Friday, October 11, 2013

Season 13 Preseason Power Rankings

Spring Training is under way for Season 13, free agency is over and the regular season is right around the corner.  That means it's a good time to release the preseason power rankings.  These are always tough to do, since so much has changed from the previous season, but it's worth a shot.   The preseason # 1 is the defending champion Oklahoma City.   Although some might question that choice, since they seem to only win titles in even numbered seasons, the roster is strong again, and there's no reason to deny them the top ranking.  There will be some strong challengers this year.  Coming in at #2 is Little Rock, the only other team than OKC to hold the #1 spot over the past season.  Offensive juggernaut Pawtucket is #3, while Buffalo and Memphis round out the top 5.  Here's the complete preseason rankings!!

Season 12

Team  W L   Comments
1 Oklahoma City 103 59 Champs have won 3 titles, but never back-to-back
2 Little Rock  102 60 Very strong roster, should be great again.
3 Pawtucket  103 59 Great offense, the pitching is above average too
4 Buffalo  100 62 Solid across the board, always seem to be in the mix
5 Memphis  97 65 One of the best pitching staffs, not sure about the bats
6 Arizona 99 63 Great roster, how will new ownership guide them? 
7 Tampa Bay 76 86 Improved in the offseason, but in tough division
8 Cincinnati 79 83 Good team got better through offseason free agency
9 Chicago (AL) 89 73 This franchise is on the uptick, added a few FA's
10 Honolulu 84 78 Added a couple of pieces and were solid last season
11 Kansas City 83 79 Good roster here, we'll see what the new owner can do
12 Rochester 86 76 Very nice pitching, but do they have enough offense?
13 Nashville  91 71 Didn't do a lot in the offseason, but still pretty good
14 Texas  67 95 Very busy in free agency, we'll see if it leads to wins
15 St. Louis 92 70 Lost some talent in FA, but they could be all right still
16 Dover  89 73 Some players left in FA, and they declared a rebuild
17 Vancouver 85 77 We'll see how they do in a more hitter friendly park
18 Seattle 83 79 Offense needs to improve, and Seattle is tough for that
19 Charleston 81 81 Good pitching here, bats are key factor here too
20 Toronto 81 81 Pretty average overall, could be about the same 
21 Portland  58 104 Great 2nd half last season and very active in FA
22 Philadelphia 73 89 Great pitching last season, but offense is a ? 
23 Jacksonville 74 88 Not sure they have the pitching to contend just yet
24 Oakland 69 93 Did sign a few FA's so should be better
25 Detroit 67 95 Seems to be still in rebuilding mode
26 New Britain  69 93 Another team that is looking toward the future
27 Chicago (NL) 64 98 May still be a few seasons away from contending
28 Louisville 79 83 Took some hits in free agency, and division is brutal
29 Anaheim 72 90 Hard to predict what they will do after leaving Colorado
30 Indianapolis 79 83 Lost a couple FA's, so they may be impacted
31 Burlington 59 103 Seem to be in rebuild mode, so may be a down year
32 New York  59 103 Quiet in FA, so looks like another rebuild season

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