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Belly’s MLB Power Rankings (5-1)

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We have finally made it to the Final 5 of my MLB Power Rankings. Its been a fun road and the season is about to start. So here it is. Leading things off at-

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#5) Miami Marlins

This team is full of young talent and a few of them are here for the long run. Recently signing Stanton and Yelich to long term deals will give them some good pop in the line-up for years to come.

Adding Mat Latos, Dee Gordon, Martin Prado and Michael Morse to what was arguably the best young core of pitching and position-player talent in the league gives the Marlins one of the most complete rosters in baseball top to bottom, and it will only get better once Jose Fernandez returns around midseason.

This team has come a long way from the 100 loss season in 2013. This team is filled with young talent from top to bottom.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup                                       Projected 2015 Rotation

2B- Dee Gordon                                                          SP- Henderson Alverez

LF- Christian Yelich                                                   SP- Mat Latos

RF- Giancarlo Stanton                                               SP- Jarred Cosart

1B- Michael Morse                                                     SP- Tom Koehler

CF- Marcell Ozuna                                                     SP- Dan Haren

3B- Martin Prado

C- Jarrod Saltalamacchia                                          MR- Brad Hand

SS- Adeiny Hechavarria                                           MR- Bryan Morris

Pitcher                                                                         MR- Aaron Crow

–                                                                                    MR- Mike Dunn

–                                                                                    SU- A.J. Ramos

–                                                                                    CL- Steve Cishek

 

 

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#4) Los Angeles Dodgers

Being stopped by the Cardinals over the past few seasons, the Dodgers needed to make some changes. With Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez gone from the lineup, the Dodgers are banking on Yasiel Puig finding some consistency at the plate and adding Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick to the middle of the infield has helped bolster up the line-up.

If the back end of this rotation can step up and do their job, this team can be the dominate ones to take them all the way in 2015. Cause we all know that Kershaw will be himself and lead this team to victory like most years.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup                                 Projected 2015 Rotation

SS- Jimmy Rollins                                                SP- Clayton Kershaw

LF- Carl Crawford                                                SP- Zack Greinke

RF Yasiel Puig                                                       SP Hyun-Jin Ryu

1B- Adrian Gonzalaz                                            SP- Brandon McCarthy

2B Howie Kendrick                                              SP- Brett Anderson

C Yasmani Grandal

CF Joc Pederson                                                  MR- Joel Peralta

3B Juan Uribe                                                      MR- Brandon League

Pitcher                                                                  MR- Chris Hatcher

–                                                                             MR- Pedro Baez

–                                                                             SU- J.P. Howell

–                                                                             CL- Kenley Jansen

 

 

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#3) Washington Nationals

This team had a ton of question marks going into Spring Training, but they made some big moves to make them better than what they were last season and they were pretty darn good in 2014.

Signing Max Scherzer to a record deal and bringing in Yunel Escobar to play second base, bolstered up that amazing rotation and help improve the infield too.

With Jason Werth still out, it will have a big problem in the outfield and hurting them in the middle of the line-up. Michael Taylor will be getting the majority playing time until Werth is back and healthy.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup                              Projected 2015 Rotation

LF Michael Taylor                                             SP- Max Scherzer

3B Yunel Escobar                                              SP- Stephen Strasburg

LF Bryce Harper                                               SP- Jordan Zimmerman

1B Ryan Zimmerman                                       SP- Gio Gonzalez

SS Ian Desmond                                                SP- Doug Fister

C Wilson Ramos

2B Danny Espinosa                                            MR- Taylor Jordan

CF Matt den Decker                                             MR- Aaron Barrett

Pitcher                                                                 MR- Erik Davis

–                                                                            MR- Matt Thornton

–                                                                            SU- Craig Stammen

–                                                                            CL- Drew Storen

 

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#2) Los Angeles Angels

Winning a season best of 98 wins in 2014, the Angels weren’t going into the offseason to make some big noise, but they did make some moves that could effect them in the long run. Trading Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers for Andrew Heaney. Will help the rotation a good amount, cause we don’t know how Garrett Richards will be after Knee surgery. Adding Josh Rutledge in a trade with Colorado could be a little upside at second base.

The most important thing the Angels needs when the season begins, is that the bullpen needs to step up and play ball for the club. That is really the only down side of this team.

Acquiring Matt Joyce this offseason will help with the Josh Hamilton situation. Weather or not that Hamilton will be suspended, they will have Matt Joyce to play in the outfield and could have up and comer C.J. Cron DH for the club.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup                              Projected 2015 Rotation

RF Kole Calhoun                                               SP- Jered Weaver

LF Matt Joyce                                                  SP- Garrett Richards

CF Mike Trout                                                  SP C.J. Wilson

1B Albert Pujols                                                SP- Matt Shoemaker

DH C.J. Cron                                                      SP- Andrew Heaney

3B David Freese

SS Erick Aybar                                                 MR- Hector Santiago

2B Josh Rutledge                                             MR- Vinnie Pestano

C Chris Iannetta                                               MR- Brian Moran

–                                                                          MR- Fernando Salas

–                                                                          SU- Joe Smith

–                                                                          CL- Huston Street

 

Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

#1) St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals just know how to win, it’s as simple as that. They have reached the postseason consecutively in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and 11 of the past 15, And it looks like they will heading to the playoffs once again, after some moves in the offseason. Adding Jason Heyward, Jordan Walden, Matt Belisle and Mark Reynolds to the mix will boost the line-up and rotation. A healthy Michael Wacha will be the big sign to the rotation and make them as dominate as they have been for the past 15 years.

This line-up is not lacking in power. Holliday, Hayward, Reynolds, Peralta and Adams could possibly total up a good 200 home runs for this team.

 

Projected 2015 Lineup                             Projected 2015 Rotation

3B Matt Carpenter                                          SP- Adam Wainwright

RF Jason Heyward                                          SP- Lance Lynn

LF Matt Holliday                                             SP John Lackey

1B Matt Adams                                                SP- Michael Wacha

C Yadier Molina                                               SP- Carlos Martinez

SS Jhonny Peralta

CF Jon Jay                                                        MR- Kevin Siegrist

2B Kolten Wong                                               MR- Seth Maness

Pitcher                                                              MR- Randy Choate

–                                                                         MR- Matt Belisle

–                                                                         SU- Jordan Walden

–                                                                         CL- Trevor Rosenthal

 

 

There we have it. The top 5 Power Rankings for the MLB!!!

 

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