This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
This will be my final article on pro prospects until after the draft (which begins June 4). I profiled hitters to stash last week, and two hitters from that piece are already up (Dustin Fowler and Franmil Reyes). This week I'm profiling the best pitchers to stash. They are ranked in order of preference for 2018.
Not all of these guys should be stashed, but all of them could be stashed in certain leagues.
Jack Flaherty, RHP, Cardinals – He should be universally owned, and could stick in the big-league rotation for the rest of the season. I just listed him to make it clear that he is preferable to the rest of these guys.
Alex Reyes, RHP, Cardinals – Please don't freak out over the strikeouts Reyes is racking up while rehabbing against Low-A and High-A hitters. Those poor hitters have never seen a pitcher as good as Reyes, and he should be dominating. The one takeaway is that his velocity is all the way back, so he could have immediate success when he comes off the disabled list. He threw 80 pitches in his last appearance (five innings), so they are clearly stretching him all the way out. I don't think that means he is definitely going into the rotation when he is activated, but it means that is a very real possibility. If Carlos Martinez (lat strain) is still sidelined when Reyes is ready – likely around the end of the month