The categories included majors, minors, finance, management, and mobility. The majors and minors categories were given full weight in the power rankings measurement, while finance and management received two-thirds weight. Mobility, or perceived ability to move players if needed, was given one-thirds weight.
ESPN published teams ranked 30 through 16 on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Reds made an appearance when they released the top 15.
Cincinnati came in at the No. 7 spot overall and fourth among National League teams.
Here is what they had to say about the Reds:
- Two division rivals finished higher than the Reds (Cubs-6th, Cardinals-1st).
- According to the chart, the trio basically ranked the Reds as having the third-best team in the majors.
- The biggest weakness for the franchise moving forward is finances.
- Their ranking is a big improvement from the most recent installment last August in which the club was ranked 15th.
- Cincy ranked 16th in these same rankings exactly one year ago.