MLB Power Rankings: 2013 Season

MLB Power Rankings: 2013 Season
November 5, 2013, 1:45 am
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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.

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 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20 | Week 21 | Week 22 | Week 23 | Week 24 | Regular Season

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

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1 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: MVP: Jacoby Ellsbury. Played in double the games he did last year with a .355 OBP and 52 steals to key top of Red Sox order. 

Tony: MVP: David Ortiz. 1.206 OPS in the postseason and .959 OPS in the regular season. Yes, please.

2 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: MVP: Matt Carpenter. Played in 157 games, had a .392 OBP and scored 126 runs, the product of being on base so much ahead of Holliday/Beltran/Craig/Molina/etc.

Tony: MVP: Yadier Molina makes the world go round in St. Louis.
3 A's Tigers

JJ: MVP: Josh Donaldson. Would've made a strong case for league MVP had Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera not been so good.

Tony: MVP: Max Scherzer. A surprise I didn't take Cabrera, but Scherzer was unreal in 214.1 innings. Hard to pass up.
4 Tigers Dodgers

JJ: MVP: Miguel Cabrera. Tough to go with anyone else, even with how good Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez were. 

Tony: MVP: Clayton Kershaw is just ridiculous.
5 Braves A's

JJ: MVP: Brian McCann. It's not a perfect measure, but Atlanta was 33-27 without McCann playing; 63-39 with him in the lineup.

Tony: MVP: Josh Donaldson. No question. Anchor offensively and defensivley.
6 Dodgers Pirates

JJ: MVP: Hanley Ramirez. Yasiel Puig may have provided the initial spark, but Ramirez hit 20 homers with a .402 OBP in 86 games to really key their playoff run.

Tony: MVP: Andrew McCutchen, obviously. But shout-out to Russell Martin, too
7 Pirates Braves

JJ: MVP: Andrew McCutchen, and it's not even close. 

Tony: MVP: Freddie Freeman. Only consistent threat offensively.
8 Indians Rays

JJ: MVP: Ubaldo Jimenez. We figured they'd have a good offense, but Jimenez's resurrection (3.30 ERA, down over two runs from 2012) keyed their playoff charge. 

Tony: MVP: James Loney. Awesome defense and a surprising .299 AVG and 75 RBI to solidfy 1B for Rays.
9 Reds Reds

JJ: MVP: Joey Votto. While he only drove in 73 runs, he hit .291/.477/.455 with runners in scoring position. Tough to argue he's not the MVP because of a stat he can't totally control.

Tony: MVP: Shin-Soo Choo. Anchored the offense with .423 OBP.
10 Rays Indians

JJ: MVP: Wil Myers. Rays were 36-33 before he was called up, went 56-38 the rest of the way.

Tony: MVP: Jason Kipnis. He's blossomed into a bonafide star who contributes in every category.
11 Rangers Rangers

JJ: MVP: Adrian Beltre. Had his fourth straight year of 5+ WAR. 

Tony: MVP: Yu Darvish. 11.89 K/9? Whoaa. Wow.
12 Royals Nationals

JJ: MVP: Ervin Santana. Got him for next to nothing and he turned in a fine year (3.24 ERA). 

Tony: MVP: Jayson Werth. .931 OPS in 462 ABs making good on mega contract.

13 Nationals Royals

JJ: MVP: Jayson Werth. After two blah seasons, finally looked like his old self (25 HR, 4.6 WAR). 

Tony: MVP: Eric Hosmer. .302/.353/.448 line proves he put that 18-month slump behind him. Bodes well for future in KC.
14 Yankees Orioles

JJ: MVP: Joe Girardi. Bending the rules here, but how he squeezed 85 wins out of that roster is nothing short of a miracle.

Tony: MVP: Manny Machado. Has to be him. One of the most exciting players in baseball.
15 Orioles Yankees

JJ: MVP: Chris Davis. Honorable mention goes to Manny Machado, but 53 homers tough to pass up.

Tony: MVP: Hiroki Kuroda. Can't put a price on the stability he's provided in Yankees' rotation.
16 Diamondbacks Angels

JJ: MVP: Paul Goldschmidt. 36 HR, .952 OPS, 6.4 WAR. Would've been a league MVP candidate had the D-Backs fared better.

Tony: MVP: Mike Trout. Like it could be anybody else? Please.
17 Angels Diamondbacks

JJ: MVP: Mike Trout. Expect the AL MVP battle to go to the law offices of Babip, Pecota, Vorp and Eckstein for the second straight year.

Tony: MVP: Paul Goldschmidt. .952 OPS, Gold Glove takes the cake here.
18 Blue Jays Padres

JJ: MVP: Colby Rasmus. He had a nice year (4.8 WAR), but that he's the pick kind of tells you everything you need to know about their disappointing season.

Tony: MVP: Andrew Cashner. Proved he could stay healthy as a SP and will be rotational anchor moving forward.
19 Brewers Blue Jays

JJ: MVP: Carlos Gomez. A true breakout year for him: 24 HR, 40 SB, elite defense and 7.6 WAR. 

Tony: MVP: Edwin Encarnacion. 36 HR, 82 BBs and only 62 Ks? Man.
20 Giants Giants

JJ: MVP: Buster Posey. .294/.371/.450 with his defensive skills gets him this every time. 

Tony: MVP: Hunter Pence. .822 OPS, 27 HR, 99 RBI, 91 R, he's clearly the go-to guy in that lineup.
21 Padres Rockies

JJ: MVP: Everth Cabrera. San Diego was 47-48 before his Biogenesis suspension. Finished 76-86. 

Tony: MVP: Michael Cuddyer. .919 OPS for the 34-year-old in 489 ABs.
22 Rockies Mariners

JJ: MVP: Troy Tulowitzki. Both he and Carlos Gonzalez were banged up, but still managed to combine for over 10 WAR. 

Tony: MVP: Hisashi Iwakuma. Can't argue with 2.66 ERA, 1.01 WHIP in 219.2 IP.
23 Mets Brewers

JJ: MVP: Matt Harvey. 2.27 ERA in 26 starts. Hope he comes back strong in 2015. 

Tony: MVP: Carlos Gomez. Speed (40 SB), power (24 HR), great defense. What's not to like?
24 Phillies Mets

JJ: MVP: Cliff Lee. 2.87 ERA, pinpoint control, etc. He's still got it. 

Tony: MVP: Matt Harvey. Too bad about his arm injury, but he's a surefire ace.
25 Mariners Cubs

JJ: Felix Hernandez. He's still the king (although Hisashi Iwakuma and Kyle Seager both had good seasons as well). 

Tony: MVP: Nate Schierholtz. Helped anchor an inconsistent and unsteady lineup.
26 Cubs Phillies

JJ: MVP: Travis Wood. First All-Star appearance, 3.11 ERA…and he also hit three home runs. 

Tony: MVP: Domonic Brown. Finally paid off on his top-prospect status with 27 HR, 83 RBI.
27 Twins Twins

JJ: MVP: Joe Mauer. Given what happened to Justin Morneau, hope this doesn't turn out to be serious. 

Tony: MVP: When was the last time the Twins' MVP wasn't Joe Mauer?
28 White Sox White Sox

JJ: MVP: Chris Sale. Threw over 200 innings, 3.07 ERA, 9.49 K/9, 1.93 BB/9…you get the idea.

Tony: MVP: Avisail Garcia. Nobody else was a worthwhile choice and at least Garcia brought a spark and hope for the future.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: MVP: Jose Fernandez. Could lead a sneaky-good starting rotation in 2014.

Tony: MVP: Jose Fernandez. Easy to forget the kid with 2.19 ERA and 0.98 WHIP was only 20 for most of the season.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: MVP: Jason Castro. 4.3 WAR. Houston went 51-111. Move along. 

Tony: MVP: Jason Castro had an .835 OPS? Have to keep reminding myself of that.