Another week of baseball is upon us, that means we have another week of Stash or Dash. This past week has been very interesting and it has been very difficult to come up with a solid Stash or Dash but I believe I have a good one. With that being said, here are this week’s Stash and Dash.
Austin Meadows OF Pirates.
Austin Meadows is a top prospect of the Pittsburgh Pirates and really had no intention of seeing major league ball until maybe, the all-star break. However, luck seemed to be on his side when starting center fielder, Starling Marte went down with an injury. Meadows has only played 10 games but has been absolutely crushing the ball, with a .417 average, 3 stolen bases, 3 home runs, and 7 runs scored. At first, the plan was, once Marte returned, that Meadows would be sent down. But, because of the insane production that Meadows has shown, there is no way they are going to be able to do that. Once Marte returns, expect Meadows to be apart of a four-man outfield rotation that will include Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Corey Dickerson and Austin Meadows. Meadows production might drop slightly but he is definitely worth stashing if there is another injury in that rotation.
Alex Reyes P Cardinals
Reyes was the number one prospect as well as number one pitching prospect a few years back of the St. Louis Cardinals. Reyes was brought up from Triple-A last year and was put in the bullpen and had quite a lot of success. Tommy John surgery put him behind for this coming season, but success almost seems inevitable with Reyes now being put into the rotation and fully healthy. He will make his first start on Wednesday against the Brewers. Reyes has a mid to high 90’s fastball with a wicked breaking ball. Reyes should be owned in most leagues as he is the future of the Cardinals rotation.
Dustin Pedroia 2B Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia has been one of the best hitting middle infielders for a long time now. Pedroia returning to an already stacked Red Sox lineup means lots of production. The 2008 AL MVP will immediately move into the starting second baseman spot moving Eduardo Nunez to the bench, as he will most likely slide into the utility role. Pedroia hit .293 last year with a .363 OBP. Pedroia is going to have plenty of opportunities to produce with Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts padded around him. Pedroia healthy in this lineup is easily a Top 10 second baseman in just about every league.
Hanley Ramirez 1B N/A
The Boston Red Sox recently DFA’d Ramirez with the return of Pedroia. The Red Sox ultimately made a very head-scratching decision with the release of Ramirez. A few weeks ago back up catcher Blake Swihart’s agent demanded a trade and ultimately said Swihart wasn’t getting enough plate appearances. So, when Pedroia returned it appeared that the last person the Red Sox would’ve released would be the number one ranked DH in ESPN’s current fantasy baseball rankings. The Red Sox ultimately thought keeping Swihart would win them more games than with Hanley on the roster. The problem with Ramirez is his crazy contract we will see what happens but, I honestly don’t see Ramirez being that much of a factor the rest of the way.
Reynaldo Lopez SP White Sox
Reynaldo Lopez is one of the many young prized prospects of the Chicago White Sox. Just a quick general rule about pitchers, make sure you don’t own any that play for the White Sox. They are almost dead last in every pitching category, and three of the White Sox pitchers at one point were the three worst FIP ratings in all of baseball. Lopez has a fantastic ERA of 2.93, however, he doesn’t bring much else to the table. Lopez has a very average K/9 sitting at 6.16, and a very high BB/9 that sits at 3.82. The main stat I look at for Lopez is his FIP which sits at 4.65 which is very high, in fact, it’s terrible. His ERA is low yet his FIP is high pretty much meaning that Lopez is one of the more lucky pitchers in all of baseball. Eventually, the luck will catch up to Lopez which is why he has outings where he gets completely shelled. If you’re looking for consistency in your starting pitcher I would recommend looking in a different direction. This was difficult but at the end of the day, I consider Lopez a dash.
Alex Colome RP Seattle Mariners
Colome was just involved in a trade that sent him from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Seattle Mariners. Colome’s closer role for the Rays will not carry over for the Mariners which almost eliminates any value he originally had. The Mariners have one of the younger exciting closers in all of baseball who has been almost unhittable all year in Edwin Diaz, his role won’t be changing at all. Colome has had trouble with control and keeping the ball in the ballpark all year so having him as a middle reliever isn’t anything you want in your pitching lineup. Colome is an easy dash, in fact, he should be nowhere near your roster.
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