zeros=3; from=1; to=15; for foo in $(seq $from $to); do echo mv "front${foo}back" "front$(printf "%0${zeros}d\n" $foo)back"; done

pad file names with zeros so that files sort easily

This command takes a few changes to get to the file format, but once you have that, you're good to go. Set your environment variables and then change the text "front" and "back" to whatever you're files start and end with. You'll end up with some easily sort-able files.
Sample Output
mv front1back front001back
mv front2back front002back
mv front3back front003back
mv front4back front004back
mv front5back front005back
mv front6back front006back
mv front7back front007back
mv front8back front008back
mv front9back front009back
mv front10back front010back
mv front11back front011back
mv front12back front012back
mv front13back front013back
mv front14back front014back
mv front15back front015back

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