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Belly’s MLB Power Rankings (15-11)

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Here’s my Power Rankings (15-11)

Kicking it off  is-

#15) Milwaukee Brewers

Outside of trading for Adam Lind to replace the platoon of Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay at first base, the Milwaukee Brewers have had a quiet Free Agency to start the beginning of the offseason. But they really didn’t lose much from a team that led the NL Central for most of the 2014 season.

Guys like Kyle Lohse and Aramis Ramirez all headed for free agency at the end of the season, and if they start to fall behind in the division, look to see them part ways with these guys and send them to a contenting team for the playoffs.

It will be a different scenery to see a new #1 guy on the mound to start the season for the Brewers. They were used to seeing  Yovani Gallardo on the mound but this year it will be Matt Garza leading the pack.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup

CF Carlos Gomez

2B Scooter Gennett

C Jonathan Lucroy

3B Aramis Ramirez

1B Adam Lind

RF Ryan Braun

LF Khris Davis

SS Jean Segura

Pitcher

 

Projected 2015 Rotation

SP Matt Garza

SP Kyle Lohse

SP Wily Peralta

SP Mike Fiers

SP Jimmy Nelson

 

MR Jeremy Jeffress

MR Brandon Kintzler

MR Neal Cotts

MR Will Smith

SU Jim Henderson

CL Jonathan Broxton

 

#14) Kansas City Royals

Ned Yost had a difficult challenge this offseason after losing James Shields, Billy Butler and Nori Aoki to free agency. But they hope they filled the spots with the right players, by adding Edinson Volquez, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios in free agency.

Will they be able to repeat in the AL central and keep up with the Tigers, Twins, White Sox and the Indians? Every team in the AL Central has made some big moves in the offseason and are hoping they can stop the Tigers from repeating again for the third time in a row.

Up and comer and soon to be new Ace for the Royals, Yordano Ventura has a new challenge in front of him this season. Will he be able to take over James Shields spot in the Rotation and lead this pitching staff to victory? This team is still build for speed and still trying to win games with the small ball approach.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup

SS Alcides Escobar
LF Alex Gordon
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
C Salvador Perez
DH Kendrys Morales
RF Alex Rios
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante

Projected 2015 Rotation

SP Yordano Ventura
SP Jason Vargas
SP Jeremy Guthrie
SP Edinson Volquez
SP Danny Duffy

MR Tim Collins
MR Jason Frasor
MR Brandon Finnegan
MR Kelvin Herrera
SU Wade Davis
CL Greg Holland

 

#13) Chicago Cubs

This team has made some big moves this offseason my adding Jon Lester, Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler to the team to boost up the offense and Pitching rotation.

They have been said to be the favorites to win the World Series this season. If it does come through and they win the W.S. then director and writer Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale predicted the future in 1989 when they wrote and created the movie “Back to the Future 2” staring Michael J. Fox.

 

 

Projected 2015 Lineup

LF Chris Coghlan

2B Javier Baez

1B Anthony Rizzo

SS Starlin Castro

C Miguel Montero

CF Dexter Fowler

RF Jorge Soler

3B Tommy La Stella

Pitcher

 

Projected 2015 Rotation

SP Jon Lester

SP Jake Arrieta

SP Travis Wood

SP Kyle Hendricks

SP Jason Hammel

 

MR Edwin Jackson

MR Felix Doubront

MR Justin Turner

MR  Neil Ramirez

SU Pedro Strop

CL Hector Rondon

 

#12) Chicago White Sox

 

Going into the 2015 season, The Chicago White Sox looks like the most improved team from the previous year.

Adding Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera to their offense will help protect Jose Abreu. Adding Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson to the rotation and bullpen helps with depth to the roster and hope to start contending again in the AL Central.

Having Samardzija, Sale and Quintana as their 1,2 and 3 starting pitchers could become one of the best trio in the American League.

The White Sox are hoping to keep youngster Avisal Garcia (Age 23) healthy this year aand play for a full season. They lost him to a shoulder injury last season and only played in 46 games. (Avg- .244, 7 HR, 29 RBIs, OBP- .305)

 

Projected 2015 Lineup

CF Adam Eaton

LF Melky Cabrera

1B Jose Abreu

DH Adam LaRoche

RF Avisail Garcia

SS Alexei Ramirez

3B Conor Gillaspie

C Tyler Flowers

2B Carlos Sanchez

 

 

Projected 2015 Rotation

SP Chris Sale

SP Jeff Samardzija

SP Jose Quintana

SP Hector Noesi

SP John Danks

 

MR Daniel Webb

MR Jake Petricka

MR Javy Guerra

MR Zach Duke

SU Zach Putnam

CL David Robertson

 

#11) Pittsburgh Pirates

 

This team is just full off young great players. Cole, Polanco, Marte, Harrison and McCutchen. This team is leaning towards another good season.

The Pirates are hoping to have Cole come back out and repeat anything he did last season. (11-5, ERA- 3.65, 138 Ks, 138.0 innings) Averaged a strike out per inning last season. Only pitched in 22 games. I would say thats a pretty solid performance on the year.

Bringing back Francisco Liriano was a good choice and got him pretty cheap, compared to all the other FA signings. (three-year, $39 million) The only bad of this rotation is the corpse of A.J. Burnett. Can he bounce back from the 8-18 season he had in 2014?

The loss of Russell Martin is a big blow to the offense and defense. Having Francisco Cervelli as their everyday catcher will be a difference than what your’e used to seeing.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup

3B Josh Harrison

RF Gregory Polanco

CF Andrew McCutchen

2B Neil Walker

LF Starling Marte

1B Pedro Alvarez

SS Jordy Mercer

C Francisco Cervelli

Pitcher

 

 

Projected 2015 Rotation

SP Francisco Liriano

SP Gerrit Cole

SP A.J. Burnett

SP Jeff Locke

SP Vance Worley

 

MR Antonio Bastardo

MR Stolmy Pimentel

MR John Holdzkom

MR Jared Hughes

SU Tony Watson

CL Mark Melancon

About Shawn Bell

I love baseball!!! Still playing on a travel team. Live and Breathe the sport. I'm a northern Michigander and I do like to hunt and fish also. I like to take long walks on the beach and chill on a boat whenever I can. LETS GO TIGERS!!!!

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