Predicting the Winners of Every Key Spring Position Battle at the Midway Point

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Predicting the Winners of Every Key Spring Position Battle at the Midway Point
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Will Jair Jurrjens be the final arm in the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation?

Spring training is nearly over and there are still a couple of heated position battles that will be determined in the next few weeks.

Through the first chunk of camp, the weak were eliminated, leaving a handful of competitors to duke it out for the remainder of the spring.

Many of the position battles still up for grabs, though, aren’t that exciting. The candidates, for the most part, are veterans trying to earn a spot at the back end of a rotation or a regular role in the infield or outfield. There are some minor leaguers and top prospects in the mix, but they aren’t very likely to win in most instances.

At the beginning of the spring, I examined the biggest position battles. Much has changed since then so here’s a fresh look at who’s in contention for a starting role and who’s likely to start 2013 on the bench or in the minors. 

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