MLB Power Rankings

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1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 87-35
SS Corey Seager finished third in the MVP voting last year while winning the Rookie of the Year Award. This season, he’s leading the team in Wins-Above-Replacement (WAR) value. That’s a good career arc in place already.
2 Houston Astros Houston Astros 76-48
2B José Altuve is hitting .364 with just 65 strikeouts on the year. He has 19 home runs, so he will need a late power surge to reach a 30-30 season at age 27. Even if he doesn’t reach that milestone, Altuve is pretty darn good as is.
3 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 71-52
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With a 14-5 record and 250 Ks already in only 175 ⅓ innings, SP Chris Sale has turned out to be a mighty fine acquisition for the Red Sox organization. However, he’s never pitched in the postseason, something to keep in mind as October approaches.
4 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 74-48
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The Nats have a formidable three-man rotation for a playoff series, including SP Max Scherzer. Currently on the disabled list, Scherzer is 12-5 with a 2.25 ERA and 220 Ks in just 160 ⅓ innings. No one wants to face this man in October.
5 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 67-57
Outside of fantasy baseball circles, 1B Paul Goldschmidt doesn’t get a lot of credit for his outstanding play. That’s what happens when you hit 29 HRs, drive in 96 runs and hit .317 in the desert. Did we mention the 16 SBs, too?
6 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 68-56
At age 26, he’s established himself as an RBI machine. We’re talking about 3B Nolan Arenado, who has 105 runs driven in this season already—and 368 so far since the start of the 2015 season.
7 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 68-54
With a whopping 196 Ks in just 145 innings, SP Corey Kluber is having another stellar season for the Tribe. The team has a trio of 12-game winners right now, and Kluber is the best of them. Short series, anyone?
8 New York Yankees New York Yankees 66-57
Yes, OF Aaron Judge strikes out a lot, but it doesn’t impact his effectiveness as much as we have been brainwashed to think it does. With a 1.006 OPS right now, thanks to 37 HRs and 90 walks, Judge is doing pretty good for a rookie.
9 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 66-57
He’s not going to match his MVP numbers from last year, but 3B Kris Bryant still is the best player the defending champs have on their roster. With 23 HRs and a .934 OPS, Bryant’s career is off to a fantastic start.
10 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 64-60
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Yes, he’s only been the top player on the team—so far—because of another’s injury, but SS Andrelton Simmons also is hitting .292 with 13 HRs and 17 SBs. The defense he provides is invaluable as well.
11 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 63-59
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With three complete-game shutouts, SP Ervin Santana has been anchor for the pitching staff in the Twin Cities. His 13-7 record aside, he’s also serving as a veteran role model for rookie ace-in-waiting Jose Berrios.
12 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 63-61
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With 29-year-old OF Tommy Pham leading the way, the Cards are making a charge in the National League Central. He has 16 HRs, 16 SBs, a .900 OPS and a .307 batting average. How many of us had ever heard of him before 2017?
13 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 63-62
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If you predicted SP James Paxton would be the team’s ace this year, you should buy a lottery ticket right now. Even though he’s on the disabled list right now, Paxton’s 12-3 record and 2.78 ERA reflect his stellar 10.4 Ks/9 IP rate this season.
14 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 60-64
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2B Jonathan Schoop is one big reason why the Os still have an outside shot at a wild-card spot. With a .303 average, 26 HRs and 88 RBI, this guy would be a megastar if he played in Los Angeles or New York.
15 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 65-60
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Boston led 3B Travis Shaw get away, and he’s been stellar for the Brewers this season with 27 HRs, 80 RBI and a .910 OPS. Oh, and let’s not overlook that perfect 9-for-9 in steals, either. Not bad for a 6’4”, 230-pound dude.
16 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 62-61
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He has just 40 RBI this year, but OF Lorenzo Cain is contributing to a K.C. playoff run in other ways. The second-best OPS mark (.801) of his career is one way, and a 23-for-25 effort on the basepaths is another.
17 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 61-65
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OF Steven Souza is having his best MLB season, with career highs already in HRs (26), RBI (73) and batting average (.256). He will soon tie or pass his best effort in steals, too. It’s no surprise he’s about to play in the most games for a single season in his career as well.
18 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 61-62
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Last season, SS Elvis Andrus set a career-high mark in HRs with eight. This year, he has 16 homers to go along with hsi 23 SBs. Remember, Andrus was an All-Star selection in 2010 when he didn’t hit a single home run.
19 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 59-65
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With an 11-6 record and a 2.99 ERA, SP Marcus Stroman is the staff ace and the only starter in double-digit wins for Toronto. He also has the only two complete games on the Blue Jays pitching staff.
20 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 60-62
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OF Giancarlo Stanton has been on a HR tear lately, and he now has hit a club-record 44 dingers this season so far. He sees 61 HRs as a true mark of achievement, and who are we to argue with an actual player?
21 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 60-64
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UTL Josh Harrison is the best of the bunch in Pittsburgh this year, despite a mere 100 OPS+ mark. He’s been hit by 21 pitches this season, though, and Harrison did make the NL All-Star team while playing four positions for the Pirates. That adds value.
22 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 55-69
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SP Jhoulys Chacin was once a budding star in Colorado, and he could tie (14) or set a new career-high mark this season for wins in San Diego. He is currently 11-8 for the Padres with a 3.98 ERA.
23 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 54-70
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3B Matt Chapman has played just 45 games for the A’s this year, but he’s the team leader in WAR (2.6) with his .812 OPS and stellar defense. That doesn’t say a lot about Oakland’s talent level right now.
24 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 54-69
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OF Justin Upton is quietly having a nice comeback season at age 29, hitting 25 HRs with a .909 OPS overall. Good thing for the Tigers, as Upton is signed through the 2021 season for a lot of money.
25 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 53-72
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At age 33, 1B Joey Votto is the best he’s ever been, really, with a .316 average, 100 walks already this season and a 1.045 OPS. It’s just a shame he’s stuck with the Reds right now, when the team can’t seem to do anything right.
26 New York Mets New York Mets 54-68
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With a 13-6 record, SP Jacob deGrom has been the one constant in Queens this year. While the world crumbles around him, deGrominator just keeps going. His 183 Ks in just 158 ⅔ innings are outstanding.
27 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 55-67
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Despite playing in just 77 games this year due to injury, 1B Freddie Freeman still leads his team in HRs (22). In 290 ABs this year, Freeman is hitting .321 with a 1.045 OPS. Would Atlanta be playoff bound if he hadn’t gotten hurt?
28 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 50-76
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C Buster Posey has just 12 HRs and 52 RBI this year, but on this roster, that’s enough to be the best hitter in town. At age 30, he’s on pace for the lowest WAR in his career, and with a .255 average and just one HR in August, Posey is clearly tired.
29 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 47-74
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OF Avisaíl García is hitting .309 with 13 HRs to lead the moribund offense on the South Side. He’s already 26 years old, so this may be as good as it gets for him. García has just 18 walks in 399 plate appearances, which doesn’t bode well for improvement.
30 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 45-77
SP Aaron Nola actually has a winning record (9-8) right now for this squad. His 3.26 ERA does the team wonders, and his 128 Ks in 124 ⅓ innings make him this 24-year-old star the face of the franchise.

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