MLB Future Power Rankings (15-1)

An in-season look at the future of every major league franchise

Updated: August 23, 2012, 2:07 PM ET
By Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney | ESPN Insider

Back in February, ESPN Insider brought you the first installment of the MLB Future Power Rankings. And now that we've had most of a season, the amateur draft and the trade deadline, we figured it's time for a revision.

We've once again asked our three top baseball analysts -- Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney -- to rank all 30 teams in 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.

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 to 100, with the score representing a team's percentage of total possible points. (For a detailed breakdown of the methodology used for the Future Power Rankings, click here.)

With each team's ranking, you'll also get a take from Buster, Jim and Keith. Buster will give an overview of the franchise's future, Jim will explain the biggest dilemma currently facing the team and Keith highlights an intriguing aspect of their farm system.

Yesterday, we revealed teams ranked from 30 through 16, with the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals among the clubs that dropped the most in our rankings since the preseason. Today, we give you the top 15.

So who's No. 1? Which team did our team of experts think is best equipped for success over the next half-decade? It's time to find out.

FPR: No. 30-16 Insider


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