Phil Rogers' MLB power rankings

Braves stay on top after impressive sweep of Nationals

Last week's ranking in parentheses

1. Braves (1): Evan Gattis keeps hitting. The Braves outscored the Nationals 18-5 in impressive sweep.

2. Giants (8): Hunter Pence looks primed for a big season.

3. Nationals (3): Davey Johnson says this will be his last season, regardless.

4. Tigers (7): Strong starts by Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander helped the Tigers take two of three in Oakland. Prince Fielder is locked and loaded.

5. Athletics (4): Yoenis Cespedes on the DL with an injury to his left hand. The A's needed him to win a year ago.

6. Rangers (6): A.J. Pierzynski returns to Chicago wearing a new uniform. They led the majors in runs last year but start the third week of the season ranked 16th as they play without Josh Hamilton and Michael Young.

7. Cardinals (9): Shelby Miller is picking up where a healthy Chris Carpenter would have left off.

8. Diamondbacks (11): Held opponents to two runs or fewer six times in first 12 games.

9. Reds (5): Joey Votto is the anti-modern slugger. He had 20 walks before he hit his first home run.

10. Dodgers (2): No Zack Greinke for two months, no consistent run production for the first two weeks of the season.

11. Orioles (10): Just hanging in there so far.

12. Rockies (12): The only team in the majors that had out-homered the Braves through Sunday. Snowy weather in Denver could take them out of their groove.

13. Red Sox (16): Add Clay Buchholz to your list of Cy Young candidates. And John Farrell as the front-runner for AL Manager of the Year.

14. Phillies (18): A start in Miami might have been just what was ordered for Doc Halladay. Can he build from Sunday's win?

15. Royals (20): Holding their own during power outage. They out-homered only the Marlins out of the gate. Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas were homerless in 168 at-bats through Monday.

16. Yankees (22): Late-spring additions Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner are helping keep Pinstripes afloat while Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira inch closer to returning.

17. Rays (14): Lack of run production has fans calling for Wil Myers, but he's homerless with Triple-A Durham.

18. Blue Jays (17): R.A. Dickey looked like himself on Saturday night, the first time since trade.

19. Mets (23): Baseball's best surprise so far, thanks to young gun Matt Harvey and homer-hitting catcher John Buck.