Boston Red Sox
Most Important Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi
Prospect to Watch: Tanner Houck
2020 Prediction: 4th in AL East
Loss of manager, Mookie, and Sale on the shelf will lead to a disappointing result in Fenway.
Toronto Blue Jays
Most Important Pitcher: Hyun Jin Ryu
Prospect to Watch: Nate Pearson
2020 Prediction: 3rd in AL East
The Blue Jays are currently homeless, but they have a young core that is almost ready to take another step forward. Could be a surprise contender.
San Diego Padres
Most Important Pitcher: Garrett Richards
Prospect to Watch: MacKenzie Gore
2020 Prediction: 3rd in NL West
Another possible surprise contender, the Padres' youth movement needs their veteran leaders to lead the way for them to take the leap in 2020.
Most Important Pitcher: Yu Darvish
Prospect to Watch: Nico Hoerner
2020 Prediction: 4th in NL Central
The toughest division in baseball is going to make sure the Cubs and their window of contention with this core might be over.
Most Important Pitcher: Carlos Carrasco
Prospect to Watch: Logan Allen
2020 Prediction: 3rd in AL Central
The 2020 season will be less about if the Indians can compete and more about how it might be the last we see of Francisco Lindor in a Cleveland uniform.
Most Important Pitcher: Patrick Corbin
Prospect to Watch: Carter Kieboom
2020 Prediction: 4th in NL East
The defending champs have one of the best rotations in baseball and could do damage in the playoffs again because of it. I just don't see the lineup getting them there.
Chicago White Sox
Most Important Pitcher: Lucas Giolito
Prospect to Watch: Luis Robert
2020 Prediction: 2nd in AL Central
A lot of people are picking the ChiSox to make the playoffs. They could easily slip into a Wild Card spot, but I think they are still a year or two away.
New York Mets
Most Important Pitcher: Edwin Diaz
Prospect to Watch: Kevin Smith
2020 Prediction: 3rd in NL East
This is a roster that could top the division or bottom out. It all depends if their veterans can stay healthy.
Los Angeles Angels
Most Important Pitcher: Shohei Ohtani
Prospect to Watch: Jo Adell
2020 Prediction: 3rd in AL West
The Angels landed one of the big fish in the offseason, but their pitching is too mediocre to truly get over the top yet.
Most Important Pitcher: Brandon Woodruff
Prospect to Watch: Drew Rasmussen
2020 Prediction: 3rd in NL Central
The Brewers have an elite lineup build for the new NL DH. Their pitching is as average as their playoff runs, but their division is getting deeper and tougher.
St. Louis Cardinals
Most Important Pitcher: Miles Mikolas
Prospect to Watch: Dylan Carlson
2020 Prediction: 2nd in NL Central
I had the Cards in the playoffs in March, but pulled them out now. They are always right there, but they are built for the marathon, not the sprint.
Most Important Pitcher: Cole Hamels
Prospect to Watch: Kyle Wright
2020 Prediction: 2nd in NL East, WILD CARD, lose in Wild Card Game
The Braves have one of the best young cores in baseball. They will make the playoffs, but they are just a little too young to make a deep run ... yet.
Most Important Pitcher: Liam Hendriks
Prospect to Watch: Jesus Luzardo
2020 Prediction: 2nd in AL West, WILD CARD, lose in Wild Card Game
The A's always seem to be good enough to reach the playoffs every year, but not do anything once they get there. The shortened season also makes them vulnerable to miss the playoffs in 2020.
Most Important Pitcher: Robbie Ray
Prospect to Watch: J.B. Bukauskas
2020 Prediction: 2nd in NL West, WILD CARD, lose in NLDS
As weird as it would be to see MadBum in the postseason not in a Giants uniform, I think the D-Backs have the roster to get there.
Most Important Pitcher: Raisel Iglesias
Prospect to Watch: Tony Santillan
2020 Prediction: 1st in NL Central, lose in NLDS
If this was a full season, I don't see the Reds making the postseason. However, in a 60 game season, I see the Reds getting hot and the season ending before they fall back to the rest of the pack. One of the best rotations in the league.
Most Important Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr.
Prospect to Watch: Forrest Whitley
2020 Prediction: 1st in AL West, lose in ALDS
The Astros might benefit most from having no fans ... banging on trash cans. They are too talented not to win the division, but the loss of Gerrit Cole will make a deep run tough.
New York Yankees
Most Important Pitcher: James Paxton
Prospect to Watch: Clarke Schmidt
2020 Prediction: 2nd in AL East, WILD CARD, lose in ALDS
The Yankees might have the most talented roster in the AL, but I don't think they have the best team. I see the World Series favorite falling short.
Most Important Pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Prospect to Watch: Alec Bohm
2020 Prediction: 1st in NL East, lose in NLCS
The Phillies have all the makings of a deep run in the postseason. They have a killer lineup and great pitching. Too bad there is a superteam they will be running into.
Most Important Pitcher: Kenta Maeda
Prospect to Watch: Alex Kirilloff
2020 Prediction: 1st in AL Central, lose in ALCS
If only the Twins could have put some more elite talent in their pitching staff... They have possibly the best lineup in the league which will carry them this far.
Tampa Bay Rays
Most Important Pitcher: Blake Snell
Prospect to Watch: Brendan McKay
2020 Prediction: 1st in AL East, lose in World Series
The Rays have the best bullpen, one of the best rotations (which is funny considering they use the opener so often), and an efficient lineup. They are set up to dominate, especially in this sprint season.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Most Important Pitcher: Julio Urias
Prospect to Watch: Dustin May
2020 Prediction: 1st in NL West, win World Series
I think this is the year. They have the best roster that only got better with Mookie. Their pitching is strong and deep. I hate to go with the favorite, but they are just that good.