Spring training at long last is approaching its merciful end. With the end of meaningless exhibition games comes the onset of the regular season, when every game counts.
Fortunately for the Philadelphia Phillies, this spring set of games didn't count. Had it, the discussion would be completely different.
This spring, the Phillies would like a do-over, to say the least. They are currently 9-17-3, good for dead last in both the Grapefruit League and major leagues. While the sample size is small and many of the early games sport minor league talent, the games are nevertheless taken as an indicator of regular-season potential.
Is the Phillies' regular-season potential to wind up with the first-overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft? That remains to be seen, and predicting the Phillies this season is itself a difficult task. But predicting who will make the roster and contribute toward the Phils' successes and failures is a bit easier.
All of the team's everyday players are set. If Cole Hamels was healthy, the rotation would be, too. However, because of his injury, there is a vacancy in the back of the pitching staff. Add in some typical bullpen and bench competition and that leaves the Phillies with a few final holes to fill.
With that in mind, here are the final predictions for the winners of the Phillies' key spring position battles.