Every week MLB teams will be ranked for the rest of the season. Here are the 2022 MLB power rankings: August 22.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
Previous Ranking: 1
The Dodgers have triumphantly held themselves at the top of the league. They rank first in the MLB in total runs scored and least runs allowed. This gives them an incredible run differential of +250. They are the first, and only, team to reach 80 wins thus far.
2. New York Mets
Previous Ranking: 3
The Mets pitching has been phenomenal as of late. They feature the best closer in Edwin Diaz, who is captivating MLB fans with his electric walkout and his incredible strikeout percentage (17.88 K/9). Nobody wants to face this Mets pitching staff.
3. Houston Astros
Previous Ranking: 2
The Astros hold a lead of over 10 games in the AL West and also a pretty healthy lead as the 1 seed in the AL. Their combination of top end pitching and a very consistent lineup has made them a threat that is going to be a very scary team in October.
4. Atlanta Braves
Previous Ranking: 5
The Braves are a top 5 team in baseball, but still sit a few games back from the Mets in the NL East. There is a real possibility that the Braves could catch the Mets. In other Braves news, they have signed rookie Michael Harris to a contract extension, continuing their habit of signing young stars before arbitration.
5. New York Yankees
Previous Ranking: 4
There hasn’t been a bigger surprise than the Yankees struggle since the All-Star break. They have one of the most talent loaded teams in baseball and they even got better at the trade deadline. But they have been outmatched and outclassed in just about every series since.
6. St. Louis Cardinals
Previous Ranking: 7
The Cardinals have taken a commanding lead in the NL Central, taking 2 out of 3 games from the second-place Brewers last weekend. They followed that up with a sweep of the Rockies, putting them out of reach in the Central for now.
7. Seattle Mariners
Previous Ranking: 9
The Mariners are looking to break a lengthy playoff drought as they make a push for the playoffs. They are young, exciting, and fun to watch, tabbing them as one of America’s favorite teams heading into the tail end of the season.
8. Philadelphia Phillies
Previous Ranking: 6
The Phillies are the third team to be featured from the NL East in the top 8. This leaves them out of reach for a division title, but still in good contention for the playoffs. The return of their best player, Bryce Harper, looms over the city of Philadelphia.
9. Toronto Blue Jays
Previous Ranking: 10
With the way the Yankees are struggling, the possibility of the Blue Jays finally making the AL East a competitive race again increases with each passing week. The Blue Jays are a perfect combination of youth, experience, and elite level pitching that could make this AL East race exciting.
10. San Diego Padres
Previous Ranking: 8
The Padres have been a complete mess as of late. The addition of Juan Soto was expected to put them over the top, but the suspension of Fernando Tatis halted those hopes for this year. Their new closer, Josh Hader, has been struggling as well, giving up three runs in two out of his last three appearances.
11. Cleveland Guardians
Previous Ranking: 12
The Guardians have a slight lead in the AL Central. The AL Central will prove to be one of the most competitive divisions in baseball as they have three teams within five games of the division lead. Triston McKenzie has been incredible lately.
12. Milwaukee Brewers
Previous Ranking: 11
The Josh Hader trade confused a lot of baseball fans, but as of now, it looks like the Brewers won the trade pretty handedly. Josh Hader has a 16.20 ERA since joining the Padres and Devin Williams has been shut down in the closer role.
13. Baltimore Orioles
Previous Ranking: 14
The Orioles continue to surprise the MLB world by pushing themselves closer and closer to a playoff berth. Rookie Adley Rutschman has shown true superstar potential as of late. He could lead the next generation of catchers.
14. Tampa Bay Rays
Previous Ranking: 13
The Rays have been consistently in tier two of the MLB this season. They just recently took two series from their division rivals, the Yankees and the Orioles. With the AL East still a dogfight, the Rays could make noise down the stretch.
15. Minnesota Twins
Previous Ranking: 15
The Twins are riding a hot streak as of late, needing to stay hot and continue to win games and win series to avoid dropping lower in their division. Jhoan Duran has been electric for them out of the bullpen, featuring a triple digit fastball.
16. Chicago White Sox
Previous Ranking: 16
After coming out of the gate slow, the White Sox have gotten back on track, putting themselves inside of striking distance of the AL Central. This seems to be their best shot at making the playoffs in the loaded American League.
17. San Francisco Giants
Previous Ranking: 17
The Giants remain one of the most average teams in the entire league. Logan Webb and Carlos Rodon have been two gems at the top of their pitching staff. Both of them were incredible last year as well.
18. Boston Red Sox
Previous Ranking: 18
The Red Sox have closed in on a .500 record again. One surprise on their roster has been Michael Wacha, who is 8-1 with a 2.28 ERA on the year. He doesn’t have the qualified amount of innings to be a league leader, but once he does, he will be among the leagues best in ERA.
19. Arizona Diamondbacks
Previous Ranking: 19
The Diamondbacks potentially have the most top heavy farm system in the entire MLB. They have three prospects in the top 15, Corbin Carroll (number 3 in baseball), Druw Jones (number 12 in baseball), and Jordan Lawlar (number 13 in baseball).
20. Texas Rangers
Previous Ranking: 22
The Rangers were big spenders in free agency, which bolstered their MLB roster a bit. To pair with this, they have 6 prospects in the top 100 MLB prospects, which ranks them as one of the teams with the most prospects in the MLB.
21. Miami Marlins
Previous Ranking: 21
The Marlins have historically been a sub-.500 franchise. In their 30-year history, they have finished above .500 just six times. They have the young core to structure a rebuild around, potentially being a few years away from contending.
22. Los Angeles Angels
Previous Ranking: 23
Mike Trout has returned to the Angels lineup and it hasn’t changed much for the struggling Angels. Shohei Ohtani has the triple crown at the plate AND on the mound for the Angels. He leads them in AVG. home runs, RBI, ERA, wins, and strikeouts.
23. Chicago Cubs
Previous Ranking: 24
The Cubs have 3 top 100 prospect outfielders in the MLB. Pete Crow-Armstrong is a top 10 outfield prospect in the entire minor leagues. With Seiya Suzuki at the Major League level, leading an NL Rookie of the Year campaign, the Cubs are stacked at future outfielders.
24. Colorado Rockies
Previous Ranking: 20
The Rockies are stuck in the middle of a complete rebuild. They don’t have enough of a talented Major League roster to compete, but they don’t have a young enough core to win. They feature 2 top 30 prospects though.
25. Cincinnati Reds
Previous Ranking: 26
The Reds feature one of the most improved farm systems in the MLB. Top 20 prospect, Elly De La Cruz might be the hottest prospect in all of baseball. He is joined by four other top 100 prospects, including the 18th best prospect, Noelvi Marte.
26. Kansas City Royals
Previous Ranking: 25
The Royals are the definition of a disaster franchise in the way that their roster is built. Starting from the ground, they have a depleted farm system, featuring only two prospects in the top 100, with the top one being 75th. The Major League roster only has Bobby Witt Jr. to be excited about.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates
Previous Ranking: 27
The Pirates have an elite level farm system that doesn’t even feature Oneil Cruz as he has made his way to the Major Leagues. This system is lead by Henry Davis, Termarr Johnson, and Quinn Priester, three top 50 prospects.
28. Detroit Tigers
Previous Ranking: 28
The Tigers feature a pretty mediocre farm system. They have two main notable prospects. It is Jackson Jobe, the 41st ranked prospect in baseball and Jace Jung, the 74th ranked prospect in baseball.
29. Oakland Athletics
Previous Ranking: 29
While the Athletics Major League roster looks defeated and depleted, their farm system looks to have some top end talent. They feature 4 top 100 MLB prospects in: Shea Laneliers (36), Tyler Soderstrom (50), Ken Waldichuk (70), and Zack Gelof (100).
30. Washington Nationals
Previous Ranking: 30
The Nationals traded their best player, Juan Soto, to the Padres just recently. That’s old news. New news? The Nationals beat the Padres (and Juan Soto) in the first two games of their series on August 18th and 19th. Yeah, baseball is a weird game.
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