MLB power rankings: Where each team starts the 2022 season

Jun 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws the ball in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws the ball in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 11, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) prepares to bat in the on-deck circle against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) prepares to bat in the on-deck circle against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

25. Washington Nationals

Juan Soto is currently the favorite to win the National League MVP at WynnBet. His team, however, is one of the longest of the long shots to win the World Series. Enjoy the season the 23-year-old Soto puts together, and watch what 41-year-old Nelson Cruz does as the team’s designated hitter.

24. Cleveland Guardians

What comes next for Jose Ramirez? Will Cleveland choose to sign him to a long-term deal or will they see what kind of trade value he can bring? And how long will Bryan Shaw be able to keep up his incredible run of appearances at the back end of the Cleveland bullpen? So many questions for a team that has watched the rest of the American League Central get stronger this offseason.

23. Colorado Rockies

Colorado’s rebuilt outfield now includes Kris Bryant and Randal Grichuk, boosting the potential for power in a group of outfielders who didn’t provide much pop last season. Sam Hilliard led the group in homers last season with 14, even outpacing Charlie Blackmon’s 13 in what was a down season for the veteran bearded wonder.

22. Miami Marlins

There is plenty of potential in Miami, if the Marlins can put it all together. Playing in the National League East, however, won’t help a team that lost 95 games last season. The additions of Jorge Soler, Avisail Garcia, and Jacob Stallings, however, give reasons for thinking better days are ahead in south Florida in 2022.

21. Kansas City Royals

The 48 home runs off the bat of Salvador Perez were some big highlights for the Royals last season. This year, the attention turns to the next generation of Royals, including catcher MJ Melendez, who could make things very interesting behind the plate with Perez coming off his impressive season. What happens at catcher in Kansas City will be very interesting to watch this season.