Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 6: Andre Ethier #16 Alex Castellanos #49, Dee Gordon #9 and Tony Gwynn #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 6, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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With roughly two months worth of season played, we take a look at which players have been the biggest surprise and biggest disappointment for each MLB team, along with updated power rankings.


1: Los Angeles Dodgers (39-22, Previous: 4)

Last Week's Record: 6-1

Surprise: C A.J. Ellis (.306/.422/.475, 6 HR, 25 RBI)

After showing potential in limited action the past two seasons, Ellis took over as the Dodgers everyday catcher this season, and he has been terrific. His .422 on-base percentage is the best among catchers, while his .306 average ranks third.

Disappointment: SS Dee Gordon (.229/.274/.280, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 16 SB)

After a rookie season in which he hit .304 and stole 24 bases, Gordon looked ready to take his place among the top leadoff hitters in the game. Instead, he's taken a big step back, as strikeouts and poor plate discipline have dogged him all season.


img 2: Washington Nationals (35-23, Previous: 6)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Surprise: OF Bryce Harper (.282/.368/.521, 6 HR, 17 RBI)

It is not so much the numbers that are surprising; after all, he is baseball's top prospect for a reason. Instead, it is how early in the season Harper was called up and what an immediate spark he was able to provide to a surprise contender.

Disappointment: RP Henry Rodriguez (24 G, 9 Sv, 5.14 ERA, 23 Ks, 21 IP)

Rodriguez has some nasty stuff, and he can dial his fastball up into the triple digits. He seemed like the perfect candidate to hold down the closer's role until Drew Storen returns, but he struggled in the ninth-inning role and has taken a step back this season.


3: Tampa Bay Rays (35-25, Previous: 5)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Surprise: RP Fernando Rodney (30 G, 18 Sv, 0.94 ERA, 26 Ks, 28.2 IP)

After proving to be somewhat of a disappointment over his two-year, $11 million contract with the Angels, Rodney signed with the Rays on a one-year, $2 million deal. When Kyle Farnsworth went down with an injury, he stepped into the closer's role and he's been lights-out.

Disappointment: SP Matt Moore (12 GS, 3-5, 4.59 ERA, 71 Ks, 68.2 IP)

The preseason favorite to win AL Rookie of the Year and a top three prospect on every preseason list, Moore has not enjoyed the tremendous early success many thought he would. He's still having a decent season, is just 23 and has all the potential in the world, but so far he's been a bit of a letdown. 


4: New York Yankees (34-25, Previous: 8)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Surprise: SP Andy Pettitte (6 GS, 3-2, 2.81 ERA, 40 Ks, 41.2 IP)

After retiring following the 2010 postseason, Pettitte has come back better than anyone could have hoped after missing an entire year. The Yankees rotation is full of holes, and they'd be even worse off if Pettitte wasn't pitching so well.

Disappointment: SP Phil Hughes (12 GS, 6-5, 4.76 ERA, 63 Ks, 68 IP)

While his numbers aren't horrible, and he's made two very good starts in a row, it's looking more like Hughes will never be the front-of-the-rotation guy the Yankees thought they had when he won 18 games two years ago.



5: Texas Rangers (35-26, Previous: 3)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Surprise: RP Robbie Ross (23 G, 6-0, 1.30 ERA, 22 Ks, 34.2 IP)

With Texas in need of a left-hander in the bullpen, Ross won a spot out of spring training, and he has thrived in the role and managed to vulture six wins in the process. A top starting pitching prospect, the 23-year-old is making his mark in the bullpen for the time being.

Disappointment: SP Derek Holland (12 G, 11 GS, 5-4, 5.10 ERA, 59 Ks, 67 IP)

Expected to assume the role of staff ace with C.J. Wilson departed, Holland has instead been the worst pitcher on the staff. He's now on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue, and while the Rangers are still doing well, getting him right will be important moving forward.


6: Atlanta Braves (34-26, Previous: 12)

Last Week's Record: 5-1


Surprise: SP Brandon Beachy (12 GS, 5-4, 1.98 ERA, 63 Ks, 77.1 IP)

After a solid 2011 in which he went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA over 25 starts, Beachy has been a revelation this season for the Braves, as he currently has the best ERA in all of baseball. Still only 25, he should only get better moving forward, too.


Disappointment: SS Tyler Pastornicky (.248/.281/.324, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

When the Braves decided to let Alex Gonzalez walk in free agency, it was because they thought Pastornicky was ready to step in and become the team's everyday shortstop. Instead, early struggles have earned him a trip back to the minors, and 22-year-old Andrelton Simmons is now manning the position.


7: Chicago White Sox (33-27, Previous: 2)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Surprise: SP Chris Sale (12 G, 11 GS, 8-2, 2.05 ERA, 76 Ks, 74.2 IP)

There was no question he had the stuff, but I don't think anyone expected Sale's transition from setup man to starter to go quite this well. He currently leads the AL in wins, ERA and WHIP (0.924) and has to be considered a Cy Young contender.


Disappointment: 3B Brent Morel (.177/.225/.195, 0 HR, 5 RBI)

After closing out the 2011 season with an 8 HR, 19 RBI final month, many expected Morel to take the next step this season and prove to be the answer at third for the White Sox. That hasn't been the case though, and he's on the DL with a back strain.



8: Baltimore Orioles (34-26, Previous: 11)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Surprise: SP Jason Hammell (12 GS, 6-2, 3.22 ERA, 69 Ks, 72.2 IP)

When the Orioles acquired Hammell from the Rockies for Jeremy Guthrie, it was to add depth to their rotation. They had no idea they'd be getting the ace of their staff, but that's exactly what Hammell has been.

Disappointment: 3B Mark Reynolds (.206/.348/.349, 3 HR, 14 RBI)

No one expects Reynolds to hit for a high average, and he has remained a viable MLB starter because of his terrific power. This season, however, that power has been nowhere to be seen and his bat has been a hole in what has been an otherwise fantastic lineup.



9: San Francisco Giants (34-27, Previous: 10)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Surprise: LF Melky Cabrera (.364/.403/.531, 4 HR, 28 RBI)

Acquired from the Royals for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez (1-2, 6.75 ERA), Cabrera has been among the best hitters in all of baseball. Many expected him to regress after a breakout year in 2011, but he has been even better.

Disappointment: SP Tim Lincecum (13 GS, 2-7, 6.00 ERA, 77 Ks, 72 IP)

Lincecum has had tough stretches in the past, but nothing like what he is going through right now. The Giants are 2-11 in games started by Lincecum, and he has lost five straight decisions as he is among the worst starters in all of baseball right now.


10: Los Angeles Angels (32-29, Previous: 15)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Surprise: RP Ernesto Frieri (16 G, 4 Sv, 0.00 ERA, 33 Ks, 16.1 IP)


Acquired from the Padres for infielder Alexi Amarista earlier this season, Frieri has been nearly untouchable since coming to the Angels, as he has allowed just two hits in 16.1 innings of work. 

Disappointment: SS Erick Aybar (.220/.256/.287, 0 HR, 14 RBI)

Aybar had a terrific 2011 season, hitting .279 BA, 10 HR, 59 RBI with 30 steals while also winning the Gold Glove. That earned him a five-year, $40.08 million extension, but he has been horrible so far this season.



11: Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27, Previous: 18)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Surprise: SP James McDonald (12 GS, 5-2, 2.39 ERA, 73 Ks, 75.1 IP)

A full-time member of the rotation for the first time last year, McDonald went 9-9 with a 4.21 ERA in 31 starts while showing flashes of having ace stuff. This year, he has become that ace, as he ranks fifth in the NL in ERA.

Disappointment: SS Clint Barmes (.192/.215/.305, 3 HR, 14 RBI)

In their ongoing search to find a reliable everyday shortstop, the Pirates gave Barmes a two-year, $10.5 million contract despite a less-than-stellar track record. He's been awful so far, with a shockingly bad two walks in 175 plate appearances.



12: Cincinnati Reds (32-27, Previous: 7)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Surprise: 3B Todd Frazier (.275/.328/.596, 7 HR, 22 RBI)

With Scott Rolen on the disabled list and having played just 29 games on the season with a shoulder injury, Frazier has stepped in as the everyday third baseman. The former Baseball America Top 100 player is finally getting a chance at everyday playing time at the age of 26, and he is thriving.


Disappointment: LF Ryan Ludwick (.203/.281/.428, 8 HR, 26 RBI)

Signed to fill the void in left field, Ludwick has given the Reds production similar to what they got from Jonny Gomes. The power is there, but he simply isn't hitting enough to warrant everyday playing time, and Chris Heisey could overtake him soon.

13: Cleveland Indians (32-27, Previous: 16)


Last Week's Record: 4-2

Surprise: SP Derek Lowe (12 GS, 7-4, 3.72 ERA, 24 Ks, 72.2 IP)

While he has cooled off a bit after a hot start, Lowe still ranks as the biggest surprise of the season for the Indians. Dumped by the Braves along with $10 million of his $15 million salary for a low-level prospect, Lowe has been the ace of the Indians staff.

Disappointment: 1B Casey Kotchman (.219/.289/.326, 4 HR, 20 RBI)

Despite a lackluster offense last season, the Indians didn't add much in free agency outside of Kotchman. Coming off of a career year in which he hit .306, he looked far more like his 2010 self as his "breakout" year looks to have been an apparition.


14: Miami Marlins (31-29, Previous: 1)

Last Week's Record: 0-6

Surprise: 2B Omar Infante (.296/.321/.473, 6 HR, 20 RBI)

When much of the Marlins offense struggled early, Infante came out hot and he has been the team's most consistent offensive performer all season. He currently has a 1.3 WAR and could be on his way to his second All-Star appearance.


Disappointment: 1B Gaby Sanchez (.198/.244/.302, 1 HR, 12 RBI)

After making the All-Star team last season with a .293 BA, 13 HR, 50 RBI first half, Sanchez struggled in the second half to go just .225 BA, 6 HR, 28 RBI. Those struggles have continued, and he was just recently recalled from the minors after being demoted.


15: New York Mets (32-29, Previous: 9)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

Surprise: SP R.A. Dickey (12 GS, 9-1, 2.44 ERA, 78 Ks, 81 IP)

Props to surprise rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but Dickey has been the surprise of the season for the Mets so far, as he has emerged as a true staff ace. Take away a disastrous start against the Braves back in April in which he allowed eight runs, and he has a 1.65 ERA on the season.

Disappointment: 1B Ike Davis (.167/.248/.285, 5 HR, 22 RBI)

Davis was on his way to a career year last season before he went down with a season-ending injury, and many expected him to pick up right where he left off this season. Instead, he has struggled to the point that there has been talk of a demotion.



16: Toronto Blue Jays (31-29, Previous: 13)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Surprise: DH Edwin Encarnacion (.290/.357/.581, 17 HR, 44 RBI)

While Jose Bautista struggled early, Encarnacion carried the offense, as he is enjoying the best season of his career. It could not have come at a better time, either, as he is in the final year of his contract.

Disappointment: 1B Adam Lind (.186/.273/.314, 3 HR, 11 RBI)

Lind has been a consistent disappointment since his .305 BA, 35 HR, 114 RBI season back in 2009, but he has managed to remain a constant power source and average hitter. This season, however, he struggled to the point of demotion and is likely on his way out in Toronto.



17: Arizona Diamondbacks (30-30, Previous: 21)

Last Week's Record: 5-1


Surprise: SP Wade Miley (12 G, 9 GS, 7-2, 2.53 ERA, 41 Ks, 67.2 IP)

Forced into the rotation when Daniel Hudson hit the DL, Miley has been the Diamondbacks most consistent starter this season and his emergence has been even more important giving the next person we'll talk about.

Disappointment: SP Josh Collmenter (12 G, 4 GS, 0-2, 5.75 ERA, 34 Ks, 36 IP)

Collmenter came out of nowhere to go 10-10 with a 3.38 ERA last season, as his unexpected contribution played a role in the Diamondbacks' surprise division title. This season has been a different story, though, as a 9.82 ERA through his first four starts landed him in the bullpen, where he has actually posted a terrific 1.53 ERA.

18: St. Louis Cardinals (31-30, Previous: 17)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Surprise: RF Carlos Beltran (.290/.378/.594, 18 HR, 46 RBI)

Signed to a two-year, $26 million contract this offseason in an attempt to replace some of the production lost with the departure of Albert Pujols, Beltran has been better than anyone could have hoped. He currently leads the NL in home runs and is third in RBI.



Disappointment: RP Fernando Salas (20 G, 0-3, 5.60 ERA, 22 Ks, 17.2 IP)

Fantastic in his first full big-league season last year (68 G, 24 Sv, 2.28 ERA), Salas was expected to be the Cardinals primary setup man this season. While his 22:9 K/BB ratio is good, a .316 BAA and 1.87 WHIP have kept him from succeeding this year.


19: Boston Red Sox (29-31, Previous: 14)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

Surprise: RP Scott Atchison (25 G, 1-0, 1.32 ERA, 27 Ks, 34 IP)

At 36 years old, Atchison was not even guaranteed a roster spot out of spring training after spending much of 2011 in the minors. However, he has emerged as the most reliable Red Sox reliever and has given the staff a much-needed boost.

Disappointment: P Daniel Bard (11 G, 10 GS, 5-6, 5.24 ERA, 34 Ks, 55 IP)

A case could be made for Kevin Youkilis or Clay Buchholz, but I'll go with Bard as most disappointing. His transition from setup man to starter has been a rough one, as his stuff has not looked the same and he has walked more batters than he's struck out. He's now in the minors trying to sort things out.



20: Milwaukee Brewers (28-32, Previous: 20)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Surprise: C Jonathan Lucroy (.345/.387/.583, 5 HR, 30 RBI)

Lucroy took over as the Brewers everyday catcher last season and hit .265 BA, 12 HR, 59 RBI to solidify himself as the franchise catcher. He's taken the next step towards being a star this season, as one of the most productive catchers in all of baseball.

Disappointment: 2B Rickie Weeks (.158/.298/.287, 5 HR, 15 RBI)

The current NL strikeout leader with 72, Weeks has been terrible all season. He was one of the players counted on to pick up the slack in the absence of Prince Fielder, and that just hasn't happened.


21: Philadelphia Phillies (29-33, Previous: 19)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

Surprise: C Carlos Ruiz (.347/.399/.555, 8 HR, 33 RBI)


Ruiz had upped his offensive game over the past two seasons with an average .292 BA, 7 HR, 46 RBI line, but he's having a career year at the age of 33, as he has been the Phillies' offensive leader all season.

Disappointment: SP Roy Halladay (11 GS, 4-5, 3.98 ERA, 56 Ks, 72.1 IP)

After making at least 31 starts and averaging 18 wins per season over the past six years, Halladay is on the shelf with a serious injury. What would have been a blow to the team in any season is only compounded by the fact that they have also been without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley all season.


22: Detroit Tigers (28-32, Previous: 23)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Surprise: SP Drew Smyly (11 GS, 2-2, 3.71 ERA, 55 Ks, 60.2 IP)

By no means a slouch as the Tigers No. 3 ranked prospect entering the season, Smyly has nonetheless exceeded expectations this season. Many expected No. 1 prospect Jacob Turner to be the team's fifth starter and Smyly to open the season in Triple-A.

Disappointment: The Detroit Tigers


It's not fair to single one person out as most disappointing on what has been without question the most disappointing team in baseball. A trendy pick to win it all after signing Prince Fielder, the Tigers are 17-27 since a 10-5 start and currently sit in third place in the AL Central.



23: Seattle Mariners (27-35, Previous: 24)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Surprise: CF Michael Saunders (.272/.341/.451, 6 HR, 21 RBI)

A .196 career hitter in three big league seasons leading up to this year, Saunders was forced into a starting role in the absence of Franklin Gutierrez, and he has been the Mariners' best hitter outside of Kyle Seager.

Disappointment: LF Mike Carp (.157/.286/.337, 4 HR, 12 RBI)

Following a .276 BA, 12 HR, 46 RBI season last year in just 290 at-bats, Carp was a popular pick to break out this season in a starting role, but he was injured to start the season and has spun his tires since returning.



24: Houston Astros (26-34, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Surprise: SS Jed Lowrie (.289/.365/.533, 12 HR, 28 RBI)

Acquired from the Red Sox for reliever Mark Melancon, Lowrie has not only locked down the shortstop position, but he has shown surprising power all season. He entered the season with just 19 career home runs in 808 at bats.

Disappointment: RF J.D. Martinez (.234/.330/.370, 6 HR, 33 RBI)

While he leads the team in RBI, Martinez was viewed as a potentially a key rebuilding block after impressing as a rookie last season. The potential is certainly still there for the 24-year-old, but he has taken a step back in 2012.


25: Oakland Athletics (26-35, Previous: 27)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Surprise: RF Josh Reddick (.272/.339/.522, 14 HR, 30 RBI)


Reddick came over from the Red Sox in the Andrew Bailey trade expected to be a young, inexpensive and capable everyday outfielder. He's far exceeded those expectations, and has emerged as a legitimate power source.

Disappointment: 2B Jemile Weeks (.223/.307/.326, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 SB)

A 2008 first-round pick, Weeks hit .303 and swiped 22 bases as a rookie last season. That was enough for the A's to view him as a franchise building block, but he has looked far from that so far this season.



26: Minnesota Twins (24-35, Previous: 28)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Surprise: SP Scott Diamond (7 GS, 5-1, 1.61 ERA, 28 Ks, 44.2 IP)

Diamond made seven starts as a rookie last season and went 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA, so it goes without saying that his performance through seven starts this year is a surprise to say the least.

Disappointment: 1B Chris Parmelee (.182/.265/.261, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

Impressive through 76 at-bats last season (.355 BA, 4 HR, 14 RBI), the 24-year-old Parmelee has looked over-matched at the plate this season, leading to a demotion. He torched Triple-A pitching, and has since been recalled, so we'll see if he's turned a corner.



27: Colorado Rockies (24-35, Previous: 22)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

Surprise: OF Tyler Colvin (.300/.322/.564, 6 HR, 18 RBI)

Acquired from the Cubs for Ian Stewart in a swap of guys coming off of disappointing seasons, the Rockies have gotten the better end of the deal without question. Colvin has been terrific as a fourth outfielder who plays regularly.

Disappointment: SP Jeremy Guthrie (9 GS, 3-4, 6.35 ERA, 23 Ks, 51 IP)

Take your pick from any one of the Rockies starters, but Guthrie gets my pick for most disappointing. Not only has he failed to fill the role of workhorse that the Rockies hoped he would, but they gave up Jason Hammel (6-2, 3.22 ERA) to get him.


28: Kansas City Royals (24-34, Previous: 25)

Last Week's Record: 1-5


Surprise: SP Felipe Paulino (7 GS, 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 15 Ks, 37.2 IP)

It's been a disappointing season for the Royals to this point, due in large part to an abysmal starting rotation. Paulino has been the lone bright spot, and after quietly having a solid year last year with a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts, he has taken the next step.

Disappointment: 1B Eric Hosmer (.223/.288/.381, 7 HR, 30 RBI)

After a stellar rookie season that saw him finish third in Rookie of the Year voting, most expected Hosmer to continue his ascent to superstardom this season. He has heated up of late with a .385 June average, but he's no doubt been a disappointment overall.


29: San Diego Padres (20-41, Previous: 29)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Surprise: RF Carlos Quentin (.429/.500/.971, 5 HR, 10 RBI)

Injured for much of the start of the season, it looked as the Padres swung and missed on their offseason acquisition of Quentin. However, in 10 games now he's put up insane numbers, and set himself up to be the top bat on the market at the trade deadline.

DisappointmentCF Cameron Maybin (.217/.302/.333, 3 HR, 20 RBI)


Signed to a five-year, $25 million extension after enjoying a breakout season last year, many expected Maybin to emerge as the face of the franchise. Instead, he has struggled mightily at the plate as the Padres have shuffled him all over the lineup in an effort to snap him out of it.


30: Chicago Cubs (20-40, Previous: 30)

Last Week's Record: 2-5

Surprise: SP Jeff Samardzija (12 GS, 5-4, 3.96 ERA, 72 Ks, 72.2 IP)

After bouncing between the rotation and bullpen his entire career, Samardzija has settled in as the Cubs' most reliable starter. That was enough for him to be deemed "untouchable" as he figures to be a big part of the Cubs' future.

Disappointment: 3B Ian Stewart (.203/.288/.339, 5 HR, 17 RBI)

Looked at as a prime candidate for a bounce-back season, the Cubs acquired Stewart from the Rockies for Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu and plugged him in as the everyday third baseman. However, the struggles have continued, and he looks destined for a non-tender.


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