SLB 2018 Undeniably Way Too Early Keeper Predictions


The hot stove is ice cold and it’s still juuuuust a bit too early to really dive into draft prep. That said, we take a crack at this year’s undeniably way too early keeper predictions.

In looking at the keeper options, it appears as though most teams fall into one of three categories. They either have some slam dunk, super-easy keeper decisions decisions, a wealth of enticing options, or a butt-ton of very meh options.

I won’t pretend to know who everyone is going to keep so my formula for making these decisions is based on a combination of my gut choice, the owner’s keeper track record, and – in some instances – the flipping of a coin to make the decision.

Obviously, a lot can change between now and the keeper deadline in March, but these are merely my current predictions and some dark horse options in case of injury or indecision.

So, without any further ado…here are the way-way-way too early keeper predictions for the 2018 season.


Keeper Prediction:
Aaron Judge (NYY-OF)
Trevor Story (COL-SS)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Rhys Hoskins (PHI-OF), Willson Contreras (CHC-C), Andrew Benintendi (BOS-OF) & Nick Castellanos (DET-3B)
Draft Priority: 1

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Keeper Prediction:
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI–1B)
Jose Ramirez (CLE-2B/3B)
Carlos Carrasco (CLE–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Robbie Ray (ARZ-SP) & Starling Marte (PIT–OF)
Draft Priority: 2

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Keeper Prediction:
Corey Seager (LAD–SS)
Cody Bellinger (LAD-1B/OF)
Jacob deGrom (NYM–SP)

Dark Horse(s): J.D. Martinez (FA-OF)
Draft Priority: 3

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Keeper Prediction:
Kris Bryant (CHC–3B/OF)
Matt Carpenter (STL-1B/2B/3B)
Noah Syndergaard (NYM–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Kyle Schwarber (CHC–C/OF), Yoenis Cespedes (NYM–OF), & Rougned Odor (TEX-2B)
Draft Priority: 4

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Keeper Prediction:
Manny Machado (BAL-3B)
Trea Turner (WAS-SS)
José Berríos (MIN-SP)

Dark Horse(s): Robinson Cano (SEA–2B), Drew Smyly (CHC-SP) & Zack Godley (ARI-SP)
Draft Priority: 5

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Keeper Prediction:
Miguel Sano (MIN–3B/OF)
Gary Sanchez (NYY-C)
Chris Archer (TB–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Nelson Cruz (SEA-OF), Eric Hosmer (FA-1B), Brian Dozier (MIN–2B), & Marcus Stroman (TOR-SP)
Draft Priority: 6

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Keeper Prediction:
Carlos Correa (HOU-SS)
Jose Altuve (HOU–2B)
Madison Bumgarner (SF–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Barring Injury – Not a Damn One
Draft Priority: 7


Keeper Prediction:
Miguel Cabrera (DET–1B)
Jake Lamb (ARI-3B)
Johnny Cueto (SF–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Mike Moustakas (FA-3B), Eric Thames (MIL-1B), Jake Arrieta (FA-SP), & Drew Pomeranz (BOS-SP)
Draft Priority: 8

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Keeper Prediction:
Mike Trout (LAA–OF)
Jonathan Schoop (BAL-2B)
Aaron Nola (PHI-SP)

Dark Horse(s): Justin Turner (LAD-3B), Adrian Beltre (TEX-3B), Gio González (WAS-SP), & Danny Salazar (CLE-SP)
Draft Priority: 9

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Keeper Prediction:
Mookie Betts (BOS–OF)
Lew Ford (VEN-OF)
Corey Kluber (CLE–SP)

Dark Horse(s): George Springer (HOU-OF), Xander Bogaerts (BOS–SS), David Price (BOS-SP), & Yu Darvish (FA-SP)
Draft Priority: 10

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Keeper Prediction:
Freddie Freeman (ATL–1B/3B)
Anthony Rizzo (CHC–1B/2B)
Luis Severino (NYY-SP)

Dark Horse(s): Kenley Jansen (LAD-RP)
Draft Priority: 11

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Keeper Prediction:
Nolan Arenado (COL–3B)
Francisco Lindor (CLE-SS)
Chris Sale (BOS–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Giancarlo Stanton (NYY-OF)
Draft Priority: 12

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Keeper Prediction:
Joey Votto (CIN–1B)
Charlie Blackmon (COL-OF)
Max Scherzer (WAS–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Anthony Rendon (WAS-3B)
Draft Priority: 13

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Keeper Prediction:
Bryce Harper (WAS–OF)
Josh Donaldson (TOR-3B)
Stephen Strasburg (WAS-SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jose Abreu (CHW-1B), Alex Bregman (HOU-3B/SS), Carlos Martinez (STL-SP), & Justin Verlander (HOU-SP)
Draft Priority: 14