2017 MLB Power Rankings
2017 MLB Power Rankings: Opening Day
Welcome to another season of CSN's MLB Power Rankings as the 2017 campaign gets underway.
They clearly have the talent to repeat, but will they be able to stay healthy? That is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of Year 2 of a potential dynasty.
They retain pretty much everybody from last year, add Edwin Encarnacion and as of right now, they're healthier with Michael Brantley and Danny Salazar. Plus, a full season of Andrew Miller ain't too bad, either.
Is this the year they finally meet expectations? We're betting the answer is a resounding "yes," especially when they trade for a closer (maybe David Robertson??).
Boston Red Sox
Pitching health is the only reason they're this low on the rankings, as there are serious questions on David Price, Drew Pomeranz and Tyler Thornburg, among others.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasiel Puig is the X-factor here. If he can rekindle his star potential, this will be a scary, scary lineup backing up potetially dominant pitching.
Love the additions of Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann to a lineup that could see Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and George Springer all take serious steps forward.
New York Mets
Of course, this will all come down to pitching health for the Mets, but they have an aging lineup (every starter is over 30) and the window is starting to close.
This team has plenty of firepower, but Carlos Gomez regaining his form can take them to another level and Cole Hamels needs to put last year's late struggles behind him to form a 1-2 punch with Yu Darvish atop the rotation.
San Francisco Giants
They'll win without much power once again and the strength of the team will be potentially the top rotation in the league.
St. Louis Cardinals
Dexter Fowler was a great addition for this lineup, but unsure if the aging core has enough left in the tank.
Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell taking a step forward would be huge for the Pirates, but the real key lies in Gerrit Cole. The Bucs need him to be a true ace atop that young rotation.
Like their potential a lot, but potential doesn't always translate. They're a trendy surprise contender pick.
Kansas City Royals
They have most of the pieces from their World Series runs (plus a few Cubs added in Hammel, Wood and Soler), but will that be enough?
Toronto Blue Jays
They'll score runs; we all know that. But will they pitch? That will depend on Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman.
Will they have enough pitching? As of right now, we don't think so, but if Dylan Bundy emerges as a top-notch starter, that obviously changes the complexion of the whole staff.
Can they make one more push while Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler still have something left in the tank?
A.J. Pollock's return is huge, but this team hinges on the success of guys like David Peralta, Chris Owings and Shelby Miller.
Tampa Bay Rays
Kevin Kiermaier is emerging as a bonafide star and they still have plenty of pitching to make things interesting in the AL East.
New York Yankees
The Aroldis Chapman-Dellin Betances-Tyler Clippard back end of the bullpen is scary, but the rest of the pitching staff has huge question marks and the lineup is reliant upon Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird living up to the hype.
Christian Yelich looks like a superstar in the making, but this team still has a shoddy rotation and a lineup that will look a whole lot different once Giancarlo Stanton goes down to injury and misses his standard 40+ games.
They have an intriguing group of players with guys like James Paxton, Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino supplementing the core, but it still probably won't be enough.
They're certainly on the right track with the rebuild, but they're at least a year or two away still from being even surprise contenders.
Los Angeles Angels
This will be yet another year of wasting Mike Trout's other-worldly talent.
They're stuck in purgatory a bit, not exactly going through a clear rebuild but not really "going for it," either.
Chicago White Sox
The South Siders are in rebuild mode, but they still have a solid roster as of Opening Day and could play the role of season-long spoiler.
The Twins are years away from contending but they could be very fun to watch with Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano taking steps forward in their development.
They're closer than people think and are now finally out from under those awful contracts.
It's a shame Joey Votto is being wasted on a team with absolutely zero hope in 2017, or 2018 or probably even 2019, too.
It looks like they've found some core players around Ryan Braun, but they're still a long ways off.
San Diego Padres
This is very clearly the worst roster in the majors, but it'll be fun to see what Wil Myers does as an encore after his breakout campaign.