2022 Frontier League Power Rankings
Capitales Hit 12-Win Streak, Schaumburg Jumps
Sometimes, it’s just obvious. Already the best team in the Frontier League throughout the first half, the Quebec Capitales have extended their winning streak to 12 games. The team remains in the top spot in FloBaseball’s Frontier League power rankings. Obviously.
Past that? There’s a lot more room for movement, with a couple middle-of-the-pack teams getting hot over the past week and climbing up the ladder.
1) Quebec (42-15) (Last Week: 1)
The Capitales haven’t lost since July 6, putting together a stretch of two straight undefeated weeks that has separated them from the rest of the pack in the Frontier League this season. They have a 7 ½ game lead in the East Division over Ottawa, whom they beat in three straight games on the road this past weekend.
2) Schaumburg (30-25) (Last Week: 5)
Schaumburg is up to a season-high second-best in these power rankings on the heels of winning four straight games and emerging as a threat in the West Division.
Back-to-back wins over Evansville to close out their series against the Otters was followed by a sweep of Gateway on the road in an abbreviated two-game series to close out the week.
3) Ottawa (35-23) (Last Week: 2)
While Quebec’s been hot, their Canadian counterparts have struggled, losing five straight in a difficult close to the week. That includes two losses in Trois-Rivieres before a sweep at the hands of the Capitales.
4) Washington (36-21) (Last Week: 4)
Washington remains in the fourth spot, and split their six games this past week, leaving them in a tie for the lead in the West Division with Evansville.
5) Evansville (34-23) (Last Week: 3)
The Otters had an even more challenging week than the Wild Things, dropping four of six, and missed out on a chance to take sole possession of the division lead.
6) Trois-Rivieres (30-27) (Last Week: 11)
It’s a five-game winning streak for the Aigles, albeit one that includes beating up on the Empire State Greys for three straight contests. Regardless, Trois-Rivieres has produced a whopping 55 runs in their last four wins.
7) New York (30-27) (Last Week: 10)
The Boulders also climb up a few spots this week by virtue of a shorter winning streak—just three games—but put up two dominant performances over Tri-City, scoring 20-plus runs on two separate occasions.
8) Gateway (29-28) (Last Week: 7)
With Sunday’s series finale postponed, the Grizzlies played only five games this past week, winning two of them, which slides them back one slot to eighth.
9) New Jersey (27-29) (Last Week: 12)
The Jackals make their first appearance in the top ten all season long on the back of a four-game winning streak, including a three-game sweep over a freefalling Tri-City team this past weekend.
10) Sussex County (31-26) (Last Week: 6)
One could certainly make an argument that the Miners are a bit too low in this week’s rankings given that they remain five games over .500 on the season, but they slide a bit after losing three straight to end their week, including setbacks to the Jackals and Boulders.
11) Lake Erie (27-30) (Last Week: 13)
The Crushers might finally be turning their season around, having lost only three times since July 3. They won five of their six games this past week, including a clean three-game sweep over Joliet.
12) Florence (22-34) (Last Week: 15)
The Y’alls split their six-game slate this past week, taking two of four from Windy City and one of their two games against Joliet. They were leading 4-1 in Sunday’s finale before weather caused the contest to be suspended.
13) Tri-City (28-29) (Last Week: 8)
The ValleyCats have lost four straight, but did have an unforgettable franchise moment this weekend when Kumar Rocker was taken by the Texas Rangers with the third overall selection in the 2022 MLB Draft after pitching in Tri-City earlier this season.
14) Joliet (27-30) (Last Week: 9)
Joliet dropped four of the five games they completed this past week, only walking away with a 5-1 Friday night win over Florence.
15) Windy City (23-33) (Last Week: 14)
Windy City got in seven games this past week and won three, including taking two of four against Florence.
16) Empire State (3-54) (Last Week: 16)
The Greys remain lowly. They’ve now lost ten straight, which doesn’t approach their worst losing streak thus far.