It's hard not to have a knee-jerk reaction after the first week of MLB action, but consider this: We're only 1/26th of the way through the season. Plenty of time for contenders to overcome slow starts and pretenders to sink after playing over their heads for the first few weeks or months.

With that comes another week of MLB Power Rankings from's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz. Stay tuned for updated rankings every Monday throughout the 2015 campaign. Here's where we're at so far: Preseason rankings


Rank Team
Last Week Comment
1 7

Miguel Cabrera entered the week with one of the most absurd small sample size slash lines you'll see: .520/.586/.840. An .840 slugging!

2   1

Adrian Gonzalez's record-setting opening week hides Dodgers' 3-3 start. 

3   2

Off to a rough start (2-5 after Monday's loss in Boston), but no need to freak out.

4 3

Kolten Wong could be a huge key to this team.

5 5

Played a 19-inning game against the Yankees that lasted about seven hours, which is about how long Yankees-Red Sox games usually feel anyways.

6   20

Throttled the White Sox and Angels and played like a team that's a little annoyed it didn't get much preseason respect after winning the American League last year. 

7 4

After losing 12-0 to the A's, came back with two hard-fought, one-run wins in Oakland that featured Nelson Cruz's first two home runs with the club. 

8 6

Proved they were for real after going 4-3 in early test vs. Dodgers, Giants.

9 10

Ex-White Sox infielder Marcus Semien has a solid .345 on-base percentage through the first week of his career in the East Bay. 

10   14

Did well to open the season with road series wins over New York and Baltimore.

11   11

Dexter Fowler's game-winning HR gave a rarely-seen winning record next to Cubs name.

12   9

Were humbled at home by Detroit over the weekend, despite the best efforts of Jerry Sands (!). 

13 8

Club officials haven't exactly handled the Josh Hamilton situation with much tact, and CJ Wilson is letting that be known

14 13

Getting swept by the Reds to open the season hurts.

15 16

Promising first start for Ubaldo Jimenez to prove his contract isn't a sunk cost: 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K vs. a powerful Blue Jays lineup. 

16 21

Joey Votto is back and crushing the ball while Billy Hamilton is setting records with speed.

17 19

Matt Harvey looks good, Jacob deGrom picks up right where he left off and David Wright looks happy and healthy. A lot to like in NY.

18 12

Played listless baseball the first four games of the season, but woke up in final two games vs. Minnesota. Big road tests vs. Cleveland and Detroit loom this week. 

19 17

Kevin Kiermaier sees Miguel Cabrera's puny .840 slugging percentage and laughs (he's slugging .942 entering Monday). 

20   15

Defending champs in last place, though it's hard to see them spending even another week there.

21 27

Huh. Really wasn't expecting this, but regardless, they're in full rebuild mode. They won't keep winning.

22 28 Entered play Monday leading the NL West, but once again, they are not built to last.
23   23

Don't look now, but A-Rod has a home run, six RBI and a .300/.417/.550 slash line. 

24 18

Not the start they wanted with all the new pieces, but should be able to right the ship soon.

25 24

I guess you could say the Astros' George Springer had an out-of-this-world catch on Sunday.

26 25

Their alternate jersey should be bubble wrap: Derek Holland is the latest Ranger to wind up on the DL, with a shoulder issue shelving the lefty for two months at the least. 

27 29

Just took 2 out of 3 from the Dodgers and Archie Bradley is already making an impact.

28 30

Out to a big better start than most expected, but it is only one week in.

29 22

Rough go of it early; tied for MLB-low -20 run differential entering Monday.

30   26

Even in a rebuilding year, there's no excuse for dropping two fly balls as they did Sunday against the White Sox.