The 2019 MLB Preseason Power Rankings

N important part of any enthusiast’s preparation for baseball’s regular season is creating and managing expectations. Not just from the typical euphemistic feeling of“preparing yourself for collapse“ (though certainly baseball involves a whole lot of failure) but also in the sense of figuring out what every team is capable of accomplishing. An 85-win year and third-place finish could be a disaster for the Red Sox, for instance, but it’d be the best year the Cincinnati Reds have handled in the better part of a decade.
Expectations come from outside means, like projections being bullish on the Yankees or down to the A’s this year, or via a fast glance at a team’s roster construction, which might reveal the Padres or Braves could overachieve thanks to their glut of young talent. Additionally, it is possible to guess at a team’s confidence through the moves it made in the offseason–the Phillies, after falling short, filled two shopping carts in the supermarket this winter–or throughout the rhetoric of its own GM, director, or gamers. The clues are everywhere. So let’s rank all 30 teams based on how good they ought to be this year.
Houston Astros
Houston won 103 games last year and its own roster might be better in 2019. The Astros lost Charlie Morton and (likely ) Dallas Keuchel to free agency this offseason, also Lance McCullers Jr. to Tommy John, however somewhat incredibly have the pitching depth to compensate for it. Utilityman Marwin Gonz??lez pulled up stakes and headed to Minnesota, but Aledmys D??az figures to be a capable replacement.
Houston also covered up its few flaws: Catcher Robinson Chirinos (.222/.338/.419 past year) will be an improvement on Brian McCann (.212/.301/.339 in 2018), and if nothing else watching him squat 150 times a game won’t make you wince and hold your knees. The Astros also went outside and got Michael Brantley to play left field, where they were quietly pretty bad last year; part of the reason for that was Kyle Tucker, their top offensive prospect, that attracted comparisons to Ted Williams in spring training last season but hit .141/.236/.203 at 72 enormous league plate appearances. Whether he is coming from the bench, DHing, or displacing Josh Reddick in appropriate field during this season, Tucker should provide more (some ) value in 2019, as will Carlos Correa, who performed through a back injury in the second half and struck just .180/.261/.256 following the break. Correa posted back-to-back six-win seasons in 2016 and 2017, and also six extra-base strikes in 42 preseason plate looks, he seems a lot more comfortable than he did six months ago.

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