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Final Predictions for Each of MLB's Most Important Spring Position Battles
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We are approaching zero hour for MLB teams to make roster cuts before Opening Day. Most of the top prospects know where they are going to start the year, while older veterans continue to battle for one more shot at glory. 

Sometimes, whether it is because of injuries or performance or whatever, teams just want to take a chance with a player, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, thinking that it may be enough to propel them into the postseason and/or a championship. 

Too often, we get caught up in spring training stats, assuming because a player is ripping the ball now that it will carry over into the regular season. Don't get fooled by the numbers. Teams aren't evaluating players by results, they are looking at tools, approach, quality of at-bats, etc. 

So as we go through the biggest remaining position battles and predict winners for the jobs, our answers won't simply favor the player with better stats. A lot of time, effort and thought goes into what teams decide; therefore, it is only fair that we follow the same protocol. 

Without further ado, here are our predictions for the biggest position battles left in spring training. 

 

Note: All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted. Stats used are through March 18. 

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