Feels like we get big prospect headlines every weekend. Makes sense on the baseball calendar. Adley Rutschman, Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore all got that call this week, and I got an invitation to reshuffle the stash list.

Graduated from Volume 2: Royce Lewis Rolls Into TownGeorge Kirby, Adley Rutschman, Alek Thomas, Vidal Brujan, Nolan Gorman, Ryan Pepiot 

If you cared to look back that far, you’d see two graduates in this list from the class of Volume 1, Oneil Cruz Control featured again here in Volume 3, but that’s just the nature of the nomenclature these days. Confusing times when the top guy on the stash list just got demoted after dominating for a couple weeks, but here we are, and away we go. 

 

1. Minnesota SS Royce Lewis (AAA) 22 years old

Went 3-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and a stolen base in his first game back in AAA after slashing .308/.325/.564 in 11 games as a major leaguer. Figures to be a short stay in St. Paul.

 

2. Pittsburgh SS Oneil Cruz (AAA) 23 years old

Cruz has been patient and productive for about two weeks now, slashing .261/.414/.478 with a 19% strikeout and 15.5% walk rate over his past 12 games. He’s got two home runs, two stolen bases, and two caught-stealings over that stretch. He may not dominate from the jump, but the dead ball shouldn’t bother him much if he’s this patient in the show.

 

3. Baltimore RHP Grayson Rodriguez (AAA) 22 years old

Threw 5.1 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts last time out on May 17. I have long thought Rodriguez would come up whenever Adley did, so now we wait.

 

4. Kansas City 1B Vinnie Pasquantino (AAA) 24 years old

Who down Vinnie P? Every last homie, if my recent efforts to trade for him are any indication. Vinnie has made some trades of his own, sacrificing a little contact for power and swatting seven home runs in 17 games since April 30.

 

5. Washington SS Luis Garcia (AAA) 22 years old 

Front office has blinders on here, and it’s pretty damn irritating, just thinking about it through Garcia’s point of view. He’s slashing .336/.393/.589 with eight home runs in 35 games. His 9.2% walk and 14.7% percent strikeout rate are mirror images of what the 22-year-old produced in AAA as a 21-year-old last season. I moved him up a bit this week because good wins out over evil in the end. He’s not even a prospect, so including him on the list could open a floodgate for all the Adells and Kelenics to come rushing through, but I sneaked him on through a viaduct under the city using a caveat I created last season: Garcia has graduated prospect eligibility but hasn’t debuted yet this season, so he makes the list.

 

6. Boston 1B Triston Casas (AAA) 22 years old

Insert Dobby Malbec bit here, paired with cheese and Franchy Cordero dressing. Casas has been kind of meh in May, slashing .245/.328/.469 with two home runs in 14 games. I’m eager to see how he deals with the cement baseballs MLB is swapping in and out this year.

 

7. Pittsburgh RHP Roansy Contreras (AAA) 22 years old 

Contreras was up to 5.2 innings in his last AAA start on May 19, so if we are taking this front office at its word (and why wouldn’t we), he has built up the innings required to return to Pittsburgh’s beleaguered rotation.

 

8. Detroit OF Riley Greene (AAA) 21 years old 

Detroit is 13-and-26 as I write this sentence, so they might take their time giving Greene the go-ahead at the various stages of his rehab. Word is he’s back on the field already.

 

9. Los Angeles 3B Miguel Vargas (AAA) 22 years old 

My pick for most consistent hitter in minor league baseball over the past couple seasons. Might be an upgrade over Max Muncy right now, but the Dodgers are 1.5 games up on the Padres and 4 games up on the Giants. No reason to rock the boat.

 

10. Kansas City 1B Nick Pratto (AAA) 23 years old 

He’s always been a streaky hitter, and Pratto is getting hot at the right time (five walks and two homers in his last two games) with Kansas City seeking a sea change at the big league level, as discussed in my last article Prospect News: Royals Barbecue Hitting Coach or Moore Needs Sauce.

 

11. Colorado 3B Elehuris Montero (AAA) 23 years old 

Montero is a career .500 hitter in the majors, so he’s got that going for him. He’s also slashing .299/.366/.504 in AAA this year, but the Rockies don’t seem too interested. Ryan McMahon is locked into the third base job. Kris Bryant is in left field. Yonathan Daza has a 134 wRC+ in 80 plate appearances this year. Connor Joe looks like an everyday player at DH. This has always been the problem for Colorado. If you put someone in Coors for half their games, they will probably produce, and then they’ll be blocking more talented players behind them. The front office has rarely shown the foresight to actively sort through their hitters and trade the extras. He’d be much higher on the list if I had any confidence in Colorado.

 

12. Boston RHP Josh Winckowski (AAA) 23 years old  

Wink’s command was already good when it leapt late last season, an improvement he’s carried over to 2022 as evidenced by his 0.82 WHIP across 25.2 AAA innings. Whisper mill suggests he’s coming up soon.

 

13. Miami RHP Max Meyer (AAA) 23 years old 

Sent to the IL with ulnar nerve irritation, an ominous diagnosis to say the least. What to do here? In some leagues, you already dropped him and can hope to get him back if he gets back. In some leagues, you absolutely can’t drop him. The timing here is brutal for all involved. The Marlins are a wait-and-see sort of team where arm injuries are concerned, which means this could cost Meyer 2022 and 2023 if it’s a worst-case scenario. Word from the club is they don’t expect him to miss much time, so at least somebody’s optimistic around here.

 

14. Arizona OF Stone Garrett (AAA) 26 years old 

Jake McCarthy got the call when Arizona needed a new snake this week, and he’s earned that sunshine with his .400/.505/.693 slash line across 20 AAA games, but we’re leaving no stone unturned here at Razzball. Garrett is carrying a ten-game on-base streak for AAA Reno, during which he has five strikeouts, five walks, three home runs and three stolen bases. The D-Backs are 20-and-21 at the moment, 3-and-7 over their last ten games, so it’s all hands on deck as they battle a covid spike in their clubhouse, and Garrett is likely the next man up.

 

15. San Diego SS CJ Abrams (AAA) 21 years old 

Hit three homers in his first two AAA games then lost the plot, slashing .094/.194/.094 in his last seven contests. It’s just one week, and he does have two steals over that stretch, but Abrams needs reps against good pitching after losing time the last two years, and with Robinson Cano in San Diego, I suspect Abrams will stay in AAA until August or so unless he rips off a really great run.

The next ten:

16. Cubs RHP Caleb Kilian (AAA) 24 yo

17. Miami RHP Edward Cabrera (AAA) 24 yo

18. Pittsburgh SS Ji-hwan Bae (AAA) 22 yo

19. Tampa 1B Jonathan Aranda (AAA) 24 yo 

20. Philadelphia OF Mickey Moniak (AAA) 

21. White Sox C Carlos Perez (AAA) 25 yo 

22. San Francisco 3B Jason Vosler (AAA) 28 yo

23. San Francisco 3B David Villar (AAA) 25 yo

24. St. Louis LHP Zack Thompson (AAA) 24 yo

25. Oakland 3B Dermis Garcia (AAA) 24 yo 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

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Jim
Jim
1 month ago

Hi Itch- and familiarity with yeppy de los santos who Pittsburgh called up a couple days ago. Could he see high leverage role eventually ?

Umpy70
Umpy70
1 month ago

Hey Itch
Always love your stuff.

Don’t have alot of moves or room but should i be dropping miranda for E. Ruiz ( i read the comments below, not sure why he isnt higher on your list?) or dropping miranda for vinnie/garcia?

bigbear
bigbear
1 month ago

The O’s called up AR in the middle of a series. Spenser Watkins left in the 1st and has been the worst O’s started by a long margin. GR starts line up with Watkins’. The O’s have a double header scheduled for Watkins’ next start (5/28) in Fenway. What are the odds GR gets the nod instead?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
1 month ago

Amazing list Itch!

I’m in a 10 team H2H league (R, Hits, RBI, SB, HR, BB, AVG) where we keep 10 and I have the luxury of some of the guys on your stash list available. My team is:

1B – Alonso
2B – Albies
3B – Witt Jr
SS – Bichette
OF – Acuna
OF – Tatis
OF – Luis Robert
UT: Julio Rodriguez
Bench: Corbin Carroll

I wanted to give you my team context to help in who to stash. Available in my league are:

Miguel Vargas
Vinnie P
Luis Garcia
Jarren Duran

How would you rank these guys for my team/league and which 2 should I grab?

Thanks!
LG

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  LG Baseball
1 month ago

Jordan Walker also available. Further away than the guys above but handling AA really well. Is Walker the guy to stash noting I don’t necessarily need production this year from this group?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  LG Baseball
1 month ago

Walker was just grabbed by another team so please drop him out.

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
1 month ago

What are your thoughts on Ken Waldichuk (NYY) and Hayden Wenski (NYY)?

Grey
Admin
1 month ago

Have you heard anything about Nats calling up Luis Garcia?

Grey
Admin
Reply to  The Itch
1 month ago

You couldn’t lie to me? Cmon pal!

Grey
Admin
Reply to  The Itch
1 month ago

HAHA

Bluestar
Bluestar
1 month ago

Who would be the more useful stash josh winks or mets david peterson ??

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
1 month ago

I am going to continue to be the Esteury Ruiz truther around these parts. The Grisham as an everyday player on a contender experiment is wearing thin.

Also, a couple more dominant outings in AAA and might the Red Sox hit the panic button and call up Bello?

Gordeon
Gordeon
1 month ago

Is this fair, I’m rebuilding?
Receive: Baz/Wander
Send: JRAM/Wheeler

Gordeon
Gordeon
Reply to  The Itch
1 month ago

I actually ended up offering that and he came back wanting Tucker too. Hahahaha.

Offered that cuz I don’t care how soon we win, rather how long I completely dominate the league. I’m a patient guy. We can keep 15/5 in our 12-teamer. Check out our roster:

C-Adley (sat on my bench for 4 freaking years)
1B-Tork/Vinnie
2B-none
SS-Bo/CJ/Termarr
3B-JRAM/House
OF-Tucker/JRod/Riley Greene/Hassell
SP-Grayson/Wheeler/May/McClanny/Painter
RP-Clay (thanks Grey)/Raisel

Others could keep are Rogers/Kiriloff/E Cabrera/

Problem is there is a team that has somehow gathered, I’m not f*cking kidding: Soto/Trout/Machado/Acuna/Tatis/Scherzer/Verlander & 3 top closers. So we aren’t beating them for a few years, regardless.

Gordeon
Gordeon
Reply to  The Itch
1 month ago

I like the Tork idea for a 2B, who do you think he could fetch?

Dan
Dan
1 month ago

Love the write up. Keeping me ahead of the game!

I was offered Jarren Duran for my Camilo Doval in a deep 30t dynasty, H2H points.

What are your thoughts?

junior56
junior56
1 month ago

Thanks Itch! Your the hardest working man in the prospect business! I need to study that next 10 list :-)

Would you deal Grayson, Jarren Duran and Peguero for Severino and L.Urias?

Have a hole with Mondesi down at MI and Berrios, Woodruff, and Castillo under preforming. 12 team HTH keeper league.

MJ888
MJ888
1 month ago

One more for you, Itch. Assuming Royce Lewis gets called back up while Correa is healthy, where does he play? I’ve heard centerfield or thirdbase. It looks like he has only played one game at third, and that was this week. Thanks!

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
Reply to  MJ888
1 month ago

He is definitely moving around. The Twins have too many guys who need ABs to hand one position over to him entirely, absent an injury.

Philip
Philip
1 month ago

Itch, now that Melendez is up and playing decently, am I clear to dump S. Murphy in my 20-team dynasty? I could use his roster spot for another SP. Do you anticipate Melendez going back to AAA, or Murphy getting his act together? Thanks, Itch!

Philip
Philip
Reply to  The Itch
1 month ago

True, but those lotta .200 BA are killing me. He’s also been bumped to 6th lately. Have you seen the Oakland line-up? ?

MJ888
MJ888
1 month ago

Hey Itch – How does Vinnie P compare to Juan Yepez? Offensively they seem very similar.

Thanks!

Ray
Ray
1 month ago

Love the weekly stash lists Itch.
Well, it appears the Dodgers have another breakout prospect in the name of Jacob Amaya.

He’s hitting .336-.436-.698 with 9 HRs, 21 RBI and a 17-22 K-BB at AA thus far.

And he has a great glove at SS.

Will be interesting to see if the Dodgers sign Turner long term this offseason with Amaya’s breakout.

Ray

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
1 month ago

Hey Itch, love there writeup’s! What are your thoughts on Graham Ashcraft? I have read he has some control issues but he also has big K potential and a decent groundball precentage.

Drew
Drew
1 month ago

Thanks for this—love your write-ups!
Question: do I drop Kim in anticipation for Luis Garcia being called up (I’ve read that May 25 is the magic date due to service time manipulation)? Kim has been my SS for a couple weeks now since Mondesi went to the IL. Ultimately, I’m waiting for Tatis to get healthy.
Oh, it’s a 16-team OPS keeper.

galica1234
galica1234
1 month ago

The Itch!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Sorry missed you times 3! Not good of me, was busy. Still no excuse. Sorry.

b. Love this Stash List, vol. 3. Would you had Winckowski and/or Stone Garrett to this 4×4 12-team dynasty (OBP, SB, RC, TB) x (QS, SVH, WHIP, K/9) league? Who would you drop?

Garver
Cron
Brujan
Jace Peterson
Bogaerts
Choi
OMiller
Walsh, Arozarena, Betts, Calhoun, Joe
SMarte, Jake McCarthy

Bench – Tellez, Mateo, Drury, Eli White, Yastrzemski
IL – Evan White, India, Berti, EOLivares

MiLB – Harris, Montero, Walker, Acuna, Arias, LButler, Cowser, Lowe, Wiemer

SP – Manoah, Musgrove, Ryan, Whitlock, Cease, Gonsolin, Houck, Kopech
RP – Hendriks, Iglesias, DJimenez, RMontero, Robertson, Doval, Kittredge, Lopez
IL – Lodolo, Paxton, Giles
MiLB – Roansy, Hoffmann, Walston, Perez, LoganT, JMurray

For reference, I am in 1st (79/96) but 2nd place (76/96) is closing in.

Offense
SB – 36 (2nd), OBP – 0.305 (8th), RC – 247.3 (3rd), TB – 843 (2nd)

Defense
QS – 24 (3rd), K/9 – 9.69 (3rd), SVH – 46 (3rd), WHIP – 1.100 (1st)

c. George Carlin quote of the day for May 22, 2022

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.’

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  The Itch
1 month ago

The Itch!!

a. Thanks a ton. Jace is there until Cinci returns stateside so Drury can play. Jace is my primary 3B now. I can drop him then after I move Drury back to the roster.

b. Yes looking forward to the Carlin doc. Thanks for the heads up. He was ahead of his time for sure.

c. Have a great week, man.

Cheers,
Ante

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

Great stuff as usual Itch!! What are your thoughts on Brayan Bello? He contribute this year? Thank you!

Jimmy
Jimmy
Reply to  Jimmy
1 month ago

Winck or Bello in a 13 team 5×5 dynasty league? Thanks Itch!

toolshed
toolshed
1 month ago

So i saw your brief menton of kelenic in the writeup. Since he is officially in the minors and he could be stashed via an NA spot, do you have any faith in him turning it around and being useful this year in redraft? The Mariners have an outfield logjam if Lewis gets back along with Haniger (high ankle). They also signed justin upton to a major league contract. What does this mean for kelenic? I thought upton was done but the Mariners are looking for anything right now I guess. I thought lewis was close to being activated. Kelenic is stinking up AAA from what I read. He did homer finally but is hitting .167 with 10 k’s in 4 games. Is he even worth stashing?

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
1 month ago

I guess kelenic had a good day on Saturday. 3-4, 2 2B, 2RBI, BB, K. Those stats were not included in my comment.

Last edited 1 month ago by toolshed
toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
1 month ago

And to clarify, is he even worth stashing over a couple of the guys in the top 5 of your list excluding cruz and GR who are already stashed.