SLB 2015 Undeniably Way Too Early Keeper Predictions

2015 Keeper Predictions

The world (read: like, maybe three of you?) is clamoring for some SLBlog content as we draw nearer and nearer to spring training, keeper announcements, and – eventually – the 2015 SLB Draft in picturesque Marshall, Minnesota.

As such, I’ve thrown together a quick piece giving some way-way-way too early keeper predictions for each team. I know most clubs have a solid handle on who they’re likely to keep, but a lot can happen between now and the keeper declaration deadline, so these predictions could be waaaaaay off for a number of teams.

I’ve included some dark horse keeper candidates for teams as well. This was done for a number of reasons: potential injury, uncertainty at certain position, temptation to keep a hot young prospect, and/or my own indecision when attempting to choose between some players.

So, without any further ado…here are the way-way-way too early keeper predictions.

money grubbers

moneygrubbers001Keeper Prediction:
Andrew McCutchen (Pit – OF)
Jason Kipnis (Cle – 2B)
Corey Kluber (Cle – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B) & Corey Dickerson (Col – OF)
Draft Priority: 1

Genies in a Bottle

geniesinabottle001Keeper Prediction:
Adrian Beltre (Tex – 3B)
Carlos Gonzalez (Col – OF)
Gio Gonzalez (Was – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Rusney Castillo (Bos – OF), Jayson Werth (Was – OF), & Homer Bailey (Cin – SP)
Draft Priority: 2


zima001Keeper Prediction:
Robinson Cano (Sea – 2B)
Prince Fielder (Tex – 1B)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Buster Posey (SF – C, 1B)
Draft Priority: 3

Sea Bass v10.0

seabass001Keeper Prediction:
Carlos Gomez (Mil – OF)
David Wright (NYM – 3B)
Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Adrian Gonzalez (LAD – 1B) & Kris Bryant (ChC – 3B)
Draft Priority: 4

SL Disappointments

sldisappointments001Keeper Prediction:
Jose Bautista (Tor – 1B, OF)
Hunter Pence (SF – OF)
Cliff Lee (Phi – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Mat Latos (Mia – SP), Matt Kemp (SD – OF), & Kyle Seager (Sea – 3B)
Draft Priority: 5

Dome Dog

dome_dog_logoKeeper Prediction:
George Springer (Hou – OF)
Troy Tulowitzki (Col – SS)
Chris Sale (CWS – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Justin Upton (SD – OF) & Cole Hamels (Phi – SP)
Draft Priority: 6

Radioactive Rush

radioactiverush001Keeper Prediction:
Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
Paul Goldschmidt (Ari – 1B)
Matt Harvey (NYM – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jacob deGrom (NYM – SP)
Draft Priority: 7


Keeper Prediction:
Miguel Cabrera (Det – 1B)
Todd Frazier (Cin – 1B, 3B)
James Shields (TBD – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Hyun-jin Ryu (LAD – SP), Scott Kazmir (Oak – SP), Shin-Soo Choo (Tex – OF), & Wil Myers (SD – OF)
Draft Priority: 8

Note: There is a 93.7% chance he still keeps CC Sabathia…and attempts to draft both Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera before the 15th round.


dominators-logoKeeper Prediction:
Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
Felix Hernandez (Sea – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Mookie Betts (Bos – 2B, SS, OF)
Draft Priority: 9

captainjack003Captain Jack Sparrow

Keeper Prediction:
Yasiel Puig (LAD – OF)
Starlin Castro (Chi – SS)
Max Scherzer (Was – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Pablo Sandoval (Bos – 3B) & Michael Brantley (Cle – OF)
Draft Priority: 10

cracker jack

crackerjack001Keeper Prediction:
Hanley Ramirez (Bos – SS,OF)
Bryce Harper (Was – OF)
Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Adam Wainwright (StL – SP) & Matt Holliday (StL – OF)
Draft Priority: 11

High Cheese

highcheese001Keeper Prediction:
Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B)
Anthony Rendon (Was – 2B,3B)
David Price (Det – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jason Heyward (StL – OF)
Draft Priority: 12

fernando rodneyTheFightingFernandos

Keeper Prediction:
Ryan Bruan (Mil – OF)
Jose Abreu (CWS – 1B)
Zack Greinke (LAD – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Evan Longoria (TB – 3B) & Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF)
Draft Priority: 13

38 MPH Heaters

38mphKeeper Prediction:
Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – OF)
Josh Donaldson (Tor – 3B)
Yu Darvish (Tex – SP)

Dark Horse(s): Ian Desmond (Was – SS)
Draft Priority: 14

SLB Amendment Voting Results

By: Commissioner Graves

2015 Amendments

In an odd-twist from the many, many times we have voted on amendments in the past – only one, singular proposal received enough support for voting this year.

Needless to say, the voting shouldn’t have been too burdensome for anyone, what with there being just one yes or no question to deal with on the ballot. That having been said, we only received votes from 12 out of 14 team owners, so that’s something special. Luckily, neither of the two additional votes could have swayed the end result, so their laziness – while pathetic and certainly warranting personal embarrassment and shame – has done nothing to impact the league in a negative fashion.

As always, the voting results are here for you to see, no hidden tallies or secret agendas.

Enough preamble, let’s jump right into the voting results:

Amendment Proposal: K vs K/9

Should SLB scoring for pitchers move from total strikeouts per week to strikeouts per nine innings?

Proposed by: Steven Kunkel
Endorsed by: Adam Hennig & Justin Kunkel

Voting Results:

2015 Amendment Proposal

What this Means: There will be no changes to our current scoring setup for the 2015 season.

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So there you have it. We’ve got no changes coming to the league in 2015. Democracy in action, y’all.

For now, I want to say thank you to those of you who took the time to vote and for our usual boatload of lively debate throughout the year.

I’ll reset the Amendments Page right here on the SLBlog to open up the floor for new amendment proposals.

Draft Review and Rankings 2014: Twitter-Style


Better late than never, right?!

I went back over my notes from late March and finally put together a hodge-podge post-draft ranking. As always, this if focused on your team coming out of the draft and trying to avoid looking at any moves made after that time.

In an effort to actually get something written, the usual rambling 500+ word reviews have been replaced by roughly 140-character Twitter-style reviews of everyone’s draft.

Comments, as always, are welcome.

14: InSaNeAuDiO


13: Radioactive Rush

Radioactive Rush

12: ZIMA


11: SL Disappointments

SL Disappointments

10: Sea Bass v9.0

Sea Bass v9.0

09: Genies in a Bottle

Genies in a Bottle

08: Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow

07: Dome Dog

Dome Dog

06: High Cheese

High Cheese

05: money grubbers

money grubbers

04: 38 MPH Heaters

38 MPH Heaters

03: Dominators


02: cracker jack

cracker jack

01: TheFightingFernandos


Official Keepers for 2014

Keeper Of The Year

The 2014 Keeper Deadline has come and gone and we now know which players are officially off the board for next week’s draft. Everyone can begin preparing their draft sheets and plotting out their draft placement strategy.

Without any further ado, here are the official 2014 Salmon League keepers:

The Dominators

Draft Priority – 14
Official Keepers:
Mike Trout – OF – LAA
Jay Bruce – OF – CIN
Felix Hernandez – SP – SEA

money grubbers

Draft Priority – 13
Official Keepers:
Jason Kipnis – 2B – CLE
Andrew McCutchen – OF – PIT
Jose Fernandez – SP – MIA

Captain Jack Sparrow

Draft Priority – 12
Official Keepers:
Hanley Ramirez – SS – LAD
Bryce Harper – OF – WAS
Stephen Strasburg – SP – WAS

High Cheese

Draft Priority – 11
Official Keepers:
Jason Heyward – OF – ATL
Freddie Freeman – 1B – ATL
Cole Hamels – SP – PHI

Dome Dog

Draft Priority – 10
Official Keepers:
Troy Tulowitzki – SS – COL
Yasiel Puig – OF – LAD
Chris Sale – SP – CHI

cracker jack

Draft Priority – 09
Official Keepers:
Jedd Gyorko – 2B – SD
Carlos Gomez – OF – MIL
Adam Wainwright – SP – STL

Sea Bass

Draft Priority – 08
Official Keepers:
Carlos Gonzalez – OF – COL
Edwin Encarnacion – 1B/3B – TOR
Max Scherzer – SP – DET

S.L. Disappointment

Draft Priority – 07
Official Keepers:
Jose Bautista – OF – TOR
Hunter Pence – OF – SF
Cliff Lee – SP – PHI


Draft Priority – 06
Official Keepers:
Miguel Cabrera – 3B – DET
Allen Craig – 1B – STL
CC Sabathia – SP – NYY


Draft Priority – 05
Official Keepers:
Ryan Braun – OF – MIL
Evan Longoria – 3B – TB
Zack Greinke – SP – LAD

Genies in a Bottle

Draft Priority – 04
Official Keepers:
Adrian Beltre – 3B – TEX
David Wright – 3B – NYM
Gio Gonzalez – SP – WAS

38 MPH Heaters

Draft Priority – 03
Official Keepers:
Giancarlo Stanton – OF – MIA
Eric Hosmer – 1B – KC
Yu Darvish – SP – TEX

Radioactive Rush

Draft Priority – 02
Official Keepers:
Paul Goldschmidt – 1B – ARI
Adam Jones – OF – BAL
Homer Bailey – SP – CIN


Draft Priority – 01
Official Keepers:
Robinson Cano – 2B – SEA
Prince Fielder – 1B – TEX
Clayton Kershaw – SP – LAD

Disclaimer: As always, it’s important to remember that you can still change your keeper between now and draft in the event of a major injury that occurs between the keeper deadline and draft day. Players who were injured prior to the deadline, but selected as keepers are not eligible to be swapped for another player on your roster. Only DL-level injuries qualify, swapping a player with day-to-day injuries is not allowed.

SLB Amendment Voting Results

By: Commissioner Graves

Amendments 2014The amendments have been proposed. The votes have been cast. The results have been tallied.

In a stunning example of efficiency, we managed to get the entire league to vote on this round of proposed amendments within just 48 hours. Needless to say, this is a brand-new record for SLB voting. Praise be to the SurveyMonkey gods!

As always, the results are here for you to see, no hidden tallies or secret agendas.

In keeping with tradition, any amendment that ended with a deadlocked vote will be considered defeated. We are very much a democracy in the Salmon League and if the majority does not want something, the tie goes to the runner and we leave things the way they are for the time being.

Enough preamble, let’s jump right into the voting results:

Amendment Proposal #1

Should the Salmon League institute a moratorium on additional amendments to the league rules for the next three seasons?

Proposed by: Mike Kunkel
Endorsed by: Jeremiah Graves & Steven Kunkel

Voting Results:

Amendment #1

What this Means: In the case of a tie, a majority does not approve the change and the moratorium proposal will not be activated. Amendment proposals will be accepted throughout the 2014 season and voted upon at next year’s Winter Meetings in preparation for the 2015 season.

Amendment Proposal #2

Should one “NA” roster spot be added to each team?

This additional spot would allow teams to hold onto a player in the minors and/or a suspended player without wasting an active roster spot. It would operate in the same fashion as the DL spots currently do, but the player would not be keeper-eligible.

Proposed by: Jeremiah Graves
Endorsed by: Craig Denny, Grant Morfitt, and Steven Kunkel

voting Results:

Amendment #2

What this Means: Beginning in 2014 each team will have one “NA” roster spot for inactive (but non-DL’d), minor league, or suspended players. Team are not required to put a player in this roster spot and the player listed in the NA roster spot will not be eligible as a keeper at season’s end.

Amendment Proposal #3

Should the move limit be abolished for 2014 and beyond?

Proposed by: Jeremiah Graves
Endorsed by: Mike Kunkel, Justin Kunkel, and Steven Kunkel

Voting Results:

Amendment #3

What this Means: Beginning in 2014, the SLB will operate without a move limit to accommodate the growth in roster size and league size since the move limit was established nearly a decade ago.

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So there you have it. We’ve got two changes coming to the league in 2014 including no moves limit and an additional inactive roster spot.

Obviously, this league is always evolving and given all of the talk about people using these rules to their advantage and finding loopholes to game the system, it’s entirely possible we’ll be voting on related amendments next offseason.

For now, I want to say thank you to everyone for voting and for the lively debate throughout the year. I’ll reset the Amendments Page on the SLBlog in early 2014 as we open up the floor for new amendment proposals.