Projecting Every MLB Team's Starting Lineup 3 Weeks from Spring Training

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2017

Projecting Every MLB Team's Starting Lineup 3 Weeks from Spring Training

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    Only weeks separate us from the smell of freshly cut grass and the sound of a fastball popping in a catcher's mitt at spring training. What better time to take a look at the lineups that each of MLB's 30 teams will trot out in an attempt to hit those heaters before they reach leather?

    Injuries and surprise performances are sure to change how things look for some teams, while a handful of free agents remain unsigned. We're not projecting where those players will wind up but have noted any known legitimate interest where it's appropriate.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    A.J. Pollock /
    A.J. Pollock /Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF A.J. PollockRCF A.J. PollockR
    3B Jake LambL3B Jake LambL
    1B Paul GoldschmidtR1B Paul GoldschmidtR
    RF David PeraltaLRF David PeraltaL
    LF Yasmany TomasRLF Yasmany TomasR
    SS Chris OwingsRSS Chris OwingsR
    2B Brandon DruryR2B Brandon DruryR
    C Chris HerrmannLC Chris IannettaR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    Top to bottom, Arizona's lineup is one of the more impressive in baseball. It certainly helps to have one of the best players in the world, Paul Goldschmidt, in the three-hole, but the Diamondbacks offense is more than a one-player show.

    Jake Lamb, Chris Owings and Brandon Drury all took the next step in their development last season, while A.J. Pollock returns to his familiar place atop the order after missing all but 12 games in 2016 due to a fractured elbow. When healthy, he's an elite table-setter.

    If Yasmany Tomas can pick up where he left off last season, hitting .294 with 34 extra-base hits (18 home runs), 49 RBI and a .913 OPS after the All-Star break, Arizona should have enough thump in its lineup to atone for whatever shortcomings the team still has on the mound.

Atlanta Braves

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    Matt Kemp and Freddie Freeman /
    Matt Kemp and Freddie Freeman /Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Ender InciarteLCF Ender InciarteL
    SS Dansby SwansonRSS Dansby SwansonR
    1B Freddie FreemanL1B Freddie FreemanL
    LF Matt KempRLF Matt KempR
    RF Nick MarkakisLRF Nick MarkakisL
    3B Adonis GarciaR3B Adonis GarciaR
    2B Jace PetersonL2B Sean RodriguezL
    C Tyler FlowersRC Tyler FlowersR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    The second-half arrivals of Matt Kemp (via trade) and Dansby Swanson (via promotion) helped transform Atlanta's lineup from baseball's least productive (307 first-half runs, last in MLB) to one of its highest-scoring outfits.

    That said, nobody is (or should be) expecting the 2017 Braves to join the 1999 Cleveland Indians as the only team in the past 20 years to score 1,000 runs in a single season.

    But with Kemp and Swanson in the fold for a full season along with Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman, who looks like he's become a perennial MVP candidate, there's no reason to think the Braves can't carry that level of production into their new home, SunTrust Park.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Mark Trumbo /
    Mark Trumbo /Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Adam JonesRCF Adam JonesR
    RF Seth SmithLLF Joey RickardR
    3B Manny MachadoR3B Manny MachadoR
    1B Chris DavisL1B Chris DavisL
    DH Mark TrumboRDH Mark TrumboR
    2B Jonathan SchoopR2B Jonathan SchoopR
    C Welington CastilloRC Welington CastilloR
    SS J.J. HardyRRF Christian WalkerR
    LF Hyun Soo KimLSS J.J. HardyR



    Baltimore wisely re-signed Mark Trumbo, a key cog in the team's 2016 lineup, while new additions Welington Castillo and Seth Smith should offer more offense than the players they're replacing in the batting order from last season.

    Manny Machado only continues to get better, while Chris Davis and Adam Jones remain highly productive, though their best baseball is probably behind them.

    Ultimately, as has been the case in recent years, the success of this lineup rests on its ability to hit home runs. With the group the Orioles have assembled, that shouldn't be an issue.

Boston Red Sox

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    Mookie Betts /
    Mookie Betts /Jason Miller/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Dustin PedroiaR2B Dustin PedroiaR
    LF Andrew BenintendiLLF Andrew BenintendiL
    SS Xander BogaertsRSS Xander BogaertsR
    RF Mookie BettsRRF Mookie BettsR
    DH Hanley RamirezR1B Hanley RamirezR
    CF Jackie Bradley Jr.LCF Jackie Bradley Jr.L
    3B Pablo SandovalS3B Pablo SandovalS
    1B Mitch MorelandLDH Chris YoungR
    C Sandy LeonSC Sandy LeonS



    It's bizarre to look at Boston's lineup and not see David Ortiz's name in the cleanup spot. There's no way for the Red Sox to replace him, and they were wise not even to try.

    But it's still going to be a highly productive lineup. With Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez still hanging around, it's nearly impossible for it not to be.

    A full season of Andrew Benintendi and the return of a slimmer, motivated Pablo Sandoval will help to pick up some of the production Ortiz took with him into retirement, while the pop that lefty swinger Mitch Moreland offers brings some balance to the mix, at least against right-handed pitching.

Chicago Cubs

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    Jason Heyward /
    Jason Heyward /Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    LF Kyle SchwarberL2B Ben ZobristS
    3B Kris BryantR3B Kris BryantR
    1B Anthony RizzoL1B Anthony RizzoL
    2B Ben ZobristSLF Javier BaezR
    SS Addison RussellRSS Addison RussellR
    RF Jason HeywardLRF Jason HeywardL
    C Willson ContrerasRC Willson ContrerasR
    Pitcher Pitcher 
    CF Jon JayLCF Albert AlmoraR



    Dexter Fowler is the only everyday player missing from Chicago's World Series-winning lineup, and in what comes as no surprise, Cubs manager Joe Maddon is thinking outside the box when it comes to replacing him atop the order.

    "I do like [Kyle] Schwarber leading off," Maddon told reporters earlier this month at his annual Thanksmas charity event. "I do like it." Schwarber isn't your prototypical leadoff hitter by any stretch, but with him in front of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs can do damage early.

    World Series MVP Ben Zobrist's knack for getting on base makes him the logical choice to replace Schwarber atop the lineup when the Cubs face a left-handed pitcher, and Javier Baez can take over in left field and bat further down the lineup.

Chicago White Sox

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    Todd Frazier /
    Todd Frazier /Jason Miller/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Charlie TilsonLCF Charlie TilsonL
    SS Tim AndersonRSS Tim AndersonR
    LF Melky CabreraRLF Melky CabreraR
    1B Jose AbreuS1B Jose AbreuS
    3B Todd FrazierR3B Todd FrazierR
    2B Brett LawrieR2B Brett LawrieL
    C Geovany SotoRC Geovany SotoS
    DH Cody AscheLDH Tyler SaladinoR
    RF Avisail GarciaRRF Avisail GarciaR



    The lineup Chicago takes into spring training might not be the one it has on Opening Day—and it's a lock that the rebuilding White Sox will boast a significantly different lineup once the regular season ends.

    Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie are all candidates to follow former leadoff hitter Adam Eaton out the door in trades for young, controllable talent the White Sox want to build a future contender around.

    As presently constituted, the White Sox have enough power to cause some problems for the opposition but not nearly enough to make the team a real threat, much less a contender.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Devin Mesoraco /
    Devin Mesoraco /Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Billy HamiltonSCF Billy HamiltonS
    SS Zack CozartRSS Zack CozartR
    1B Joey VottoL1B Joey VottoL
    LF Adam DuvallRLF Adam DuvallR
    2B Brandon PhillipsR2B Brandon PhillipsR
    RF Scott ScheblerLRF Richie ShafferR
    3B Eugenio SuarezR3B Eugenio SuarezR
    C Devin MesoracoRC Devin MesoracoR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    In December, Cincinnati GM Dick Williams told Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer there was a chance that if Zack Cozart and Brandon Phillips remained on the roster, both Dilson Herrera and Jose Peraza could start the season in Triple-A.

    "Two of the guys have options," Williams said, "so if you need to option them down and play, you could do that." Cozart and Phillips need to play to maintain their trade value, and since Herrera and Peraza need to play to continue their development, that's exactly how things will shake out.

    It's not an ideal situation, but neither is having a leadoff hitter with world-class speed who struggles to get on base with any regularity.

    Joey Votto remains one of the best hitters around, while Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler provide some pop. Devin Mesoraco has shown the ability to be a complete hitter in the past, but injuries have limited him to 39 games since his breakout season in 2014.

    If he can stay healthy—and Hamilton can learn to draw a walk—the Reds have a chance to have a not-so-shabby offense, particularly for a team in the midst of a rebuild.

Cleveland Indians

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    Edwin Encarnacion /
    Edwin Encarnacion /Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    DH Carlos SantanaSDH Carlos SantanaS
    2B Jason KipnisL2B Jason KipnisL
    SS Francisco LindorSSS Francisco LindorS
    1B Edwin EncarnacionR1B Edwin EncarnacionR
    LF Michael BrantleyLLF Michael BrantleyL
    3B Jose RamirezS3B Jose RamirezS
    RF Lonnie ChisenhallLRF Brandon GuyerR
    C Yan GomesRC Yan GomesR
    CF Tyler NaquinLCF Tyler NaquinL



    The lineup that helped bring Cleveland within one game of a World Series crown returns—with two notable exceptions: All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley is penciled in as the team's starting left fielder, and All-Star slugger Edwin Encarnacion replaces Mike Napoli at first base.

    Need we say more? I think not.

Colorado Rockies

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    Nolan Arenado /
    Nolan Arenado /Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Charlie BlackmonLCF Charlie BlackmonL
    2B DJ LeMahieuR2B DJ LeMahieuR
    3B Nolan ArenadoR3B Nolan ArenadoR
    RF Carlos GonzalezLRF Carlos GonzalezL
    1B Ian DesmondR1B Ian DesmondR
    LF David DahlLLF David DahlL
    SS Trevor StoryRSS Trevor StoryR
    C Tony WoltersLC Tom MurphyR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    People might still be scratching their heads over Colorado's decision to sign Ian Desmond to play first base, a position he's never played before, but his right-handed bat is a terrific fit in the middle of a lineup that is consistently one of baseball's best.

    Nolan Arenado has hit .291 with 83 home runs, 263 RBI and a .915 OPS over the past two seasons. Last year, Trevor Story broke Troy Tulowitkzi's NL record for home runs by a rookie shortstop, while DJ LeMahieu led the Senior Circuit with a .348 batting average.

    This is a lineup without an obvious hole, one that could very well be MLB's most potent.

Detroit Tigers

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    Miguel Cabrera /
    Miguel Cabrera /Duane Burleson/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Ian KinslerR2B Ian KinslerR
    RF J.D. MartinezRRF J.D. MartinezR
    1B Miguel CabreraR1B Miguel CabreraR
    DH Victor MartinezSDH Victor MartinezS
    LF Justin UptonRLF Justin UptonR
    3B Nick CastellanosR3B Nick CastellanosR
    CF Tyler CollinsLCF Mikie MahtookR
    C James McCannRC James McCannR
    SS Jose IglesiasRSS Jose IglesiasR



    While rumors that Detroit is actively trying to shed payroll continue to make the rounds, the Tigers' high-priced lineup remains relatively unchanged from last season. The only real change has been in center field, with Anthony Gose and Cameron Maybin replaced by a platoon of Tyler Collins, Mikie Mahtook and, perhaps, JaCoby Jones.

    Detroit's big stars might be another year older, but only a fool looks at this lineup and thinks it'll struggle to put runs on the board.

Houston Astros

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    Carlos Beltran /
    Carlos Beltran /Bob Levey/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF George SpringerRCF George SpringerR
    2B Jose AltuveR2B Jose AltuveR
    SS Carlos CorreaRSS Carlos CorreaR
    DH Carlos BeltranSDH Carlos BeltranS
    C Brian McCannLC Evan GattisL
    3B Alex BregmanR3B Alex BregmanR
    RF Josh ReddickLRF Teoscar HernandezR
    1B Yulieski GurrielR1B Yulieski GurrielR
    LF Nori AokiLLF Jake MarisnickR



    Few teams did more this offseason to bolster their lineups than the Astros. Whether it was trading pitching prospects Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to the New York Yankees for Brian McCann, claiming Nori Aoki on waivers from Seattle or signing free agents Carlos Beltran and Josh Reddick, most of GM Jeff Luhnow's moves aimed to add depth and balance.

    As a result, it's hard to find a real hole in Houston's lineup. When you consider that Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and, to an extent, George Springer all still have room to grow, we could be looking at not one of the game's best lineups, but the best lineup in the game come season's end.

Kansas City Royals

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    Jorge Soler /
    Jorge Soler /Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    SS Alcides EscobarRSS Alcides EscobarR
    3B Mike MoustakasL3B Mike MoustakasL
    CF Lorenzo CainRCF Lorenzo CainR
    1B Eric HosmerL1B Eric HosmerL
    C Salvador PerezRC Salvador PerezR
    LF Alex GordonLLF Alex GordonL
    RF Jorge SolerRRF Jorge SolerR
    DH Cheslor CuthbertRDH Cheslor CuthbertR
    2B Raul MondesiS2B Raul MondesiS



    It's the last run in Kansas City with the team's current core—there's just no way the Royals can afford to re-sign Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, all of whom can become free agents at the end of the upcoming season.

    Much of the lineup that led the Royals to World Series glory in 2015 returns. While there's no way to replace the impact of a player like Ben Zobrist, the upside of players like Raul Mondesi and Jorge Soler offers hope that this group can replicate that team's success offensively.

    Soler, in particular, has a chance to elevate the lineup as he gets his first taste of regular playing time with his athleticism and the pop in his bat.

    "I would say so," GM Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger when asked if Soler had more raw power than any player he's ever had in Kansas City. "Can you think of anybody else? This guy's got more power. More raw power. He does."

Los Angeles Angels

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    Mike Trout /
    Mike Trout /Matt Brown/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    3B Yunel EscobarR3B Yunel EscobarR
    RF Kole CalhounLRF Kole CalhounL
    CF Mike TroutRCF Mike TroutR
    DH Albert PujolsRDH Albert PujolsR
    1B Luis ValbuenaL1B C.J. CronR
    2B Danny EspinosaS2B Danny EspinosaS
    LF Cameron MaybinRLF Cameron MaybinR
    SS Andrelton SimmonsRSS Andrelton SimmonsR
    C Martin MaldonadoRC Martin MaldonadoR



    Give the Angels credit—they went out and plugged gaping holes at second base and in left field by trading for Danny Espinosa and Cameron Maybin, respectively. Neither one is a superstar, but the Angels didn't need studs—just competent hitters. They got that.

    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Albert Pujols' status as he recovers from offseason foot surgery has become a concern for the Angels, pointing to the team's recent signing of Luis Valbuena as an example of the club's covering itself in case the future Hall of Fame inductee isn't ready on Opening Day.

    That's another solid, understated move by GM Billy Eppler, who might not be done adding to the lineup. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the team has interest in free-agent catcher Matt Wieters.

    Whether the club ultimately adds Wieters or not, Los Angeles' offense seems well equipped to leave the disappointment of 2016 in the past where it belongs.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Yasiel Puig /
    Yasiel Puig /Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Logan ForsytheR2B Logan ForsytheR
    SS Corey SeagerLSS Corey SeagerL
    3B Justin TurnerR3B Justin TurnerR
    1B Adrian GonzalezL1B Adrian GonzalezL
    C Yasmani GrandalRC Yasmani GrandalR
    CF Joc PedersonLCF Joc PedersonL
    RF Yasiel PuigRRF Yasiel PuigR
    LF Andrew TolesLLF Trayce ThompsonR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    Just when it looked like the Dodgers were going to be stuck with a mediocre option at second base, Los Angeles traded for Logan Forsythe, sending pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay, the team announced Monday.

    Forsythe didn't get much publicity with the Rays, but the versatile 30-year-old can hit for average, hit for power and plays a solid second base. More importantly, he brings some balance to the team's lineup, which was in need of another right-handed bat.

    If Yasiel Puig can get his act together, the Dodgers should have no trouble eclipsing last season's mediocre run total of 725, seventh-best in the NL.

Miami Marlins

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    Giancarlo Stanton /
    Giancarlo Stanton /Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Dee GordonL2B Dee GordonL
    3B Martin PradoR3B Martin PradoR
    CF Christian YelichLCF Christian YelichL
    RF Giancarlo StantonRRF Giancarlo StantonR
    LF Marcell OzunaRLF Marcell OzunaR
    1B Justin BourL1B Justin BourL
    C J.T. RealmutoRC J.T. RealmutoR
    SS Adeiny HechavarriaRSS Adeiny HechavarriaR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    Miami has speed (Dee Gordon), guys who know how to hit (Martin Prado and Christian Yelich) and power (Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton), all the ingredients a team needs to send a productive lineup to the plate.

    What it lacks is consistency. Ozuna puts together stretches where he looks like an All-Star but winds up with so-so numbers at the end of the season due to unexpected drops in production.

    Stanton, meanwhile, can't stay healthy. He's appeared in more than 140 games just twice since 2011 and was limited to 119 last season. If he can stay healthy, the hulking slugger might finally put together the MVP-caliber season he's capable of delivering.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Ryan Braun /
    Ryan Braun /Norm Hall/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Jonathan VillarS2B Jonathan VillarS
    SS Orlando ArciaRSS Orlando ArciaR
    LF Ryan BraunRLF Ryan BraunR
    1B Eric ThamesL1B Eric ThamesL
    RF Domingo SantanaRRF Domingo SantanaR
    3B Travis ShawL3B Travis ShawL
    CF Keon BroxtonRCF Keon BroxtonR
    C Andrew SusacRC Andrew SusacR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    Ryan Braun's continued presence in Milwaukee might not make sense for a rebuilding team, but it's anything but a bad thing for the team's lineup, which is light on hitters with a track record of success in the big leagues.

    If youngsters Orlando Arcia, Keon Broxton, Domingo Santana and Andrew Susac show in camp that they've learned to make the necessary adjustments to have sustained success, the Brewers lineup might be far more productive than most think it'll be in 2017.

Minnesota Twins

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    Brian Dozier /
    Brian Dozier /Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Brian DozierR2B Brian DozierR
    SS Jorge PolancoSSS Jorge PolancoS
    1B Joe MauerL1B Joe MauerL
    3B Miguel SanoR3B Miguel SanoR
    RF Max KeplerLRF Max KeplerL
    DH Kennys VargasSDH Kennys VargasS
    C Jason CastroLC J.R. MurphyR
    CF Byron BuxtonRCF Byron BuxtonR
    LF Eddie RosarioLLF Robbie GrossmanR



    With Logan Forsythe now in Los Angeles, Twins fans can rest easy knowing that Brian Dozier will remain atop the team's lineup—at least to start the season. But there are more questions about Minnesota's offense than there are answers.

    Can Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Miguel Sano take the next step in their development, inching closer to the hype that surrounded them as prospects? If so, that's a lineup to get excited about, and it could do some damage.

    If not, the Twins would once again be a middle-of-the-road offense in the AL, one that added only Jason Castro, a superb defender behind the plate but a career .232 hitter at it, to the mix.

    That's not all that exciting.

New York Mets

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    Jay Bruce /
    Jay Bruce /Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Curtis GrandersonLRF Curtis GrandersonL
    3B David WrightR3B David WrightR
    LF Yoenis CespedesRLF Yoenis CespedesR
    RF Jay BruceL2B Neil WalkerS
    2B Neil WalkerS1B Wilmer FloresR
    SS Asdrubal CabreraSSS Asdrubal CabreraS
    1B Lucas DudaLC Travis d'ArnaudR
    C Travis d'ArnaudRCF Juan LagaresR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    New York's glut of outfielders remains, and while the Mets would surely entertain overtures from another team for Jay Bruce at this point, it's going to take an injury elsewhere to generate any real interest in the slugger, who became expendable after Yoenis Cespedes re-signed this offseason.

    David Wright's balky back isn't going away, while Lucas Duda and Neil Walker are recovering from back issues of their own. Considering how violent a baseball swing is and the stress it puts on a player's back, their ability to stay healthy is a significant concern for the Mets.

    If they're able to stay on the field and return to their usual form, the Mets could have a sneakily productive lineup, one that can consistently put enough runs on the board to support one of the game's best rotations.

New York Yankees

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    Gary Sanchez /
    Gary Sanchez /Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Jacoby EllsburyLCF Jacoby EllsburyL
    LF Brett GardnerLLF Brett GardnerL
    C Gary SanchezRC Gary SanchezR
    DH Matt HollidayRDH Matt HollidayR
    1B Greg BirdL1B Tyler AustinR
    RF Aaron JudgeRRF Aaron JudgeR
    SS Didi GregoriusLSS Didi GregoriusL
    3B Chase HeadleyS3B Chase HeadleyS
    2B Starlin CastroR2B Starlin CastroR



    Murderers' Row it's not, but the Yankees trot out a lineup that has the potential to clear the fences far more often than it did a year ago.

    Full seasons from Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge will go a long way toward making that a reality, as will the addition of veteran Matt Holliday, who should rediscover his power stroke in the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium.

    To be sure, Sanchez, Bird and Judge will have their struggles as most youngsters do. But all three have power that plays anywhere.

    If Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner can get on base consistently, and the 20-home run power that Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius flashed in 2016 is for real, the Yankees may once again have one of baseball's most productive lineups.

Oakland Athletics

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    Ryon Healy /
    Ryon Healy /Brad Mangin/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Rajai DavisRCF Rajai DavisR
    C Stephen VogtLRF Jake SmolinskiR
    DH Ryon HealyRDH Ryon HealyR
    LF Khris DavisRLF Khris DavisR
    RF Matt JoyceLSS Marcus SemienR
    SS Marcus SemienR3B Trevor PlouffeR
    3B Trevor PlouffeR1B Mark CanhaR
    1B Yonder AlonsoLC Josh PhegleyR
    2B Jed LowrieS2B Jed LowrieS



    After the A's missed out on Edwin Encarnacion, a player Oakland executive vice president Billy Beane saw as an "anchor point" for the team's young talent, per Joe Stiglich of, their current lineup is the one they figure to take into Opening Day.

    Losing Danny Valencia hurts—he was one of the team's more productive players in 2016. And there are still holes that need to be filled, particularly at first base and second base. But all is not lost.

    Rajai Davis gives the A's a legitimate leadoff hitter, while Ryon Healy, Khris Davis and Marcus Semien provide plenty of thump in the middle of the order. Trevor Plouffe isn't an All-Star, but the veteran third baseman has been a solid contributor throughout his seven-year career.

    Oakland's lineup isn't going to scare opposing pitching staffs, but it's one other teams can't take lightly either.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Odubel Herrera
    Odubel HerreraMitchell Leff/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Cesar HernandezS2B Cesar HernandezS
    LF Howie KendrickRLF Howie KendrickR
    CF Odubel HerreraLCF Odubel HerreraL
    3B Maikel FrancoR3B Maikel FrancoR
    RF Michael SaundersLRF Aaron AltherrR
    1B Tommy JosephR1B Tommy JosephR
    C Cameron RuppRC Cameron RuppR
    SS Freddy GalvisRSS Freddy GalvisR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    Adding veterans Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders will help give a Philadelphia lineup that scored an MLB-low 610 runs last season a much-needed boost, but 2017 is all about the continued development of the team's youngsters and figuring out who is truly part of the team's future foundation.

    Odubel Herrera has already cemented himself as a cornerstone piece, and second baseman Cesar Hernandez has made a strong case to be included in that conversation. Maikel Franco has the talent to be one of those players but needs to elevate his play as he enters his second full MLB season.

    Prospects such as Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Cozens and J.P. Crawford will factor into the team's lineup before too long. Alfaro and Crawford could break camp with the club if they show enough in spring training.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Andrew McCutchen /
    Andrew McCutchen /Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Josh HarrisonR2B Josh HarrisonR
    1B Josh BellS1B Josh BellS
    CF Andrew McCutchenRCF Andrew McCutchenR
    LF Starling MarteRLF Starling MarteR
    RF Gregory PolancoLRF Gregory PolancoL
    3B Jung Ho KangR3B Jung Ho KangR
    C Francisco CervelliRC Francisco CervelliR
    SS Jordy MercerRSS Jordy MercerR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    Two players will dictate how productive Pittsburgh's lineup is in 2017: Jung Ho Kang and Andrew McCutchen.

    Kang was limited to just 103 games last season due to injuries and has been dealing with off-field issues this offseason stemming from a DUI arrest in South Korea—his third since 2009, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    McCutchen, meanwhile, struggled through a career-worst year but finished the season strong, lending credence to the notion that he was playing hurt much of the time. He spent most of the offseason hearing his name bandied about in trade rumors that never went anywhere.

    If those two can put their offseason distractions behind them and stay healthy, Pittsburgh's lineup could once again be a force in the National League. If not, the Pirates will struggle to remain relevant in the playoff picture.

San DIego Padres

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    Wil Myers /
    Wil Myers /Denis Poroy/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    LF Travis JankowskiLLF Travis JankowskiL
    CF Manuel MargotRCF Manuel MargotR
    1B Wil MyersR1B Wil MyersR
    3B Yangervis SolarteS3B Yangervis SolarteS
    RF Hunter RenfroeRRF Hunter RenfroeR
    2B Ryan SchimpfL2B Ryan SchimpfL
    C Austin HedgesRC Austin HedgesR
    SS Luis SardinasSSS Luis SardinasS
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    With all due respect to Yangervis Solarte, it's not a good thing when he's considered the closest example of a "sure thing" in a team's lineup. That said, the potential the rest of his teammates possess is a reason for excitement in San Diego.

    Travis Jankowski and Manuel Margot have a chance to be a dynamic pair of table-setters atop the lineup, while Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe and Ryan Schimpf all have plenty of power. Myers, who struggled badly after making his first All-Star appearance last season, needs to figure out a way to put together a full season at the plate.

    If he can take the next step in his development and some of his teammates show they can handle big league pitching, we might find out the Padres are further along in their rebuilding process than many thought.

San Francisco Giants

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    Buster Posey /
    Buster Posey /Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Denard SpanL3B Eduardo NunezR
    1B Brandon BeltL1B Brandon BeltL
    C Buster PoseyRC Buster PoseyR
    RF Hunter PenceRRF Hunter PenceR
    SS Brandon CrawfordLSS Brandon CrawfordL
    3B Eduardo NunezRLF Mac WilliamsonR
    2B Joe PanikL2B Ehire AdrianzaR
    LF Jarrett ParkerLCF Gorkys HernandezR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    Injuries limited Hunter Pence to 106 games in 2016, while a thumb injury might've been behind Buster Posey's un-Posey-like season. Having the lineup's two most important bats healthy should result in better...results.

    It'd be nice if Joe Panik returns to his All-Star form of 2015. Panik, who hit just .239 with a .695 OPS last season, seemed to be the victim of bad luck more than a faulty approach at the plate. He made more contact, didn't chase more pitches out of the zone, increased his walk rate and dropped his whiff rate.

    There are plenty of questions, especially in left field, where prospects Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson need to prove themselves, and at third base, where Eduardo Nunez has to show his All-Star selection last year wasn't a fluke.

Seattle Mariners

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    Robinson Cano /
    Robinson Cano /Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    LF Jarrod DysonLSS Jean SeguraR
    SS Jean SeguraR1B Danny ValenciaR
    2B Robinson CanoL2B Robinson CanoL
    DH Nelson CruzRDH Nelson CruzR
    3B Kyle SeagerL3B Kyle SeagerL
    C Mike ZuninoRC Mike ZuninoR
    1B Dan VogelbachLLF Guillermo HerediaR
    RF Mitch HanigerRRF Mitch HanigerR
    CF Leonys MartinLCF Leonys MartinR



    Adding Jean Segura to an offense that was already one of baseball's most productive won't hurt Seattle's chances of ending its 15-year absence from the playoffs. You can make a case that, with Segura's arrival, the top of the Mariners lineup is as potent as you'll find anywhere in MLB.

    There aren't many trios as impressive (or productive) as Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.

    But there are legitimate concerns about the bottom half. Can Mike Zunino finally become a reliable run producer? What, if anything, will the unproven Mitch Haniger, Guillermo Heredia and Dan Vogelbach provide at the plate?

    If they turn out to be solid complementary pieces, you have to like Seattle's chances of ending that playoff drought. If not, the struggle may continue.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Dexter Fowler /
    Dexter Fowler /Pool/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Dexter FowlerSCF Dexter FowlerS
    SS Aledmys DiazRSS Aledmys DiazR
    1B Matt CarpenterL1B Matt CarpenterL
    RF Stephen PiscottyRRF Stephen PiscottyR
    C Yadier MolinaRC Yadier MolinaR
    3B Jhonny PeraltaR3B Jhonny PeraltaR
    2B Kolten WongL2B Jedd GyorkoR
    LF Randal GrichukRLF Randal GrichukR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    The addition of Dexter Fowler does two things for St. Louis' lineup: It provides the Cardinals with a more traditional leadoff hitter than they've had in the past and allows the team to take that untraditional leadoff bat—Matt Carpenter—and drop him down the order into more of a run-producing role.

    Fowler's arrival—and Matt Holliday's departure—also signals a shift from the homer-happy club of 2016 back to a more athletic, aggressive attack. There's still plenty of power to go around, but the Cardinals won't be nearly as reliant on the long ball as they were last year.

    That's a good thing.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Wilson Ramos /
    Wilson Ramos /Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Nick FranklinS2B Nick FranklinS
    CF Kevin KiermaierLCF Kevin KiermaierL
    3B Evan LongoriaR3B Evan LongoriaR
    1B Brad MillerL1B Brad MillerL
    SS Matt DuffyRSS Matt DuffyR
    DH Corey DickersonLDH Corey DickersonL
    RF Steven SouzaRRF Steven SouzaR
    LF Colby RasmusLLF Jason CoatsR
    C Curt CasaliRC Curt CasaliR



    No, Tampa Bay's lineup doesn't elicit images of the team's past glory, when Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist routinely provided more than enough run support for a terrific pitching staff.

    There was also more to like about the Rays offense before the team traded Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitching prospect Jose De Leon on Monday. But this is still a group of batters that could surprise people.

    Kevin Kiermaier, Longoria and Brad Miller have the potential to put the Rays on the board early, while Corey Dickerson, Steven Souza and Colby Rasmus provide significant pop in the bottom half of the order.

    Wilson Ramos, who hit .307 with 22 home runs, 80 RBI and a .850 OPS for Washington last season, has the chance to tie it all together. Still recovering from a season-ending torn ACL, he won't be ready to contribute on Opening Day. But his Rays debut might come shortly after that.

    "The pace of my rehab, at the very least, I expect to be available for the team really from the beginning of May," Ramos told reporters on a mid-December conference call.

Texas Rangers

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    Adrian Beltre /
    Adrian Beltre /Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Carlos GomezRCF Carlos GomezR
    RF Shin-Soo ChooLRF Shin-Soo ChooL
    3B Adrian BeltreR3B Adrian BeltreR
    2B Rougned OdorL2B Rougned OdorL
    C Jonathan LucroyRC Jonathan LucroyR
    LF Nomar MazaraLLF Nomar MazaraL
    SS Elvis AndrusRSS Elvis AndrusR
    DH Joey GalloLDH Ryan RuaR
    1B Jurickson ProfarS1B Jurickson ProfarS



    Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland are gone and took their combined 51 home runs and 175 RBI from last season with them. That's a significant chunk of lost production—and it's not yet clear how the Rangers, a team that is built to win now, plan on replacing it.

    After Rougned Odor and Jonathan Lucroy, there are some concerns with the lineup. Adrian Beltre is entering his age-38 season. Shin-Soo Choo has struggled in three years with the club. Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar, while supremely talented, are still developing.

    Signing a free-agent slugger like Chris Carter or former Ranger Mike Napoli makes sense.'s Jim Bowden reports that remains a possibility, especially if one is willing to take a one-year deal similar to the pact Desmond signed with the team last season.

    The Rangers are going to contend whether they add another established bat to the lineup or not. But it's much easier to like their chances with Carter or Napoli part of the club.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Jose Bautista /
    Jose Bautista /Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    2B Devon TravisR2B Devon TravisR
    3B Josh DonaldsonR3B Josh DonaldsonR
    RF Jose BautistaRRF Jose BautistaR
    DH Kendrys MoralesSDH Kendrys MoralesS
    SS Troy TulowitzkiRSS Troy TulowitzkiR
    C Russell MartinRC Russell MartinR
    1B Justin SmoakS1B Steve PearceR
    LF Ezequiel CarreraLLF Melvin Upton Jr.R
    CF Kevin PillarRCF Kevin PillarR



    A Toronto lineup without Edwin Encarnacion is weird enough. One without Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista? That might have caused Rogers Centre to implode without the help of explosives.

    The Blue Jays can breathe a bit easier with Bautista behind perennial MVP candidate Josh Donaldson, while newcomers Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce are solid, albeit unspectacular, run producers.

    But there are still unanswered questions. Can Devon Travis stay healthy enough to be a competent table-setter? Does Troy Tulowitzki have more to offer, or is he just a nondescript .250 hitter at this stage of his career? Will a pair of fourth outfielders produce enough in a left field platoon?

    Toronto's lineup has a chance to be highly productive, but it still feels like one that's another move away from being complete.

Washington Nationals

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    Bryce Harper and Trea Turner /
    Bryce Harper and Trea Turner /Harry How/Getty Images

    Projected Lineup 

    Vs. RHPBatsVs. LHPBats
    CF Adam EatonLCF Adam EatonL
    SS Trea TurnerRSS Trea TurnerR
    2B Daniel MurphyL2B Daniel MurphyL
    RF Bryce HarperLRF Bryce HarperL
    3B Anthony RendonR3B Anthony RendonR
    LF Jayson WerthRLF Jayson WerthR
    1B Ryan ZimmermanR1B Ryan ZimmermanR
    C Jose LobatonSC Derek NorrisR
    Pitcher Pitcher 



    With on-base machines Adam Eaton and Trea Turner at the top of the lineup, Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon figure to come to the plate with runners on base more often than not. That bodes well for the Nationals, a team that is desperate for a deep playoff run.

    But this isn't a lineup without concerns. Ryan Zimmerman was putrid in 2016, hitting .218 with a .642 OPS, while Harper mounted a weak defense of his 2015 NL MVP Award. The team also lost significant production behind the plate, and Jose Lobaton and Derek Norris will try to replace Wilson Ramos.

    If Harper can get himself back on track, however, there's no reason why the Nationals couldn't have baseball's best offense in 2017.


    Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of and FanGraphs.