Happy Father’s Day!

I hope you all have a great one!

It’s been a while since I checked in with the stashes, list-wise, and today feels like the perfect fit for a post-super-two, redraft ranking of the rookies in waiting. 

Since last we met here for the Stash List Sans Jarred Kelenic, we’ve seen a lot of players promoted for the first nights under the big lights: Alek Manoah, Logan Gilbert, Jesus Sanchez, Matt Manning, Lewin Diaz, Chris Gittens, Jackson Kowar, DeMarcus Evans, and Cory Abbott

We’ve also seen some guys from that list go there and back again: Owen Miller, Luis Barrera, Corbin Martin, Max Moroff. It’s a tough game. Failure abounds. Determination is elemental. Some of these guys will only get a sip or two before returning to endless bus trips and styrofoam sandwich dinners. Some will become central to the fantasy game itself. Welcome to The Stash List.

1. AAA Tampa Bay SS Wander Franco 

First time atop this list for Wander. Do I think the Rays are nearing the moment when they’ll promote him? 

I guess? I mean he’s here because he’ll hurt worse than anyone if he gets the call and you didn’t move on it when/if you had the chance. And because I think he’ll take to big league ball like a fish to water. He’s also here for the first time because betting on Tampa to call up a hot prospect is a good way to go broke. They have little to gain from stalling unless they really are considering waiting until the final window when he’d still be postseason eligible. It’s the new jam these last couple years, so I certainly wouldn’t put that past Tampa. To make that work in the current/old service math, they’d have to send him back to the minors to begin 2022, and that’s a kind of evil I don’t even want to think about on Father’s Day. Or any day, really. 

 

2. AAA Boston OF Jarren Duran

Everything this cat does is loud. Might still be a buy window for dynasty. I don’t think he’s treated as a top ten type prospect, a potential 30/30 roto demon who makes himself untouchable in trades. He has 11 home runs in 28 games. That’s a pace of about 60 in a big league season. Just an incredible leap from a guy who’d hit 8 HR in his previous 199 professional games.

 

3. AAA Tampa Bay IF/OF Vidal Brujan 

In Volume 2, when Brujan was bewitching AAA pitchers, I said he’d be held back until he was slumping, at which point Tampa could use that slump as a reason to bury him in the minors as long as possible. Well, huzzah, I guess. 

 

4. AAA Los Angeles (AL) OF Jo Adell

Ah hell I dunno. He’s not solving the swing-and-miss issues, but he is leading the minors in home runs, and the Angels are playing Juan Lagares. He’s a 22-year-old with a .286/.335/.686 slash line. 31.8 percent is not the worst strikeout rate of all time. Feels like the Angels are stalling to steal some service time here. I get the logic, but they’re hurting their big league club, and that gets old in a hurry. 

 

5. AAA Cincinnati RHP Hunter Greene

Touched 104 on the stadium gun in his AAA debut against Omaha, who stormed him with four home runs and chased him from the game after four innings. I don’t care. He struck out 47.1 percent of his opponents in AAA as a 21-year-old with relatively little experience. Recorded a 28.4 K-BB rate across 41 AA innings. He’ll be up-and-down in his early career, but he’s one of a handful of arms with true ace topside, and I think he’ll get there. Will always be a target for me in dynasty leagues. 

 

6. AAA Texas 1B Curtis Terry 

I think Terry’s a better hitter than Nate Lowe, who’s slugging .292 over the past month. Extreme passivity in a minor leaguer is never my jam. I can’t recall the last time it worked out. I’m always suspicious it speaks to a slightly slow refresh rate in the pitch-identifying mainframe. I’m not certain Terry is quick enough for big league pitching, but he’s been awesome since 2018, logging wRC+ scores of 186, 152, 164, and 143 across four levels. Fangraphs has him at 50 raw power, which is clearly from an outdated look. It’s easy for “real baseball” types to bucket right, right corner bats as non-prospects and go on with their lives. Terry deserves better, slashing .316/.385/.632 with 11 HR in 36 games and striking out just 20.9 percent of the time after skipping AA. Nothing but wows in terms of his on-the-field outcomes. Nothing but silence from a lot of prospect sources. 

Here’s a quick clip of Terry legging out a triple that sets the stage for him to complete the cycle late Friday night. 

 

7. AAA Tampa Bay OF Josh Lowe 

Slashing .315/.364/.631. 9 HR 7 SB. I keep thinking Tampa knows this could be a World Series season, given that they just had one, and they know they’ll need all their best talents to get major league reps well before the postseason. I suppose Taylor Walls and Shane McClanahan and Luis Patino make it clear that’s not totally wrong, but, well, you know the refrain. Or some variation on it anyway. And hey maybe a World Series is worth a lot less to the Rays than it is to other teams. I mean it probably really is at this point, fiscally speaking. 

 

8. AAA Oakland RHP Daulton Jefferies

He’s ready for big league batters, but he’s never had health on his side for an extended stretch, and he got roasted in his last AAA outing against Arizona, allowing seven earned runs in four innings pitched. He’s only struck out 16 across 23.2 innings, but that comes with just three walks and a 1.14 WHIP. His fastball might not ultimately be enough to hang, but he’s adept at adjusting based on what’s working that night. Could be a functional back-end rotation piece who helps in fantasy when he’s hot thanks to the plus command. 

 

9. AAA Baltimore 2B Jahmai Jones

Orioles seem to have something here. It’s only been 14 games at AAA, but Jones has an 8/8 K/BB with 3 HR, 4 SB and a .345/.431/.636 slash line. The organization itself could be an issue here. If they think Jones is a real cog in their future, they might not give him a look this season. Yes, I know how ridiculous that reads. I don’t know how often to call attention to the elaborate nonsense that goes into running a club in this final season of the current collective bargaining agreement. 

 

10. AAA Baltimore SS Domingo Leyba

Could copy and paste most of the Jones blurb, except that they targeted Jones in the Alex Cobb trade and kind of fell into Leyba thanks to Arizona letting him walk. I don’t know why they didn’t want to see what Leyba could do in the majors. In 17 AAA games this year, Leyba has eight home runs, nine strikeouts, and four walks. Good for a .375/.403/.778 triple slash. If Baltime installs these guys at shortstop and second base and leaves them alone in the second half, I will be excited. Odds are one or the other will bring some bombs in a homer happy ballpark. 

 

11) AAA Tampa Bay RHP Shane Baz

12) AA Miami RHP Edward Cabrera 

13) AAA Kansas City 3B Emmanuel Rivera 

14) AAA Chicago (AL) Jake Burger 

15) AAA Chicago (AL) Gavin Sheets 

16) AAA Tampa Bay RHP Joe Ryan 

17) AAA Seattle C Cal Raleigh

18) AA Toronto RHP Simeon Woods Richardson 

19) AA Cincinnati SS Jose Barrera

20) AA Boston RHP Brayan Bello 

21) AA Toronto 2B Samad Taylor 

22) AA Kansas City SS Bobby Witt Jr.

23) AA San Diego SS CJ Abrams

24) AAA Boston OF Johan Mieses 

25) AAA San Francisco RHP Matt Frisbee 

26) AAA Houston OF Jake Meyers 

27) AAA Milwaukee LHP Aaron Ashby 

28) AAA Houston OF Jose Siri 

29) AA Milwaukee LHP Ethan Small

30) AAA Minnesota RHP Jhoan Duran

31) AA San Francisco RHP Caleb Kilian 

32) AAA Houston RHP Brett Conine 

33) AA Kansas City 1B Nick Pratto 

34) AA Miami LHP Jake Eder

35) AA Kansas City RHP Alec Marsh

36) AA Pittsburgh RHP Roansy Contreras

37) AAA Boston OF Marcus Wilson

38) AA San Francisco OF Heliot Ramos

39) AA Pittsburgh SS Rodolfo Castro

40) A+ Seattle OF Julio Rodriguez

 

Slumping: 

AAA Boston SS Jeter Downs – seems to be digging his way out

AAA San Diego LHP MacKenzie Gore – seems to be digging deeper holes

AAA Seattle OF Jarred Kelenic – member Dig Dug?

AA Baltimore OF Yusniel Diaz – recently demoted from AAA

 

Injured: 

AAA Philadelphia OF Cornelius Randolph 

AAA Los Angeles (AL) Brandon Marsh

AAA Chicago (NL) LHP Brailyn Marquez 

AA Los Angeles (NL) RHP Josiah Gray

Elbows and backs betray us all. 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

 

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luvdarooks
1 year ago

would you trade brujan and B Witt for W. Franco?
can only keep all 3 for next year through end of 2022.
i would bench Happ in this 6×6 obp 2b+3b

tigersharkz
tigersharkz
1 year ago

Check out the video of Wander where the coach tells the team he’s been called up to The Show. Some guys we are told are good baseball players, some guys look like they could be good at…anything up to and including MMA lol. Dude is built like a *tank*.

Joshua Bond
Joshua Bond
1 year ago

Hey! Got a couple questions:

I’m in a 12-team roto categories league that can keep 2 each year.

1. I have Bryant, Rendon, Moncada, and Bohm for 3B. Marte, Blackmon, Verdugo and Bryant as well for OF. I was just offered Harper and Grisham ($12 potential keeper) for Bryant ($15 potential keeper). What are your thoughts on the deal?

2. I’ve been stashing Bobby Witt Jr. in hopes that he’ll get the call this year. Not looking likely…He would be a $5 keeper for next year. Hold him or try to trade him?

Thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Need a new rankings list. Wander just got the call!!!!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

I’m thinking Brujan gets called within 2-3 weeks.

What’s your thoughts? Shorter? Longer? I’m tired of waiting!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Brujan went 3/5 with a bomb Saturday night. Today Brujan went 2/5 with a bomb.

I’d say the slump is over!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

I’m greedy and wanted more Ks, but Hentges did good today.

Moon Shots
Moon Shots
1 year ago

Also, no Drew Waters on the stash list?

Moon Shots
Moon Shots
1 year ago

Thanks as always for the great content Itch!

Im in 30 team dynasty and in rebuild/stack prospects mode. Curious if you…

Would you trade Luis Urias, Solak, or Luis Garcia (Nats) to obtain Cade Cavalli (my hitting side is mega stacked and my pitching side not so much)?

Do you like Kyle Harrison as a trade target?

Lastly, do you go with Puason or Westburg? Thanks Itch!

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
1 year ago

Hey Itch,

Happy Father’s Day!

Real fun read today. 2 questions…

1. What’s the deal with Brent Honeywell? Is he going to be a starter next year? Reliever?

2. And same question for Luis Patino.

The goddamn Rays!

Thanks a lot!

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

How does the Olympic team participation impact Duran’s call-up timeline?

Beastman
Beastman
1 year ago

Itch, I’ve been fortunate to snag Kaprelian, Manoah, and Garcia in my deep 16-team league. For context, each team has about 10 SPs.

This morn was just offered Albies and Yelich for Berrios and Mize. I gotta take a chance on Yelich at this price right? Albies would fill a huge 2B hole for me but obvi Yelich is the prize. He seems to be doing well since returning from DL.

Beastman
Beastman
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Trade accepted and approved! Also had to swap Lucas Sims for Archie Bradley, but I’m mighty glad to have closed the deal. Thanks!

Baggie John
Baggie John
1 year ago

Hi Itch

Are you in on the prayer circle I’m forming for Yahoo! to add Heriberto Hernandez, Wilman Diaz, Korry Howell and Leonel Valera to their player list ?

I’m getting RSI typing their names into Player Search – it’s getting so desperate, I’m starting to think the Rays might call up a Prospect first …

Have a great weekend!

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Kelenic seems to be heating up at AAA. If he keeps it going for a couple more weeks, do you the Ms giving him a recall? He could still be as good as Wander in some analyses. Agree?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
1 year ago

Itch great write up as always and happy Father’s Day. Her is my league stats and team: H2H 10 team with Runs, Hits, HR, RBI, SB, BB and AVG with 5 pitching categories.

C – IKF
1B- Freeman
2B – Jazz
3B – Devers
SS – Trea
OF – Acuna
OF – Harper
OF – Grisham
Util – Bichette
IL – Luis Robert, Bellinger
Bench: Duran, Brujan

SP: Max, Nola, Ryu, Peralta, Gausman, Framber, Gray, Kyle Hendricks, Maeda
RP: Chapman, Edwin Diaz, Karinchak

I’ve worked hard over the years to acquire this team and I’m currently in first. We only keep 10 players with no restrictions on keeper length and I usually keep 10 bats.

My question is do you think upside guys like Duran and Brujan will force their way into my top 10 or am I better to deal them for draft picks or consolidate in a trade for an upgraded keeper?

My rough top 10 right now would be Freeman, Jazz, Devers, Trea, Acuna, Harper, Bo Bichette, Grisham, Bellinger and Robert but depends on how Duran or Brujan do once called up.

Thanks for all you do!
LG

Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe
1 year ago

Happy Father’s day!

Orlando Arcia keeps hitting in Atlanta.

I have been following Bailey Ober for a couple of years and his strikeout numbers are crazy. Prospect experts seem to think his numbers won’t translate to the big leagues. Why is that? His BBs are low and his K’s are high! We are seeing this year that you don’t have to throw 100 to be effective. What kind of pitcher can he turn into?
Peace!

Kcc26
Kcc26
1 year ago

What do you see Franco’s prime/ceiling looking like? Is it that of a fantasy 1st rounder? Or more like top 50 for fantasy?

Do you think he runs in MLB? What do you see his power ceiling being?

Thanks!!

dude
dude
1 year ago

What’s your take on Pedro Leon? Crushing it in AA and playing multiple positions. Do we see him get the call this year?

.240/6HR/8SB, but more impressive is what he’s done in June; 17games/.333/4HR/5SB and improved plate disipline; 11BB/18K

JB
JB
1 year ago

Itch, Thanks for all you do. I love your write ups!

Ive been hit with injuries all season and just sitting in 5th place….. I dont want to “sell”, but I do want to get better.

Thoughts on a trade:
I send Darvish……. Receive D Cease, L Matos, N Pearson. Cease will replace the MLB slot and the other 2 would be in minor slots.

The same manager also has Brujan, R Hassell, B Marsh, T Freeman, B Marquez, G Rodriguez, G Kirby, M Abel.

Ask for more or different minors in the Darvish trade? He is also interested in Saves and SB so I may be able to expand the trade.

my team:

10 Team Dynasty League (31 man roster/Keep 25) (10 minor slots)
6×6 with OBP/DT
6×6 with QS and Holds/Saves as separate cats

C: B Posey
1st: J Walsh
2nd W. Merrifield
3rd T Edman
SS J Baez
MI G Hampson
CI J Votto
OF V Robles
OF N Castellanos
OF B Harper
OF J D Martinez
OF C Blackmon
DH Adolis Garcia
U R Laureano

Bench: L Urias

P: Y Darvish
M Fried
J Urias
C Javier
A Manoah
S Manaea
V Gutierrez

D Bard
RP: M Fulmer
Y Garcia
J Diekman
B Treinen
D Williams
L Trivino
H Neris
L Sims

IL: M Ozuna, G Springer, A Alzolay, S Bieber, M Scherzer, C Bellinger

Minor Slots (10): F Alvarez, A Rutschman, L Garcia, K Hiura, Y Diaz, Heriberto Hernandez, N Lodolo

,,,,, Would you trade Whit in a package for Brujan?

Any other thoughts for direction of team?

That was a long one……. Thanks again!!

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  JB
1 year ago

If I were you and I was going rebuild I would look to add some good young OF. Maybe just asking for Brujan with that trade is enough but if it doesn’t work I’d seek out a trade for Julio Rodriguez, Abrams, or Kelenic with your OF or go after a good young 3b like Hayes or Austin Martin. Just saying, you either ask for more or it’s not worth it having a middle of the road team.

JB
JB
Reply to  Mike L
1 year ago

I agree Mike….. The managers are stingy when it comes to their younger guys! Ive been trying for Hayes to upgrade 3rd!

Thanks!

JB
JB
Reply to  Mike L
1 year ago

The same manager that has Hayes has Jazz.

what would you offer for the two of them?

JB
JB
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

the Jazz/haynes owner is a different team than the Brujan owner.

Sry for the mix up .

Would you offer Lauraneo for Jazz?

JB
JB
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Rendon and Biggio are his 3rd baseman.

Other bats he has: Olsen, T Turner, Betts, Acuna….. but he values age, so it would be tought to get one of those with Darvish.

This is also the manager that would want SB and saves, not the above with Jazz/Haynes.

Hamporter
Hamporter
1 year ago

I have a feeling pitching is about to get really ugly here in the next few weeks. Yesterday in my H2H weekly points league I had Manoah, Wood, Gutierrez, and Lynn pitching and only came out with a handful of points. That being said, what order would you put the following pitchers in for the ROS: Gutierrez, Fedde, Taillon, Ober, Manning, or Allard. Not much out there!

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Why didn’t Cal Raleigh didn’t make your list?

bobbyt0805
bobbyt0805
1 year ago

Brailyn Marquez, CHC, injured?? Pls elaborate. I cannot find another word saying “injured.” Thx

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
1 year ago

Hey Itch, great article!

Got two trades on the table in a 12 team, 15 keeper, 5×5, roto.

Give: Bohm & Patino
Get: Luis Castillo & Renfroe (maybe a pick too)

2nd deal:
Give: Manoah & Manning
Get: Adley

I am in a full rebuild and have quite a lot of prospect capital at the moment. What do you think of these?

Thanks, man!

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thanks for the reply, Itch!

It is a 1 catcher/1 utility league.

Best available: Sean Murphy & Will Contreras

I’m prospect/youth heavy: Carlson, Vaughn, Bohm, Kirilloff, Rodgers, Brujan, Witt, Tork, Luciano, Noelvi, Greene, Casas, Pratto, Carroll, Patino, Manning, Manoah, GrayRod, Sixto, Baz

The team I inherited was a true dumpster fire and this is the best path toward any kind of core I could find!

Adding Castillo would set me up nicely with Severino & Castillo as 2 aces while my guys begin to arrive.

Thanks again!

Major Bag Alert!
Major Bag Alert!
Reply to  OldMilwaukeePounders
1 year ago

Some Tiger prospect hate I see….Really No Torkleson…Greene? Better thsn 90 percent of the guys in your top 40……

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Major Bag Alert!
1 year ago

it’s the title. not like just IN it, but it.