Phil Rogers' MLB power rankings

21. Rockies (21): Dexter Fowler can be a force when he's healthy, but he's in his fifth big-league season and likely to once again fail to reach 500 at-bats. He would be in demand if the Rockies opted to put him on the trade market this winter.

22. Blue Jays (25): After hitting .239 in Triple A, once-top prospect Anthony Gose is struggling as he fills in for Jose Bautista.

23. Mariners (24): Nick Franklin, expected to help lift the lineup, hit .107 with a .408 OPS in 84 August at-bats.

24. Phillies (23): Welcome back, Cole Hamels. In his last six starts, Hamels has a 2.00 ERA and has walked four and struck out 37 in 45 innings.

25. Twins (26): They'll take a good look at outfielder Alex Presley after getting him from the Pirates in the Justin Morneau trade.

26. White Sox (22): Trip to Boston, New York and Baltimore is a tough way to start a September that will include home-and-away series against the Tigers.

27. Cubs (29): Barring any offseason trades, it looks like the 2014 starting rotation is four-fifths set with Travis Wood, Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson and Jake Arrieta, who is taking advantage of a fresh start in an organization that is light on power arms.

28. Padres (27): Andrew Cashner and Will Venable are the bright spots in another trying season.

29. Marlins (28): Lost 11 of their last 12 in August as they have started to resemble the pushover that opened the season 13-41. They will take a look at oversized lefty Brian Flynn, a 23-year-old starter they acquired along with Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly in the Anibal Sanchez trade last year.

30. Astros (30): Triple-A center fielder George Springer might take Minor League Player of the Year honors away from the Cubs' Javier Baez. Springer hit .303 with 37 home runs, 45 stolen bases and a 1.010 OPS, in 135 games. He's part of a young core that could keep the Astros from having the first overall draft pick for a fourth year in a row in 2015.

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