MLB Power Rankings – April 1, 2014

1. Boston Red Sox
1. Boston Red Sox
The defending champs get the top spot to open the year. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
2. St Louis Cardinals
2. St Louis Cardinals
Likewise for the NL champs and the second slot. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
3. Tampa Bay Rays
3. Tampa Bay Rays
David Price stayed in St. Pete, making the Rays a legit threat. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw is probably the best pitcher in the league. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
5. Detroit Tigers
5. Detroit Tigers
Even without Doug Fister, the Tigers have a strong rotation. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
6. Washington Nationals
6. Washington Nationals
And with Doug Fister, so do the Nationals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
7. New York Yankees
7. New York Yankees
Michael Pineda drew good reviews from scouts throughout the spring. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
8. Kansas City Royals
8. Kansas City Royals
Between James Shields and Jason Vargas, KC is going to be Changeup City. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
9. Oakland Athletics
9. Oakland Athletics
The A's stand a fighting chance at making it three division titles in a row. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
10. Atlanta Braves
10. Atlanta Braves
Atlanta's rotation has taken a beating, but if they can weather the first month-plus they should be fine. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
11. Los Angeles Angels
11. Los Angeles Angels
Tyler Skaggs is back with the Angels, and profiles as one of the key factors if the club is to make a run. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
12. San Francisco Giants
12. San Francisco Giants
With a large contract in hand, can Tim Lincecum get back to good? (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
13. Cincinnati Reds
13. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds have a good rotation and Robert Stephenson on the way. But can they hit? (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
14. Texas Rangers
14. Texas Rangers
Few teams suffered as many spring injuries as the Rangers. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
15. Arizona Diamondbacks
15. Arizona Diamondbacks
What an ugly series opener in Australia for the D'Backs. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
16. Milwaukee Brewers
16. Milwaukee Brewers
Matt Garza kinda fell into Doug Melvin's hands. If he stays healthy, he could help the Brewers push for a wild card spot. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
17. Pittsburgh Pirates
17. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates had a disappointing offseason. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
18. Cleveland Indians
18. Cleveland Indians
So did the Indians. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
19. San Diego Padres
19. San Diego Padres
Josh Johnson is already hurt, but Andrew Cashner could have a big season. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
20. Chicago White Sox
20. Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have a better rotation than people think. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
21. Baltimore Orioles
21. Baltimore Orioles
Credit Dan Duquette for turning Alex Gonzalez into a younger extra infielder. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
22. Seattle Mariners
22. Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano is a Mariner, but do they have enough talent to make a serious run at the postseason? (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
23. Colorado Rockies
23. Colorado Rockies
Colorado has a solid core with Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, yet that hasn't been enough in recent years. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
24. Toronto Blue Jays
24. Toronto Blue Jays
A year ago, the Blue Jays were a chic pick. Now? It's hard to see them climbing too far out of the basement. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
25. New York Mets
25. New York Mets
Dillon Gee is a less than ideal Opening Day starter. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
26. Philadelphia Phillies
26. Philadelphia Phillies
A.J. Burnett was a savvy signing by the Phillies. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
27. Minnesota Twins
27. Minnesota Twins
Look on the bright side: Joe Mauer is awesome. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
28. Chicago Cubs
28. Chicago Cubs
Can Rick Renteria and his upbeat personality get Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo back on track? (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
29. Miami Marlins
29. Miami Marlins
It's gonna be another long year in Miami. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
30. Houston Astros
30. Houston Astros
Ditto for Houston. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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