MLB Power Rankings 2023

Last Updated: May 26, 2023

The 2023 MLB season is well underway, and the hierarchy has been shaken up by early season chaos. The Toronto Blue Jays are in last place in a division with no losing record, while the Rangers are off to a strong start, leading the AL West.

The new rules regarding the pitch clock and mound disengagements have led to more stolen bases, runs scored, and excitement. However, not every team seems to be completely comfortable in the new environment, and it could take some time.

Below are my MLB power rankings for the 2023 season. Throughout the year, I will post our full 2023 MLB Power Rankings (ranked from first to worst) and a section highlighting some of the biggest risers and fallers since our last update.

All MLB betting odds are current as of May 26, from Caesars Sportsbook.

MLB Power Rankings: All 30 Teams

These MLB Power Rankings consider not only a team’s performance this season but their outlook moving forward.

RkTeamW-L RecordSince Last Rk
1Tampa Bay Rays↔️
2Atlanta Braves↔️
3Texas Rangers⬆️ 2
4Baltimore Orioles⬆️ 2
5Houston Astros⬆️ 2
6Los Angeles Dodgers⬇️ 2
7New York Yankees⬆️ 5
8Arizona Diamondbacks⬆️ 5
9Toronto Blue Jays⬇️ 6
10Boston Red Sox⬇️ 2
11Milwaukee Brewers⬇️ 2
12New York Mets⬆️ 3
13Minnesota Twins⬇️ 2
14Los Angeles Angels↔️
15San Diego Padres⬇️ 5
16Seattle Mariners⬆️ 1
17St. Louis Cardinals⬆️ 6
18Philadelphia Phillies↔️
19San Francisco Giants⬆️ 3
20Pittsburgh Pirates⬇️ 4
21Chicago Cubs⬇️ 2
22Miami Marlins⬇️ 1
23Cleveland Guardians⬇️ 3
24Detroit Tigers↔️
25Chicago White Sox⬆️ 1
26Cincinnati Reds⬇️ 1
27Washington Nationals⬆️ 1
28Colorado Rockies⬇️ 1
29Kansas City Royals↔️
30Oakland Athletics↔️

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MLB Power Rankings: Moving Up

7. New York Yankees 🔼5

When healthy, the New York Yankees are a dangerous team. Aaron Judge is batting .333/.479/.833 with a 244 wRC+ since his return from the injured list, while the Bronx Bombers have posted a 118 wRC+ as a team over the last two weeks.

The return of Luis Severino should be a massive boost for a starting rotation still waiting for the season debut of Carlos Rodon.

8. Arizona Diamondbacks 🔼5

After a solid start to the season, it seemed as if the Arizona Diamondbacks were cooling off a bit. That is, of course, until they caught fire again.

After winning seven of their last 10 games, the DBacks are nipping on the heels of the Dodgers for first place in the National League West.

17. St.Louis Cardinals 🔼6

The St.Louis Cardinals pitching staff is still in shambles, but their offense has picked things up.

Nolan Gorman has been fantastic this season, batting .297/.389/.613 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI, while Nolan Arenado has finally started to come out of his early-season funk.

MLB Power Rankings: Moving Down

9. Toronto Blue Jays 🔽6

Are the Toronto Blue Jays a legitimate World Series contender or not? After going 1-6 against the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, they find themselves alone in last place.

Alek Manoah has been incredibly disappointing, posting an MLB-worst 6.15 FIP among qualified pitchers.

15. San Diego Padres 🔽5

Despite having several superstars in the starting lineup, the San Diego Padres have vastly underperformed expectations. Over the last 14 days, San Diego is batting .200/.303/.363 with an 89 wRC+.

They have a clear deficiency behind the plate, where Austin Nola, Luis Campusano, and Brett Sullivan have combined to be one of the worst offensive batteries in baseball.

20. Pittsburgh Pirates 🔽4

Did anyone really expect the Pirates’ dominance to last?

Pittsburgh is still a much-improved team, so there is no reason to write them off by any means, especially given the emergence of Mitch Keller. However, they are likely to continue to decend below the top tier of contenders.


Matt Williams

Matt Williams is the Lead MLB Editor for The Game Day, formerly of The Athletic and NBC Sports. Matt is the former host of the Turn Two Podcast and champion of both Tout Wars and the Kings Classic fantasy expert leagues. He has been nominated for an FSWA award and is known for his analytical breakdown threads on Twitter.

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