MLB power rankings 2019: Every team's standing one month into season


MLB power rankings 2019: Every team's standing one month into season

As demoralizing as a bad stretch of baseball can be in April, you're never far out of it in the season's first month. 

The Red Sox got off to an awful start, but a hot weekend has them back within shouting distance of the Rays and Yankees. A winning streak from the Astros pulled them just about even with the Mariners, the hottest team around a couple weeks ago. The Dodgers lost six straight and then won six straight, getting back atop the NL West. 

There will be more separation in the coming weeks -- and teams like the Giants need to be careful not to fall eight or nine back -- but for now most of the division races are still closely grouped.

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Here's a rundown of all 30 teams. 


Mike Yastrzemski explains how special it is to play at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski explains how special it is to play at Fenway Park

"Everybody dreams about going home and playing in front of their hometown."

Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski stepped on to the field at Fenway Park. 

He was home.

But it was more than just a place he grew up. He was back where it all started for his grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. But it was his turn to put on a show in front of Boston Red Sox fans.

Sure, it's a story you've heard repeated many times, but it's one that needs to be told. 

Young Yaz was in familiar territory being from the Boston area, but as a member of the opposing team as the Red Sox played host to the Giants this week. 

"I grew up as a diehard Red Sox fan, just like every kid growing up here," Mike said in an interview with the Giants. 

He knew it was a special moment, but not just for him -- one for everyone who watched his grandfather play during his 23-year career, one that needed to be grasped on to and taken in. And he was happy to take advantage of it. 

"You never know if it'll happen again."

The media scrum engulfed the 29-year-old who took questions from the dugout. Then the two were reunited, walking along the field that witnessed the entirety of Carl's career.

MLB Network's Peter Gammons spoke to Carl and Mike simultaneously and the moment the 18-time All-Star compared seeing his grandson play at such a historical place was that of his 1967 season. The same season where Carl lead the league in multiple batting categories including RBIs (121), on-base percentage (.418), slugging (.622) and OPS (1.040). He also earned an All-Star selection, his sole MVP honor and a Gold Glove Award.  

Carl was thrilled knowing the Yastrzemski name would be announced at the park that night. And Mike knew the responsibilities it takes carrying that name.  

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"To be able to share an experience like this is special."

When it was time for Mike to take his first at-bat at Fenway of his professional career, he rightfully received a standing ovation and would eventually hit a home run. 

It was then we were reminded just how significant this game is. 

Three reasons why Giants fans should follow 2019 Arizona Fall League

Three reasons why Giants fans should follow 2019 Arizona Fall League

The 2019 Minor League Baseball season ended with a bang for the Giants as the Sacramento River Cats won the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night.

One day later, a new season begins for some of the best prospects in baseball. The 2019 Arizona Fall League begins Wednesday night with seven Giants minor leaguers -- pitchers Tristan Beck, Tyler Schimpf and Bryce Tucker, catcher Joey Bart, second baseman Jalen Miller and outfielders Jacob Heyward and Heliot Ramos -- playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. 

With the Giants' season dwindling down, fans should lock in on baseball in the desert. Here are three reasons why you should follow the AFL this season. 

Will Joey Bart learn a new position? 

Bart, the Giants' top prospect, is considered the second-best catching prospect in baseball before Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. But Bart obviously is blocked in the bigs by Buster Posey, no matter how down Posey is offensively. 

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has expressed in the past that he wants Bart to learn another position outside of catcher. Zaidi prefers versatility across the diamond and doesn't want one set player starting behind the dish. The AFL is the perfect time for the Giants to experiment with Bart, too. 

Bart, 22, has exclusively played catcher throughout his minor league career since the Giants took him No. 2 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. The same can be said for his college career at Georgia Tech. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Bart is an exceptional athlete. But where would he fit outside of catcher?

The natural transition would be first base, but Posey is sure to get time there and Brandon Belt is signed through 2021. Bart has a strong arm and possibly could try third base, though Evan Longoria isn't a free agent until after the 2022 season. That leaves us with a corner outfield spot. 

Mike Yastrzemski seems to be the only Giants outfielder you can pencil in as a starter for Opening Day next season. Bart runs well for his size, and perhaps he could take some fly balls in left or right field in the AFL. 

To preserve his legs and speed up his ETA to the majors, the Giants need Bart to add a new position to his repertoire. Where that will be is a mystery, but there's not a better time to try it than right now.

Will Heliot Ramos stand out? 

Ramos played the entire season at only 19 years old and still was the Giants' most impressive prospect this year.

San Francisco's top pick from the 2017 draft dominated in High A San Jose where he hit .306 with 13 homers, 18 doubles and an .885 OPS before he was promoted to Double-A Richmond. Can he post those same kind of stats against elite prospects in the Fall League?

The AFL will showcase 18 top 100 prospects, including Ramos. Outside of he and Bart, there are two other top 100 prospects on his team alone. Ramos is one best rising prospects in the game, and this is a great chance to showcase his skills. 

When the Giants drafted Ramos, he burst onto the scene in the Arizona Rookie League. Now, he can do the same in the AFL and show he belongs with the top young talent in baseball.

Tristan Beck's progress

The Giants might have found a hidden gem at the MLB trade deadline when they traded reliever Mark Melancon to the Braves.

Tristan Beck had a 5.65 ERA in eight starts for the Florida Fire Frogs when the Giants acquired him. Everything changed when Beck joined the San Jose Giants. The skinny 6-foot-4 right-hander went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA over since six starts for San Jose. He also lowered his WHIP from 1.61 to 1.29.

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Beck always has been talented, but had a tough go at the start of his minor league career. He became the first freshman to start on the hill on Opening Day at Stanford since Mike Mussina in 1988. The Giants seem to be finding the finding the old form of Beck since bringing him over from the Braves, too.

The Giants have a luxury with Beck this year in the AFL as well. River Cats pitching coach Steve Kline will be Scottsdale's pitching coach and will work closely with Beck. The 23-year-old could be a quick riser if he keeps progressing, and the team's Triple-A pitching coach will be watching his every step.