Seattle Mariners: Latest Predictions for the Winner of Key Position Battles

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Seattle Mariners: Latest Predictions for the Winner of Key Position Battles
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I know Spring Training win-loss records don't matter, but the Mariners have looked good through seven games. They won their sixth straight on Thursday as they beat the defending champion Giants, 4-3, and are 6-1 on the young spring season.

Twenty-six pitchers and 24 hitters have made appearances thus far, giving everyone a chance to prove themselves worthy of playing in the majors.

Before I get into discussing the position battles of the spring, let's go over the projected roster for Opening Day. Projections are based on last year's performances and experience. Players who are "in the hunt" are those who either have prior major-league experience or are on Seattle's 40-man roster.

 

Rotation

Felix Hernandez

Hisashi Iwakuma

Joe Saunders

Erasmo Ramirez

Blake Beavan

 

In The Hunt

Jon Garland

Jeremy Bonderman

Hector Noesi

Danny Hultzen

 

Bullpen

Charlie Furbush

Oliver Perez

Stephen Pryor

Lucas Luetge

Josh Kinney

Carter Capps

Tom Wilhelmsen

 

In The Hunt

Chance Ruffin

Yoervis Medina

Kameron Loe

Bobby LaFromboise

D.J. Mitchell

 

Starting Lineup

1B Justin Smoak

2B Dustin Ackley

3B Kyle Seager

SS Brendan Ryan

LF Mike Morse

CF Franklin Gutierrez

RF Michael Saunders

C Jesus Montero

DH Kendrys Morales

 

Bench

OF/DH Raul Ibanez

INF Robert Andino

C Kelly Shoppach

OF Casper Wells

 

That completes the projected 25-man roster. A few of these players have potential to make or break their roster spot based on spring performances. Based on the stats from spring this far, here's who's ahead in each position battle.

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