Thursday, July 10, 2014

Season 24 Preseason Power Rankings

Season 24 is about to get under way, so it's time to check in with the preseason power rankings!  We had some excellent preseason insights from topoftheworl as well, that were quality additions to the blog.  Let's see how they compare!   At the top of the preseason rankings, we have the 3-time defending champion Dover.  The roster is a year older, but the same was said last season, and they came through.  Gotta show respect for the champs.  Coming in at #2 is Atlanta, probably the most talented team in Cobbfather on paper.  Another impressive season seems extremely likely.  #3 is Pawtucket, who emerged last season as a top AL team.  With the top offensive threat in the world and some quality Free Agent signings, it's not hard to see why.  #4 is Houston, who struck it big in Free Agency once again and looks to be loaded.  An upcoming San Juan team rounds out the top 5, as rawdk looks to have his team ready to contend again.  Here are the complete rankings, good luck to all in your openers!

Season 23

Team  W L    Comments
1 Dover 107 55 Getting older, but can 3peat champs be anywhere else?
2 Atlanta  108 54 Extremely talented roster that could easily win it all
3 Pawtucket 92 70 Coming off a great season, and active in Free Agency 
4 Houston 87 75 Loaded up in FA once again, so should be solid
5 San Juan 90 72 They've got a lot of youth, so should improve again
6 Charlotte  98 64 Great last season, but the AL is looking very tough
7 Boston  96 66 Aging roster and lost Almanzar, but still pretty good
8 Arizona 88 74 Looked good last season, and should be in it again 
9 Tampa Bay  89 73 Haselman is getting older, but still a very good team here
10 Los Angeles 88 74 Always in the mix with tremendous pitching staff
11 Florida 86 76 Should build on last season, Leiter was a nice add
12 Pittsburgh  86 76 Consisitently solid and looking to get back in the fold
13 Louisville 87 75 Nice offense, if the pitching improves, will be strong 
14 Buffalo  85 77 Loss of Hernandez hurts, but have very good pitching 
15 Salt Lake City 81 81 Looking to break out of the pack this season
16 Cincinnati 78 84 Added a couple of pieces, so they could improve
17 St. Louis 81 81 Very strong pitching is a plus, we'll see about the offense
18 Las Vegas 71 91 Ontiveros was a nice add, so improvement is possible
19 Colorado Springs 74 88 Management is confident in improvement this season
20 Durham  69 93 It's a tough division, but they did improve their pitching
21 Austin  82 80 A lot of roster movement, so we'll see how it works out
22 Ottawa 83 79 Lost some pieces, but they still a solid pitching staff
23 Trenton 77 85 Middle of the pack last season, so we'll see about them
24 Jacksonville 74 88 New ownership is still getting acquainted with the team
25 New York  78 84 Pitching was an issue last season, we'll see if it improves
26 Syracuse  77 85 Pretty average across the board, can they take next step?
27 Texas 80 82 With star slugger Riley, so could improve this season
28 San Francisco 64 98 Almanzar provides needed pitching help, good offense too
29 Seattle  69 93 Took steps forward, can they continue upward trend?
30 Albuquerque 58 104 Second year owner is still making team their own 
31 Philadelphia 55 107 A lot of youth, can they take a step forward this season?
32 Salem 55 107 Not sure about this team, but we think they'll be better

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