The 2023 MLB Team Power Rankings List (March Edition)

With Spring Training just about complete, it’s time to move to the regular season. A fresh slate of games is upon us, and that means it’s time to update the power rankings. So, let’s take a look at how the 30 MLB teams stack up with Opening Day in sight.

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2023 MLB Team Spring Training Power Rankings

Let’s take a look at our original Spring Training rankings, from 30-1:

  • 30. Athletics
  • 29. Nationals
  • 28. Pirates
  • 27. Reds
  • 26. Tigers
  • 25. Rockies
  • 24. Red Sox
  • 23. Giants
  • 22. Marlins
  • 21. Royals
  • 20. Diamondbacks
  • 19. Cubs
  • 18. Orioles
  • 17. White Sox
  • 16. Rangers
  • 15. Angels
  • 14. Twins
  • 13. Brewers
  • 12. Rays
  • 11. Guardians
  • 10. Yankees
  • 9. Dodgers
  • 8. Mariners
  • 7. Phillies
  • 6. Cardinals
  • 5. Padres
  • 4. Blue Jays
  • 3. Mets
  • 2. Braves
  • 1. Astros

Since our original rankings in February, a lot has changed. The Yankees have sustained a number of injuries, including to 60% of its probable rotation. Additionally, Mets RP Edwin Diaz and Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins both sustained season-ending injuries, while Houston will be without Jose Altuve for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.

Here now is our updated rankings:

2023 MLB Team Spring Training Power Rankings

Let’s start from 30-11:

  • 30. Nationals (DOWN)
  • 29. Athletics (UP)
  • 28. Pirates
  • 27. Reds
  • 26. Tigers
  • 25. Rockies
  • 24. Royals (DOWN)
  • 23. Red Sox (UP)
  • 22. Giants (UP)
  • 21. Marlins (UP)
  • 20. Diamondbacks
  • 19. Cubs
  • 18. Orioles
  • 17. White Sox
  • 16. Twins (DOWN)
  • 15. Rays (DOWN)
  • 14. Rangers (UP)
  • 13. Angels (UP)
  • 12. Brewers
  • 11. Yankees (DOWN)

We don’t expect the Yankees to be out of the top ten for long, but New York does open up at #11. While the Yanks are set to trot out a solid rotation to begin 2023, a weakened bullpen and the loss of Harrison Bader does hurt.

Meanwhile, both the Rangers and Angels move up in the rankings.

  • 10. Guardians (UP)
  • 9. Dodgers
  • 8. Phillies (DOWN)
  • 7. Mets (DOWN)
  • 6. Mariners (UP)
  • 5. Cardinals (UP)
  • 4. Padres (UP)
  • 3. Blue Jays (UP)
  • 2. Astros (DOWN)
  • 1. Braves (UP)

Now for the top ten:

10. Guardians (UP)

The Cleveland Guardians are relatively healthy to start 2023, as it looks to win a second straight AL Central title. Cleveland returns a strong rotation led by Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie, along with a lineup that will include Jose Ramirez, Josh Bell, Josh Naylor, and Andres Gimenez.

9. Dodgers

While the Dodgers did see impressive springs from the likes of Noah Syndergaard and Ryan Pepiot, Los Angeles did lose infielder Gavin Lux early on in the spring. The loss of Lux will put pressure on Miguel Vargas and Miguel Rojas, the former of whom is set to be a regular in the Majors for the first time.

8. Phillies (DOWN)

The past few weeks have not been particularly easy for the Phillies. Philadelphia lost top pitching prospect Andrew Painter to a UCL strain early on, while Ranger Suarez has battled tightness in his left arm. But just one week before Opening Day, first baseman Rhys Hoskins went down with a torn ACL. With Hoskins and Bryce Harper out, Philly will need Alec Bohm, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos to come through.

7. Mets (DOWN)

The Mets took a big hit in the World Baseball Classic, when star closer Edwin Diaz went down for the entire 2023 campaign due to a torn patellar tendon. Between that and a rib injury that will keep Jose Quintana for at least half of this season, the spring could have went better for the Mets.

6. Mariners (UP)

The time is now for the Mariners, who are set to trot out a strong rotation led by Luis Castillo and Robbie Ray and a deep lineup that’s se to include Julio Rodriguez. Does Seattle have enough, though, to topple the defending champions? Time will tell.

5. Cardinals (UP)

While the Cardinals lost Adam Wainwright for at least the first few weeks due to a groin injury sustained in the WBC, LHP Steven Matz looked good in the spring and Jack Flaherty stayed healthy. If the Cardinals rotation can support a deep lineup, St. Louis stands a good chance to repeat as NL Central champions.

4. Padres (UP)

San Diego won’t have Joe Musgrove to start the 2023 season, nor Fernando Tatis Jr. as he’s set to serve the remainder of his 80-game suspension. But once the Padres get those two back, San Diego should be a force to be reckoned with in the National League.

3. Blue Jays (UP)

Aside from a minor injury to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays kept its core group healthy for the start of the 2023 season. The Jays boast an impressive bullpen, to go along with a deep bullpen and a strong rotation.

2. Astros (DOWN)

The Astros will have to scramble with no Jose Altuve to start the 2023 season. Altuve — an on-base machine in 2022 — played a pivotal role for Houston, and it won’t be easy to replace his impact on the Astros lineup. Additionally, the Astros will need young right-hander Hunter Brown to fill Lance McCullers Jr.‘s spot in the rotation to start the season.

1. Braves (UP)

While Atlanta won’t start the 2023 season with Kyle Wright or Michael Soroka, it’s hard to find a flaw on the Braves roster. The lineup is loaded, and the rotation features Max Fried, Spencer Strider, and Charlie Morton — three powerful arms. Consider the Braves a prime candidate to win the National League pennant.

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