I’d certainly be interested, and this talk of a swing change has perked my ears. I’ll be tracking.

  13. detroit_kozak says:
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    What about Mountcastle?
    Any chance he comes up soon, and if so, worth a stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good question — what happened to Mountcastle, Itch?

      • The Itch

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        Might have to ask Guy Pierce?

        Could definitely have this wrong because time is real and powerful, but I think we’ve got an old (pre-COVID so ancient) text conversation involving my belief that the Orioles would do their level best to bury Mountcastle in 2020.

        I hope he gets called up, but the Rona provides them the cover they’d need to just pretend he doesn’t exist this year.

    • The Itch

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      There’s always a chance, but I think the Orioles intend to lock him in a dungeon somewhere until 2021.

      • detroit_kozak says:
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        Maybe there’s a caveat in Chris Davis’ contract that if he gets replaced with someone from the farm, they owe him double….

        • The Itch

          The Itch says:
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          ooooooooofffffffff

          I like it.

          The joke, I mean.

          I was just watching him play and wondering what it feels like.

          He made a rookie mistake diving/falling to his right on Monte Harrison’s first hit.

          Then he had an at bat.

          He’s 1 for 24.

          Been hitting about .175 for three years.

          Not the best ROI in baseball contract history.

  14. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    14 team dynasty, weird league as most prospects (not most of the MIA ones though, as sixto, monte and ed cab WERE obtainable already, back at the draft, which was right before july 23rd) don’t even show up in system till after call up. so waiver number is VERY important (not FAAB here). so far pearson everybody except the #1 guy tried to waiver, the 3 and the 6 went after singer, and 11th-13th went after madrigal. adell and patino are coming off in next 2 days. i have the 9. obviously adell will be an attempt (but i won’t win of course) and patino could be (outside shot of winning). carlson i probably can’t get either (or howard likely). OBP over AVG, slugging over HR’s here
    C w.smith
    1B goldy
    2B villar (SS)
    SS semien
    3B beef jerky man (2B, BAL, OBP weak team in general)
    OF (3): ozuna, stanton, laureano
    util (1): grisham
    BN (this many since we have a low enough innings cap, 550 normally 1500 in normal season length): verdugo, riley (3B/OF), E2 (ARI, 2B/3B), varsho (didn’t need to waiver)
    NA (3): brujan, o.cruz (for some reason these were also in player pool, i sneaked them in draft, it’s a really stupid system to only have random prospects but not others in system)

    SP: maeda, carrasco, darvish, ryu, javier, minor, paddack, kim
    RP (max 3): d.castillo (in SP slot, saves only here though): w.smith, e.diaz, karinchak
    DL (10): carmart, mikolas
    NA (3): ed cab (MIA)

    see if these look right:
    1. adell dropping verdugo (this one i just ain’t getting)
    2. patino dropping kim (and wondering if the #9 waiver is better to save here, trying to think of all the better prospects that might or should be up this year better than him that i could get if i don’t use the #9 here)

    adell/gore/carlson/kelenic (outside chance)/vaughn (outside chance)/r.lewis (outside chance)/kirilloff/bohm/howard/whitley (outside chance), the 3 DET guys and then patino is ranked here. wow this is close. 9 guys not including the outside chances. i’m asking itch what he thinks too.

    blec bloom bloc burb boo (something here to let the post actually go in, it seems to nix identical posts even if those are in different posts, i also left this in grey’s)

    • The Itch

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      1. Definitely please yes why am I thinking of that Ryan Reynolds movie I never saw and who knows Adell could fly under the radar like that Ryan Reynolds movie I never saw.

      2. I actually think I want Kim and the pole position given the waiver explainer. (If the Tigers win enough, we could see Torkelson . . . )

  15. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    1. the 1# bit of course, as did most of league, esp the high end waiver guys

    2. i was wrong, i was 8th, so now 7th. kim doesn’t have to be dropped, could also drop d.castillo here if that changes anything, probably doesn’t as this list plus outside torkelson is so close on 7:
    gore/carlson/kelenic (outside chance)/vaughn (outside chance)/r.lewis (outside chance)/kirilloff/bohm/howard/whitley (outside chance), the 3 DET guys + torkelson THEN patino. so i only need 7 of these to peak their heads into MLB at all this year to make it worth it. even if we take it down to the very likely up guys: gore/carlson/bohm/howard/ 2/3 of the DET guys we’re still right on the nose close.

    patino’s claim goes off tonight. vaughn/tork esp would be great for this roster exactly.

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