Thursday, March 19, 2015

Season 18 - Preseason Power Rankings

Season 18 is about to kick off, so it's time to check in with the preseason power rankings!   Claiming the top spot, the defending champs Little Rock solidified their squad with a few good pickups this offseason, so they start off as the #1 team!  Traditional powers Oklahoma City, Buffalo, New Britain and Pawtucket round out the top 5.   Will anyone be able to infiltrate the top 5 this season?  It will be interesting to see.   Good luck this season, here are the complete preseason power rankings!

Season 17

Team  W L    Comments
1 Little Rock  89 73 The defending champs look good and added a few players
2 Oklahoma City 98 64 Bring back pretty much the same solid group as last season
3 Buffalo  104 58 Always in the mix it seems, this season should be similar
4 New Britain  111 51 Lost a few Type A guys, but we think they'll be solid still
5 Pawtucket  92 70 Always one of the best offensive teams, should be in the mix
6 Syracuse 92 70 Made a splash in free agency, so could be even better
7 Tampa Bay 91 71 Add a few pieces this offseason to an already solid club
8 Honolulu 91 71 Dealt stud SP Mouton, but seemed to get a good return
9 Tucson 98 64 Still looking strong here, and should be in contention again
10 Boston 82 80 Made some nice moves in free agency, so should improve
11 New York 79 83 Seem to be looking to make a push this season
12 Seattle 92 70 Should be solid, the team looks the same as last season
13 Salt Lake City 86 76 Not much activity this offseason, but have a good core
14 Detroit 81 81 Had a bit of a step back last season, can they bounce back?
15 Nashville  85 77 Solid team last season, but need better pitching to move up
16 Rochester 83 79 Majorly up and down last season, but pitching looks solid
17 Atlanta 83 79 Pitching held them back last season, will it improve?
18 Santa Cruz 91 71 Under new ownership, this team has a solid pitching staff
19 Toronto 86 76 Played a bit above their numbers last season, so we'll see
20 Cleveland 78 84 Excellent offense, but need better pitching to take next step
21 Chicago  71 91 New owner signed some guys, but pitching still a concern
22 San Francisco 76 86 They've got great offense, but pitching hasn't panned out yet
23 Oakland 76 86 Another team with great offense and poor pitching last season
24 Richmond 72 90 Seem to be improving, but offense is a slight concern here
25 New Orleans 67 95 Didn't do much this offseason it seems, so we'll have to see
26 Charlotte 59 103 Pitching was an issue last season, and might be again
27 Helena 57 105 Have been in rebuild mode, can they take a step forward?
28 Louisville 68 94 Also have been rebuilding, and seemed better last season
29 Burlington 70 92 Offense is tough to come by in their park, pitching is good
30 Memphis  70 92 Lack of offense seems to be an issue for them as well
31 Vancouver 57 105 Looking to break through but not sure it will be this season
32 San Juan 57 105 Major pitching issues last season and offense was not great

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