MLB Power Rankings-Spring Training

Spring Training is wrapping up and fantasy baseball drafts are starting which means Opening Day is right around the corner. 2017 was the year of the home run as the previous record was blown by and we saw 6,194 baseballs leave the yard. The Houston Astros were crowned World Series Champions as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Here at SNGLV, we are ready to celebrate.

Its a new season with new projections and of course a new:

Top 10 MLB Power Rankings-Spring Training Edition…

No.1 Houston Astros

The defending World Series Champions are back and possibly even better. Shortstop Carlos Correa is primed to finally have his breakout season. The 2017 AL MVP  Jose  is back to form the MLB’s most dynamic middle infield.  The offense is stacked, how about the pitching? Justin Verlander assumes his duties as the club ace once again, Verlander went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA after being traded from Detroit in August. A repeat for the MLB’s next great dynasty is entirely possible.

No.2 New York Yankees

2017 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Bronx Bombers instead they found themselves one win away from reaching the World Series. With Aaron Judge’s 52 home runs and newly acquired Giancarlo Stanton 58 home runs anchoring the middle of the order, opposing pitchers will have to be extremely careful in order to avoid big innings.  CC Sabathia signed back with the Yankees, looking to continue his career renaissance following a stellar postseason.

No.3 Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers found themselves in the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years, before falling in Game 7 to the Houston Astros. The Dodgers boast arguably the leagues best pitching rotation with Ace Clayton Kershaw and the lefty duo of Alex Wood and Rich Hill form a top 3 that can shut down just about any offense in the league. A Hollywood ending for Kershaw and the boys in blue could be in the cards this season.

No.4 Chicago Cubs

The Cubs title defense ended with them losing four games to one in the NLCS. Regardless, it was another fun season for Cubs fans. Darvish struggled in the World Series but otherwise he was pretty tough to hit after the Dodgers acquired him from Texas. Another former Dodger Brandon Morrow finds himself assuming the closer duties this season. 2018 has chance to be a fun year once again for Cubs fans everywhere.

No.5 Cleveland Indians

After a memorable regular season that saw the Indians win an MLB record 22 consecutive games, came to a screeching halt as Cleveland squandered a 2-0 lead in the NLDS to the New York Yankees. With Andrew Miller and Cody Allen lurking in the back end of the bullpen looking to close out opposing offenses, Cleveland will once again find themselves in the thick of the AL playoff race and prove our MLB Power Rankings-Spring Training Edition correct.

No.6 Washington Nationals

It’s now over never for Washington, with Bryce Harper’s free agency sweepstakes right around the corner. Trea Turner, sets the table for the middle of the order bats like Harper, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman. Adam Eaton will move over to left field as he returns from a torn ACL, resulting in him playing just 23 games a year ago This could be the year Washington wins their first World Series in franchise history.

No.7 Colorado Rockies

In 2017 the Rockies won 87 games and found themselves in the post season for the first time since 2009. Colorado was fueled by leadoff man Charlie Blackmon who led the National League in batting average with a .331 clip to go along with power hitting third baseman Nolan Arenado’s 37 home runs and 130 RBI’s. With a deep offense and a young pitching staff that will only get better, Rocktober is almost destined to happen again, but then again this is only the MLB Power Rankings-Spring Training edition.

N0.8 Minnesota Twins

The Twins were one of the surprise teams a year ago when they made the playoff only to eliminated in the AL Wild Card game against the New York Yankees. Minnesota has a nice mix of young budding talent and veterans with a will to win. Second baseman Brian Dozier has quietly put together back-to-back 30 home run 90+ RBI seasons. Minnesota won’t be sneaking up on anybody this time around.

N0.9 Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers were the other surprise team as they pushed the defending champion Chicago Cubs for most of the season. Travis Shaw had a breakout year a season ago when he belted 31 home runs after the trade from Boston. Acquiring outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain were the big moves of the offseason for the BrewCrew.  The Brewers hope to find themselves right in the thick of things when September rolls around.

No.10 Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox lack of a true power bat held them back a season ago. If David Price can get healthy and stick to pitching the Red Sox have two of the better starters in the AL not to mention the 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. . The Red Sox are hoping to bring another title back to Beantown.

So that’s what we have for the MLB Power Rankings-Spring Training Edition.

Standings Projections:

AL East

  1. *New York Yankees 97-65
  2. *Boston Red Sox 89-73
  3. Toronto Blue Jays 85-77
  4. Tampa Bay Rays 79-83
  5. Baltimore Orioles 75-87

AL Central

  1. *Cleveland Indians 96-66
  2. *Minnesota Twins 91-71
  3. Chicago White Sox 81-81
  4. Kansas City Royals 78-84
  5. Detroit Tigers 70-92

AL West

  1. *Houston Astros 103-59
  2. Los Angeles Angels 88-74
  3. Seattle Mariners 86-76
  4. Oakland A’s 80-82
  5. Texas Rangers 74-88

NL East

  1. *Washington Nationals 96-66
  2. Atlanta Braves 84-78
  3. New York Mets 81-81
  4. Philadelphia Phillies 74-88
  5. Miami Marlins 55-107

NL Central

  1. *Chicago Cubs 94-68
  2. *Milwaukee Brewers 89-73
  3. St Louis Cardinals 86-76
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates 81-81
  5. Cincinnati Reds 70-92

NL West

  1. *Los Angeles Dodgers 97-65
  2. *Colorado Rockies 91-71
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks 88-74
  4. San Diego Padres 78-84
  5. San Francisco Giants 70-92

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