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Fantasy Baseball Injury Stash Rankings: Julio Rodríguez, Edward Cabrera, Jean Segura (2022)

by Heath Capps | Featured Writer
Aug 4, 2022
Julio Rodriguez

This week I get to report that Jacob deGrom, Freddy Peralta, Rafael Devers and Jesus Luzardo are no longer ranked inside the top-10 fantasy baseball players to stash, as they have been activated. Isn’t it great to be positive when you can?

That’s it for the purely good news, however. Within the rest of these rankings, most information will be a mixed bag. Some players are closer than others, and some notable names have had setbacks. Let’s get into the top 10, followed by the rankings at each position.

Top-10 Players to Stash Right Now

1. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS, OF – SD)
2. Julio Rodriguez (OF – SEA)
3. Mike Trout (OF – LAA)
4. Edward Cabrera (SP – MIA)
5. Giancarlo Stanton (OF – NYY)
6. Jean Segura (2B – PHI)
7. Lance McCullers Jr. (SP – HOU)
8. Dustin May (SP – LAD)
9. Mitch Haniger (OF – SEA)
10. Wander Franco (3B, SS – TB)

Fernando Tatis Jr. has faced live pitching multiple times without issue and could be nearing a rehab assignment. Mike Trout could begin swinging a bat as soon as this week and then return shortly after, so that’s good news on that front, too. Mitch Haniger has seven games under his belt at Triple-A, with a .211/.464/.526 slash line and a pair of homers. Maybe just a few more games to get his sea legs, but I can’t imagine he’s down for too much longer with Seattle (57-49) vying for a playoff spot.

Edward Cabrera has a 3.77 ERA (2.92 FIP, 3.40 xFIP) and a whopping 12.24 K/9 over his 28.2 Triple-A innings. His next turn could come at the Big League level, so get ready. Jean Segura is sorely needed in Philadelphia, as the Phillies are 56-48 and clinging onto the third and final WC spot in the National League. Bryson Stott and Didi Gregorius have been a sinkhole of offensive production, so expect those two to fight for scraps at shortstop while Segura slides back into the keystone.

Lance McCullers Jr. and Dustin May are each rehabbing and should return soon enough. Both pitch for contenders and have solid track records, but I’m giving the slight edge to McCullers Jr. between those two. He’s at least experienced prolonged success at the Big League level, while we are still waiting to see that with May.

Catcher

1. Francisco Mejia (C – TB)
2. Curt Casali (C – SEA)
3. James McCann (C, 1B – NYM)
4. Tyler Stephenson (C, 1B – CIN)
5. Ryan Jeffers (C – MIN)

Francisco Mejia is the big add from the injury ranks right now, given that he could return before the week’s end, and the Rays didn’t add a catcher at the trade deadline.

First Base

1. Kris Bryant (1B, 3B, OF – COL)
2. Juan Yepez (1B, 3B, OF – STL)
3. Alex Kirilloff (1B, OF – MIN)
4. Harold Ramirez (1B, OF – TB)
5. Edwin Rios (1B, 3B – LAD)
6. Jace Peterson (1B, 2B, 3B, OF – MIL)
7. Miguel Sano (1B – MIN)
8. Dominic Smith (1B, OF – NYM)

Juan Yepez is a quality stash right now. He could easily displace Lars Nootbar or Paul DeJong in the everyday lineup for St. Louis. He has been swinging a bat already and is expected to begin throwing this Friday. A short rehab stint could occur afterward.

Second Base

1. Jean Segura (2B – PHI)
2. Trevor Story (2B, SS – BOS)
3. Jon Berti (2B, 3B, OF – MIA)
4. Chris Taylor (2B, 3B, SS, OF – LAD)
5. Thairo Estrada (2B, SS, OF – SF)
6. Enrique Hernandez (2B, OF – BOS)
7. Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2B, SS – MIA)
8. Ozzie Albies (2B – ATL)
9. Dylan Moore (2B, 3B, SS, OF – SEA)
10. Jace Peterson (1B, 2B, 3B, OF – MIL)

Jean Segura is on a rehab assignment right now, and his proximity back to the big leagues–plus his early season production means he should be stashed everywhere right now.

Ozzie Albies’ recent update a couple of days ago was discouraging. Alex Anthopolous appeared on a radio show and said the timeline is now early to mid-September for the star second baseman.

Shortstop

1. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS, OF – SD)
2. Wander Franco (3B, SS – TB)
3. Trevor Story (2B, SS – BOS)
4. Chris Taylor (2B, 3B, SS, OF – LAD)
5. Thairo Estrada (2B, SS, OF – SF)
6. Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2B, SS – MIA)
7. Brandon Crawford (SS – SF)
8. Dylan Moore (2B, 3B, SS, OF – SEA)

If this were about proximity, Chris Taylor would be one of the top choices. I’m keeping the stud talents ahead of him for now. But know that Taylor is on a rehab assignment now and nearing a return to the Big Leagues. Estrada is a player cut from the same cloth as Taylor, and his current IL stint is for a concussion here’s hoping those symptoms don’t linger and he’s back after just a week.

Wander Franco has been at least doing some light running and lifting weights, so I’m slotting him ahead of Story’s hand fracture for now.

Third Base

1. Wander Franco (3B, SS – TB)
2. Jon Berti (2B, 3B, OF – MIA)
3 Justin Turner (3B – LAD)
3. Evan Longoria (3B – SF)
4. Juan Yepez (1B, 3B, OF – STL)
5. Edwin Rios (1B, 3B – LAD)
6. Dylan Moore (2B, 3B, SS, OF – SEA)
7. Jace Peterson (1B, 2B, 3B, OF – MIL)
8. Brian Anderson (3B, OF – MIA)

Jon Berti (groin) is back to running, though to what extent I don’t know. Still, this is a positive development that means we could see him back in the Majors soon enough. Longoria has also been running and is nearing a return to baseball.

Outfield

1. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS, OF – SD)
2. Julio Rodriguez (OF – SEA)
3. Mike Trout (OF – LAA)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (OF – NYY)
5. Mitch Haniger (OF – SEA)
6. Harrison Bader (OF – NYY)
7. Bryce Harper (OF – PHI)
8. Jon Berti (2B, 3B, OF – MIA)
9. Chris Taylor (2B, 3B, SS, OF – LAD)
10. Thairo Estrada (2B, SS, OF – SF)
11. Juan Yepez (1B, 3B, OF – STL)
12. Joc Pederson (OF – SF)
13. Michael Brantley (OF – HOU)
14. Jorge Soler (OF – MIA)
15. Austin Meadows (OF – DET)

Julio Rodriguez is on the 10-day IL with a right wrist contusion, but this reads like a situation where the Mariners decided that a bit of prolonged rest would allow their outfield phenom the chance to recover fully. Expect to see Rodriguez back after a minimum stay or soon after.

Giancarlo Stanton expects to resume baseball activities this week, so he’s moving in the right direction. His timeline was only two-three weeks, so hopefully, by this time next week, we will get excellent news on his return.

Bryce Harper has had his pins removed from his surgically-repaired left thumb and is now ramping up his throwing program. The Phillies have to be hoping he returns prior to the end of August, though that feels a tad bit aggressive as far as a timeline goes. Early September might be more realistic, in this layman’s opinion.

Michael Brantley still doesn’t have a timeline for his return, while the most surprising news for Joc Pederson is that he wasn’t traded. The Giants are going to play it out, as it were. Since a concussion landed Pederson on the IL, he’s a power bat that could return soon enough. Aside from the names listed above, you could also stash Alex Kirilloff, Avisail Garcia or one of the Rays outfielders in Harold Ramirez and Manuel Margot. Past that, it’s pretty bleak unless you’re considering a player like Enrique Hernandez in an outfield spot. I am not.

Pitcher

1. Edward Cabrera (SP – MIA)
2. Lance McCullers Jr. (SP – HOU)
3. Dustin May (SP – LAD)
4. Tarik Skubal (SP – DET)
5. David Bednar (RP – OAK)
6. Joe Barlow (RP – TEX)
7. MacKenzie Gore (SP – WAS)
8. Michael Wacha (SP – BOS)
9. Ross Stripling (SP – TOR)
10. Diego Castillo (RP – SEA)
11. Tylor Megill (RP – NYM)
12. Trevor Rogers (SP – MIA)
13. Chris Sale (SP – BOS)
14. Luis Severino (SP – NYY)
15. Jon Gray (SP – TEX)
16. Walker Buehler (SP – LAD)
17. Jack Flaherty (SP – STL)
18. Shane Baz (SP – TB)
19. Tyler Glasnow (SP – TB)
20. James Paxton (SP – BOS)

Tarik Skubal sounds similar to Julio Rodriguez, a case of the youngster simply needing a bit of prolonged rest. Luis Severino was shifted to the 60-day IL in a surprise move, something he was unhappy about as he has already resumed throwing. Despite that, he is now not eligible to return until mid-September. That’s also the best-case scenario for Walker Buehler, but Severino gets to slot above him given recent production and the news that he’s progressing well. Jon Gray (oblique strain) is also shut down for four-six weeks, which puts him on this similar mid-September timeline.

Tylor Megill is slated to return as a reliever for the Mets. I didn’t want anyone missing that “RP” next to his name. So know that if you’re stashing him, the best case scenario is that he’s utilized in a multi-inning fireman’s sort of role. That could have some value in deeper leagues, especially 15-teamers. Most fantasy baseball rotations have at least one player like that taking up a pitching slot.

In all, there’s a clear-cut top four starters to stash and two relievers in David Bednar and Joe Barlow. After that, you’re either stashing for the short-term (Michael Wacha, Ross Stripling) or playing the long game with some of the players ranked after those two. It’s all about what you need, folks.

That’s it for me and injuries today. Let me know if I missed a name. You can find me on Twitter @HeathCapps. I’d love to talk fantasy baseball at any time!


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