Every Saturday, Alex is here to write about which minor league pitchers you should be stashing on your team. This list will range from the top prospects to the more esoteric that should potentially be on your radar. Players who I believe are likely to receive the call to the Show soonest will be at the top and players who may be more of a long term stash will be featured closer to the bottom. Picking up these prospects can be a great way to stay ahead of the curve in your league regardless of whether it’s a deep dynasty league or a shallow 10 teamer.
The minor leagues features hundreds of pitchers that are rotating through farm systems and major league clubs daily. Injuries or even extra inning games can turn a fledgling AAA pitcher into a spot starter. If you feel there is someone who should be mentioned who wasn’t or if you have a general question about anyone on the list, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get to it ASAP.
1. Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays) – Remember last week when I was all snide about Snell’s command issues? How I was like, “Yeah, I’m not willing to forget the two game struggle Snell had" ? What a dingus I was. Let’s take a look at the two starts that Snell had this past week. 05/15: 5, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BBs, 9 K and 05/20 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BBs, 9 Ks. It’s really encouraging to see Snell have back to back 9 K performances and even more encouraging to see him limiting his walks again. While the 8 hits are the most he has given up since April 14th, this marks the third consecutive outing for Snell with two walks or less. Also, with this performance, Snell now leads the International League in strikeouts (he has two more than Glasnow and five more than Taillon) and has raised his K/9 to an astounding 12.29. If for some reason Snell is available in your league, you absolutely need to be stashing him.