2019 SLB Draft Power Rankings: Voted on by the People for the People

powerrankings00000001

Written by: Adam Henning

Thanks to Survey Monkey gathering these results was fairly easy. What is not easy is fending off all the fricken emails they have sent me since setting this damn survey up. They are relentless! Each manager was to rank the other SLB managers’ draft from 1 to 13 – 1 being the best, 13 being the worst without voting for their own team. First place votes received 13 points, second place votes received 12, 3rd place with 11 votes, so on and so forth, with 1 point going to a ranking of 13. You get it.

I tell ya what. If you don’t know get it just raise your hand and I’ll have Tommy Boy come hit you in the head with a tack hammer because you’re a RETARD.

So, points are good. You want points.

For each ranking you will see UNADJUSTED SCORE. This score is what it sounds like – unadjusted and raw. Oh, baby I like it raw! An ADJUSTED SCORE. This score I removed each team’s highest and lowest ranking so one asshole can’t fuck with the rankings one way or another. It takes multiple assholes to score you higher or lower. The other data listed is self-explanatory. The rankings below are listed from 14th to 1st based on the ADJUSTED SCORE Rankings. There wasn’t much difference between the raw and adjusted really – only change was a flip-flop of 7th/8th place and created a tie at 10th/11th.

beerfarts-square14th – Genies in a Bottle
Unadjusted Score: 44
Adjusted Score: 35
Highest Ranking: 6th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: HAHA, NO
Last-Place Votes: 3

Yasiel Puig. That is all. Grant had more last place votes so there’s that?

radioactiverush00113th – Radioactive Rush
Unadjusted Score: 46
Adjusted Score: 36
Highest Ranking: 5th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: ZILCH
Last-Place Votes: 4

Grant received more last-place votes than any other manager but still managed to beat Jeremiah. Holy ballsacks Batman. I, personally, voted Grant last with a bullet despite Yasiel Puig.

SLB_CryingMonkey12th – Salmon League Disappointments
Unadjusted Score: 48
Adjusted Score: 39
Highest Ranking: 6th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: ZIPPO
Last-Place Votes: 3

Johnny had seven managers rank his draft 12th or 13th but the other six managers rated his draft from 6th to 9th.

insaneaudio-new-logo11th – InSaNeAuDiO
Unadjusted Score: 60
Adjusted Score: 49
Highest Ranking: 5th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: ZERO
Last-Place Votes: 0

No last-place votes is a win. We all knew Jesse was the better Graves – this exercise just confirms it.

seabass00110th – Sea Bass
Unadjusted Score: 62
Adjusted Score: 49
Highest Ranking: 2nd
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: NIL
Last-Place Votes: 2

Craig managed to get someone crazy enough to rank his draft second best but also had two managers rate him with the worst. Tell me how that works? His draft is tied for the highest variance, which means nobody knows what the hell is going on. Seems like managers either loved it or hated it but since he is ranked 10th it seems more for the latter. Sorry Craiggers. Let’s hope an early return on Severino.

cheese-high-final0019th – High Cheese
Unadjusted Score: 84
Adjusted Score: 71
Highest Ranking: 3rd
Lowest Ranking: 12th
First Place Votes: TRY AGAIN
Last-Place Votes: 0

Meh. Nothing too high. Nothing too low. It is rather funny to me that the 9th, 8th, and 7th ranked teams had a manager rank these teams higher than the 5th or 6th ranked team. Consistency is key I guess. High Cheese is the worst of the average tier.

Morgan = JetHawks8th – 38 MPH Heaters
Unadjusted Score: 86
Adjusted Score: 74
Highest Ranking: 3rd
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: OF COURSE NOT
Last-Place Votes: 2

The highest ranked manager that managed to draw last-place votes. Maybe people just hate Morgan. He did manage three 4th place votes, though.

zima-47th – ZIMA
Unadjusted Score: 88
Adjusted Score: 73
Highest Ranking: 2nd
Lowest Ranking: 11th
First Place Votes: NOT THIS YEAR
Last-Place Votes: 0

Jack Sparow Flag-016th – Captain Jack
Unadjusted Score: 98
Adjusted Score: 83
Highest Ranking: 4th
Lowest Ranking: 9th
First Place Votes: WRONG
Last-Place Votes: 0

dome_dog_logo5th – Dome Dog
Unadjusted Score: 99
Adjusted Score: 85
Highest Ranking: 4th
Lowest Ranking: 10th
First Place Votes: DOUGHNUT
Last-Place Votes: 0

Dome Dog barely sneaks past Captain Jack for the best of the average – thanks to Levi and Morgan’s vote which, were the last two polls to come through. 8 votes ranking 6th or better – I will take it. Nobody loved it but nobody hated it – except Grant who ranked it 10th. But, what does he know?

groundhogface0024th – The Groundhogs
Unadjusted Score: 121
Adjusted Score: 105
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 11th
First Place Votes: 1
Last-Place Votes: 0

Only four teams received first-place votes and The Groundhogs was one of them. Jay’s draft tied with Craig’s with the highest variance. Somebody really hated his draft but seven votes in the top 3 is the reason Jay is ranked 4th.

crackerjack-alternate0033rd – Cracker Jack
Unadjusted Score: 135
Adjusted Score: 116
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 8th
First Place Votes: 2
Last-Place Votes: 0

Kunkels. Kunkels. Kunkels. Ewww.

salmonkings-red-n-black-20192nd – Salmon Kings
Unadjusted Score: 150
Adjusted Score: 128
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 5th
First Place Votes: 4
Last-Place Votes: 0

All 13 votes slotted him within the top 5. Sadly, its only good enough for second best. Hell, it doesn’t even give him the title of highest-rated Kunkel!

moneygrubbers4life1st – Money Grubbers
Unadjusted Score: 153
Adjusted Score: 136
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 10th
First Place Votes: 7
Last-Place Votes: 0

Mike dominated the rankings and it really wasn’t all that close. Seven first-place votes is pretty damn impressive. That 10th place vote? One of your brothers doesn’t like you very much, Mike. I will let you figure out which one it was. Kind of funny his shittiest ranking came from a fellow Kunkel. I can’t wait to watch Mike blow it again this year.

adam-2

adam-1

Official 2019 SLB Keepers

keepers-trying to get some

In anticipation of the 2019 Salmon League Baseball keeper deadline – Saturday, March 16th at 5:00pm Central – we’ll be tracking all of the previously announced keeper selections.

If you’re plotting your draft preparations around this information, please note that none of these choices are technically official or locked in place until the deadline has come and gone.

salmonkings-red-n-black-2019Salmon Kings

Announced Keepers
Mike Trout (LAA–OF)
Aaron Judge (NYY-OF)
Aaron Nola (PHI-SP)

Draft Priority: 1

radioactiverush001Radioactive Rush

Announced Keepers
J.D. Martinez (BOS-OF)
Jose Ramirez (CLE-2B/3B)
Edwin Diaz (NYM-RP)

Draft Priority: 2

SLB_HighCheeseHigh Cheese

Announced Keepers
Freddie Freeman (ATL-1B)
Anthony Rendon (WAS-3B)
Kenley Jansen (LAD-RP)

Draft Priority: 3

seabass001Sea Bass

Announced Keepers
Alex Bregman (HOU-3B/SS)
Kris Bryant (CHC-3B/OF)
Noah Syndergaard (NYM-SP)

Draft Priority: 4

Jack Sparow Flag-01Captain Jack

Announced Keepers
Bryce Harper (FA-OF)
Giancarlo Stanton (NYY-OF)
James Paxton (NYY-SP)

Draft Priority: 5

SLB_CryingMonkeySL Disappointments

Announced Keepers
Javier Baez (CHC-2B/3B/SS)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR-3B)
Jack Flaherty (STL-SP)

Draft Priority: 6

38mph00138 MPH Heaters

Announced Keepers
Carlos Correa (HOU-SS)
Jose Altuve (HOU–2B)
Madison Bumgarner (SF-SP)

Draft Priority: 7

insaneaudio-new-logoInSaNeAuDiO

Announced Keepers
J.T. Realmuto (PHI-C)
Mitch Haniger (SEA-OF)
Yu Darvish (CHC-SP)

Draft Priority: 8

moneygrubbers001money grubbers

Announced Keepers
Nolan Arenado (COL–3B)
Christian Yelich (MIL-OF)
Chris Sale (BOS–SP)

Draft Priority: 9

beerfarts-squareGenies in a Bottle

Announced Keepers
Mookie Betts (BOS-OF)
Juan Soto (WAS-OF)
Justin Verlander (HOU-SP)

Draft Priority: 10

crackerjack-alternate003cracker jack

Announced Keepers
Charlie Blackmon (COL-OF)
Trea Turner (WAS-SS)
Max Scherzer (WAS-SP)

Draft Priority: 11

dome_dog_logoDome Dog

Announced Keepers
Cody Bellinger (LAD-1B/OF)
Jacob deGrom (NYM-SP)
Blake Snell (TB-SP)

Draft Priority: 12

groundhogface002The Groundhogs

Announced Keepers
Manny Machado (SD-3B/SS)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL-OF)
Gerrit Cole (HOU-SP)

Draft Priority: 13

zima-4ZIMA

Announced Keepers
Francisco Lindor (CLE-SS)
Andrew Benintendi (BOS-OF)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD–SP)

Draft Priority: 14

SLB 2018 Undeniably Way Too Early Keeper Predictions

players

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.

zima001ZIMA

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

radioactiverush001Radioactive Rush

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

dome_dog_logoDome Dog

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

seabass001Sea Bass v13.0

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

The Groundhogsgroundhog003

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

SLDSL Disappointments

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

38mph00138 MPH Heaters

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

insaneaudio-new-logoInSaNeAuDiO

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

Salmon Kingssalmonkings003

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

Genies in a Bottlegenies2016

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

cheese-high-final001High Cheese

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

Mr. Magoo, co-created by animation legend John Hubley. Mr. Magoomoney grubbers

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

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

cracker jackcrackerjack-alternate003

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

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

Jack Sparow Flag-01Captain Jack

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

SLB 2017 Undeniably Way Too Early Keeper Predictions

2017 keepers.png

It’s become a January tradition, so I’m back here today to unveil the undeniably way too early keeper predictions for the 2017 season.

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 or rolling of a die to make the decision for me.

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.

Mr. Magoo, co-created by animation legend John Hubley. Mr. Magoomoney grubbers

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

Dark Horse(s): Kenley Jansen (LAD–RP) & Whit Merrifield (KC–2B)
Draft Priority: 1

insaneaudio-new-logoInSaNeAuDiO

Keeper Prediction:
Miguel Cabrera (DET–1B)
Charlie Blackmon (COL–OF)
Johnny Cueto (SF–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jake Arrieta (CHC–SP) & Evan Longoria (TB–3B)
Draft Priority: 2

seabass001Sea Bass v12.0

Keeper Prediction:
Kris Bryant (CHC–3B/OF)
Yoenis Cespedes (NYM–OF)
Noah Syndergaard (NYM–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Kyle Schwarber (CHC–C/OF)
Draft Priority: 3

38mph00138 MPH Heaters

Keeper Prediction:
Francisco Lindor (CLE–SS)
Jose Altuve (HOU–2B)
Madison Bumgarner (SF–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Chris Davis (BAL–1B) & AJ Pollock (ARI–OF)
Draft Priority: 4

zima001ZIMA

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

Dark Horse(s): Andrew Benintendi (BOS–OF) & Trevor Story (COL–SS)
Draft Priority: 5

dome_dog_logoDome Dog

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

Dark Horse(s): Matt Carpenter (STL–1B/2B/3B), Dee Gordon (MIA–2B), & Andrew Miller (CLE–RP)
Draft Priority: 6

SLDSL Disappointments

Keeper Prediction:
Miguel Sano (MIN–3B/OF)
Brian Dozier (MIN–2B)
Chris Archer (TB–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Jose Bautista (FA–OF), Justin Turner (LAD–3B), & Cole Hamels (TEX–SP)
Draft Priority: 7

cheese-high-final001High Cheese

Keeper Prediction:
Freddie Freeman (ATL–1B)
Anthony Rizzo (CHC–1B)
Danny Salazar (CLE–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Giancarlo Stanton (MIA–OF), Felix Hernandez (SEA–SP), Rich Hill (LAD–SP) & Jason Kipnis (CLE–2B)
Draft Priority: 8

Jack Sparow Flag-01Captain Jack

Keeper Prediction:
Bryce Harper (WAS–OF)
Rougned Odor (TEX–2B)
David Price (BOS–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Justin Upton (DET–OF), J.D. Martinez (WAS–OF), & Justin Verlander (DET–SP)
Draft Priority: 9

radioactiverush001Radioactive Rush

Keeper Prediction:
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI–1B)
Edwin Encarnación (CLE–1B)
Carlos Carrasco (CLE–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Matt Harvey (NYM–SP), Stephen Strasburg (WAS–SP), & Starling Marte (PIT–OF)
Draft Priority: 10

Genies in a Bottlegenies2016

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

Dark Horse(s): Xander Bogaerts (BOS– SS), Trea Turner (WAS–2B/SS/OF), & Masahiro Tanaka (NYY–SP)
Draft Priority: 11

cracker jackcrackerjack-alternate003

Keeper Prediction:
Manny Machado (BAL–SS/3B)
Alex Bregman (HOU–3B)
Max Scherzer (WAS–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Yoan Moncada (CWS–2B/3B), Joey Votto (CIN–1B), Jon Lester (CHC–SP), & Dellin Betances (NYY–RP)
Draft Priority: 12

Salmon Kingssalmonkings003

Keeper Prediction:
Mike Trout (LAA–OF)
Addison Russell (CHC–SS)
Carlos Martinez (STL–SP)

Dark Horse(s): Byron Buxton (MIN–OF), Carlos Gonzalez (COL–OF), Wil Myers (SD–1B), Julio Urias (LAD–SP), Aaron Sanchez (TOR–SP) & Kevin Gausman (BAL–SP)
Draft Priority: 13

The Groundhogsgroundhog003

Keeper Prediction:
Ryan Braun (MIL–OF)
Jose Abreu (CWS–1B)
Aroldis Chapman (NYY–RP)

Dark Horse(s): Robinson Cano (SEA–2B) & Gerrit Cole (PIT–SP)
Draft Priority: 14

SLBrew-Off

homebrew

This afternoon a handful of us were chatting about Collin’s foray into home brewing and we were pumped about the prospect of sampling some of the Brand’s Brew creations he might cook up.

It got us thinking that he should create a commemorative batch of home brew for the next SLB Draft.

This initially led to us thinking up a slew of awesome SLB-themed beer names including: Salmon League Lager, Round Six Segura Stout, Grant-is-Garbage Gose, Dome Dog Double IPA, SeaBass Saison, Hold-Up, There’s a Problem with the Draft Tool Session Ale (note: this one will need to be a session ale or you’ll die drinking one every time the namesake situation arises), SL Disappointments Dark, Four Kunkel Dunkel, maibock grubbers, InSaNeAppLeJuIcE, SLB Golden Fishy (note: this is like Michelob Golden, but aged in a bucket with all of the pre-modern era championship trophies), 38MPH Hefeweizen, Genies in a Bock-le, SeaBass Smoked Stout, SalmonKings 4 Fishy Flemish, Big Magoo Maibock, etc.

The list really could go on.

Morgan suggested (perhaps jokingly?) that we could all try our hand at brewing for the next draft.

Given that all I’ve ingested today is sparkling water and multiple pots of coffee, I ran with the idea and figured we could each be tasked with brewing our own beer and then we’d have an official BREW-OFF at the draft where we’d each bring our sample and do a tasting to determine the best SLBrewer!

Here is how I figured it’d go down for every team:

Morgan hasn’t slept for eight days before the draft and certainly hasn’t thought about brewing his own beer. He shows up with six-kinds of chip dip, four crock pots, and no beer. No one complains.

Adam gets caught up in creating perfect labels and he forgets to brew any beer.

John is annoyed at how long brewing takes and brings a case of Keystone he grabbed at the gas station just before pulling up to the draft.

Mike pays someone else to brew for him, but won’t drink or touch any beer himself. He doesn’t like beer (perhaps you’ve heard?). He sips some fancy wine and later switches to a fine whiskey for a nightcap.

Craiggers just pours whiskey into some mismatched empty beer bottles and doesn’t fuck around with brewing at all. He doesn’t even change the labels or re-cap the beer. Craiggers gonna Craiggers.

G-Doggy buys some Johnny Appleseed or whatever on the way up and duct tapes over the label and then scrawls out “InSaNeAppLeJuIcE” in his serial killer handwriting with a Sharpie.

Jay pretends he doesn’t care and we have no idea if he’s even participating in the brew-off. Meanwhile, he secretly opens a fully-functioning brewery without ever alerting anyone. He shows up on draft day with some good beer, but plays coy about the entire thing.

Graves drinks all of his beer before his flight leaves Boston. He purchases a bunch of beer when he gets to the Midwest, but he drinks all of that too. He does not win (or, quite likely, even remember) the brew-off.

Levi doesn’t have time for this lowbrow beer brewing bullshit. He hires a personal bartender to make cocktails for the evening. He is most certainly wearing a jacket with tails and a monocle.

Travis and Grant didn’t know it was happening. They blame the lack of updates and web-presence. They would like to propose amendments about us “starting a website” and adding “quality starts” to the scoring, but they have no idea how/where one might do such a thing. They are the worst.

Steven overthinks the entire process and spends all winter trying to be smarter than everyone else and brews a disappointing, mediocre beer; clearly crumbling under the pressure of heightened expectations.

Justin borrows Steven’s recipe, but tweaks it and brews a way better beer…but he trades the beer to Travis on brew-off day for FAAB dollars and Hanley Ramirez, thus Travis has the better beer.

Collin shows up with legit beer, serves everyone a refreshing Salmon League Lager, and wins the whole fucking thing.

win-the-whole-fing-thing