SLB 2016 Undeniably Way Too Early Keeper Predictions


It’s been a while since we got any fresh content on the ole SLBlog…so, as we draw nearer and nearer to spring training, keeper announcements, and–eventually–the 2016 SLB Draft in picturesque Marshall, Minnesota…it seems like the right time for an uneducated, completely speculative look into the future.

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.


genies_draftlogoGenies in a Bottle

Keeper Prediction:

Mookie Betts (BOS–OF)
Kyle Schwarber (CHC–C/OF)
Carlos Carrasco (CLE–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Xander Bogaerts (BOS– SS), David Ortiz (BOS– 1B), Danny Salazar (CLE– SP), Masahiro Tanaka (NYY–SP), & Lew Ford (VEN-OF)
Draft Priority: 1


Keeper Prediction:
Miguel Cabrera (DET–1B)
Todd Frazier (CHW–1B/3B)
Johnny Cueto (SF–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Charlie Blackmon (COL–OF)
Draft Priority: 2

SLDSL Disappointments

Keeper Prediction:
Miguel Sano (MIN–3B)
Dee Gordon (MIA–2B)
Chris Archer (TB–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jose Bautista (TOR–OF) & Cole Hamels (HOU–SP)
Draft Priority: 3

captainjack003Captain Jack Sparrow

Keeper Prediction:
Giancarlo Stanton (MIA–OF)
Bryce Harper (WAS–OF)
Jose Fernandez (MIA–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Nobody, because these are his “big three for the future” and he’s going to have them as keepers for “probably the next decade.”
Draft Priority: 4


Keeper Prediction:
Josh Donaldson (TOR–3B)
George Springer (HOU–OF)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jason Heyward (CHC–OF) & Jason Kipnis (CLE–2B)
Draft Priority: 5

seabass001Sea Bass v11.0

Keeper Prediction:
Kris Bryant (CHC–3B)
Yoenis Cespedes (TBD–OF)
Sonny Gray (OAK–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jon Lester (CHC–SP) & Yasiel Puig (LAD–OF)
Draft Priority: 6

highcheese001High Cheese

Keeper Prediction:
Freddie Freeman (ATL–1B)
Anthony Rizzo (CHC–1B)
Stephen Strasburg (WAS–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Lance McCullers (HOU–SP) & Arodys Vizcaino (ATL–RP)
Draft Priority: 7

radioactiverush001Radioactive Rush

Keeper Prediction:
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI–1B)
Starling Marte (PIT–OF)
Matt Harvey (NYM–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Troy Tulowitzki (TOR–SS)
Draft Priority: 8

38mph00138 MPH Heaters

Keeper Prediction:
AJ Pollock (ARI–OF)
Jose Altuve (HOU–2B)
Max Scherzer (WAS–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Buster Posey (SF–C/1B), JD Martinez (DET–OF), & Noah Syndergaard (NYM–SP)
Draft Priority: 9

dome_dog_logoDome Dog

Keeper Prediction:
Andrew McCutchen (PIT–OF)
Corey Seager (LAD–SS)
Jacob deGrom (NYM–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Adam Jones (BAL–OF)
Draft Priority: 10


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

Dark Horse(s): Evan Longoria (TB–3B) & Gerrit Cole (PIT–SP)
Draft Priority: 11

mike-2015-draftmoney grubbers

Keeper Prediction:
Nolan Arenado (COL–3B)
Carlos Correa (HOU–SS)
Chris Sale (CWS–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Corey Kluber (CLE–SP) & Carlos Gonzalez (COL–OF)
Draft Priority: 12

crackerjack001cracker jack

Keeper Prediction:
Manny Machado (BAL–SS/3B)
David Price (BOS–SP)
Madison Bumgarner (SF–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Chris Davis (TBD–1B/OF), Brian Dozier (MIN–2B), & Joey Votto (CIN–1B)
Draft Priority: 13


Keeper Prediction:
Mike Trout (LAA–OF)
Francisco Lindor (CLE–SS)
Jake Arrieta (CHC–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Anthony Rendon (WAS–2B/3B) & Luis Severino (NYY–SP)
Draft Priority: 14