MLB Power Rankings: Week 15

MLB Power Rankings: Week 15
July 19, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season, CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz will roll out updated power rankings. This week, we're listing our first-half MVPs in the comments.

Check out our rankings to date: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 13 | Week 14

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Yadier Molina. Matt Carpenter's been just as good, but losing Molina behind the plate would be a bigger blow.

Tony: Matt Carpenter. Can make a case for about 8 players, but Carpenter's flexibility and approach are unparalleled.

2 A's Pirates

JJ: Bartolo Colon. Josh Donaldson has been far better by WAR, but the surprise ace of Oakland's staff has been key.

Tony: Starling Marte. Everybody knew McCutchen would be good, but Marte has been a fantastic table-setter.
3 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: Dustin Pedroia. A .316/.396/.436 slash line and good defense to go with it.

Tony: David Ortiz. For his play on the field and his #BostonStrong speech.
4 Rays Rays

JJ: Evan Longoria. Oddly enough, struggling during their July surge, but easily Tampa Bay's best player.

Tony: James Loney. Because who expected James Loney to be good?
5 Pirates A's

JJ: Andrew McCutchen. There's a case to be made for Jason Grilli, but a .376 OBP, 19 steals and 10 HR are tough to pass up.

Tony: Bartolo Colon. 15 BBs in 126.2 IP? Wow.
6 Rangers Braves

JJ: Derek Holland. The Dutch Oven doesn't generate the buzz Yu Darvish does, but he's been just as good, if not better.

Tony: Not B.J. Upton. Anybody but him. I'm gonna go with Mike Minor, most consistent starter.
7 Braves Rangers

JJ: Brian McCann/Evan Gattis. Both have been injured, but combined to hit 26 home runs in 393 plate appearances.

Tony: Adrian Beltre. There really is no argument here.
8 Tigers Reds

JJ: Miguel Cabrera. 6.0 WAR and about a billion RBIs. Max Scherzer gets snubbed because of it.

Tony: Shin-Soo Choo. You show me a leadoff hitter with a .425 OBP and I'll show you a winning team.
9 Reds Tigers

JJ: Joey Votto. .434 OBP, .504 slugging, 15 HR. Shin-Soo Choo (.425 OBP) deserves a mention, too.

Tony: If you think it's anybody other than Miguel Cabrera, you're doing it wrong.
10 Orioles Indians

JJ: It's gotta be Chris Davis, but Manny Machado has been excellent as well.

Tony: Jason Kipnis has turned into a legit star.
11 Indians Orioles

JJ: Jason Kipnis. He's leading an offense that, so far, has been good enough to support a suspect pitching staff.

Tony: If you think it's anybody other than Chris Davis, you're doing it wrong.
12 Yankees Nationals

JJ: Robinson Cano. 3.8 WAR, 21 HR and served as a vehicle for Jay-Z to diss Scott Boras. Not bad.

Tony: Ian Desmond has been a consistent bright spot.
13 Diamondbacks Diamondbacks

JJ: Patrick Corbin. Oddly enough, their offense has been fine -- and Corbin has been their only reliable starter this year.

Tony: Tony Campana. For the Cubs fans reading these rankings.
14  Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Hanley Ramirez. Clayton Kershaw's been great and Yasiel Puig's generated buzz, but these numbers are excellent.

Tony: No, I'm not picking Yasiel Puig. It has to be Clayton Kershaw.
15 Nationals Yankees

JJ: Bryce Harper. Statistically, Ian Desmond and a few pitchers have been better, but his absence was glaring while he was on the DL.

Tony: Joe Girardi. He should win manager of the year just for sort of contending amidst all this adversity.
16 Phillies Phillies

JJ: Cliff Lee. Dom Brown's 23 homers deserve a mention, but Lee's 2.86 ERA wins out here.

Tony: Cliff Lee. Anchoring a staff that has been devastated by Hamels' off-year and Halladay's disappearance.
17 Angels Blue Jays

JJ: Mike Trout. 15 HR, 21 SB, .322/.399/.565, 5.7 WAR, not even 22 yet.

Tony: Adam Lind. His production has been a surprise for a guy labeled as a 'bust' by most.
18 Blue Jays Rockies

JJ: Joey Bautista. Not pictured: All those high-priced guys Toronto acquired in the offseason.

Tony: Michael Cuddyer. He's been hurt, but enjoying easily the best season of his career.
19 Rockies Angels

JJ: Carlos Gonzalez. Edges out Troy Tulowitzki, whose time on the DL cost him here.

Tony: Duh, Mike Trout. But Howie Kendrick is quietly having a very good year, too.
20 Royals Royals

JJ: Alex Gordon. One of baseball's less-recognized stars over the last three years.

Tony: James Shields. Proving he was worth Wil Myers, but team success hasn't worked out yet.
21 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Matt Garza. If only for the haul he'll bring in when he's inevitably traded.

Tony: Travis Wood. He's put himself as part of "The Core" with a great first half.
22 Mariners Giants

JJ: Kyle Seager. No, really: .293/.359/.488, 15 HR, 3.7 WAR. Felix Hernandez has 4.1 WAR. Splitting hairs.

Tony: Brandon Crawford. Because who expected this slick glove man to ever hit in his MLB career?
23 Giants Mets

JJ: Buster Posey. Their sharp decline hasn't been his fault.

Tony: Good ole naked, funny Matt Harvey.
24 Mets Mariners

JJ: David Wright. Edges out Matt Harvey with 13 HR, 4.9 WAR.

Tony: Raul Ibanez. 41-year-old on pace for 41 homers. Cool.
25 Padres Twins

JJ: Everth Cabrera. Hitting .291/.373/.396 in a breakout year.

Tony: Joe Mauer's the only possible choice, despite his alarming strikeout rate.
26 Twins Padres

JJ: Joe Mauer. He's good, and has a typical Joe Mauer line: .320/.402/.473, 3.9 WAR.

Tony: Everth Cabrera. .373 OBP clutch for a leadoff guy with his speed.
27 Brewers White Sox

JJ: Carlos Gomez. It's taken seven years, but he's finally showing his potential.

Tony: Gordon Beckham. Because Sox fans need something to get excited for and his turnaround is it right now besides Sale.
28 White Sox Brewers

JJ: Chris Sale. Sub-par record (that's not his fault) probably hurting his Cy Young case.

Tony: Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura. Both have emerged as legit building blocks.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: Jose Fernandez. 2.75 ERA as a 20-year-old rookie.

Tony: Jose Fernandez. Looks to be the real deal.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Jason Castro. They're a bad team, but he's a bright spot.

Tony: Jose Altuve. If only because he has to play every day on this team.

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