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Top Players to Stash Now (Fantasy Baseball)

Jul 12, 2019

Despite a poor, brief stint in the majors, Luis Urias seems primed to produce one he returns to the big leagues

Top prospects across the league are seemingly getting called up all the time, and those who have the foresight to hold onto a highly-touted athlete have a chance at reaping the rewards of stellar production as soon as their guy gets called up to the big leagues. I bet anyone who stashed Yordan Alvarez or Austin Riley is very happy with their decision.

When thinking of stashes, it would be unwise to focus solely on prospects, though. There are always plenty of quality relievers on the cusp of seeing regular save opportunities. Let’s also not forget about the players who could get traded to teams that better suit their fantasy value, young producers off the bench who are primed to gain a bigger role, or athletes who may be due for some positive regression over the season’s second half. With that in mind, we’ve brought in our featured pundits to identify which players are currently the top stash candidates to provide viable fantasy value in the back half of the season.

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Q1. What one hitter are you trying to stash now that you believe will pay off for the second half?

Luis Urias (2B – SD)
“Urias is a hitter I’d be looking to stash now. He was highly coveted earlier in the year after he got called up in the first week. A bad stretch of going 2-for-24 got him sent back down quickly. Since then he has torn the cover off the ball, hitting 18 home runs with a slash line of .318/.402/.599. There are rumors he will be called up before the end of July too, so time is running out to get him.”
– Joe Bond (Fantasy Six Pack)

“Small sample sizes can have their advantages, and we see this often in the form of hitters who experience a brief stint in the majors, like Luis Urias and his .083 batting average. Does anybody believe that number? No. But do people see it and consequently scroll past his name? Definitely. Take advantage of the misconception now and add Urias to your roster before the Padres — who appear to be ‘buyers’ at the trade deadline — do the same.”
– Mario Mergola (Sporfolio)

Isan Diaz (2B/SS – MIA)
“Diaz hasn’t gotten the call yet, but he has the clearest path to playing time among many middle infield prospects ready to make their mark. The Marlins haven’t found an answer at shortstop and second baseman Starlin Castro could be dealt. Meanwhile, Diaz is ripping it up in Triple-A with 20 bombs in half a season along with a .289 average. He didn’t register a hit in the Futures Game, but has shown a strong glove and his power has never been questioned. He could get a chance to prove himself soon enough. While he won’t offer much in the way of steals, those looking for an offensive boost at MI could be looking at the next Keston Hiura.”
– Pierre Camus (RotoBaller)

Nate Lowe (1B – TB)
“Lowe had a rough go in his MLB debut with Tampa, but once he was sent back down to Triple-A Durham, he has done nothing but mash. There is a reason we were all excited when he was called up, and just because the production didn’t happen the first time doesn’t mean it won’t when he is inevitably called back up in the coming weeks.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

2. What one pitcher are you trying to stash now that you believe will pay off for the second half?

Mitch Keller (SP – PIT)
“With Casey Mize, Jesus Luzardo, and Alex Reyes all hitting the shelf, it looks like the next man up may be Keller for the Pirates. Like Lowe, he struggled in his first trip to the bigs, but has the stuff, along with solid production at a lower level, to suggest he will eventually be a stud. He may get the call as soon as next week if the Pirates are serious about making a run at one of those NL Wild Card spots.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

“Top prospect Mitch Keller should be stashed at this point. He had a brief and unsuccessful stop in the majors this year, which caused many owners to look the other way. However, he is still an elite prospect, ranked No. 17 overall by The results are there in the minors and he is a three-pitch pitcher — fastball, curve, and change. I’m willing to give him another look and I bet the Pirates do soon too.”
– Joe Bond (Fantasy Six Pack)

Zack Wheeler (SP – NYM)
“I like to limit my ‘stash’ players to those who might contribute at one point during a fantasy playoff run, but I’m stretching my risk tolerance to include one who should deliver excellence mixed with disaster. After all, that might be the official definition for Wheeler — incredible ‘stuff,’ no consistency. But looking past the numbers (and the peripherals that suggest he’s primed to improve) it’s important to note that he might get traded to a contending team. A bump to win potential, the lack of a need to limit his innings, and a change of scenery are all positives looming for Wheeler.”
– Mario Mergola (Sporfolio)

Jesus Luzardo (SP – OAK)
“Look no further than the Oakland A’s for second-half pitching comebacks. Both A.J. Puk and Sean Manaea could see action in return from Tommy John surgery, but the one player who will be up and ready to contribute shortly is Luzardo. He would have been in the rotation on Opening Day if not for a shoulder strain. A top prospect with outstanding command and a friendly ballpark, Luzardo is a forgotten draft-day sleeper that should be added everywhere.”
– Pierre Camus (RotoBaller)

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