Wednesday, February 1, 2017

MLB 2017 Power Ranking: Pre-Spring Training

The 2017 MLB season is slated to kick off with a trio of games on Sunday April 2. After those six clubs get things started, the other 24 teams are scheduled to begin their regular season the following day.
In preparation for the season, Spring Training camps will be opening in both Arizona and Florida approximately two weeks from now.
This initial 2017 Major League Baseball Power Ranking of teams will serve as my baseline. A jumping off point from which the season will unfold. I will provide the next ranking around Opening Day, and then continue on a weekly basis throughout the season.
My version of the MLB Power Ranking will include a brief writeup on the Top 10 teams, including any recent highlights. The other 20 clubs will then be ranked numerically.
Since no games have been played, this initial Power Ranking is simply how I see the teams of Major Leaugue Baseball on a 1-30 basis as we enter Spring Training.

As the World Baseball Classic and play in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues unfolds, injuries will crop up and players will emerge that are sure to change these rankings before the regular season begins.
The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs are at the top of these pre-season rankings. That is not solely because you gotta beat the champ to be the champ. It’s because the Cubbies won 103 regular season games a year ago, eight more than anyone else in the game.

MLB PRE-SPRING TRAINING POWER RANKING

Unless some major injury issues crop up during spring training, expect the Cubs to still be at the top of this list when that Opening Day ranking is released.
  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Washington Nationals
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Texas Rangers
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Cleveland Indians
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  8. San Franciso Giants
  9. New York Mets
  10. Saint Louis Cardinals
  11. Baltimore Orioles
  12. Toronto Blue Jays
  13. Colorado Rockies
  14. Detroit Tigers
  15. Seattle Mariners
  16. New York Yankees
  17. Pittsburgh Pirates
  18. Atlanta Braves
  19. Kansas City Royals
  20. Tampa Bay Rays
  21. Miami Marlins
  22. Los Angeles Angels
  23. Arizona Diamondbacks
  24. Milwaukee Brewers
  25. Cincinnati Reds
  26. Chicago White Sox
  27. Oakland Athletics
  28. Philadelphia Phillies
  29. San Diego Padres
  30. Minnesota Twins

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