Our friends over at BleacherReport are so giddy to kick off the 2014 MLB season that they’re already compiling Power Rankings for Spring Training. Here’s a glance at numbers 30-24, but you’ll have to click on through to see how the rest of the field shakes up.
#28 Minnesota Twins: Pros are that catcher Joe Mauer was once the first catcher in MLB history to lead the majors in batting average. Cons are that catcher Joe Mauer was benched just two season ago for having jelly legs (bilateral leg weakness), and the Twins’ success hinges on a 100% healthy Mauer.
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#27 Miami Marlins: Pros are that Miami is an extremely attractive city for professional athletes to play in (weather, taxes, etc), but the Cons are that Miami was 2nd worst in runs scored last season and they don’t look to have gotten much stronger this year. No runs = no wins.
#26 Chicago White Sox: Pros are that the White Sox are one of those teams that maintain enough talent to keep them competitive in their perennially crappy division, and this season they look to remain a factor.
The cons are that they’ll be relying on a team full of both unproven greenhorn rookies, and an aging line up of players who might retire after any given strikeout. Don’t look for the White Sox to make a run unless they remain 100% healthy this season.