2018 Preseason Baseball Rankings #30-21

With the 2018 MLB season approaching I took it upon myself to rank all 30 MLB teams and their starters. The players are ranked by position from the best, #1, to the worst, #30. The team rankings are then made by averaging out the player rankings per team. Here are the worst ten teams according to my rankings.


30.) Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are in desperate need of a rebuild and seem to be making the appropriate moves forward. They traded their most prized position player in Evan Longoria and are in talks around the league for dealing their ace, Chris Archer. The Rays team rankings are as followed:


  1. Starting Pitching – 16th
  2. Wilson Ramos, C – 28th
  3. J Cron, 1B – 27th
  4. Brad Miller, 2B – 24th
  5. Matt Duffy, 3B – 23rd
  6. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS – 25th
  7. Mallex Smith, LF – 29th
  8. Kevin Kiermeir, CF – 16th
  9. Carlos Gomez, RF – 17th
  10. Denard Span, DH – 9th


Their strengths as of now are Starting Pitching, Centerfield and Right Field but as you can see they have way too many holes in their lineup. By consistently putting out this lineup every game they could easily lose over 100 games.


29.) Miami Marlins

Miami is in the beginning stages of rebuilding after trading their two big ticket players, Stanton and Yelich. It seems the Marlins haven’t been good since they traded Miguel Cabrera back in 2007 and things keep getting worse. The projected starting 9 for the Marlins is bad getting worse as two players are questionable for the start of the season.

  1. Starting Pitching – 24th
  2. T Realmuto, C – 4th
  3. Justin Bour, 1B – 23rd
  4. Starlin Castro, 2B – 16th
  5. Martin Prado, 3B – 24th
  6. T Riddle, SS – 30th
  7. Derek Dietrich, LF – 24th
  8. Cameron Maybin, CF – 25th
  9. Lewis Brinson, RF – 30th


The only good players the Marlins have are Realmuto and Castro which will both most likely be dealt to other teams at or before the trade deadline. The Marlins have decent starting pitching too but, they don’t have any top 3 rotation guys just some depth for playoff teams.


28.) Oakland Athletics

Oakland has been rebuilding ever since the “Moneyball” strategy didn’t pan out. Players have come and gone from the A’s without making a huge impact on the league whatsoever and their lineup this year reflects that.

  1. Starting Pitching- 22nd
  2. Bruce Maxwell, C -29th
  3. Matt Olson, 1B -17th
  4. Jed Lowrie, 2B – 15th
  5. Matt Chapman, 3B – 28th
  6. Marcus Semien, SS – 20th
  7. Matt Joyce, LF – 19th
  8. Boog Powell, CF – 23rd
  9. Stephen Piscotty, RF – 22nd
  10. Khris Davis, DH – 4th


The A’s have some potential this year with some decent pitching and power hitters like Olson and Davis but again the “no-name fill-ins” bring the overall team down. Teams can afford to pitch around their top guys to pitch to guys like Chapman, Maxwell, or Powell. With a star studded AL WEST the A’s are going to have a hard time getting out of the basement in the standings.


27.) Detroit Tigers

The Tigers had been holding on to the same group of guys for a while but, last year they finally let go of Justin Verlander to the reigning champs, the Astros. This showed me that Detroit is able to let go for the betterment of their future. In 2018, I am assuming the trend will continue with the Tigers trading Cabrera and other old quality players to help develop their younger talent.

  1. Starting Pitching – 23rd
  2. James McCann, C – 20th
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B – 9th
  4. Dixon Machado, 2B – 30th
  5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B – 25th
  6. Jose Iglesias, SS – 26th
  7. Mikie Mahtook, LF – 21st
  8. Leonys Martin, CF – 26
  9. Nicholas Castellanos, RF – 10th
  10. Victor Martinez, DH – 12th


Cabrera can be a good addition to competing teams in both leagues as a first baseman or a DH for just AL teams. Detroit also has some good starters like Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmerman who could also be dealt to competing teams.


26.) Kansas City Royals

This year the Royals lost a lot of key pieces, Moustakas, Hosmer, and Cain, that won them the World Series a couple of years ago. Rebuilding this team will take some time, money and prospects. Better prospects can be brought in by trading their studs like Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield. Their projected lineup is as follows:

  1. Starting Pitching – 25th
  2. Salvador Perez, C – 6th
  3. Lucas Duda, 1B – 16th
  4. Whit Merrifield, 2B – 11th
  5. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B – 29th
  6. Alcides Escobar, SS – 27th
  7. Alex Gordon, LF – 17th
  8. Paulo Orlando, CF – 28th
  9. Jorge Bonafacio, RF – 25th
  10. Jorge Soler, DH – 15th


With many of their notable players close to or over 30 years old, the Royals need to seriously bunker down and make some moves. Having the right catcher, Perez, on a playoff team can turn a first-round exit into a championship push and teams would pay heavily for him.


25.) Chicago White Sox

The White Sox need a lot of help in their lineup. Their best guys are young guys which is good, but they have too many holes to make a run at a playoff spot this year. The White Sox are also the only team so far that I don’t think they need to trade a top guy for prospects. The Chicago pipeline of players have been building ever since Jermaine Dye left the team. This team is about 2-3 years away from division contention.

  1. Starting Pitching – 26th
  2. Wellington Castillo, C – 10th
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B – 6th
  4. Yoan Moncada, 2B – 20th
  5. Yolmer Sanchez, 3B – 27th
  6. Tim Anderson, SS – 28th
  7. Leury Garcia, LF – 27th
  8. Charlie Tilson, CF – 29th
  9. Avisail Garcia, RF – 6th
  10. Nick Delmonico, DH – 14th


With a lot of star free agents to be in 2019 the White Sox could potentially steal some valuable middle talent to fill in their holes at third, short, and outfield. This would put them in a good position to make a run at the AL Central. With Mike Moustakas still a free agent, I would really love to see the Sox make a competitive offer and compete for the playoffs.


24.) Cincinnati Reds

The Reds have been rebuilding for a while now, but they have been doing it safe and effectively. By getting rid of Phillips and Frazier at the right time, they have a chance to bring back competitive baseball to Cincy. Amazing vets like Joey Votto combined with the young speed demon Billy Hamilton they have the opportunity to bring big free agents to the team.

  1. Starting Pitching, 30th
  2. Tucker Barnhart, C – 13th
  3. Joey Votto, 1B – 1st
  4. Scooter Gennett, 2B – 29th
  5. Eugenio Suarez, 3B – 16th
  6. Jose Peraza, SS – 24th
  7. Jesse Winkler, LF – 25th
  8. Billy Hamilton, CF – 11th
  9. Scott Schebler, RF – 29th

The Reds need some work in the outfield and starting pitching but nothing Carlos Gonzalez and Jake Arrieta couldn’t fix, as they are still free agents. The Reds need to be careful though as Joey Votto can’t play baseball forever.

23.) San Diego Padres

The Padres were a surprise team a couple years ago after signing both Upton brothers and Matt Kemp but ultimately fell short. Now as they continue their rise to the top of the highly skilled NL WEST, they have a lot of young talent combined with proven stars.

  1. Starting Pitching – 28th
  2. Austin Hedges, C – 22nd
  3. Eric Hosmer, 1B – 7th
  4. Carlos Asuaje, 2B – 26th
  5. Chase Headley, 3B – 21st
  6. Freddy Galvis, SS – 15th
  7. Jose Pirela, LF – 26th
  8. Manuel Margot, CF – 18th
  9. Wil Myers, RF – 14th


The Padres are putting a lot of faith in their top prospects this year by starting Margot and Asuaje but they could use more pieces in the starting rotation to have any chance with overtaking the Dodgers at the top of their division.


22.) Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have been a disappointment over the past couple years by having good players but being unable to make the playoffs. Now with their trades of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, they will need a rebuild soon or be forced to trade more of their top tier guys.

  1. Starting Pitching – 29th
  2. Francisco Cervelli, C – 26th
  3. Josh Bell, 1B – 15th
  4. Josh Harrison, 2B – 10th
  5. Colin Moran, 3B – 19th
  6. Jordy Mercer, SS – 22nd
  7. Corey Dickerson, LF – 22nd
  8. Starling Marte, CF – 9th
  9. Gregory Polanco, RF – 11th


The Pirates desperately need some starting pitching due to the Cole trade and they need a new face behind the plate. With the current lineup they have, Pittsburgh would be better off signing guys like Arrieta and Lucroy to solidify their team again.



21.) Atlanta Braves

The Braves have a very good chance at a successful rebuild because they have a very good starting rotation. The Braves would’ve been decent last year but their star Freddie Freeman got injured. With their young prospects and steady talent, the Braves could land inside the top 15 in the MLB.

  1. Starting Pitchers – 11th
  2. Tyler Flowers, C – 14th
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B – 3rd
  4. Ozzie Albies, 2B – 27th
  5. Johan Camargo, 3B – 30th
  6. Dansby Swanson, SS – 19th
  7. Ronald Acuna, LF – 30th
  8. Ender Inciarte, CF – 13th
  9. Nick Marakakis, RF – 16th


Atlanta has some position problems at left field and third base but with the addition of either Carlos Gonzalez or Mike Moustakas the Braves could maybe find themselves in a Wild Card spot.




Written by Jack Cashman @the_burns414

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photo: Major League Baseball

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