Team Grades for All 30 MLB Teams This Spring

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2014

Team Grades for All 30 MLB Teams This Spring

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    A team's win-loss record during spring training is rarely a good indicator of success in the season ahead, but that does not mean that spring training performance in general should go overlooked.

    It's important for players to build momentum heading into the season on an individual level, though avoiding injury and breaking camp with your roster intact is still the single biggest goal of any team's spring training.

    What follows is a breakdown of all 30 MLB teams this spring, focusing on the following three areas:

    • Offense: who has shined and who has struggled among the projected regulars, as well as a look at how the team has hit as a whole.
    • Pitching: who has shined and who has struggled among the projected rotation and key relievers, as well as a look at how the team has pitched as a whole.
    • Spring Health Report: a breakdown of any key injuries that were suffered this spring and what major contributors will open the season on the disabled list.

    All three areas were then graded, with a grade of "C" for offense and pitching representing an even mix of key players performing well and struggling, and everything else branching out from there. Health was graded based on severity of injuries and importance of players injured.

     

    Note: All injury notes courtesy of MLBDepthCharts' roster projection pages, and all spring stats via MLB.com.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Offense: A

    Every projected starter has hit at least .250 so far this spring, with Martin Prado (.475 BA) and A.J. Pollock (.425 BA) in particular having big springs. As a result, Pollock will open the season in the leadoff spot, and Prado will be hitting behind Paul Goldschmidt in the cleanup spot.

    Chris Owings (.273 BA) also outperformed Didi Gregorius (.205 BA) to win the position battle at shortstop.

     

    Pitching: C

    Patrick Corbin is sidelined with an injury, and Trevor Cahill (16 IP, 7.88 ERA) struggled throughout the spring and on into his first start in Australia.

    On the flip side, Wade Miley (14 IP, 1.29 ERA) and Brandon McCarthy (14 IP, 1.93 ERA) both pitched very well, and new closer Addison Reed (7 IP, 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) looked strong as well.

     

    Spring Heath Report: D

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have likely lost projected Opening Day Starter Patrick Corbin for the season with a partial UCL tear, and that is a major blow to a team that already lacked a bona fide staff ace. Free-agent addition Bronson Arroyo has also been slowed this spring by back problems but looks to be in position to make his regular-season debut.

Atlanta Braves

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    Offense: B-

    MVP candidate Freddie Freeman (.404 BA, 2 HR) has been terrific at the plate once again this spring, while second baseman Ramiro Pena (.364 BA, 9 2B) looks ready to push Dan Uggla (.280 BA, 14 RBI, 17 K) if he struggles once again.

    Projected middle-of-the-order bats Evan Gattis (.209 BA) and Justin Upton (.226 BA) are off to slow starts but will be counted on to provide some punch during the regular season.

     

    Pitching: D

    Alex Wood (20 IP, 0.45 ERA) and Julio Teheran (19 IP, 1.42 ERA) have both been great this spring, and the team will lean heavily on them to open the year with so many injuries. Non-roster invite Gus Schlosser (13.1 IP, 2.03 ERA) has also pitched well.

    David Hale (17.2 IP, 6.62 ERA) has struggled but will still find himself filling a rotation spot to open the year.

     

    Spring Health Report: F

    Starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have both been lost for the season to Tommy John surgery, while Mike Minor will open the season on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, as the rotation is in rough shape entering the year. Reliever Cory Gearrin is also dealing with a sprained elbow and may not be ready for the start of the year.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Offense: B

    Last year's breakout star Chris Davis (.433 BA, 4 HR, 12 RBI) has had a big spring, and veteran Nick Markakis (.361 BA) is off to a good start as he looks to bounce back. Prospect Jonathan Schoop (35 AB, .400 BA) has also put himself in a good position to be the starting second baseman.

    Star center fielder Adam Jones (.179 BA) didn't do much at the plate this spring, but the rest of the projected starting lineup has been solid.

     

    Pitching: D

    Miguel Gonzalez (15.1 IP, 2.35 ERA) and Bud Norris (17 IP, 2.65 ERA) had the best springs among starters, while Zach Britton (10.1 IP, 0.87 ERA) seized what may have been his final opportunity, as he was out of options.

    The other three projected starters in Chris Tillman (12.2 IP, 4.97 ERA), Ubaldo Jimenez (10 IP, 5.40 ERA) and Wei-Yin Chen (12.2 IP, 6.39 ERA) did not throw very well.

     

    Spring Health Report: A-

    The Baltimore Orioles avoided any significant injuries this spring but were hit with the news that third baseman Manny Machado will open the season on the DL as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Ryan Flaherty will likely start at third in his place.

Boston Red Sox

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    Offense: D-

    The Boston Red Sox rank last among all 30 teams with a .225 average this spring, and Will Middlebrooks (.317 BA, 3 HR) is the only projected starter hitting over .300. Oft-injured Grady Sizemore (33 AB, .303 BA) has also surprised this spring and earned a roster spot.

    David Ortiz (2-for-35) has struggled the most out of the regulars, while Jackie Bradley (.173 BA, 16 K) may have cost himself the starting center field job with his offensive struggles.

     

    Pitching: C-

    Ace Jon Lester (12.2 IP, 0.71 ERA) has been fantastic this spring, while Clay Buchholz (19 IP, 2.84 ERA) and Jake Peavy (7.2 IP, 2.35 ERA) have also thrown the ball well. Closer Koji Uehara has allowed just one walk and no hits in five innings of work.

    The other two members of the rotation have struggled, though, as John Lackey (12.1 IP, 9.49 ERA) and Felix Doubront (14 IP, 9.64 ERA) have been hit hard. Lefty reliever Andrew Miller (4.1 IP, 10.38 ERA) has also stumbled as he looks to return from foot surgery.

     

    Spring Heath Report: A

    Left-handed setup man Craig Breslow has not pitched all spring while dealing with shoulder inflammation and looks to be headed for the DL to start the season.

Chicago Cubs

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    Offense: B

    After a disappointing 2013, Anthony Rizzo (.333 BA, 2 HR, 9 RBI) has had a great spring and looks poised for a bounce-back season. Third baseman Luis Valbuena (4 2B, 6 HR) has also had a nice spring as he tries to hold off prospect Mike Olt at the hot corner.

    Projected center fielder Ryan Sweeney (3-for-39) has struggled mightily and may wind up being pushed by newcomer Justin Ruggiano for playing time. Non-roster invitee Ryan Kalish (10-for-36, 10 R) has been a nice surprise, as he returns from labrum surgery.

     

    Pitching: D

    The Chicago Cubs pitching staff as a whole has not thrown the ball well, as Chris Rusin (16.2 IP, 3.78 ERA) and Jason Hammel (12.2 IP, 4.26 ERA) are the only pitchers who have pitched more than 10 innings and have an ERA under 5.00.

    Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija (18 IP, 5.50 ERA) and last year's top starter Travis Wood (10.2 IP, 5.91 ERA) have both been shaky, and potential No. 5 starter candidate James McDonald (5.2 IP, 12.71 ERA, 2.65 WHIP) has been a big disappointment.

     

    Spring Health Report: B

    Shortstop Starlin Castro, who is looking to bounce back from a poor season, has been slowed by a hamstring injury and remains questionable for the start of the year. Right-hander Jake Arrieta, a potential breakout candidate, has dealt with shoulder issues and will open the season on the DL.

Chicago White Sox

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    Offense: C+

    Outfielder Alejandro De Aza (.372 BA) has had a nice spring as he looks to hold off Dayan Viciedo for the starting left field job. Prospect Marcus Semien (.348 BA, 5 2B) has looked very good this spring as well, and he will likely open the season as the starting second baseman with Gordon Beckham hurt.

    Beckham (.167 BA), Adam Dunn (.205 BA, 15 K) and Tyler Flowers (.225 BA, 10 K) have all scuffled at the plate this spring. Newcomer Jose Abreu (.271 BA, 2 HR, 9 RBI) has been solid and looks ready for a big rookie season.

     

    Pitching: D-

    The Chicago White Sox have the worst ERA of any team this spring, and while a handful of non-roster players have pitched well, veteran John Danks (18 IP, 3.50 ERA) has been the lone bright spot among key pitchers.

    Chris Sale (17.2 IP, 4.58 ERA) should be fine as he looks to make another run at the AL Cy Young, but you can't help but worry about the rest of the rotation, as Erik Johnson (17 IP, 6.35 ERA), Felipe Paulino (18.2 IP, 6.75 ERA) and Jose Quintana (11 IP, 16.36 ERA) have all had a rough go of it this spring.

     

    Spring Health Report: B+

    Aside from second baseman Gordon Beckham, who is dealing with a strained oblique and is likely to start the season on the DL, the Chicago White Sox have managed to stay healthy this spring.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Offense: C

    A trio of bench guys in Roger Bernadina (.425 BA, 7 XBH), Neftali Soto (.364 BA, 3 HR) and Chris Heisey (.309 BA, 6 HR, 12 RBI) have led the way offensively this spring.

    The only two regulars hitting below .250 are the middle infield duo of Brandon Phillips (.200 BA, 5 HR) and Zack Cozart (.222 BA), while utility infielder Ramon Santiago (.225 BA) has also struggled as he looks to win a roster spot.

     

    Pitching: C-

    A pair of unexpected arms in Nick Christiani (10 IP, 0.90 ERA) and Brett Marshall (13 IP, 2.08 ERA, 15 K) look to have won roster spots with big springs, but the rest of the Cincinnati Reds' key arms have not fared well for the most part.

    Mike Leake (13 IP, 6.92 ERA) and Tony Cingrani (17.1 IP, 6.23 ERA) in particular have been hit hard, while Alfredo Simon (23.1 IP, 4.63 ERA) has held his own as he looks like the No. 5 starter to open the year.

     

    Spring Health Report: D

    The biggest news of the spring for the Reds was losing closer Aroldis Chapman for at least two months after he took a line drive off his face. Right-hander Mat Latos could also start the season on the DL with a knee injury, while bench guys Skip Schumaker and Jack Hannahan are both sidelined with shoulder ailments.

Cleveland Indians

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    Offense: B

    After signing an extension in the offseason, Michael Brantley (.500 BA, 8 2B, 10 RBI) looks poised for a breakout season in 2014. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (.319 BA, 6 2B) will also be looking for a big year with free agency on the horizon next offseason.

    Catcher-turned-third baseman Carlos Santana (.160 BA) has struggled at the dish, and one has to wonder if his focus on making the defensive transition impacted his offensive game. Newcomer David Murphy (.163 BA) is also off to a slow start.

     

    Pitching: C

    Ace Justin Masterson (19 IP, 0.95 ERA) is set for a big contract year, and new closer John Axford (1.29 ERA, .125 BAA) has given some hope that the bullpen will be improved in 2014. Josh Tomlin (20.1 IP, 3.54 ERA) also looks to have won the No. 5 starter job with a big spring.

    It was another disappointing stint for Trevor Bauer (7 IP, 10.29 ERA), while projected starters Corey Kluber (20.1 IP, 6.64 ERA) and Zach McAllister (16.1 IP, 6.06 ERA) have both been roughed up.

     

    Spring Healthy Report: B

    A strained hamstring will likely land center fielder Michael Bourn on the DL to open the year, as non-roster invite Nyjer Morgan (.216 BA) could open the season in the leadoff spot. Veteran Jason Giambi will also be shelved to start the year with a fractured rib.

Colorado Rockies

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    Offense: B-

    The Colorado Rockies offense has been firing on all cylinders this spring, as 12 different players (five regulars) who have seen 30-plus at-bats are hitting over .300. Carlos Gonzalez (.389 BA, 10 RBI) and Nolan Arenado (.362 BA, 3 HR) have been the standouts among that impressive group.

    Troy Tulowitzki (.160 BA), Michael Cuddyer (.214 BA) and Justin Morneau (.219 BA) have not gotten in on the fun, though.

     

    Pitching: B

    The back of the rotation looks promising, as Franklin Morales (20.1 IP, 2.21 ERA) and Juan Nicasio (22 IP, 2.86 ERA) have both had nice springs, and newcomer Brett Anderson (22 IP, 3.27 ERA) could be poised for a big year as well.

    Opening Day starter Jorge De La Rosa (10.2 IP, 8.44 ERA) has not fared as well, but the pitching as a whole has been solid.

     

    Spring Health Report: C+

    Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin strained his shoulder back in February, and he has yet to throw an inning this spring. He was the team's most consistent starter last year, and it will need him back in the fold soon.

Detroit Tigers

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    Offense: A

    Austin Jackson (.440 BA, 9 XBH) has had a huge spring as he looks to turn in a big age-27 season, while slugger Miguel Cabrera (.378 BA, 3 HR) has been his usual self.

    Rookie Nick Castellanos (.389 BA, 16 RBI) looks more than ready for an everyday big league job, and none of the team's key hitters has really struggled, as Ian Kinsler (.275 BA) has the lowest average among projected regulars.

     

    Pitching: B

    After his spring debut was delayed by surgery on a core muscle, Justin Verlander (13.2 IP, 0.00 ERA) has been virtually untouchable. Left-hander Drew Smyly (21.1 IP, 3.80 ERA) has also pitched well as he makes the transition from setup man to No. 5 starter.

    The team is very thin on starting pitching depth, making the struggles of Rick Porcello (18.1 IP, 7.85 ERA) somewhat troubling. New setup man Ian Krol (8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA) has not looked great either.

     

    Spring Heath Report: F

    The Detroit Tigers have been bit hard by the injury bug this spring, as shortstop Jose Iglesias could be lost for the year with stress fractures in both legs, and left fielder Andy Dirks is out approximately 12 weeks following back surgery. Hard-throwing reliever Bruce Rondon will also be lost for the year to Tommy John surgery.

Houston Astros

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    Offense: D

    The Houston Astros have not been overly impressive at the plate this spring, as Robbie Grossman (.378 BA, 5 XBH), Dexter Fowler (.318 BA) and Marc Krauss (.308 BA, 2 HR) have been the lone bright spots. 

    Prospects Jonathan Singleton (.154 BA, 9 K) and George Springer (.161 BA, 11 K) were both disappointing, but at least none of the projected regulars has struggled mightily at the plate.

     

    Pitching: D

    Top prospects Mike Foltynewicz (10.1 IP, 1.74 ERA) looks like he could be in Houston sooner than expected, especially considering how the projected starters pitched this spring.

    Jarred Cosart (12 IP, 4.50 ERA) has been the best of the bunch, while Brett Oberholtzer (9 IP, 11.00 ERA), Dallas Keuchel (17 IP, 5.82 ERA) and Scott Feldman (11 IP, 5.73 ERA) have all been knocked around pretty good.

     

    Spring Health Report: A

    Free-agent signing Jesse Crain continues to work his way back from offseason biceps surgery and has also dealt with a strained shoulder, but he is the only notable player battling injury right now.

Kansas City Royals

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    Offense: A

    For the second straight year, third baseman Mike Moustakas (.429 BA, 4 HR, 17 RBI) has turned in a big spring training performance. This time around, it will need to carry over to the regular season.

    The team as a whole has hit well this spring, as Eric Hosmer (.281 BA) is the only projected regular not hitting over .300. Considering how badly the Kansas City Royals hit in the first half last year, a strong start at the plate would be a big boost.

     

    Pitching: C

    Flame-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura (20.1 IP, 1.77 ERA) won a rotation spot with a fantastic spring, while veterans James Shields (20.2 IP, 2.61 ERA) and Jason Vargas (21 IP, 2.14 ERA) have looked great as well.

    The same can't be said for the other two projected starters, as Bruce Chen (17.1 IP, 7.27 ERA) and Jeremy Guthrie (15.1 IP, 7.04 ERA) have both been hit hard. 

     

    Spring Health Report: B

    Losing setup man Luke Hochevar to Tommy John surgery hurts, but the bullpen is deep, and if Wade Davis (10.2 IP, 3.38 ERA) can step up, he could definitely fill his shoes in the eighth.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Offense: B+

    With Mike Trout (.412 BA, 9 XBH, 16 RBI) and Howie Kendrick (.396 BA) firing on all cylinders, and Josh Hamilton (24 AB, .417 BA) looking great since coming back from a strained calf, could this finally be the year the Los Angeles Angels offense puts it all together?

    Albert Pujols (.319 BA) has also hit well, and the only projected regular really struggling is designated hitter Raul Ibanez (.213 BA). John McDonald (.321 BA) beat out a handful of other non-roster veterans for the team's final bench spot.

     

    Pitching: B-

    Rotation staples Jered Weaver (21.2 IP, 3.74 ERA) and C.J. Wilson (21.2 IP, 2.49 ERA) look strong once again, and newcomer Hector Santiago (16.1 IP, 2.76 ERA) has also thrown the ball well.

    The back of the rotation remains a question mark, though, as Tyler Skaggs (20 IP, 4.95 ERA) certainly out-pitched Joe Blanton (20.1 IP, 7.08 ERA) but is far from a sure thing to hold down the No. 5 spot all season.

     

    Spring Health Report: A

    The Angels have managed to make it through camp without any significant injuries. Lefty setup man Sean Burnett is still on the mend from flexor tendon surgery in August and will likely miss the start of the season.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Offense: C-

    The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't do much at the plate this spring, hitting just .237 as a group and averaging just over four runs per game. Andre Ethier (.324 BA) and Adrian Gonzalez (.303 BA) are the only regulars hitting over .300, while infield prospect Miguel Rojas (27 AB, .444 BA) was the clear standout.

    Yasiel Puig (5-for-41) is not off to a great start in his efforts to avoid a sophomore slump, while Carl Crawford (.188 BA) and Hanley Ramirez (.231 BA) have yet to get things going as well.

     

    Pitching: C+

    Hyun-Jin Ryu (16.1 IP, 2.20 ERA) and Dan Haren (10 IP, 1.80 ERA) both pitched well this spring, while the one-two punch of Clayton Kershaw (14.2 IP, 9.20 ERA) and Zack Greinke (2.1 IP, 11.57 ERA, thumb injury) was less-than-impressive.

    The real story of camp, though, has been Rule 5 pick Seth Rosin (11 IP, 1.64 ERA, 12 K), as he has certainly done everything in his power to win a roster spot.

     

    Spring Health Report: C

    Still-rehabbing Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley will all start the season on the disabled list, but the team has managed to avoid any further injury to its core of players this spring.

Miami Marlins

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    Offense: C

    Looking to improve on last year's anemic offensive numbers, the Miami Marlins have gotten a big spring from slugger Giancarlo Stanton (.296 BA, 5 HR, 15 RBI). Light-hitting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (.319 BA) has also provided some production at the plate, and it would be a big boost if he could carry that over to the regular season.

    New catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.186 BA) and first baseman Garrett Jones (.222 BA) have not exactly torn the cover off the ball this spring, and the team will be counting on them both as middle-of-the-order bats.

     

    Pitching: A

    The Marlins' young rotation has been great this spring, as ace Jose Fernandez (20.1 IP, 3.54 ERA) actually has the highest ERA among the team's five projected starters. Tom Koehler (18 IP, 1.50 ERA) has been particularly good in his efforts to hold on to the No. 5 starter job.

    Closer Steve Cishek (9 IP, 4.00 ERA, 10 H, 4 BB) has been far from lights-out, but it is hard to find anything else to complain about as far as how the pitching staff has performed this spring.

     

    Spring Health Report: B+

    New second baseman Rafael Furcal has played in just seven games this spring while dealing with hamstring issues, but as things stand now, he is still expected to be in the lineup on Opening Day.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Offense: C

    As he looks to restore his image and again join the ranks of the game's top players, Ryan Braun (.379 BA, 2 HR) has had a solid spring training, but there is still a lot of work to be done. A healthy Aramis Ramirez (.355 BA, 3 2B) could also give the lineup a big boost, while Carlos Gomez (.318 BA, 3 HR) looks to build off a big 2013 campaign.

    Scooter Gennett (.220 BA) was disappointing in his efforts to overtake Rickie Weeks at second base, while the first base platoon of Lyle Overbay (.200 BA) and Mark Reynolds (.255 BA, 14 K) could leave a lot to be desired.

     

    Pitching: D+

    A return to form for ace Yovani Gallardo (18.1 IP, 2.45 ERA) and another step forward from Marco Estrada (20 IP, 2.70 ERA) would go a long way in improving the Milwaukee Brewers rotation.

    However, newcomer Matt Garza (11.2 IP, 10.03 ERA) has been terrible, and veteran Kyle Lohse (14.2 IP, 6.14 ERA) has been hit hard as well. Closer Jim Henderson (7 IP, 7.71 ERA) has also left some questions about the bullpen.

     

    Spring Health Report: A

    The Brewers have avoided injury this spring, as left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny is their only player projected for the DL as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery in December.

Minnesota Twins

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    Offense: D

    With a move to first base, Joe Mauer (.306 BA) will be looking for a big season offensively and perhaps a boost in his power numbers. Aaron Hicks (.317 BA) has also had a solid spring, as it again looks like he will break camp as the starting center fielder.

    The struggles continue for Josh Willingham (2-for-32, 10 K) as he looks to regain his 2012 form, while Jason Kubel (.216 BA), Kurt Suzuki (.212 BA) and Pedro Florimon (.176 BA) could make for a rough bottom of the order.

     

    Pitching: B-

    Pitching was the focus of the Minnesota Twins' offseason, and the trio of Mike Pelfrey (13.2 IP, 1.98 ERA), Kyle Gibson (16.1 IP, 2.20 ERA) and newcomer Phil Hughes (13.2 IP, 3.95 ERA) has pitched well this spring.

    Top acquisition Ricky Nolasco (14 IP, 7.07 ERA) has not, and Kevin Correia (12 IP, 6.00 ERA) has struggled as well. The team has some rotation depth with Scott Diamond and Samuel Deduno in the mix as well, but it could still struggle on the mound in 2014.

     

    Spring Health Report: C

    The only injury at the big league level the Twins have had to deal with is an emergency appendectomy to shortstop Pedro Florimon, but he is expected to be ready for Opening Day. They were dealt a huge blow at the minor league level, though, when top prospect Miguel Sano was lost for the season to Tommy John surgery.

New York Mets

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    Offense: D

    Bounce-back candidate Chris Young (.347 BA, 7 2B) has been the offensive star of the spring for the New York Mets, while Daniel Murphy (.300 BA, 3 2B) is the only other projected regular hitting over .300.

    Rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud (.171 BA) and the middle-of-the-order duo of David Wright (.200 BA) and Curtis Granderson (.186 BA, 12 K) will all need to turn things around in a big way once the regular season kicks off. First base is still a disaster, with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both slowed by injuries.

     

    Pitching: C

    With Matt Harvey sidelined following Tommy John surgery, Dillon Gee (10.2 IP, 1.69 ERA) seized the opportunity and earned the Opening Day nod. Non-roster invite Daisuke Matsuzaka (18.2 IP, 3.86 ERA) also appears to have pitched well enough this spring to earn a rotation spot.

    Bartolo Colon (15.1 IP, 5.28 ERA) has been the worst of the projected starters, while top prospect Noah Syndergaard (8.2 IP, 5.19 ERA) did not turn heads like many expected him to.

     

    Spring Injury Report: C-

    Projected Opening Day starter Jon Niese has been sidelined with elbow discomfort, and he will join Harvey on the disabled list to open the season. That's not what a team already piecing together a rotation needed.

New York Yankees

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    Offense: D

    A number of unexpected players have had big springs at the plate for the New York Yankees, led by backup catcher Francisco Cervelli (.455 BA, 4 HR) and infielder Yangervis Solarte (36 AB, .444 BA).

    However, Brett Gardner (.333 BA) is the only projected regular hitting over .300, and veterans Mark Teixeira (.100 BA), Derek Jeter (.128 BA) and Jacoby Ellsbury (.174 BA) have all struggled mightily.

     

    Pitching: B

    All eyes have been on Masahiro Tanaka (15 IP, 3.00 ERA, 16 K), and so far so good for the high-priced offseason addition. Perhaps even more promising has been the performance of CC Sabathia (17 IP, 1.59 ERA) and Michael Pineda (15 IP, 1.20 ERA).

    The late-season struggles of Hiroki Kuroda (8.1 IP, 6.48 ERA) have seemingly carried over to this spring, while free-agent setup man Matt Thornton (4 IP, 6.75 ERA) has not pitched well either. That may open things up for former top prospect Dellin Betances (10.1 IP, 0.87 ERA) to assume a key role in the bullpen.

     

    Spring Health Report: A-

    Slick-fielding veteran infielder Brendan Ryan has been slowed by back spasms this spring and could start the year on the DL. Considering the team's shaky infield situation, it may very well need the depth he was expected to provide.

Oakland Athletics

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    Offense: B

    Looking to seize the everyday catching job with John Jaso and Stephen Vogt also in the mix, Derek Norris (.436 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBI) has put together a huge spring. Brandon Moss (.375 BA, 4 HR, 14 RBI) and Josh Reddick (.319 BA, 13 RBI) have been solid as well.

    Josh Donaldson (.267 BA, 3 HR) rebounded from a slow start and looks ready for another solid year. Slugger Yoenis Cespedes (.154 BA, 11 K) has struggled, though, and the team will be counting on his production in the middle of the lineup.

     

    Pitching: B

    The Oakland Athletics rotation has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and Jesse Chavez (23 IP, 2.74 ERA) has made the most of the opportunity and claimed a spot. Sonny Gray (15.2 IP, 4.02 ERA) gets Opening Day duties, as he looks to break out following a strong final month of the 2013 season.

    No one has really struggled, as all five projected starters have an ERA under 5.00, but the A's' depth will certainly be tested this year.

     

    Spring Health Report: F

    With Jarrod Parker out for the season and A.J. Griffin expected to miss at least a month, according to Paul White of USA Today, the rotation depth that was once a strength has evaporated. Outfielder Craig Gentry (back) and setup man Ryan Cook (shoulder) could also start the season on the DL.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Offense: D

    The signing has been criticized plenty, but Marlon Byrd (.340 BA, 4 2B, 2 HR) just continues to hit. Center fielder Ben Revere (.345 BA, 6 SB) has also had a solid spring as he looks to be the impact table-setter the Philadelphia Phillies were hoping for when they acquired him.

    The veteran duo of Chase Utley (.170 BA) and Jimmy Rollins (.182 BA) has looked old this spring, while fellow starters Domonic Brown (.200 BA, 15 K) and Cody Asche (.191 BA, 15 K) have struggled as well.

     

    Pitching: D

    Non-roster invite Jeff Manship (20 IP, 1.80 ERA) has been the pitching star of camp for the Phillies, while it has been business as usual for ace Cliff Lee (19.2 IP, 2.75 ERA).

    Free-agent additions A.J. Burnett (14.1 IP, 7.53 ERA) and Roberto Hernandez (17 IP, 5.29 ERA) have left the back of the rotation looking like a question mark, though, and Cuban defector Miguel Gonzalez (2.2 IP, 16.87 ERA) already looks like a flop.

     

    Spring Health Report: C-

    The team's second ace in Cole Hamels has been slowed by shoulder tendinitis this spring and will open the season on the DL. Utility infielder Freddy Galvis (staph infection) and outfielder Darin Ruf (oblique) will likely join him.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Offense: B

    Who else but Andrew McCutchen (.513 BA, 3 2B, 5 HR) would be leading the way offensively for the Pittsburgh Pirates? Starling Marte (.356 BA) has also had a big spring, and Gaby Sanchez (.360 BA) has helped alleviate some of the first base questions by going 6-for-13 against right-handed pitching.

    Andrew Lambo (4-for-42) had a chance to play his way into a platoon at first base, but that won't happen now. Right fielder Jose Tabata (.205 BA) also struggled, and that could expedite the arrival of top prospect Gregory Polanco.

     

    Pitching: C-

    Francisco Liriano (11.2 IP, 2.31 ERA) will get the ball on Opening Day, and rightfully so after the way he pitched last season. Prospects Brandon Cumpton (15.1 IP, 2.93 ERA) and Adam Wilk (10 IP, 0.90 ERA) showed that the team does have some rotational depth.

    That depth may be tested if No. 5 starter Edinson Volquez (14 IP, 9.64 ERA) does not turn things around quickly. Projected No. 2 starter Gerrit Cole (11.2 IP, 6.17 ERA) has struggled as well, and the team will be looking for him to step up with A.J. Burnett gone.

     

    Spring Health Report: A

    Backup catcher Chris Stewart will start the season on the DL after undergoing knee surgery. The team has another solid backup option in Tony Sanchez, though, and should be able to make due.

San Diego Padres

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    Offense: C

    Unheralded prospect Tommy Medica (.344 BA, 4 2B, 3 HR) has been the story of camp for the San Diego Padres, but he is still in a battle with Xavier Nady (.348 BA, 5 2B, 2 HR) for the team's final bench spot.

    Cleanup hitter Carlos Quentin (.152 BA) and last year's breakout hitter Will Venable (.213 BA) are both off to slow starts. Everth Cabrera (.264 BA, 14 K) has struck out more than you'd like to see as he returns from a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs at the end of last season.

     

    Pitching: C-

    Andrew Cashner (15.2 IP, 2.30 ERA) broke out in the second half last year, and he will be the ace of the staff to open the season. Josh Johnson (13.1 IP, 3.38 ERA) is the only other starter with an ERA under 4.50, but he is headed to the DL to start the season.

    Ian Kennedy (19.1 IP, 5.59 ERA) is not off to a great start in his efforts to return to ace form, while left-hander Eric Stults (17 IP, 5.29 ERA) has had his fair share of struggles as well.

     

    Spring Health Report: C-

    As mentioned, Josh Johnson will start the year on the DL with a strained flexor muscle. One-time face of the franchise Cameron Maybin is also sidelined with a ruptured biceps tendon, while catcher Yasmani Grandal is still recovering from ACL surgery.

San Francisco Giants

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    Offense: A

    The team's top two hitters in Buster Posey (.419 BA, 12 RBI) and Hunter Pence (.357 BA, 4 HR) both have some nice momentum heading into the season. Joaquin Arias (.319 BA, 6 RBI) has also hit well, and that's important as he will likely open the season as the starting second baseman with Marco Scutaro hurt.

    No projected regular is hitting lower than .265, with Brandon Crawford and Angel Pagan both right at that mark, as the San Francisco Giants look for the offense to be a legitimate weapon this season.

     

    Pitching: C-

    Madison Bumgarner (22.2 IP, 1.19 ERA) was the one constant in the Giants rotation last year, and he looks poised for another big season. Offseason addition Tim Hudson (19.1 IP, 3.72 ERA) has also pitched well, showing now ill effects of the ankle surgery that ended his season last year.

    The rest of the rotation has not been good, though, and Ryan Vogelsong (19 IP, 9.00 ERA) could be a serious issue in the No. 5 starter spot. Matt Cain (10.2 IP, 5.91 ERA) and Tim Lincecum (19.1 IP, 6.52 ERA) will also need to turn things around.

     

    Spring Health Report: C+

    As mentioned above, second baseman Marco Scutaro will start the season on the DL, as back stiffness has limited him to just one game this spring.

Seattle Mariners

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    Offense: B

    There will be no shortage of pressure on Robinson Cano (.465 BA, 13 RBI) this season after the monster free-agent deal he signed, but so far, he has answered the bell. Dustin Ackley (.410 BA, 15 RBI) and Brad Miller (.436 BA, 4 HR) have also had big springs as they look to break out this season.

    Newcomer Corey Hart (.143 BA, 18 K) has been terrible, though, and third baseman Kyle Seager (.175 BA, 15 K) is also having a rough go of it this spring. Keep an eye on Stefan Romero (.296 BA, 9 XBH), a former top prospect who has likely won a bench job and could push for more playing time.

     

    Pitching: D

    With two rotation spots opened up due to injury, Roenis Elias (17.2 IP, 2.04 ERA) will be rewarded for his solid play this spring with a spot on the Opening Day staff. Rookie James Paxton (17 IP, 3.18 ERA) has also pitched well and will likely start the year as the No. 2 starter.

    Blake Beavan (23.2 IP, 6.46 ERA) has not pitched well but will likely be the No. 5 starter by default, while new closer Francisco Rodney (6 IP, 10.50 ERA) is not off to a promising start in Seattle.

     

    Spring Health Report: D

    A pair of key starters in Hisashi Iwakuma (strained tendon in finger) and Taijuan Walker (shoulder inflammation) will start the season on the shelf, leaving a very inexperienced staff behind Felix Hernandez as the Mariners scramble to fill the back of their rotation.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Offense: A-

    Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong (.391 BA, 5 2B, 2 HR) has been the St. Louis Cardinals' best hitter this spring, and if he can hit enough to hold down the second base job all year, it would be a big bonus for an already-loaded offense. Every projected starter outside of Matt Carpenter is hitting .298 or higher, with newcomer Jhonny Peralta (.310 BA, 3 HR) fitting right in with his new club.

    Carpenter (.200 BA) is a concern, though, as he went ice cold in the playoffs last year after an MVP-caliber regular season, and will be counted on to set the table once again while he makes the move from second base to third base.

     

    Pitching: B-

    The team stretched out Carlos Martinez (15.1 IP, 1.76 ERA) and used him as a starter this spring, but it appears he was destined for the bullpen regardless with Joe Kelly (14.1 IP, 6.28 ERA) getting the nod as the No. 5 starter over him.

    Adam Wainwright (17.2 IP, 2.04 ERA) and Michael Wacha (15.1 IP, 1.76 ERA) have both looked great, and Trevor Rosenthal (7 IP, 1.29 ERA) looks set for his first full season in the closer role.

     

    Spring Health Report: C+

    Looking to push for a rotation spot after missing much of last year, Jaime Garcia is on the shelf once again with shoulder problems. The biggest blow, though, may have been top prospect Oscar Taveras never getting healthy enough to get an extended look this spring after an ankle injury cost him most of last year.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Offense: A

    The Tampa Bay Rays offense has been a bright spot this spring, as seven of the nine projected starters are hitting at least .275. The trio of David DeJesus (.412 BA), Desmond Jennings (.389 BA) and Yunel Escobar (.389 BA) in particular has been great, and if those three can turn in solid seasons, the offense would be awfully dangerous.

    Matt Joyce (.233 BA, 2 B, 2 HR) and Evan Longoria (.244 BA, 2 HR) are the two hitters below the aforementioned .275-mark, and they are not exactly mired in horrible slumps either. With the pitching they have, this kind of offense in the regular season would make the Rays tough to stop.

     

    Pitching: B+

    Chris Archer (10 IP, 0.90 ERA), Alex Cobb (11.2 IP, 2.31 ERA), David Price (13.1 IP, 2.70 ERA) and Matt Moore (14.1 IP, 3.77 ERA) have all pitched well this season and give the Rays a terrific staff to work with once again.

    The No. 5 spot was the question entering camp, and with Erik Bedard released, it will be rookie Jake Odorizzi (17 IP, 4.24 ERA) who fills that spot. The struggles of closer Grant Balfour (3.2 IP, 12.27 ERA) may be the only cause for concern at this point.

     

    Spring Health Report: B

    Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in January and is expected to be out until late May. That opened things up for Odorizzi, and if he starts the season well, Hellickson could have trouble winning back his spot.

Texas Rangers

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    Offense: C

    Offense is not expected to be an issue for the Texas Rangers this season, but they are not exactly off to a spectacular start at the plate as a group. Alex Rios (.333 BA) is the only projected regular hitting over .300, while offseason pickup Michael Choice (.367 BA, 4 HR, 15 RBI) is having the best spring of anyone.

    Shin-Soo Choo (.173 BA, 12 K) has struggled to get things going with his new team, and slugger Adrian Beltre (.237 BA) has some work to do as well. It looks like Kensuke Tanaka (.208 BA) or Adam Rosales (.125 BA) will open the season as the starting second baseman, as either one could wind up being a black hole.

     

    Pitching: D

    Injuries created some opportunities in the rotation this spring, and Robbie Ross (21.1 IP, 1.27 ERA) made the most of his chance. Tanner Scheppers (14.2 IP, 3.07 ERA) will also likely make the move from setup relief to the rotation.

    Martin Perez (13 IP, 6.23 ERA) could wind up as the Opening Day starter, while Joe Saunders (8.1 IP, 9.72 ERA) and Tommy Hanson (14 IP, 6.43 ERA) have not stepped up as hoped to fill out the staff.

     

    Spring Health Report: F

    On the pitching side of things, Derek Holland will be out until midseason with a knee injury, and Matt Harrison is a major question mark as he continues to battle back problems. Offensively, second baseman Jurickson Profar will miss 8-12 weeks with a tear in his shoulder, while catcher Geovany Soto is out 10-12 weeks following knee surgery.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Offense: B+

    After a poor first season in Toronto, Melky Cabrera (.431 BA, 9 2B) has shown signs of life this spring and could be in for a bounce-back year. Healthy seasons from Jose Bautista (.340 BA, 5 HR) and Edwin Encarnacion (.309 BA, 3 HR) could give the team the most dangerous duo in baseball.

    Projected second baseman Ryan Goins (.164 BA) is a plus defender, but he will have to provide something offensively to keep the job.

     

    Pitching: C-

    Top prospect Aaron Sanchez (12.1 IP, 0.00 ERA) was this spring's Michael Wacha, and he could make a similar impact in the second half. Veterans R.A. Dickey (11 IP, 2.45 ERA) and Mark Buehrle (11.1 IP, 2.38 ERA) have been solid, and Drew Hutchison (9.2 IP, 2.79 ERA) has seized a rotation spot in his return from injury.

    The Blue Jays will have to fill out the staff with someone from the group of Todd Redmond (20 IP, 5.40 ERA), Esmil Rogers (16.1 IP, 9.37 ERA), Brandon Morrow (10 IP, 9.00 ERA) and Dustin McGowan (7 IP, 3.86 ERA).

     

    Spring Health Report: B

    Leadoff man Jose Reyes has been dealing with a strained hamstring but is expected to be ready to start the year. Left-hander J.A. Happ will start the year on the DL with back problems, and after allowing 21 hits and 16 runs in seven innings, he could have a hard time finding his way onto the roster. 

Washington Nationals

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    Offense: C

    Catcher Wilson Ramos (.378 BA, 13 RBI) has been the standout at the plate for the Washington Nationals this spring, and four others regulars are hitting over .300, led by Denard Span (.347 BA, 3 2B).

    A bulked-up Bryce Harper (.225 BA, 2 HR) is off to a slow start, and Jayson Werth (.241 BA, .276 SLG) has struggled to find his power stroke so far this spring.

     

    Pitching: A

    Jordan Zimmermann (13 IP, 0.69 ERA) was arguably the best pitcher on the staff last year, and he's been terrific again this spring. The other four projected starters, with the exception of Tanner Roark (13.2 IP, 3.29 ERA), all have an ERA under 3.50, as the Nationals may have the best rotation in baseball top to bottom.

    Ross Detwiler (10 IP, 7.20 ERA) finds himself in the bullpen after losing out on the No. 5 spot, while closer Rafael Soriano (4.2 IP, 17.36 ERA) has been touched up this spring.

     

    Spring Health Report: B

    Offseason acquisition Doug Fister has been limited to just 5.2 innings of work while dealing with shoulder inflammation, and he is questionable for the start of the season at this point.