Every week MLB teams will be ranked for the rest of the season. Here are the 2023 MLB power rankings for the week of May 29.
1. Tampa Bay Rays
Previous Ranking: 1
Shane McClanahan has anchored one of the better pitching staffs in the MLB. He is one of six Rays with a season WAR over 2.0. Wander Franco leads the way with a 3.3 WAR.
2. Texas Rangers
Previous Ranking: 5
The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in baseball. They have won 3 consecutive series against the Pirates, Orioles, and Rockies. Multiple players have 5+ game hitting streaks.
3. Baltimore Orioles
Previous Ranking: 2
The Orioles started the week with a series win over the Yankees. They also sent down their 2022 number 2 prospect, Grayson Rodriguez, as he has struggled this year.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
Previous Ranking: 3
The Dodgers have a plethora of stars. Freddie Freeman is still one of the best hitters in the game and Clayton Kershaw is looking to fight for a Cy Young as his career begins to wind down.
5. Houston Astros
Previous Ranking: 12
The Astros have been hot. One of the hottest teams in the game. But, they will need Jose Abreu to figure out his struggles in order to increase their threat into the best teams in baseball.
6. Atlanta Braves
Previous Ranking: 4
The Braves have the NL front runner in Cy Young (Spencer Strider) and in MVP (Ronald Acuna). They are one of the youngest and most talented teams in the game.
7. New York Yankees
Previous Ranking: 7
Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge have led the Yankees offense in 2023, much like the previous season. They fight an uphill battle of over 7 games to catch the first place Rays.
8. Arizona Diamondbacks
Previous Ranking: 11
Corbin Carroll has been incredible in his rookie campaign. He’s hit 8 home runs already and has found himself as a staple in the Diamondbacks lineup as they push for a playoff spot.
9. Los Angeles Angels
Previous Ranking: 16
The Angels have a candidate for the Cy Young and the MVP on the same team. Shohei Ohtani is both of them. Yeah, he is that ridiculous this year.
10. Minnesota Twins
Previous Ranking: 8
The Twins have the best offense in the AL Central as well as the best pitching in the AL Central. Despite this, they only have a 2-game lead in the division, over the Detroit Tigers, who are often seen as an afterthought.
11. Boston Red Sox
Previous Ranking: 10
The Red Sox would be in first place if they played in the NL Central or AL Central. However, unluckily, they sit nearly 10 games back in the AL East, a distant memory in that division.
12. Milwaukee Brewers
Previous Ranking: 9
The Brewers have only found themselves a few games over .500 but have sat in control of the NL Central for now. Although their lead is tight, they’ve relied on the struggles from their rivals to keep the lead.
13. San Francisco Giants
Previous Ranking: 23
The Giants have 2 of the top 3 pitchers in the NL in ERA. They have caught fire as of late, starting to put their name in the NL West race.
14. Seattle Mariners
Previous Ranking: 14
Rookie pitcher Bryce Miller has been incredible this year. His fastball has been one of the best pitches in all of baseball. He forms an incredible pitching staff alongside Luis Castillo and Logan Gilbert.
15. New York Mets
Previous Ranking: 18
The Mets earned a series victory over the Rays and a sweep of the Guardians but have since fallen back to .500. They sit just a handful of games behind the Braves in the NL East.
16. Toronto Blue Jays
Previous Ranking: 6
No team in baseball has struggled over the last few weeks as much as the Blue Jays. They’ve dropped 10 spots in these rankings due to losing 10 games in the last 2 weeks.
17. Pittsburgh Pirates
Previous Ranking: 13
The Pirates have been ice cold as of late but still find themselves on the doorstep of the NL Central lead, due to the lack of production in the entire division. After a hot start, the Pirates need to get back to that kind of success in order to win the division.
18. Philadelphia Phillies
Previous Ranking: 15
Nick Castellanos has been back to his All-Star form. If his power can come back around, this team could become very, very dangerous.
19. San Diego Padres
Previous Ranking: 19
The Padres have played significantly below expectations. Their front office has spent the money in order to win, but players like Soto, Tatis, and Machado haven’t played as expected.
20. Miami Marlins
Previous Ranking: 20
Eury Perez has impressed baseball fans with his fastball, being graded as a 70-grade pitch by MLB. The 6’8 20-year-old has a bright future in the Marlins organization.
21. St. Louis Cardinals
Previous Ranking: 28
The Cardinals have been good recently, lifting themselves up from the bottom of the MLB and placing themselves in the mix of the NL Central. This has been in part due to Nolan Arenado beginning to figure things out this season.
22. Detroit Tigers
Previous Ranking: 24
The Tigers need to enter a complete rebuild. They are in a very tough spot, where their MLB roster is far from playoff ready and their farm system is also depleted.
23. Washington Nationals
Previous Ranking: 25
MacKenzie Gore has been a breath of fresh air for Nationals fans. He was acquired in the Juan Soto trade, so he comes with high expectations. He is seeming to begin to meet those expectations.
24. Cleveland Guardians
Previous Ranking: 22
The Guardians feature one of the most loaded farm systems in the MLB, most notably in Triple-A. However, their most intriguing prospect is the RHP, Daniel Espino.
25. Cincinnati Reds
Previous Ranking: 20
The young takeover has begun in Cincinnati where Matt McLain and Spencer Steer have locked themselves in the lineup. The Reds are patiently awaiting the debut of the best prospect in all of baseball, Elly De La Cruz.
26. Chicago Cubs
Previous Ranking: 17
The Cubs have hit some turbulence lately. They have lost 7 out of their last 10 games. They feature a few top lefties, Steele and Smyly, who need to help carry them out of last place in the NL Central.
27. Chicago White Sox
Previous Ranking: 27
It continues to be confusing with how the White Sox have performed. Lance Lynn and Dylan Cease have both been incredibly underwhelming this season.
28. Colorado Rockies
Previous Ranking: 26
The Rockies hold the 9th pick in the 2023 MLB draft and they’re going to need to strike gold to boost their farm club. They only feature 2 prospects in the top 100 MLB prospects, Zac Veen and Adael Amador.
29. Kansas City Royals
Previous Ranking: 29
The Royals have found themselves as the clear worst team in baseball, besides the Athletics. They are also looking forward to bolstering their farm system, starting with the 8th pick in the MLB Draft.
30. Oakland Athletics
Previous Ranking: 30
It’s a tough year for A’s fans. Luckily, the 2023 MLB Draft is coming up, where the A’s hold the 6th pick. There’s always 2024, right A’s fans?
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