IBL Power Rankings: Week 2

Every week, a panel of IBL media experts will submit their power rankings. These submissions will be averaged to determine the official power rankings for that week. These rankings only consider games results through Sunday.

  1. Welland - The defending champions have had a mixed start to the season with a 1-2 record. Despite this, Welland remains at the top due to their strong overall team composition and recent performance history. The Jackfish lost their opening game to London but bounced back with a win against Barrie. Their most recent loss to Hamilton shouldn't overshadow their potential, especially with the significant addition of Robert Mullen, last year's MVP runner-up, to their roster. Mullen's presence is expected to bolster their offensive capabilities significantly as the season progresses.

  2. London - London Majors have made a remarkable comeback this season with a perfect 4-0 start, a stark contrast to their disappointing 2023 performance. Key to their resurgence is the return of ace pitcher Jose Arias, who provides stability and experience on the mound. Newcomers Victor Payano and Travis Keys have also made an immediate impact, showing that they are capable of contributing to a championship-contending team. London's victories over strong teams like Welland and Toronto indicate they are a serious contender this season.

  3. Barrie - The Barrie Baycats have had a solid, if not spectacular, start to their season with a 1-1 record. They won their home opener against Toronto but fell to Welland in their second game. The Baycats' pitching staff, including veterans like Frank Garces and newcomer Carlos Sano, has yet to hit its stride. However, the late addition of Malik Williams to their lineup has added depth and potential power. Barrie's deep roster suggests that they are capable of turning things around quickly and asserting themselves as a top contender.

  4. Guelph - Guelph Royals have impressed early in the season, showcasing both strong pitching and a powerful offense. They have a 2-0 record with standout performances from pitchers Jacob Kush, Rhys Montgomery, Darren Shred, and Brandon Deans, who combined for a shutout against Toronto. Offensively, the team is led by veterans Josh Garton and Garrett Takamatsu, who spearheaded a 27-run explosion against Kitchener. With the best run differential in the league, Guelph looks poised to be a dominant force this season.

  5. Hamilton - The Hamilton Cardinals have started the season strong with a 2-0 record, despite some inconsistency. They secured a convincing win over Kitchener and an impressive victory against the defending champions, Welland. Tyler Duncan, the league’s standout player, continues to be a key asset for Hamilton. However, the team’s performance has fluctuated, evident from their near loss after an 8-0 lead against Welland. Stability on both offense and defense will be crucial for Hamilton to maintain their early success.

  6. Chatham - Chatham Barnstormers have surprised many with their 2-1 start. The team, comprising largely local talent, has shown high energy and solid performance. Their pitching, led by former Ottawa Titan Kenny Williams, has been particularly impressive, complemented by strong offensive contributions from import player Seth Strong. Chatham’s unexpected strong start makes them a team that should not be underestimated moving forward.

  7. Toronto - The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a rough start with an 0-4 record. Despite this, they should not be written off. Toronto has only played one game with their full lineup and has a proven track record of improving as the season progresses. The team’s offense has struggled, scoring only 13 runs in four games, but their defense has shown potential by limiting opponents to 22 runs. Toronto’s veteran presence and experience suggest they will bounce back as the season continues.

  8. Brantford - Brantford Red Sox showed signs of potential in their season opener despite the loss to London. Josh Laukkanen's performance on the mound, where he allowed just one run over five innings, indicates that the Red Sox have the pitching talent needed to compete. However, their offense needs to improve to support their pitchers better. With only one game played, there is room for growth, and Brantford could climb the rankings as they find their rhythm.

  9. Kitchener - The Panthers have had a challenging start to the season with an 0-3 record and the worst run differential in the league. They suffered significant offseason losses and have struggled to find their footing, exemplified by a lopsided defeat where they allowed nearly 30 runs in one game. However, Kitchener is awaiting the arrival of another Cuban starter, which should help stabilize their pitching staff. The Panthers are expected to improve and could move up the rankings as they address their early season issues.