Players Involved: Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Ross Gload, Ben Francisco, Dominic Brown
Key Battle: Francisco, Gload and Brown
This is possibly the most talked about outfield battle this Spring Training.
Jayson Werth left a void in right field when he signed with the Washington Nationals this offseason. Many critics say that the highly-touted prospect, Dominic Brown, just is not quite ready for the majors yet. He is expected to start the year in AAA. Don't be too certain about that quite yet, however.
Francisco's name has been tossed around a lot lately as he is currently the projected starter in right field. He has good speed, some power, decent fielding ability and does not strike out often.
Brown, on the other hand, has a lot of power, tremendous speed and an outstanding arm in the outfield. Right now I would count Gload out of this battle and focus more on Francisco and Brown. This decision could come down to opening day before anything is finalized. Brown has a lot to play for this Spring Training and if he impresses people, he just may land himself that starting position in right field.
Predicted Outfield: Ibanez, Victorino, Brown