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MLB Power Rankings: Week 13

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 13

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 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Yu think Darvish will win the Final Vote?
JJ: When Jeter retires, Andrus may start ASG's for a long, long time.
2
Tony: Four All-Stars prove how good this team is.
JJ: Put Dewayne Wise in the bullpen!
3
Tony: Is anybody regretting Gio trade now?
JJ: The AL East is thankful for the second wild card right now.
4

Tony: Mike Trout: All-Star. Get used to that.
JJ: With LA crashing, Nats are class of NL.
5
Tony: Taken over first place and Lincecum may be back.
JJ: Melky's been great, but .390 BABIP not sustainable.
6
Tony: Don't like griping, but Cueto should be an All-Star.
JJ: No question Votto's the leader for NL MVP right now.
7
Tony: Think they're built to last more than Orioles.
JJ: They're my favorite to grab the second Wild Card spot.
8
Tony: Jim Thome will be a huge addition.
JJ: Were shut out five times last week. Wow.
9
Tony: This team is rounding into form.
JJ: Tough to see them holding off Boston in second half.
10
Tony: Need Kemp back ASAP, trade for Lee would've helped.
JJ: Will probably enter second half as favorites in AL Central.
11
Tony: Will they really be sellers at the deadline?
JJ: Finally getting ready to buy this squad.
12
Tony: A.J. Burnett has been a godsend to that rotation.
JJ: Ike Davis in June: 6 HR, .926 OPS. Good news for them.
13
Tony: How is Wright not starting at 3B for the NL?
JJ: Have some serious pitching concerns but should stay in race.
14
Tony: Ben Sheets? Really?
JJ: Have a better run differential than Tampa Bay now.
15
Tony: Good thing AS gripes won't affect reg. season for La Russa.
JJ: Getting Berkman back should be nice, but he can't pitch.
16
Tony: Remember when Sizemore was the franchise star?
JJ: Enter week with an expected W-L record of 39-40.
17
Tony: Chris Young's lack of production is very concerning.
JJ: Continue to lurk, but haven't made their move.
18
Tony: In last place with a winning record? Only in AL East.
JJ: Plenty of games vs. COLSD could help them stay in race.
19
Tony: Still waiting for them to win like 20 of 21 or something.
JJ: 345 runs scored, 382 runs allowed. Not buying it.
20
Tony: Still hanging around the race, so they may be buyers.
JJ: Enter week 5 games back of 2nd wild card. Well done.
21
Tony: Believe it or not, they're actually in this thing.
JJ: No reason to unload Greinke with added playoff spot.
22
Tony: LoMo looks like just an average player.
JJ: Finally getting healthy, but may be too late.
23
Tony: What will they do with Cole Hamels?
JJ: Still have third-worst run differential in NL.
24
Tony: Look for a huge second half from Hosmer.
JJ: Man, if they just had some pitching...
25
Tony: They've been a much better team as of late.
JJ: Just biding time until Holtzen, Walker come up.
26
Tony: King Felix has been re-crowned.
JJ: Willingham should've been their All-Star.
27
Tony: Carlos Lee needs to approve a trade to help the franchise.
JJ: Swept by the Cubs and sinking real fast.
28
Tony: Can't believe they're this bad this year.
JJ: Pitching rules are, as David Kaplan would say, ridiculous.
29
Tony: Rizzo is the savior! Haha, but seriously, he's good.
JJ: On pace for the worst record in franchise history.
30
Tony: Infusion of young talent could make second half fun to watch.
JJ: So far, so good on Cashner as a starter.

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

DALLAS — For the first time since drafting Patrick Kane first overall in 2007, the Blackhawks owned a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft. There was speculation that Stan Bowman might get aggressive and trade the No. 8 selection for immediate help if a deal made sense.

Instead, the draft couldn't have unfolded more favorably for the Blackhawks, who elected to keep the pick and drafted defenseman Adam Boqvist.

“You can never have enough D," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on the NBCSN broadcast. "He moves the puck, he’s very active in the play, very dynamic in a lot of ways. He can help our power play down the road, I am looking forward to seeing how he does in the summer and going into camp."

"There’s opportunity here on the back end with our team, and it’s going to be competitive along the way, but certainly you got a guy that can move the puck and get involved offensively, those guys are hard to find.”

Boqvist is a 5-foot-11, 168-pound right-handed shot blue-liner who's drawn comparisons to Erik Karlsson, given his offensive ability.

"I know they have lots of Swedish defensemen," Boqvist said of the Blackhawks. "They played pretty well as a team and like to have the puck, you know, [Patrick] Kane. Yeah, I like it."

He compiled 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 25 games for the Brynas J20 squad in the SuperElit league, and added three goals and two assists in three playoff games. But his production dropped off when he moved up to the Swedish Hockey League, where he registered only one assist in 15 games.

As we mentioned in our NHL Draft Profile this week, there are a few concerns about Boqvist.

He's only 17 years old and his defensive work needs improvement, meaning the Blackhawks must be patient with his development. He's also sustained a couple head injuries over the course of his young career, which adds some risk to the equation.

But there's clearly major upside if you're being compared to Karlsson.

"I think I need to improve my defensive play and need to be bigger and stronger," Boqvist said. "Of course, my offense can be better, too, so almost everything."

Boqvist joins Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell as the team's top three defensive prospects, all of whom have right-handed shots.

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman likes where Corey Crawford is at this state of the offseason, he said Friday prior to the NHL Draft.

Speaking with NBC Sports Chicago's Pat Boyle, Bowman noted that while Crawford hasn't begun doing any on-ice work, that isn't unusual for players this early.

"We’ve been in contact with Corey and I think he’s been progressing like he normally would," Bowman said. "Most guys don’t do a lot of on-ice work the first couple of months of the offseason.

"Typically they get back on the ice sometime in July, some guys don’t skate until August. I think that’s sort of the plan for Corey as we go along here. I would say he’s right on the normal schedule for the offseason and we’ll just see how that goes."

That's good news for the Blackhawks, who sorely missed Crawford a year ago. The three-time Stanley Cup champion appeared in just 28 games, earning a 16-9-2 record and a 2.27 GAA.