MLB Future Power Rankings – ESPN

MLB Predictions

A detailed breakdown of the future of every major league franchise

Updated: October 31, 2014, 12:53 PM ET


By Jim Bowden, Keith Law and
Buster Olney
| ESPN Insider

Illustration by Mikey BurtonThe FPR “forecast” how well each team is set up for sustained success over the next five years.

Free agency is right around the corner, and we at ESPN Insider decided we’d steal a page from gyms and weight-loss programs everywhere by producing a “before” and “after” snapshot of each franchise. The “before” shot represents what the team looks like heading into what’s sure to be a busy offseason for many teams. We’ll check in with the “after” shot next spring when the dealin’ is done.

As in past renditions of the MLB Future Power Rankings, we’ve asked three of our top baseball analysts — Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney — to rank all 30 teams across five different categories (see table) in an attempt to measure how well each team is set up for sustained success over the next five years. Some things have changed drastically since we last did these rankingsback in March — we’re looking at you, Texas Rangers — while many other things have remained the same (the top three teams remain the top three teams, just in a different order). To show you what’s changed, we compare the updated rankings to the March version for each team.

The better your rank in a given category, the more points you get, and the average point scores from the three voters are available in the bar graphs accompanying each team’s section, rounded to the nearest integer. We weighted the categories and then gave each team a score on a scale of 1 …read more

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