MLB Power Rankings 2019: Giants, A's middle of pack to open season
Did you know this is where Andrew Susac is? He had a nice spring, posting a .947 OPS, but didn't make the big league roster.
Did you know this is where Hector Sanchez is? He was in camp as a non-roster invitee and will likely begin the year with their Triple-A team.
Homer Bailey lives. He had a solid spring and looks set to be in Kansas City's rotation.
They had an 11-game winning streak during the spring, which will be the highlight of their season.
26. White Sox
Remember when a lot of national reporters thought the White Sox were getting Machado because they signed Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay? Good times.
25. Blue Jays
Everybody (rightfully) talks about Vlad Jr., but Bo Bichette, Dante's kid, hit .417 this spring with four homers.
After an offseason of swing changes, Hunter Pence hit .314 with three homers and six steals in the spring. He made the team.
Ehire Adrianza had a huge spring, OPSing over 1.100, although Miguel Cabrera did fool him with the hidden ball trick.
Former Giants Francisco Liriano (yes, he's still around) and Melky Cabrera (yes, he's still around) made their Opening Day roster.
21. Mariners (2-0)
Hunter Strickland is their closer and Cory Gearrin made the cut in their bullpen. The guess here is Strickland has a huge year.
Feels like they could have afforded that $130 million Paul Goldschmidt extension, no?
We are more optimistic than most. Unless they trade away some big pieces, there's enough pitching depth here to be competitive.
Yasiel Puig had a huge spring. The Giants will see him seven times in the first two weeks of May.
Jarrett Parker was slugging .517 and fighting for an outfield job before suffering an oblique injury last week.
If their young pitching pans out, they could quickly be the second best team in the West. The Giants will open the season against Manny Machado's new club.
15. A's (0-2)
Nick Hundley made the team and started behind the plate for the season opener in Tokyo.
A bummer: Matt Duffy will start the season on the injured list because of a hamstring injury. He won't be replaced by Christian Arroyo; the former Giants top prospect was sent to the minors early in March.
They basically punted the offseason, which won't cost them in a terrible division, but will in October and is kind of lame.
A sneaky-good rotation makes them the biggest NL West threat to the Dodgers entering the season.
Old friend George Kontos signed with his hometown team in the offseason. He was reassigned to minor league camp a couple weeks ago.
Old friend Gregor Blanco signed here a year after he chose the Giants over the Mets. This time around, he hit .129 in the spring and was sent to minor league camp.
The Will Smith trade was a heist for the Giants. Susac is long gone from Milwaukee and Phil Bickford no longer shows up on prospect lists. He was moved to the bullpen in High-A ball last season.
Matt Joyce, in Giants camp for a few hours, will compete for a job this week in part because Adam Duvall had such a rough spring. Duvall was optioned to Triple-A recently.
They didn't get much pub over the offseason, but they added Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller to a good roster. From here, they look like the team to beat in a very deep division.
Look away, Giants fans. They won the bidding for Bryce Harper, and Andrew McCutchen will hit leadoff.
Sure, they lost Bryce Harper. But they have a rotation led by Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg. Maybe this is the year they break through in October.
4. Red Sox
Eduardo Nuñez looks headed for a platoon role at second base as Dustin Pedroia works his way back from knee surgery.
They could use another starter, but the lineup is frightening and should have more than enough firepower to nudge them ahead of the defending champs.
Clayton Kershaw will start the season on the injured list, but still will probably somehow find a way to face the Giants five times.
Altuve, Bregman, Correa, Springer and Brantley in the lineup, plus Verlander and Cole atop the rotation. The 2017 champs are the team to beat two years later.