MLB Future Power Rankings (15-1)

A detailed breakdown of the future of every major league franchise

Updated: February 28, 2013, 12:07 PM ET
By Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney | ESPN Insider

A year ago, ESPN Insider brought you the first edition of the MLB Future Power Rankings. We updated the rankings in August, and we're back to give you the first installment for 2013.

We've once again asked three of our 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.

Wednesday, we revealed teams ranked from 30 through 16. Now 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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