Way too early MLB power rankings: Cubs have a lot to prove early on

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MLB Power Rankings: Kyle Schwarber chasing another WS ring

  • 9: Cleveland Guardians
  • 8: Toronto Blue Jays
  • 7: San Diego Padres
  • 6: Philadelphia Phillies
  • 5: Atlanta Braves

After falling just short in last year's Fall Classic, former Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber and the NL champion Phillies are ready to rumble in a loaded NL East. Adding superstar shortstop Trea Turner to the mix certainly won't hurt matters, either. Again, the main roadblock here comes in the form of the powerful NL East that could see two or three teams exceed 95 wins this season.

The 2022 AL Central champion Guardians, who boast the most top 100 prospects in the league and the youngest big league roster, remain criminally underappreciated outside of Cleveland. The powerful lineups in San Diego and Toronto both have World Series aspirations and the Braves are as talented as ever.

The top third of the league showcases 10 teams all capable of winning a pennant (or a championship) - and these will be temas to keep an eye on in 2023, because they're all must-see TV.