By Cam Ellis
It's finally over.
Spring Training, which starts off so exciting and almost immediately because boring, is finally over. Starting Sunday night, the MLB regular season finally gets underway. The games will finally count, and these power rankings will start to hold some weight. Here are the final Spring Training power rankings:
30. Philadelphia Phillies (LW 30)
Only four days until Phillies' Opening Day starter Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound! It's going to be that kind of year for Philly. Somewhere in the city, Sam Hinkie is grinning.
29. Colorado Rockies (LW: 28)
Top pitching prospect Jon Gray is starting the year on the DL, so the Rockies drop a spot because Spring Training power rankings are almost totally arbitrary.
28. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 29)
Lou Pinella is throwing out the first pitch, and depending on how well he throws, might actually stay on the mound in place for original starter Raisel Iglesias.
27. Atlanta Braves (LW: 27)
The Braves released Nick Swisher and traded for Eric O'Flaherty this week, so they'll stay at 27 for their unexciting but prudent commitment to tanking.
26. San Diego Padres (LW: 25)
The Padres are apparently scouting Tim Lincecum and Pablo Sandoval because why be the 2016 Padres when you can be the 2012 Giants instead.
SEE THE REST OF THE POWER RANKINGS HERE
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.