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MLB Power Rankings: Week 9

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 9

Every Monday throughout the regular season, we'll be ranking all 30 MLB teams.

Take a look and offer up your thoughts in the comments or to us on twitter @CubsTalkCSN or @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Can't deny them the top spot still.
JJ: Continue to re-load by adding Oswalt.
2
Tony: Kemp's injury will "hamstring" this team as some point.
JJ: Harper deserves love, but so does Gio Gonzalez.
3
Tony: Bryce Harper is the man, you guys.
JJ: Until they cool off, they deserve to be this high.
4
Tony: Longoria's coming back, but will Zobrist turn things around?
JJ: Slipping, and don't look now, but the Giants are right there.
5
Tony: Man are they hot. This is a legit playoff team.
JJ: This year, they have the pitching to win the division. 6
Tony: 20 years ago, they drafted Derek Jeter. He's still got it.
JJ: They'll move up when Longoria gets back.
7
Tony: Still may favorite to win the NL Central.
JJ: Hoo boy, do they need a starter. Matt Garza, anyone?
8
Tony: Are they starting to come back to earth?
JJ: Quietly, pitching has been outstanding.
9
Tony: Giancarlo, Big Z leading the charge.
JJ: Speaking of outstanding pitching...
10
Tony: Great week includes Johan no-no, Dickey CG SHO.
JJ: If Lincecum gets going, they could really challenge LA.
11
Tony: They're really starting to show their true colors.
JJ: Like his team, Pujols not all the way back, but getting there.
12
Tony: Don't look now, but they're withing spitting distance of first.
JJ: They're finally looking like the Orioles. Can they rebound?
13
Tony: Lost three straight series to AL Central opponents.
JJ: They're better than this, and will eventually show it.
14

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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