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MLB Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands After 2nd Week of Spring Games

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2013

MLB Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands After 2nd Week of Spring Games

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    We are now two weeks into spring training, and preseason play is in full swing as players continue to work toward Opening Day.

    For some, spring training is a time to shake off the rust and get ready for the season ahead, but for others it is a make-or-break time for players looking to crack the 25-man roster.

    While wins and losses mean next to nothing during the spring, player performance and the inevitable injury can have an impact on how a team looks entering the season.

    Here is an updated look at where all 30 teams stand as we move ever closer to Opening Day.

     

    *Note: Rosters taken from MLBDepthCharts.com.

30. Houston Astros

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    Early Spring Star

    CF George Springer (4-for-10, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R)

    The Astros' first-round pick in 2011—and the No. 37 overall prospect entering the season, according to Baseball America—Springer has been terrific so far this spring.

    The 23-year-old will likely open the season in the minors. He has just 22 games above Single-A under his belt, but he could be up by midseason if he continues to produce.


    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    SS Tyler Greene
    2B Jose Altuve
    DH Carlos Pena
    LF Chris Carter
    1B Brett Wallace
    CF Justin Maxwell
    C Jason Castro
    RF Fernando Martinez
    3B Matt Dominguez

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Bud Norris
    SP Lucas Harrell
    SP Jordan Lyles
    SP Phil Humber
    SP Erik Bedard
    CP Jose Veras

29. Miami Marlins

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Wade LeBlanc (2 G, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)

    LeBlanc opened last season in the minors before joining the Marlins bullpen in July. He was eventually moved to the rotation when Carlos Zambrano struggled, going a combined 2-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 25 appearances (nine starts).

    The Marlins rotation is wide open this season beyond Ricky Nolasco and Henderson Alvarez, and LeBlanc has the inside track to be the No. 3 starter.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    LF Juan Pierre
    3B Placido Polanco
    RF Giancarlo Stanton
    1B Logan Morrison
    CF Justin Ruggiano
    C Rob Brantly
    2B Donovan Solano
    SS Adeiny Hechavarria
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Ricky Nolasco
    SP Henderson Alvarez
    SP Wade LeBlanc
    SP Nathan Eovaldi
    SP Jacob Turner
    CP Steve Cishek

28. Colorado Rockies

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Jeff Francis (3 G, 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)

    Francis led Rockies starters last season with six wins and 113 innings pitched, though he posted a 5.58 ERA (86 ERA+).

    That was enough for the Rockies to re-sign him to a one-year, $1.5 million deal to be the team's No. 5 starter, and he's been fantastic so far this spring.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Dexter Fowler
    2B Josh Rutledge
    LF Carlos Gonzalez
    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    RF Michael Cuddyer
    1B Todd Helton
    C Wilin Rosario
    3B Chris Nelson
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Jorge De La Rosa
    SP Jhoulys Chacin
    SP Drew Pomeranz
    SP Juan Nicasio
    SP Jeff Francis
    CP Rafael Betancourt

27. San Diego Padres

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    Early Spring Star

    LF Kyle Blanks (11-for-24, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R)

    Injuries have limited the big 6'6" Blanks to just 92 games the past three seasons, including just four games last season as he went down with a torn labrum.

    If the 26-year-old can stay on the field, there is no reason he can't make the type of impact the team expected when he broke into the league with 10 home runs in 148 at-bats back in 2009.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    SS Everth Cabrera
    2B Logan Forsythe
    3B Chase Headley
    LF Carlos Quentin
    1B Yonder Alonso
    RF Will Venable
    CF Cameron Maybin
    C Nick Hundley
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Edinson Volquez
    SP Clayton Richard
    SP Jason Marquis
    SP Eric Stults
    SP Freddy Garcia
    CP Huston Street

26. Minnesota Twins

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    Early Spring Star

    CF Aaron Hicks (11-for-27, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R)

    Hicks has been one of the Twins' top prospects since being taken in the first round of the 2008 draft. He enters the 2013 season as the No. 72 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America.

    He has a real chance to win the starting center field job after the team dealt Denard Span and Ben Revere in the offseason. After launching three home runs against the Phillies on Thursday, his stock is soaring.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Darin Mastroianni
    2B Jamey Carroll
    C Joe Mauer
    LF Josh Willingham
    1B Justin Morneau
    DH Ryan Doumit
    RF Chris Parmelee
    3B Trevor Plouffe
    SS Pedro Florimon Jr.

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Vance Worley
    SP Kevin Correia
    SP Mike Pelfrey
    SP Liam Hendriks
    SP Brian Duensing
    CP Glen Perkins

25. Chicago Cubs

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    Early Spring Star

    OF Brian Bogusevic (9-for-21, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R)

    A native of Oak Lawn, Ill., the Cubs signed Bogusevic to a minor league deal after he was waived by the Astros to start the offseason.

    He hit just .203/.297/.299 with seven home runs and 15 steals in 355 at-bats in Houston last season. Now he's looking to beat out Dave Sappelt and Brent Lillibridge for a bench spot.


    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF David DeJesus
    SS Starlin Castro
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    LF Alfonso Soriano
    RF Nate Schierholtz
    3B Ian Stewart
    C Welington Castillo
    2B Darwin Barney
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Jeff Samardzija
    SP Edwin Jackson
    SP Scott Feldman 
    SP Travis Wood
    SP Carlos Villanueva
    CP Carlos Marmol

24. New York Mets

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Matt Harvey (3 G, 9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K)

    A key part of what should be a terrific Mets rotation moving forward, Harvey made his debut last season and went 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 10.6 K/9 over 10 starts.

    He was already assured a rotation spot, but he could step into the role of staff ace early on in 2013 if he continues to pitch like he has this spring.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B David Wright
    1B Ike Davis
    LF Lucas Duda
    RF Marlon Byrd
    C John Buck
    SS Ruben Tejada
    Pitcher 

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Jon Niese
    SP Shaun Marcum
    SP Matt Harvey
    SP Dillon Gee
    SP Jeremy Hefner
    CP Bobby Parnell

23. Chicago White Sox

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Simon Castro (2 G, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)

    Acquired from the Padres last season in the Carlos Quentin trade, Castro enters the season as the White Sox's No. 20 prospect, according to Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

    He was solid last season, going 7-5 with a 3.85 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A. While the White Sox don't have an open rotation spot for him to compete for, he is climbing the organizational depth chart with his strong showing this spring.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Alejandro De Aza
    3B Jeff Keppinger
    RF Alex Rios
    1B Paul Konerko
    DH Adam Dunn
    LF Dayan Viciedo
    SS Alexei Ramirez
    C Tyler Flowers
    2B Gordon Beckham

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Chris Sale
    SP Jake Peavy
    SP John Danks
    SP Gavin Floyd
    SP Jose Quintana
    CP Addison Reed

22. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Jeff Locke (3 G, 10 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K)

    He doesn't get the press that fellow pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, but Locke is a solid young arm in his own right. He went 10-5 with a 2.48 ERA in Triple-A last season.

    In the running for the No. 5 starter spot, he appears to have the inside track at this point. He's turned in two terrific outings and only one poor one.


    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    LF Starling Marte
    2B Neil Walker
    CF Andrew McCutchen
    1B Garrett Jones
    3B Pedro Alvarez
    C Russell Martin
    RF Travis Snider
    SS Clint Barmes
    Pitcher 

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP A.J. Burnett
    SP Wandy Rodriguez
    SP James McDonald
    SP Jeff Karstens
    SP Kyle McPherson
    CP Jason Grilli

21. Cleveland Indians

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    Early Spring Star

    2B Ryan Raburn (11-for-20, 2 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R)

    One of a number of veterans the Indians added on a minor league contract this offseason, Raburn has gotten off to a hot start offensively as he competes for a bench job.

    Raburn has a solid track record of strong spring performance. He had six home runs and 19 RBI for the Tigers last season, and he has 19 home runs and 61 RBI in 318 career spring at-bats.


    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Michael Bourn
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    2B Jason Kipnis
    1B Nick Swisher
    C Carlos Santana
    DH Mark Reynolds
    LF Michael Brantley
    3B Lonnie Chisenhall
    RF Drew Stubbs

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Justin Masterson 
    SP Ubaldo Jimenez 
    SP Brett Myers
    SP Zach McAllister
    SP Daisuke Matsuzaka
    CP Chris Perez

20. Seattle Mariners

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    Early Spring Star

    1B Justin Smoak (9-for-21, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

    Acquired in the Cliff Lee deal at the deadline in 2010, Smoak has been a major disappointment over the past two seasons. He's hit just .225/.306/.379.

    There is no denying his power, though. He launched 19 home runs in 483 at-bats last season, but this will likely be a make-or-break season for the 26-year-old in Seattle.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    2B Dustin Ackley
    CF Franklin Gutierrez
    3B Kyle Seager
    LF Michael Morse
    DH Kendrys Morales
    C Jesus Montero
    1B Justin Smoak
    RF Michael Saunders
    SS Brendan Ryan

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Felix Hernandez
    SP Joe Saunders
    SP Hisashi Iwakuma 
    SP Erasmo Ramirez
    SP Blake Beavan
    CP Tom Wilhelmsen

19. New York Yankees

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    Early Spring Star

    CF Brett Gardner (11-for-22, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 R, 2 SB)

    It's been one thing after another for the Yankees this spring. They'll be without Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira to open the season, while Derek Jeter remains questionable.

    One player who could be in line for a breakout season is Gardner, who was limited to just 16 games last season due to an elbow injury. He's moving to center field, and he could take on a bigger role in the offense as well.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    SS Derek Jeter
    2B Robinson Cano
    3B Kevin Youkilis
    DH Travis Hafner
    LF Juan Rivera
    1B Dan Johnson
    CF Brett Gardner
    C Chris Stewart

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP CC Sabathia
    SP Hiroki Kuroda 
    SP Andy Pettitte
    SP Phil Hughes
    SP Ivan Nova
    CP Mariano Rivera

18. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Marco Estrada (2 G, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

    With Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf gone from last year's Opening Day rotation, the Brewers will enter the 2013 season with a largely inexperienced staff behind ace Yovani Gallardo.

    The 29-year-old journeyman Estrada has a chance to step forward as the team's No. 2 starter after going 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA over his final 11 starts last season. He's picked up right where he left off this spring.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    RF Norichika Aoki
    2B Rickie Weeks
    LF Ryan Braun
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    C Jonathan Lucroy
    CF Carlos Gomez
    1B Hunter Morris
    SS Jean Segura
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Yovani Gallardo
    SP Marco Estrada
    SP Michael Fiers
    SP Chris Narveson
    SP Wily Peralta
    CP John Axford

17. Boston Red Sox

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Allen Webster (3 G, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)

    An 18th-round pick out of high school back in 2008, Webster was traded to the Red Sox as part of the blockbuster deal last August that shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers.

    He enters the season as the No. 49 overall prospect, according to Baseball America, after going 6-9 with a 3.86 ERA in Double-A last season. He ranks just behind Matt Barnes as the Red Sox's No. 2 pitching prospect.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    DH David Ortiz
    1B Mike Napoli
    RF Shane Victorino
    3B Will Middlebrooks
    SS Stephen Drew
    LF Jonny Gomes
    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

     

    2013 Projected Rotation

    SP Jon Lester
    SP Clay Buchholz
    SP Ryan Dempster
    SP Felix Doubront
    SP John Lackey
    CP Joel Hanrahan

16. Philadelphia Phillies

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    Early Spring Star

    RF Domonic Brown (12-for-30, 2 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 13 R, 6 BB)

    Brown entered the 2011 season as the No. 4 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, and he was viewed as the odds-on favorite to win Rookie of the Year.

    However, injuries and ineffectiveness have limited him to just 371 at-bats combined over the past two seasons, and he hit .240/.325/.394 with 10 home runs over that span. With a wide-open outfield situation in Philadelphia this spring, he'll be given every chance to get back on track.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    SS Jimmy Rollins
    2B Chase Utley
    3B Michael Young
    1B Ryan Howard
    LF Darin Ruf
    RF Domonic Brown
    CF Ben Revere
    C Erik Kratz
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Cole Hamels
    SP Roy Halladay
    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Kyle Kendrick
    SP John Lannan
    CP Jonathan Papelbon

15. Kansas City Royals

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    Early Spring Star

    3B Mike Moustakas (13-for-27, 4 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R)

    His first full season in the majors wasn't the coming-out party some thought it would be, but Moustakas showed plenty of promise with 20 home runs and 73 RBI.

    If he can avoid a second-half letdown like he had last season, a 30-home run, 100-RBI season is not out of the question. If his performance this spring is any indication, he could be on his way to a breakout season.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    LF Alex Gordon
    SS Alcides Escobar
    1B Eric Hosmer
    DH Billy Butler
    C Salvador Perez
    3B Mike Moustakas
    RF Jeff Francoeur
    CF Lorenzo Cain
    2B Chris Getz

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP James Shields
    SP Jeremy Guthrie
    SP Ervin Santana 
    SP Wade Davis
    SP Bruce Chen
    CP Greg Holland

14. Texas Rangers

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    Early Spring Star

    CF Leonys Martin (9-for-23, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB)

    One of the biggest position battles of the spring is who will replace Josh Hamilton in the Rangers outfield. Martin, Craig Gentry and Julio Borbon are all competing for the job.

    Martin, a Cuban defector who signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal in May of 2011, hit .359/.422/.610 with 12 home runs and 10 steals in Triple-A last season. He is the front-runner at this point for the job.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    2B Ian Kinsler
    SS Elvis Andrus
    DH Lance Berkman
    3B Adrian Beltre
    RF Nelson Cruz
    LF David Murphy
    C A.J. Pierzynski
    1B Mitch Moreland
    CF Leonys Martin

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Yu Darvish
    SP Derek Holland
    SP Matt Harrison
    SP Alexi Ogando
    SP Robbie Ross
    CP Joe Nathan

13. Baltimore Orioles

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    Early Spring Star

    1B Steve Pearce (7-for-14, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R)

    Originally a member of the Pirates organization, Pearce spent time with the Orioles, Astros and Yankees last season alone.

    The 29-year-old has never seen more than 165 at-bats in a season, but he's shown solid power throughout his minor league career. He's vying for the corner infield bench spot this spring.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    2B Brian Roberts
    RF Nick Markakis
    CF Adam Jones
    C Matt Wieters
    1B Chris Davis
    SS J.J. Hardy
    LF Nate McLouth
    3B Manny Machado
    DH Wilson Betemit

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Jason Hammel
    SP Wei-Yin Chen
    SP Chris Tillman
    SP Miguel Gonzalez
    SP Jair Jurrjens
    CP Jim Johnson

12. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Early Spring Star

    1B Paul Goldschmidt (8-for-17, 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 5 BB)

    After a solid audition down the stretch in 2011, Goldschmidt turned in a terrific first full season last year. He hit .286 with 20 home runs and 18 steals.

    The 25-year-old still has plenty of room to take the next step. If he can build off of his strong spring performance thus far, he could step into the upper tier of NL first basemen.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Adam Eaton
    2B Aaron Hill
    C Miguel Montero
    LF Jason Kubel
    3B Martin Prado
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    RF Cody Ross
    SS Cliff Pennington
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Ian Kennedy
    SP Trevor Cahill
    SP Wade Miley
    SP Brandon McCarthy
    SP Tyler Skaggs
    CP J.J. Putz

11. Oakland Athletics

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    Early Spring Star

    OF Michael Choice (12-for-27, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R)

    The No. 10 pick in the 2010 draft, Choice shot up prospect rankings when he launched 30 home runs during his first full pro season in 2011.

    His follow-up season last year was a disappointment, but he remains a top-tier power prospect and has 30-home run potential once he reaches the majors. With a crowded outfield in Oakland, that likely won't be this year.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Coco Crisp
    3B Jed Lowrie
    LF Yoenis Cespedes
    1B Brandon Moss
    RF Josh Reddick
    DH Seth Smith
    C John Jaso
    2B Scott Sizemore
    SS Hiroyuki Nakajima

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation 

    SP Brett Anderson
    SP Jarrod Parker
    SP Tom Milone
    SP A.J. Griffin
    SP Daniel Straily
    CP Ryan Cook

10. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Michael Wacha (3 G, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)

    The No. 19 pick in last June's draft, Wacha made 11 appearances after signing last summer. He posted an 0.86 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 21 innings of work, climbing three levels and reaching Double-A.

    The 21-year-old doesn't have a real chance at breaking camp with the big league club, but his stock is soaring right now. He gives the Cardinals yet another terrific young arm in their system.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF John Jay
    1B Allen Craig
    LF Matt Holliday
    RF Carlos Beltran
    C Yadier Molina
    3B David Freese
    2B Daniel Descalso
    SS Pete Kozma
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Adam Wainwright
    SP Jaime Garcia
    SP Jake Westbrook
    SP Lance Lynn
    SP Joe Kelly
    CP Jason Motte

9. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Alex Cobb (3 G, 9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K)

    Cobb made 23 starts for the Rays last season, going 11-9 with a 4.03 ERA. That was enough for the 25-year-old to head into camp with a rotation spot locked down (h/t MLB.com).

    Though he was never the top prospect that guys like Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson were, he's had success every step of the way. He should continue to emerge as a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Desmond Jennings
    SS Yunel Escobar
    RF Ben Zobrist
    3B Evan Longoria
    LF Matt Joyce
    DH Luke Scott
    2B Kelly Johnson 
    1B James Loney 
    C Jose Molina

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP David Price
    SP Jeremy Hellickson
    SP Matt Moore
    SP Alex Cobb
    SP Jeff Niemann
    CP Fernando Rodney

8. Los Angeles Angels

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    Early Spring Star

    2B Howie Kendrick (10-for-18, 1 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R)

    Kendrick enjoyed a breakout season in 2011, hitting .285 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI. That earned him a four-year, $33.5 million extension prior to last season. 

    After his OPS dropped from .802 in 2011 to .725 last season, he is expected to open the season hitting in the lower half of the lineup. If he continues to hit like he has, though, he may secure the cushy No. 2 spot between Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    LF Mike Trout
    SS Erick Aybar
    1B Albert Pujols
    RF Josh Hamilton
    DH Mark Trumbo
    2B Howie Kendrick
    3B Alberto Callaspo
    C Chris Iannetta
    CF Peter Bourjos 

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Jered Weaver
    SP C.J. Wilson
    SP Joe Blanton
    SP Jason Vargas
    SP Tommy Hanson 
    CP Ernesto Frieri

7. Atlanta Braves

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Julio Teheran (3 G, 9 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K)

    Teheran's stock was sky high entering last season after he went 15-3 with a 2.55 ERA as a 20-year-old in Triple-A.

    Expected to contend for a rotation spot last season, he instead struggled to a 5.08 ERA in his second go-around in Triple-A and made just two big league appearances. The potential is still there, and he's the front-runner to land the No. 5 starter spot this spring.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    SS Andrelton Simmons
    RF Jason Heyward
    LF Justin Upton
    1B Freddie Freeman
    CF B.J. Upton
    2B Dan Uggla
    3B Juan Francisco
    C Gerald Laird 
    Pitcher 

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Tim Hudson
    SP Kris Medlen
    SP Mike Minor
    SP Paul Maholm
    SP Julio Teheran
    CP Craig Kimbrel

6. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Early Spring Star

    DH Adam Lind (10-for-22, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R)

    After batting .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI in 2009, Lind looked like the league's next big slugger. However, he's averaged .246 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI the past three seasons and was demoted last season.

    Lind may be the biggest question mark in the Blue Jays' retooled lineup. If he can approach the numbers he put up in 2009, a terrific lineup could be even scarier.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    SS Jose Reyes
    LF Melky Cabrera
    RF Jose Bautista
    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    CF Colby Rasmus
    3B Brett Lawrie
    DH Adam Lind
    C J.P. Arencibia
    2B Emilio Bonifacio 

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP R.A. Dickey 
    SP Brandon Morrow
    SP Mark Buehrle
    SP Josh Johnson 
    SP Ricky Romero
    CP Casey Janssen

5. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Early Spring Star

    SP Matt Magill (3 G, 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)

    An unheralded 31st-round pick out of high school in 2008, Magill turned in a solid season in his first year at Double-A last season.

    The 23-year-old went 11-8 with a 3.75 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 146.1 innings for Chattanooga and was added to the 40-man roster. The Dodgers are loaded with starting pitching depth, so he'll likely spend 2013 in the minors.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    SS Hanley Ramirez
    2B Mark Ellis
    CF Matt Kemp
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    RF Andre Ethier
    3B Luis Cruz
    LF Skip Schumaker
    C A.J. Ellis 
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    SP Clayton Kershaw
    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Josh Beckett
    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP Chad Billingsley
    CP Brandon League

4. Cincinnati Reds

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    Early Spring Star

    C Devin Mesoraco (5-for-13, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R)

    Expected to unseat Ryan Hanigan for the starting catcher job by midseason, Mesoraco instead hit .212 with five home runs and 14 RBI, seeing just 165 at-bats last year.

    He's once again expected to open the season as Hanigan's backup. But if he can get things going offensively early on, he could see his role expand, even with notorious veteran-lover Dusty Baker at the helm.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Shin-Soo Choo
    2B Brandon Phillips
    1B Joey Votto
    LF Ryan Ludwick
    RF Jay Bruce
    3B Todd Frazier
    SS Zack Cozart
    C Ryan Hanigan
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Johnny Cueto
    SP Mat Latos
    SP Bronson Arroyo
    SP Homer Bailey
    SP Aroldis Chapman
    CP Jonathan Broxton

3. Washington Nationals

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    Early Spring Star

    3B Anthony Rendon (8-for-22, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R)

    Taken sixth overall in the 2011 draft, Rendon was the top college bat in the class and had a chance to go first overall before injury concerns surfaced.

    He was limited to just 43 games last season, but he reached Triple-A and is one of the more polished hitting prospects in the game. Where he fits into the Nationals' future plans remains to be seen, but if he keeps hitting, he'll work his way into the lineup one way or another.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Denard Span
    RF Jayson Werth
    LF Bryce Harper
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    1B Adam LaRoche
    SS Ian Desmond
    2B Danny Espinosa
    C Kurt Suzuki
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Jordan Zimmermann
    SP Dan Haren
    SP Ross Detwiler
    CP Rafael Soriano

2. Detroit Tigers

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    Early Spring Star

    RP Al Alburquerque (5 G, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K)

    With Jose Valverde gone in free agency, the Tigers opted to fill the ninth-inning role in-house with flame-throwing prospect Bruce Rondon viewed as the front-runner entering camp.

    However, Rondon (7.36 ERA) has struggled this spring, and the Tigers could go a different direction in the ninth. Alburquerque is short on big league experience, but he has swing-and-miss stuff and could be dominant in the closer's role.

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Austin Jackson
    RF Torii Hunter
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    1B Prince Fielder
    DH Victor Martinez
    LF Andy Dirks
    SS Jhonny Peralta
    C Alex Avila
    2B Omar Infante

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Justin Verlander
    SP Doug Fister
    SP Max Scherzer
    SP Anibal Sanchez
    SP Rick Porcello
    CP Bruce Rondon

1. San Francisco Giants

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    Early Spring Star

    1B Brandon Belt (13-for-28, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R)

    Belt quietly turned in a solid first full season in the majors last year, hitting .275/.360/.421 with seven home runs and 12 steals in 411 at-bats.

    He'll never have premier power, but he could develop into a solid 20/20 threat. With his plus plate discipline, he could be in line for a breakout year in his age-25 season. 

     

    Projected Opening Day Lineup

    CF Angel Pagan
    2B Marco Scutaro
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    C Buster Posey
    RF Hunter Pence
    1B Brandon Belt
    LF Gregor Blanco
    SS Brandon Crawford
    Pitcher

     

    Projected Opening Day Rotation

    SP Matt Cain
    SP Madison Bumgarner
    SP Tim Lincecum
    SP Barry Zito
    SP Ryan Vogelsong
    CP Sergio Romo

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