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Top 15 Prospect Stashes

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

The Stash List has my favorite prospects that are unlikely to reach the Major Leagues until after this season.  Some are years away (Giolito, Frazier) and others have a shot at a September call-up (Buxton, Franco), but all are high-ceiling talents who could pay dividends to anyone willing to take the risk and invest in the future.  Of course, lists like these are littered with players who, for a variety of reasons, never reached their once-seemingly-assured futures such as Brandon Wood, Joba Chamberlain, Jeremy Hermida, or Lastings Milledge.

 

 

 Rank Name Position
Team
1 Byron Buxton OF Twins
2 Carlos Correa SS Astros
3 Addison Russell SS A's
4 Lucas Giolito RHP Nationals
5 Jorge Soler OF Cubs
6 Jorge Alfaro C Rangers
7 Raul Adalberto Mondesi SS Royals
8 Javier Baez SS Cubs
9 Robert Stephenson RHP Reds
10 Max Fried LHP Padres
11 Julio Urias LHP Dodgers
12 Tyler Glasnow RHP Pirates
13 Clint Frazier OF Indians
14 Maikel Franco 3B Phillies
15 David Dahl OF Rockies

 

 

1.    Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

 

The Potential:  A true five-tool talent who could hit .330 with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases.

 

ETA:  Early 2015

 

What could change his development timetable:  It’s possible the Twins move Buxton more slowly now that Sano is out for the season, but as long as Buxton keeps hitting, no one on the Twins roster could block him (unless Joe Mauer suddenly moved to center field).

 

 

2.    Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros

 

The Potential:  Correa could become a .300 hitter with 20 home runs, though there’s the possibility that he moves to third base as he fills out.

 

ETA:  Mid-2015

 

What could change his development timetable:  No one in Houston is in Correa’s way, so it’s all about how well Correa produces in high-A and above.

 

 

3.    Addison Russell, SS, Oakland A’s

 

The Potential:  A shortstop that hits near .300 with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

 

ETA:  Early 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  The A’s have aggressively pushed Russell so far, and it wouldn’t be a shock if he pushed Jed Lowrie aside to be the A’s opening day starter in 2015.  It wouldn’t be surprising if he took over at shortstop if Lowrie got hurt in 2014.

 

 

4.    Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals

 

The Potential:  200 innings, 230 strikeouts, sub-3 ERA. Giolito has the potential to be a true ace that would slot behind Strasburg.

 

ETA: September 2015 for a cup of coffee, mid-2016 to stay.

 

What could change his development timetable:  Due to his Tommy John surgery, the Nationals will handle Giolito with kids’ gloves for 2014 and 2015, which will slow down his development.  However, if Giolito continues to develop, he will get promoted.

 

 

5.    Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs

 

The Potential:  A prototypical right fielder with 30 home runs, a .270 batting average, and a cannon arm.

 

ETA:  Mid-2015.

 

What could change his development timetableKris Bryant’s being moved to right field, Nate Schierholtz’s production, and questions about Soler’s inability to hit good breaking pitches.  If he hits, Schierholtz is gone and Bryant will play left field.

 

 

6.    Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers

 

The Potential:  A catcher who hits .300 with 30 home runs and 10 stolen bases with a cannon arm behind the plate.

 

ETA:  Late 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  Possibly the most physically talented top prospect, no one will get in Alfaro’s way when he is ready to be promoted to the major leagues.  However, he has a lot of work to do on his defense behind the plate and his approach as a batter, both of which could slow his ascension.  However, if he hits, he could be in the major leagues quickly, as neither Geovany Soto nor J.P. Arencibia will stand in his way.

 

 

7.    Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals

 

The Potential:  A .300 hitter with 10 home runs and 35 stolen bases who plays great shortstop, Mondesi has the talent to move quickly.

 

ETA:  Late 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  With Alcides Escobar ensconced at shortstop, Mondesi could get delayed or sped up due to factors entirely outside of his control.  Either way, it is unlikely that he would get promoted before he is ready because, at the absolute worst, Escobar plays good enough defense to justify his starting without much offensive production.

 

 

8.    Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs

 

The Potential:  Middle of the order power and a chance to stay up the middle, Baez looks like another great hitting prospect for the Cubs.

 

ETA:  Early 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  The injury to Starlin Castro, as well as the production of Luis Valbuena, Mike Olt, Emilio Bonifacio, Christian Villanueva and Kris Bryant.  In short: he’s blocked, but he could hit everyone else out of the way (maybe not Bryant).

 

 

9.    Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

 

The Potential:  200 innings, 180 strikeouts, ERA around 3.  Not an ace, but a solid #2 pitcher.

 

ETA:  Early 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable: The Reds have a full rotation, and David Holmberg and Jeff Francis may get the first looks if a start or two is needed.  However, the Reds called up Tony Cingrani pretty aggressively in 2013, so Stephenson could follow if they think he’s the best option.

 

 

10.    Max Fried, LHP, San Diego Padres

 

The Potential:  A top of the rotation lefty who strikes out 170 batters and a low-3 ERA.

 

ETA:  Late 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  The Padres have their starters set for 2014, and the return of Casey Kelly creates an additional roadblock.  Additionally, Joe Wieland, Robbie Erlin and Matt Wisler are all likely to get a shot before Fried.  However, Fried is the best pitching prospect of them all, and will push through when he is ready.

 

 

11.    Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodger

 

The Potential:  Future #2 pitcher who baffles hitters with a combination of stuff and a deep understanding of how to use it.

 

ETA:  Late 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  When I was Urias’s age, I had just figured out where I was going to go for college and was trying to fend off senioritis.  Urias will move as a fast as he is able to develop, though innings limits and the Dodgers’ “win now” moves may limit his opportunities until he is completely ready.

 

 

12.    Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

 

The Potential:  Glasnow could be a 200+ strikeout pitcher who walks too many batters while slotting behind Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon for a few years, anchoring what could become the best top 3 in the majors.

 

ETA:  Late 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  In addition to Taillon, Jeff Locke, Jeanmar Gomez and Nick Kingham likely will all pitch for the Pirates before Glasnow gets his opportunity.  However, none of the latter three will block Glasnow if he’s ready.

 

 

13.    Clint Frazier, OF, Cleveland Indians

 

The Potential:  A .290 hitter with 25 home runs, Frazier could be a below-average defensive center fielder or a very good corner outfielder.

 

ETA:  2016, possibly 2017.

 

What could change his development timetable:  Frazier has the talent, but needs repetition to reach his potential.  By the time Frazier reaches Cleveland, Michael Bourn could be gone, leaving a hole for Frazier to slide into center field.

 

 

14.    Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

 

The Potential:  .260 with 25+ home runs, though he has the potential to hit for a higher average and more home runs if everything clicks.

 

ETA:  Early 2015.

 

What could change his development timetable:  If Franco hits in AA and Cody Asche struggles in the majors, Franco could get the call.  Additionally, if Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf struggle, Franco could move across the diamond and get the call.  If Franco hits, the Phillies will move Asche to give Franco the opportunity to succeed.

 

 

15.    David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies

 

The Potential:  Dahl has the potential to hit higher than .300 with 15-20 home runs and 20 stolen bases while playing a great center field.

 

ETA:  Late 2016

 

What could change his development timetable:  Dahl missed nearly all of 2013 due to a brief suspension for missing a flight and a season-ending hamstring injury.  If he can pick up where he left off in 2012, Dahl could turn into the long-term centerfielder for the Rockies.


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