Early Look at Keepers

Discussing some tougher keeper decisions

Keep or Kut – Pete (@PeteBBaseball) and Chad (@chadyoung) are starting to look at off-season decisions, including their keeper choices in their Keep or Kut listener leagues. They go over some of their toughest choices, analyzing players who will force difficult decisions in the coming months.

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1:02 – Before looking at the off-season, a quick look at the stretch run and fantasy playoff matchups, where Chad has to pick two of Hyun-jin Ryu, Nick Pivetta, and Gavin Williams to start.

12:30 – Time to turn our attention to keepers.

14:12 – Starting with Chad’s League 1 Roster, and his four most obvious keepers: Tyler Glasnow, Michael Harris II, Tanner Bibee, and Spencer Steer.

19:26 – At one point, Luis Robert Jr. was one of those obvious keepers, even for a 2nd rounder, but is he now?

22:42 – Masataka Yoshida is causing the same kind of issue later in the draft.

28:51 – Pete’s obvious league 1 keepers are George Kirby for 26th, Devin Williams for 15th, Francisco Alvarez for 14th, and that leads us to the saga of Chas McCormick.

35:32 – Piling up last-round keepers forces some interesting decisions.

38:24 – Is the talent enough to justify keeping Mason Miller?

42:42 – How cheap is cheap enough for Kris Bryant? Plus Pete has some fun rookies and another interesting closer in Kyle Harrison, Evan Carter, and Camilo Doval.

48:30 – In League 2, Chad is already thinking about what pick he wants, as it impacts the value on keeping Mookie Betts in the first.

54:44 – And that impacts some other tough calls at MI in Ezequiel Tovar, Andres Gimenez, Thairo Estrada, Xander Bogaerts, Justin Turner, and Zach Neto 

1:01:40 – Meanwhile, Chad’s minor leaguers are a debacle

1:09:47 Pete’s team starting has Oneil Cruz (as does his team in league 1), but what is a good keeper cost for Cruz?

1:13:27 – Grayson Rodriguez is one of Pete’s favorite keepers

1:21:53 – Pete’s insane pitching upside might force a trade for offense

1:24:23 – Pete’s minor league decisions on Gavin Williams, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Termarr Johnson, Kyle Manzardo, and Robert Hassel III, plus a really tough call on Anthony Volpe.

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Chad Young

Chad is a long-time fantasy player and baseball fan, who learned to love the game watching 100 loss teams in the truly awful Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Chad writes Going Deep for Pitcher List and co-hosts the Keep or Kut podcast on the Pitcher List Podcast Network. Chad is also one of the creators of ottoneu and you can hear him on the Ottobot Podcast and read his work on FanGraphs.

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