Updated Spring Training Predictions for All 30 MLB Teams' Final 25-Man Rosters

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterMarch 8, 2017

Updated Spring Training Predictions for All 30 MLB Teams' Final 25-Man Rosters

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    How does Yasiel Puig fit onto the Dodgers? And the answers to more questions!
    How does Yasiel Puig fit onto the Dodgers? And the answers to more questions!Tim Warner/Getty Images

    Spring training has reached that special point where it feels like there's still an eternity of exhibition games left, and yet Opening Day (April 2) is right around the corner.

    What better time to get caught up on how teams' rosters are shaping up?

    Ahead are 25-man roster predictions for all 30 MLB teams. On balance, they don't look too different from what the projections were going into spring training. But things like injuries and performances must be accounted for, so there are a few changes to consider.

    We'll go in alphabetical order by city, and please note that all stats are current through play on Tuesday, March 7.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Shelby Miller's got this.
    Shelby Miller's got this.Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Chris Iannetta  C Jeff Mathis
     1B Paul Goldschmidt  C/OF Chris Herrmann 
     2B Brandon Drury  INF Daniel Descalso
     3B Jake Lamb INF Chris Owings 
     SS Nick Ahmed OF Jeremy Hazelbaker
     LF Yasmany Tomas  
     CF A.J. Pollock  
     RF David Peralta  

    With a solid .772 OPS this spring, Chris Owings is making a push to play either second base or shortstop. But since he still fits the Diamondbacks best as a utility player off the bench, Nick Ahmed's defensive ability and Brandon Drury's offensive upside give them the edge for now.

    Elsewhere, Chris Herrmann's ability to play the outfield is as good an excuse as any for the Diamondbacks to carry three catchers. The last spot on the bench is the big question. Jeremy Hazelbaker is the de facto answer until Gregor Blanco or Socrates Brito start making a stronger push.


     RHP Zack Greinke  RHP Fernando Rodney
     LHP Robbie Ray RHP Randall Delgado
     RHP Taijuan Walker  RHP Jake Barrett
     RHP Shelby Miller LHP Andrew Chafin
     LHP Patrick Corbin  RHP Enrique Burgos
      RHP Silvino Bracho
      RHP Zack Godley

    Shelby Miller has risen to the challenge of proving himself this spring. He's dominated in two of his three starts, and he continued to show overpowering stuff in the third. This is bad news for Archie Bradley, who has struggled in two of his three outings.

    Even with the assumption that Jake Barrett's shoulder will be good to go in time for Opening Day, the Diamondbacks bullpen is more of a puzzle. For now, Andrew Chafin, Enrique Burgos and Silvino Bracho are on track to ride strong springs to middle relief roles. And despite some iffy spring numbers, Zack Godley looks like a good fit as the long man.

Atlanta Braves

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    Here comes Dansby Swanson's first full MLB season.
    Here comes Dansby Swanson's first full MLB season.Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Tyler Flowers C Kurt Suzuki
     1B Freddie Freeman INF/OF Jace Peterson
     2B Brandon Phillips  INF/OF Chase d'Arnaud 
     3B Adonis Garcia  INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio
     SS Dansby Swanson  
     LF Matt Kemp  
     CF Ender Inciarte  
     RF Nick Markakis  

    The Braves' starting lineup looked set going into the spring, and it hasn't been shaken up by any injuries. That leaves just the bench for manager Brian Snitker to figure out.

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported in January that the Braves will be using just a four-man bench. That places an even greater emphasis on versatility. Sean Rodriguez's injury is a tough break in this regard.

    Fortunately, Jace Peterson and Chase d'Arnaud (who's out of options) can play both the infield and the outfield. So can non-roster invitee Emilio Bonifacio, who's helping his cause with a .922 OPS this spring.


     RHP Julio Teheran  RHP Jim Johnson
     RHP Bartolo Colon  RHP Arodys Vizcaino
     RHP R.A. Dickey  RHP Mauricio Cabrera
     LHP Jaime Garcia LHP Ian Krol
     RHP Mike Foltynewicz  RHP Chaz Roe
      RHP Jose Ramirez
      LHP Paco Rodriguez
      RHP Josh Collmenter

    It's a crowded competition for the last spot in Atlanta's rotation, but Mike Foltynewicz should have the edge. He's a big-armed youngster who showed some promise last year and who isn't fumbling his opportunity this spring.

    In the bullpen, being out of options should work in favor of Ian Krol, Jose Ramirez and Chaz Roe. Paco Rodriguez can reemerge as a strong lefty specialist now that he's healthy again. Josh Collmenter is a natural fit as a long man.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Mark Trumbo is back in the fold.
    Mark Trumbo is back in the fold.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Welington Castillo C Caleb Joseph
     1B Chris Davis  INF/OF Ryan Flaherty
     2B Jonathan Schoop  OF Joey Rickard
     3B Manny Machado  INF/OF Aneury Tavarez
     SS J.J. Hardy  
     LF Hyun Soo Kim 
     CF Adam Jones 
     RF Seth Smith  
     DH Mark Trumbo  

    The big question in Baltimore's starting lineup has to do with J.J. Hardy's back. With Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reporting that the shortstop is doing baseball activities, optimism is warranted for now.

    Meanwhile, Trey Mancini's absence from this bench projection may raise some eyebrows. His problem is his lack of versatility. Rather than roll with that and use him as a pinch-hitter, the Orioles would be better served going with Aneury Tavarez's versatile glove and sending Mancini to the minors for regular at-bats.


     RHP Kevin Gausman LHP Zach Britton
     LHP Wade Miley RHP Brad Brach 
     RHP Dylan Bundy RHP Darren O'Day 
     RHP Ubaldo Jimenez RHP Mychal Givens 
     RHP Mike Wright LHP Donnie Hart
      RHP Logan Verrett
      LHP Vidal Nuno

    After having a platelet-rich plasma treatment on his shoulder, Chris Tillman likely won't be ready to go by Opening Day. That creates an opening for Mike Wright, spot starter extraordinaire, at the back end of Baltimore's rotation.

    Zach Britton's oblique injury is another health matter for the Orioles to worry about. But this one seems less serious, so it's only the bottom of the depth chart that needs sorting.

    For that, the out-of-options Oliver Drake isn't helping his cause with his terrible spring. That's an opening for Logan Verrett to nab a middle relief role, with Vidal Nuno sliding in as the long man.

Boston Red Sox

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    Christian Vazquez is looking good behind the plate.
    Christian Vazquez is looking good behind the plate.Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Sandy Leon C Christian Vazquez
     1B Mitch Moreland  INF/OF Brock Holt
     2B Dustin Pedroia  OF Chris Young
     3B Pablo Sandoval  INF Josh Rutledge
     SS Xander Bogaerts  
     LF Andrew Benintendi  
     CF Jackie Bradley Jr. 
     RF Mookie Betts 
     DH Hanley Ramirez 

    With a .333 average in seven games, Pablo Sandoval is so far making good on his chance to reclaim his job at third base this spring. That leaves just the bench for the Red Sox to get squared away.

    On that front, Christian Vazquez is securing at least a backup catcher role with his strong showing on both sides of the ball. And while Deven Marrero is making a strong push for the final spot on the bench, he has an option left. Josh Rutledge does not.


     LHP Chris Sale RHP Craig Kimbrel
     RHP Rick Porcello  RHP Tyler Thornburg
     LHP David Price RHP Joe Kelly
     RHP Steven Wright LHP Robbie Ross Jr. 
     LHP Drew Pomeranz  RHP Matt Barnes 
      RHP Heath Hembree 
      LHP Fernando Abad 

    With David Price's elbow still intact for now, the Red Sox's projected starting rotation looks good. But with health question marks now hanging over Price, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez shouldn't give up hope just yet.

    Going into spring training, Heath Hembree (who's out of options) and Fernando Abad didn't seem to have the strongest holds on the last two bullpen spots. But with the two of them pitching well, Robby Scott and Brandon Workman remain on the outside looking in.

Chicago Cubs

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    The defending champs don't have many question marks on their roster.
    The defending champs don't have many question marks on their roster.Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Willson Contreras C Miguel Montero
     1B Anthony Rizzo  INF Javier Baez 
     2B Ben Zobrist  OF Jon Jay 
     3B Kris Bryant OF Matt Szczur 
     SS Addison Russell  
     LF Kyle Schwarber  
     CF Albert Almora  
     RF Jason Heyward  

    Surprise, surprise. The world champions have a starting lineup that's pretty much good to go. Joe Maddon only needs to figure out who will be on his bench on Opening Day.

    For that, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com hinted last month that Maddon will only need four players. Miguel Montero, Javier Baez and Jon Jay are definitely in, leaving Matt Szczur and Tommy La Stella to battle for the last spot. Szczur's right-handed bat and .977 OPS this spring give him the advantage.


     LHP Jon Lester RHP Wade Davis
     RHP Jake Arrieta  RHP Hector Rondon
     RHP Kyle Hendricks  RHP Pedro Strop 
     RHP John Lackey  RHP Koji Uehara 
     LHP Brett Anderson RHP Carl Edwards Jr.
      RHP Justin Grimm
      LHP Brian Duensing
      LHP Mike Montgomery 

    The injury bug hasn't yet caught up to Brett Anderson. That puts him on track for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, and Mike Montgomery on track for the swingman role in the bullpen.

    That leaves just one spot in Chicago's pen up for grabs. Alongside Rob Zastryzny and Caleb Smith, Brian Duensing is one of three lefties gunning for it. He's thus far helping his cause with five strong frames in spring training.

Chicago White Sox

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    Jose Abreu is one of few sure things on the White Sox's roster.
    Jose Abreu is one of few sure things on the White Sox's roster.Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Derek Norris C Geovany Soto
     1B Jose Abreu INF Yolmer Sanchez
     2B Tyler Saladino  OF Peter Bourjos
     SS Tim Anderson  OF Cody Asche
     3B Todd Frazier  
     LF Melky Cabrera  
     CF Charlie Tilson  
     RF Avisail Garcia  
     DH Matt Davidson 

    The White Sox entered spring training with a whole bunch of questions to answer, and created yet another when they released Brett Lawrie. Let's answer them one by one:

    • Catcher: The White Sox basically don't have an everyday answer at catcher, so it's easy to imagine them pouncing on Derek Norris if the Washington Nationals release him. He would be a nice piece of trade bait if he were to rebound from a bad 2016.
    • Second Base: Tyler Saladino and Yolmer Sanchez (out of options) should both make the final roster, but Saladino's strong finish to 2016 and hot start this spring give him the edge to start.
    • Designated Hitter: The out-of-options Matt Davidson isn't seizing the day this spring, but is still likely to get a shot to be the club's regular DH.
    • Bench: Soto and Sanchez are in, and Peter Bourjos and Cody Asche are good fits to round things out. Bourjos is a good fourth outfielder, and Asche can platoon with Davidson and Avisail Garcia.

    That's it for now, but stay tuned. The rebuilding White Sox have much to decide in the next few weeks.


     LHP Jose Quintana RHP David Robertson
     LHP Carlos Rodon  RHP Nate Jones
     RHP James Shields RHP Zach Putnam
     LHP Derek Holland  RHP Jake Petricka 
     RHP Miguel Gonzalez  LHP Dan Jennings
      LHP Giovanni Soto
      RHP Anthony Swarzak

    Assuming Jose Quintana isn't traded, Carlos Rodon's readiness is the only unknown in Chicago's rotation. For that, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports the White Sox have a solid plan mapped out.

    Elsewhere, the last two spots in the bullpen look up for grabs. Giovanni Soto is a good fit to be a second left-hander alongside Dan Jennings. Anthony Swarzak, a non-roster invitee, is a natural fit as a long man.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Jose Peraza is getting his shot to play every day.
    Jose Peraza is getting his shot to play every day.Jon Durr/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Devin Mesoraco  C Tucker Barnhart
     1B Joey Votto  C Stuart Turner
     2B Jose Peraza  INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara 
     3B Eugenio Suarez  OF Desmond Jennings
     SS Zack Cozart  OF Ryan Raburn
     LF Adam Duvall  
     CF Billy Hamilton 
     RF Scott Schebler  

    After playing in just 39 games over the last two seasons, Devin Mesoraco needs to show he's healthy if he wants to open the 2017 season behind the plate.

    Although the Reds aren't rushing anything in that regard, it can be taken as a good sign that the 28-year-old has been making steady progress. All the same, Tucker Barnhart should be ready to see plenty of action early on this season, and Stuart Turner should be carried as a third catcher just in case.

    Elsewhere on the Reds bench, Desmond Jennings will make it as a fourth outfielder and Ryan Raburn will make it as a platoon partner for Scott Schebler. Arismendy Alcantara brings versatility to the table.


     LHP Brandon Finnegan RHP Raisel Iglesies
     RHP Scott Feldman RHP Michael Lorenzen
     RHP Tim Adleman RHP Drew Storen
     LHP Cody Reed LHP Tony Cingrani
     RHP Robert Stephenson RHP Blake Wood
      LHP Wandy Peralta
      RHP Sal Romano

    According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, it's unlikely that Anthony DeSclafani's elbow will be good to go by Opening Day. Rather than pick one or the other, that's an excuse for the Reds to open the season with youngsters Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson in their rotation.

    It's hard to even look at the Reds bullpen after what it did last year, but the top four spots are set. Blake Wood, who's out of options, is a good bet for one of the other spots. Wandy Peralta and Sal Romano, a fine swingman candidate, are pushing for the last two.

Cleveland Indians

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    The big question is Michael Brantley's health.
    The big question is Michael Brantley's health.Jason Miller/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Yan Gomez C Roberto Perez 
     1B Carlos Santana OF Brandon Guyer
     2B Jason Kipnis  OF Abraham Almonte
     3B Jose Ramirez  INF/OF Erik Gonzalez
     SS Francisco Lindor  
     LF Michael Brantley 
     CF Tyler Naquin  
     RF Lonnie Chisenhall  
     DH Edwin Encarnacion  

    In light of his ongoing shoulder issues, we have to ask: Will Michael Brantley be ready for Opening Day?

    "Now, I'm starting to get excited for him, because he's getting closer," manager Terry Francona said this week, via MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. "But, I think you have to temper it, just because, one, what he went through last year and when he got into games. And, two, I just think it's fair to him."

    Brantley gets a reluctant benefit of the doubt for now, which leaves only questions about Cleveland's bench to answer. For those, Abraham Almonte looks like a good fourth outfielder choice, and Erik Gonzalez is the utility infielder the club needs.


     RHP Corey Kluber  RHP Cody Allen
     RHP Carlos Carrasco  LHP Andrew Miller 
     RHP Danny Salazar  RHP Bryan Shaw
     RHP Trevor Bauer LHP Boone Logan 
     RHP Josh Tomlin  RHP Dan Otero
      RHP Shawn Armstrong
      RHP Zach McAllister

    As long as all the key characters stay healthy, the Indians only have one bullpen spot to figure out.

    Shawn Armstrong has a strong case to emerge victorious. He's been a big-time strikeout pitcher in the minors with a career 12.2 K/9. And so far this spring, he's whiffed four batters and allowed only one hit in three innings.

Colorado Rockies

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    Newcomer Ian Desmond's move to first base is a story to watch.
    Newcomer Ian Desmond's move to first base is a story to watch.Chris Coduto/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Tony Wolters  C Tom Murphy
     1B Ian Desmond  INF/OF Mark Reynolds
     2B DJ LeMahieu  INF/OF Alexi Amarista
     3B Nolan Arenado  OF Chris Denorfia
     SS Trevor Story  
     LF Gerardo Parra  
     CF Charlie Blackmon  
     RF Carlos Gonzalez  

    One of the big storylines going into Rockies camp was the impending left field competition between Gerardo Parra and David Dahl. But now that Dahl is hurt for the foreseeable future, so much for that.

    The Rockies bench, meanwhile, remains largely unsettled—at least until they tab Alexi Amarista for his versatility, Mark Reynolds as Ian Desmond insurance and Chris Denorfia as a right-handed complement for their lefty-hitting outfield.


     RHP Jon Gray RHP Greg Holland
     RHP Chad Bettis  RHP Adam Ottavino 
     LHP Tyler Anderson LHP Jake McGee 
     RHP Tyler Chatwood  LHP Mike Dunn
     RHP Jeff Hoffman RHP Jason Motte
      RHP Chad Qualls
      LHP Chris Rusin
      RHP Jordan Lyles

    Prospects Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez are vying for the final spot in Colorado's starting rotation. With a 0.00 ERA through two starts this spring, Hoffman has a leg up on Marquez and his 10.80 ERA.

    With them being the Rockies and everything, the real question here is how much bullpen depth they want to take into the season. A little extra is a good idea, so an eight-man pen is a safe assumption.

    The top four spots are all set. After those, Jason Motte and Chad Qualls should get the nod due to their seniority. Chris Rusin and Jordan Lyles would be two solid swingmen to round things out.

Detroit Tigers

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    This Miguel Cabrera guy could have a shot at making the team.
    This Miguel Cabrera guy could have a shot at making the team.Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C James McCann C Alex Avila
     1B Miguel Cabrera OF Tyler Collins
     2B Ian Kinsler  INF/OF Andrew Romine
     3B Nick Castellanos  INF Dixon Machado
     SS Jose Iglesias  
     LF Justin Upton  
     CF Mikie Mahtook  
     RF J.D. Martinez 
     DH Victor Martinez 

    Provided that Jose Iglesias recovers from a collision that knocked him out of Tuesday's action, center field is the only lineup spot the Tigers need to figure out this spring.

    For that, it can't be ignored that JaCoby Jones is hitting well, while Mikie Mahtook and Tyler Collins have been largely invisible. But it's still likely that Jones will begin the year in the minors, leaving Mahtook and Collins to platoon until he's ready.

    The other question has to do with the final spot on the bench. Will it go to the out-of-options Steven Moya or the out-of-options Dixon Machado? Since the latter fits the club's needs better, probably Machado.


     RHP Justin Verlander RHP Francisco Rodriguez
     RHP Michael Fulmer  LHP Justin Wilson
     RHP Jordan Zimmermann  RHP Bruce Rondon 
     RHP Anibal Sanchez RHP Alex Wilson
     LHP Daniel Norris RHP Mark Lowe
      LHP Kyle Ryan
      RHP Mike Pelfrey

    Provided he stays healthy, Anibal Sanchez's contract should ensure he gets one of the final two spots in Detroit's rotation. Mike Pelfrey probably doesn't have that luxury, and he is further hurting his cause by struggling while Daniel Norris is pitching well.

    If Pelfrey takes a long relief role in the bullpen, there would be just two middle relief slots to fill. That picture is a bit of a mess at the moment, so let's shrug our shoulders and give Mark Lowe and Kyle Ryan the nod as de facto favorites.

Houston Astros

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    Carlos Beltran is a new yet familiar face in Astros camp.
    Carlos Beltran is a new yet familiar face in Astros camp.Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Brian McCann C Evan Gattis
     1B Yulieski Gurriel  OF Jake Marisnick 
     2B Jose Altuve  INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez 
     3B Alex Bregman  INF/OF Tony Kemp
     SS Carlos Correa  
     LF Nori Aoki  
     CF George Springer  
     RF Josh Reddick  
     DH Carlos Beltran 

    The Astros brought a ton of depth to spring training this year, so it's no wonder they only have their final bench spot to figure out.

    There are plenty of horses in that race, but Tony Kemp is the guy in the best position to win it. He has a left-handed bat to offer, and it's showing well with an .849 OPS this spring. He can also play the outfield in addition to second base.


     LHP Dallas Keuchel  RHP Ken Giles
     RHP Collin McHugh  RHP Luke Gregerson 
     RHP Lance McCullers  RHP Will Harris
     RHP Charlie Morton  LHP Tony Sipp
     RHP Mike Fiers  RHP Michael Feliz
      RHP Jandel Gustave
      RHP Chris Devenski

    It's not a great look that all of Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Lance McCullers haven't pitched in a game this spring. But for now, there don't seem to be any reasons to doubt their availability for Opening Day.

    This leaves just one bullpen spot for the Astros to figure out. Jandel Gustave is a good fit for it. He showed his high-octane fastball in the majors this spring and has struck out five and allowed one hit in three scoreless appearances this spring.

Kansas City Royals

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    Peter O'Brien is making noise in Royals camp.
    Peter O'Brien is making noise in Royals camp.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Salvador Perez C Drew Butera
     1B Eric Hosmer  INF Christian Colon 
     2B Whit Merrifield  OF Paulo Orlando
     3B Mike Moustakas  OF/DH Peter O'Brien
     SS Alcides Escobar  
     LF Alex Gordon  
     CF Lorenzo Cain  
     RF Jorge Soler  
     DH Brandon Moss 

    The competition for the Royals' starting second base gig is a bit of a dud. Neither Whit Merrifield nor Christian Colon is off to a strong start this spring. And since Merrifield is the incumbent and Colon is out of options, both are likely to make the roster anyway.

    The real intrigue is over who takes the final bench spot. Cheslor Cuthbert is without options, but Peter O'Brien has a 1.002 spring OPS. He looks like the better choice to platoon with Brandon Moss.


     LHP Danny Duffy RHP Kelvin Herrera
     RHP Ian Kennedy  RHP Joakim Soria
     LHP Jason Vargas LHP Matt Strahm
     RHP Jason Hammel  LHP Mike Minor
     LHP Travis Wood RHP Peter Moylan
      RHP Josh Staumont
      RHP Chris Young

    There's a good competition going on between Travis Wood, Nate Karns, Matt Strahm and Chris Young for the final rotation spot. But as long as things are equal, the Royals would probably prefer their $12 million investment in Wood be put to use in the rotation.

    That would likely equal tough luck for Karns, who has a minor league option left. Young could be used as a long man, and Strahm can go back to the setup role he excelled at last year.

    Elsewhere, Mike Minor and Peter Moylan are pitching like two guys who deserve spots. Josh Staumont's disadvantage is that he's not on the roster. His advantage is a triple-digits fastball.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Mike Trout should have a decent chance of cracking the Angels' Opening Day roster.
    Mike Trout should have a decent chance of cracking the Angels' Opening Day roster.Rob Tringali/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Martin Maldonado C Carlos Perez 
     1B Luis Valbuena  1B/DH C.J. Cron
     2B Danny Espinosa  INF Cliff Pennington
     3B Yunel Escobar  OF Ben Revere 
     SS Andrelton Simmons  
     LF Cameron Maybin  
     CF Mike Trout  
     RF Kole Calhoun  
     DH Albert Pujols 

    The big unknown in Angels camp is whether Albert Pujols will be ready for Opening Day after having offseason foot surgery. However, things are looking up for the veteran slugger.

    "Albert ran great," manager Mike Scioscia said after Pujols ran the bases on Monday, via MLB.com's Maria Guardado. "He came out of it great, really ran well. He's approaching readiness to play in games."

    Otherwise, there's not much to see here. The one spot that could be up for grabs is the utility infielder slot, but Cliff Pennington is practically synonymous with the term "utility infielder."


     RHP Garrett Richards RHP Cam Bedrosian 
     RHP Matt Shoemaker RHP Andrew Bailey 
     LHP Tyler Skaggs  RHP JC Ramirez
     RHP Ricky Nolasco  LHP Jose Alvarez 
     RHP Jesse Chavez RHP Mike Morin 
      RHP Kirby Yates
      RHP Yusmeiro Petit

    Although the last spot in the Angels starting rotation isn't settled, Jesse Chavez came into camp as the favorite and hasn't yet lost his grasp on the opportunity.

    Rather, the big question is in the bullpen, where an opening has appeared thanks to Huston Street's latest injury.

    That could work out well for Kirby Yates, who's out of options and who has dominated in four appearances this spring. And with five scoreless innings to his name, Yusmeiro Petit is emerging as a solution for the swingman role that he's handled well in the past.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Yasiel Puig is part of a crowded competition to crack the Dodgers outfield.
    Yasiel Puig is part of a crowded competition to crack the Dodgers outfield.Tim Warner/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Yasmani Grandal  C Austin Barnes 
     1B Adrian Gonzalez INF Chase Utley
     2B Logan Forsythe  INF/OF Enrique Hernandez
     3B Justin Turner  OF Andre Ethier
     SS Corey Seager  OF Franklin Gutierrez
     LF Andrew Toles  
     CF Joc Pederson  
     RF Yasiel Puig  

    Let's cut right to the chase: How are the Dodgers going to resolve their outfield logjam?

    With a new batting stance that's produced an .857 OPS in six spring games, Yasiel Puig clearly wants the right field gig. If he keeps that up, it'll be a choice between Andrew Toles, Andre Ethier, Franklin Gutierrez, Trayce Thompson and Scott Van Slyke for three other spots.

    Since he's still recovering from back problems, Thompson is the odd man out for now. That leaves Van Slyke and Gutierrez to battle to be Joc Pederson's platoon partner. Since Van Slyke has an option left, it'll likely be Gutierrez breaking camp with Toles and Ethier.


     LHP Clayton Kershaw  RHP Kenley Jansen
     LHP Rich Hill  RHP Pedro Baez
     RHP Kenta Maeda  RHP Sergio Romo 
     LHP Julio Urias  LHP Grant Dayton
     LHP Scott Kazmir RHP Chris Hatcher
      LHP Luis Avilan
      RHP Brandon McCarthy

    The back end of the Dodgers rotation is a guessing game starring Scott Kazmir, Julio Urias, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood. Urias is on track for one of the spots. Kazmir is probably the favorite for the other, but only as long as his hip doesn't act up again.

    If so, it's easy to imagine McCarthy taking a long relief role in the bullpen. Elsewhere in the pen, Chris Hatcher and Luis Avilan are out of options. But keep an eye on Pedro Baez, whose hand is still hurting from being struck by a comebacker.

Miami Marlins

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    Giancarlo Stanton headlines a Marlins roster that looks largely settled.
    Giancarlo Stanton headlines a Marlins roster that looks largely settled.Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C J.T. Realmuto  C A.J. Ellis
     1B Justin Bour  INF Miguel Rojas 
     2B Dee Gordon  INF/OF Derek Dietrich 
     3B Martin Prado  OF Ichiro Suzuki 
     SS Adeiny Hechavarria  
     LF Marcell Ozuna  
     CF Christian Yelich  
     RF Giancarlo Stanton  

    Miguel Rojas became a player to monitor on Tuesday, as he had to come out after being hit in the face by a throw. But with a 1.203 OPS, things have otherwise been going well for him this spring.

    The only other thing worth discussing here is the four-man bench. It would be a case of the Marlins going against the National League norm, but it'll be necessary for them to take advantage of their considerable bullpen depth.


     LHP Wei-Yin Chen RHP A.J. Ramos
     RHP Edinson Volquez  RHP Brad Ziegler 
     LHP Adam Conley  RHP Kyle Barraclough 
     RHP Tom Koehler  RHP David Phelps 
     RHP Dan Straily  RHP Junichi Tazawa 
      RHP Dustin McGowan
      RHP Jose Urena
      LHP Jeff Locke

    Although Dan Straily is technically in a competition with Jeff Locke for the final spot in Miami's rotation, the fact that Locke has yet to pitch in a game makes Straily the de facto favorite.

    Assuming Locke recovers, however, there will be a spot for him in the bullpen. And it would seem to be the only available spot, to boot. The Marlins are going to attempt to downplay a weak rotation with a deep bullpen this year, and they might actually have enough arms to pull it off.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Matt Garza is a hopeful for a rotation spot.
    Matt Garza is a hopeful for a rotation spot.Norm Hall/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Jett Bandy C Manny Pina
     1B Eric Thames INF Scooter Gennett
     2B Jonathan Villar  INF/OF Hernan Perez
     3B Travis Shaw  OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis 
     SS Orlando Arcia  1B Jesus Aguilar
     LF Ryan Braun 
     CF Keon Broxton  
     RF Domingo Santana  

    The Brewers have three catchers to choose from in Jett Bandy, Manny Pina and Andrew Susac. Bandy and Pina have the advantage for now, as both are hitting well while Susac has struggled with a .503 OPS.

    The Brewers look set elsewhere. They would surely prefer it if Eric Thames started hitting the way he did in Korea, but at least Jesus Aguilar is looking like a capable platoon partner with a 1.303 OPS this spring.


     RHP Junior Guerra RHP Neftali Feliz
     RHP Zach Davies  RHP Corey Knebel
     RHP Jimmy Nelson  RHP Carlos Torres 
     RHP Matt Garza LHP Brent Suter
     RHP Wily Peralta  RHP Tyler Cravy
      RHP Damien Magnifico 
      RHP Chase Anderson

    The last two spots in Milwaukee's rotation are technically up for grabs, but Matt Garza and Wily Peralta should get them in the end. Garza has a $12.5 million salary and Peralta is out of options.

    That would push Chase Anderson into a long relief role, which would take care of one available bullpen spot. With 10 scoreless appearances between them, Brent Suter, Tyler Cravy and Damien Magnifico are pushing for the others. But keep an eye on Taylor Jungmann and Joba Chamberlain as well.

Minnesota Twins

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    All eyes are once again on Twins youngsters Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
    All eyes are once again on Twins youngsters Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Jason Castro C J.R. Murphy
     1B Joe Mauer INF/OF Eduardo Escobar
     2B Brian Dozier OF Robbie Grossman
     3B Miguel Sano  INF/OF Danny Santana
     SS Jorge Polanco  
     LF Eddie Rosario  
     CF Byron Buxton  
     RF Max Kepler  
     DH Kennys Vargas 

    There are no open spots in the Twins lineup, so this is all about their bench. J.R. Murphy is locked into one spot, leaving four out-of-options players to battle for the other three: Eduardo Escobar, Robbie Grossman, Ehire Adrianza and Danny Santana.

    Escobar and Grossman should get theirs. It's a tougher call between Adrianza and Santana, but Santana's advantage is that he can play the outfield in addition to the infield. Expect that to be his saving grace.


     RHP Ervin Santana RHP Brandon Kintzler
     LHP Hector Santiago  RHP Ryan Pressly
     RHP Kyle Gibson  RHP Matt Belisle
     RHP Phil Highes  LHP Taylor Rogers 
     RHP Trevor May RHP Michael Tonkin
      LHP Craig Breslow
      RHP Justin Haley

    In the competition for the No. 5 spot in Minnesota's rotation, Jose Berrios carries the most intrigue due to his status as a former top prospect. But he could benefit from more time in the minors. Meanwhile, it's really now or never for Trevor May to show what he can do as a starter.

    With Glen Perkins ticketed for the disabled list, there's plenty of space available in the bullpen. Michael Tonkin, who's out of options, flashed strikeout potential last year. Craig Breslow's new arm slot has worked for him this spring. Justin Haley looks like a good fit for long relief.

New York Mets

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    Michael Conforto is trying to hit his way into the Mets lineup.
    Michael Conforto is trying to hit his way into the Mets lineup.Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Travis d'Arnaud  C Rene Rivera
     1B Lucas Duda  OF Juan Lagares
     2B Neil Walker OF Michael Conforto 
     3B Jose Reyes  INF Wilmer Flores
     SS Asdrubal Cabrera  INF T.J. Rivera
     LF Yoenis Cespedes  
     CF Curtis Granderson 
     RF Jay Bruce 

    David Wright's latest run-in with the injury bug opens the door not just for Jose Reyes to take over at third base, but for T.J. Rivera to grab a spot on the Mets bench.

    And now for the big question: Has Michael Conforto hit his way into the starting lineup?

    With a 1.162 OPS in eight games, he's certainly trying. But the Mets figure to give Jay Bruce, a nine-year major league veteran, a long leash before taking his right field gig away. With an .833 OPS through five games, he isn't testing its limits just yet.


     RHP Noah Syndergaard  RHP Addison Reed
     RHP Jacob deGrom  RHP Fernando Salas
     RHP Matt Harvey LHP Jerry Blevins 
     LHP Steven Matz  RHP Hansel Robles
     RHP Robert Gsellman  RHP Rafael Montero
      LHP Josh Edgin
      LHP Sean Gilmartin

    The starting rotation picture comes with an obvious "health permitting" caveat. Otherwise, it's only the No. 5 spot that's up for grabs. It's a shame that the Mets can only choose one between Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. For now, Gsellman is holding on to the edge he entered camp with.

    In the bullpen, it must be assumed that Jeurys Familia will be suspended at the start of the year. Rafael Montero is pitching like a man who wants his spot. In four appearances, he's struck out 10 batters and allowed only two hits in seven innings.

New York Yankees

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    Aaron Judge is looking like a man on a mission.
    Aaron Judge is looking like a man on a mission.Rich Schultz/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Gary Sanchez C Austin Romine
     1B Greg Bird  OF Aaron Hicks 
     2B Starlin Castro  1B/DH Chris Carter
     3B Chase Headley  INF Ronald Torreyes
     SS Didi Gregorius  
     LF Brett Gardner  
     CF Jacoby Ellsbury  
     RF Aaron Judge  
     DH Matt Holliday 

    One of the unknowns at the start of Yankees camp was first base, where Greg Bird was returning from a year-long absence in 2016. He now has a 1.476 OPS this spring.

    The other unknown was in right field, where top prospect Aaron Judge needed to hit his way into a job. With a .988 OPS to his name, he's well on his way.

    And while it's a bit soon to knock Austin Romine down a peg, Kyle Higashioka is another youngster to watch. His 1.970 OPS through seven games indicates he would very much like to be Gary Sanchez's backup.


     RHP Masahiro Tanaka  LHP Aroldis Chapman
     LHP CC Sabathia RHP Dellin Betances 
     RHP Michael Pineda  RHP Tyler Clippard 
     RHP Luis Severino  LHP Tommy Layne
     RHP Chad Green RHP Luis Cessa
      RHP Bryan Mitchell 
      RHP Adam Warren 

    Luis Severino and Chad Green seem to be the ones with first dibs on the last two spots in the Yankees rotation. And while Adam Warren and Luis Cessa are challenging those dibs, Severino and Green haven't pitched poorly enough to lose their grasp just yet.

    Fortunately for them, Cessa and Warren fit well in the bullpen. Ditto for fellow rotation competitor Bryan Mitchell. That narrows things down to Tommy Layne, who's a good fit to be a lefty specialist and is out of options anyway.

Oakland Athletics

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    A's ace Sonny Gray is looking to bounce back in 2017.
    A's ace Sonny Gray is looking to bounce back in 2017.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Stephen Vogt  C Josh Phegley 
     1B Yonder Alonso INF Adam Rosales
     2B Jed Lowrie  OF Mark Canha 
     3B Trevor Plouffe  OF Jake Smolinski 
     SS Marcus Semien  
     LF Khris Davis  
     CF Rajai Davis  
     RF Matt Joyce 
     DH Ryon Healy  

    With Jed Lowrie healthy and hitting well in the early goings this spring, it looks like the A's have answered what had been the biggest question in their lineup.

    There aren't many question marks elsewhere. It really only comes down to the final spot on the bench, which is tied to the health of Jake Smolinski's shoulder. If he heals up well over the next few weeks, he'll break camp as the club's fourth outfielder.


     RHP Sonny Gray RHP Ryan Madson
     RHP Kendall Graveman  LHP Sean Doolittle 
     LHP Sean Manaea  RHP Santiago Casilla 
     RHP Jharel Cotton RHP Ryan Dull 
     RHP Andrew Triggs  RHP John Axford 
      RHP Liam Hendricks 
      RHP Raul Alcantara

    With Daniel Mengden out with a foot injury, Jharel Cotton and Andrew Triggs just need to pitch well to crack the back end of Oakland's rotation. Apart from some control issues on Cotton's part, they're obliging.

    As for the bullpen, Raul Alcantara is emerging as a strong fit for the long relief role. Alternatively, the A's could forgo a long man and opt for a second left-hander. Ross Detwiler and Daniel Coulombe are among those trying to force the issue.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Vince Velasquez is part of an intriguing Phillies rotation.
    Vince Velasquez is part of an intriguing Phillies rotation.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Cameron Rupp C Ryan Hanigan
     1B Tommy Joseph  INF Andres Blanco 
     2B Cesar Hernandez  OF Aaron Altherr
     3B Maikel Franco  INF/OF Chris Coghlan
     SS Freddy Galvis  1B Brock Stassi
     LF Howie Kendrick  
     CF Odubel Herrera  
     RF Michael Saunders  

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com wrote last month that Phillies manager Pete Mackanin would prefer a veteran as a backup for Cameron Rupp at catcher.

    That's a job for Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Both are hitting well but in small sample sizes, so we're in wild-guess territory for the moment. Hanigan gets the nod due to his edge in experience.

    Elsewhere, there should be room on the bench for both Chris Coghlan and Brock Stassi. Coghlan has his versatility and his track record of hitting right-handed pitching. Stassi has his 1.819 spring OPS.


     RHP Jeremy Hellickson  RHP Jeanmar Gomez
     RHP Clay Buchholz  RHP Hector Neris 
     RHP Jerad Eickhoff  RHP Joaquin Benoit 
     RHP Aaron Nola  RHP Pat Neshek 
     RHP Vince Velasquez RHP Edubray Ramos
      LHP Joely Rodriguez
      LHP Adam Morgan

    None of the Phillies' projected starters have gotten hurt yet, so the only questions that need answering are in the bullpen.

    That's where Adam Morgan is looking like a fit for the long relief role, as he's allowed only two runs in six and two-thirds innings this spring. Joely Rodriguez, who's had three solid outings of his own, can handle a more traditional bullpen lefty role.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Jung Ho Kang's status is the biggest unanswered question in Pirates camp.
    Jung Ho Kang's status is the biggest unanswered question in Pirates camp.Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Francisco Cervelli  C Chris Stewart
     1B Josh Bell INF/OF John Jaso 
     2B Josh Harrison INF David Freese 
     3B Jung Ho Kang  INF Adam Frazier
     SS Jordy Mercer  INF Alen Hanson
     LF Gregory Polanco  
     CF Starling Marte  
     RF Andrew McCutchen  

    This is assuming the Pirates won't discipline Jung Ho Kang following a DUI arrest, his third, over the winter. This could be a long shot, but Pirates president Frank Coonelly's statement on the matter seemed to leave the door open for light discipline.

    If Kang does make the Pirates' Opening Day roster, there will be room for Adam Frazier and Alen Hanson on the bench. The former made a strong impression in 2016. The latter is out of options.


     RHP Gerrit Cole LHP Tony Watson
     RHP Jameson Taillon  RHP Daniel Hudson 
     RHP Ivan Nova  LHP Felipe Rivero
     RHP Chad Kuhl  RHP Jaun Nicasio
     RHP Drew Hutchison LHP Antonio Bastardo 
      RHP Jared Hughes
      LHP Wade LeBlanc

    Tyler Glasnow, one of the top right-handed prospects in baseball, raised eyebrows when he struck out six of the seven men he faced in his spring debut. He then fell back to earth in his second outing, a reminder that there's still work to do for him to live up to his talent.

    That's one less roadblock in the way of Chad Kuhl and Drew Hutchison, who are having strong springs anyway. If both of them slide into the rotation, the out-of-options Wade LeBlanc can slide into the bullpen as a long reliever.

San Diego Padres

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    Christian Bethancourt is part catcher, part outfielder and part pitcher.
    Christian Bethancourt is part catcher, part outfielder and part pitcher.Andy Hayt/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Austin Hedges C/OF/P Christian Bethancourt
     1B Wil Myers  C Luis Torrens
     2B Ryan Schimpf  OF Travis Jankowski
     3B Yangervis Solarte  INF/OF Cory Spangenberg
     SS Luis Sardinas  INF Erick Aybar
     LF Alex Dickerson 
     CF Manuel Margot 
     RF Hunter Renfroe  

    Technically speaking, the Padres are holding competitions at second base and in center field.

    In reality, the foursome of Ryan Schimpf, Cory Spangenberg, Manuel Margot and Travis Jankowski should make the roster regardless. Right now, the only upset pictured here is Margot starting over Jankowski, who's rocking with a 1.059 OPS this spring.

    The only other question mark is the final spot on the bench. As a veteran infielder who might turn into trade bait, Erick Aybar is a better fit for it than Allen Cordoba, who has yet to play above rookie ball.


     LHP Clayton Richard RHP Brandon Maurer
     RHP Jered Weaver LHP Brad Hand 
     RHP Jhoulys Chacin  LHP Ryan Buchter 
     RHP Luis Perdomo  RHP Carter Capps
     RHP Trevor Cahill  RHP Jarred Cosart
      RHP Paul Clemens
      RHP Miguel Diaz

    With a rotation this weak, carrying only a seven-man bullpen is arguably too risky. That's where Christian Bethancourt can help, as he actually looks capable of handling part-time pitching duty on top of his catching and outfield duties.

    Meanwhile, the good news on the rotation front is that Trevor Cahill is seizing his opportunity to start. He's allowed one hit and no runs in five innings so far this spring.

    If Carter Capps is indeed good to go by Opening Day, there will be one less bullpen spot available. Rule 5 pick Miguel Diaz should get one spot with another two going to Jarred Cosart and Paul Clemens, who are out of options.

San Francisco Giants

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    Jarrett Parker is looking like a starter.
    Jarrett Parker is looking like a starter.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Buster Posey C Nick Hundley
     1B Brandon Belt  INF Conor Gillaspie
     2B Joe Panik  OF Gorkys Hernandez
     3B Eduardo Nunez  INF Kelby Tomlinson
     SS Brandon Crawford  OF Mac Williamson
     LF Jarrett Parker 
     CF Denard Span  
     RF Hunter Pence  

    Left field was the big question going into Giants camp, but Jarrett Parker has taken that race in hand. In eight games, he has a 1.028 OPS and a pair of homers.

    Where things really get tricky is on the Giants bench. There are spots for Nick Hundley, Conor Gillaspie and Gorkys Hernandez, but the other two are wide open. 

    Kelby Tomlinson and Mac Williamson make sense as a spare middle infielder and a platoon partner for Parker. But the Giants could just as easily pick from Aaron Hill, Jae Gyun Hwang and Michael Morse. It's anyone's guess for now, and figures to be a tough decision for Bruce Bochy and company later.


     LHP Madison Bumgarner  RHP Mark Melancon
     RHP Johnny Cueto  RHP Hunter Strickland 
     RHP Jeff Samardzija  RHP Derek Law 
     LHP Matt Moore  LHP Will Smith
     LHP Ty Blach  RHP George Kontos
      LHP Steven Okert
      RHP Matt Cain

    Matt Cain has seniority and his contract working in his favor in the race for the No. 5 spot in the Giants rotation. However, he hasn't been a reliable starter in years and isn't inspiring confidence with his spring training performance. Good news for Ty Blach, who is continuing his intriguing rise.

    Cain can slide into a long relief role if Blach edges him in the rotation race. With three scoreless appearances this spring, Steven Okert would appear to have the inside track at the only other available spot in the bullpen.

Seattle Mariners

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    Nelson Cruz and the Mariners look pretty much set.
    Nelson Cruz and the Mariners look pretty much set.Norm Hall/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Mike Zunino  C Carlos Ruiz
     1B Dan Vogelbach  INF/OF Danny Valencia
     2B Robinson Cano  INF/OF Shawn O'Malley
     3B Kyle Seager  OF Guillermo Heredia
     SS Jean Segura  
     LF Jarrod Dyson  
     CF Leonys Martin  
     RF Mitch Haniger  
     DH Nelson Cruz 

    The Mariners entered camp needing to see something from Dan Vogelbach at first and Mitch Haniger in right field. Their wish has been granted. Vogelbach is hitting .333 with a solid .777 OPS. Haniger has a 1.278 OPS and two homers.

    Of course, Danny Valencia will platoon with Vogelbach and see time elsewhere as well. Guillermo Heredia, a switch-hitter, is seizing the fourth outfielder role with a 1.439 OPS this spring.


     RHP Felix Hernandez RHP Edwin Diaz
     RHP Hisashi Iwakuma  RHP Dan Altavilla 
     LHP James Paxton  RHP Nick Vincent
     LHP Drew Smyly  RHP Evan Scribner 
     RHP Yovani Gallardo  LHP Marc Rzepczynski
      RHP Casey Fien
      RHP Chris Heston

    Seattle's rotation is all set, barring any injuries. And apart from the last two spots, the club's bullpen looks mostly set as well.

    With five strikeouts in three scoreless appearances, Casey Fien is staking his claim to one of the bullpen spots. With four scoreless frames of his own, Chris Heston is gunning for the long man role.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Michael Wacha's quest for a rotation spot is going well.
    Michael Wacha's quest for a rotation spot is going well.Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Yadier Molina C Eric Fryer
     1B Matt Carpenter  1B Matt Adams
     2B Kolten Wong  INF Greg Garcia
     3B Jhonny Peralta  OF Tommy Pham 
     SS Aledmys Diaz  INF Jedd Gyorko
     LF Randal Grichuk  
     CF Dexter Fowler  
     RF Stephen Piscotty  

    Going into camp, maybe the only question regarding the Cardinals lineup was whether it would be Jhonny Peralta or Jedd Gyorko at third base.

    With a .974 OPS through seven games, Gyorko is making his push. And with a 1.018 OPS through six games, Peralta is holding him off. Which is probably just as well. Gyorko serves the Cardinals better as a roving slugger than an everyday player at one position.

    Otherwise, only the backup catcher slot may inspire surprise. Carson Kelly is a young up-and-comer who's showed well this spring, but it's too soon to bury him behind Yadier Molina. That's a role for Eric Fryer.


     RHP Adam Wainwright RHP Seung Hwan Oh
     RHP Carlos Martinez  LHP Brett Cecil 
     RHP Mike Leake  LHP Kevin Siegrist 
     RHP Lance Lynn  RHP Trevor Rosenthal 
     RHP Michael Wacha  RHP Matt Bowman
      RHP Jonathan Broxton 
      RHP Miguel Socolovich

    With top prospect Alex Reyes out of the picture, the No. 5 slot in the Cardinals rotation is Michael Wacha's to lose. So far, so good. The right-hander has pitched five scoreless innings this spring.

    Provided Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal are healthy, the Cardinals bullpen is also set. Matt Bowman and Jonathan Broxton are holding on to their spots with seven clean innings between them. Miguel Socolovich, who's out of options, has also pitched well.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Evan Longoria is a set piece in an otherwise shape-shifting Rays lineup.
    Evan Longoria is a set piece in an otherwise shape-shifting Rays lineup.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Curt Casali  C Luke Maile 
     1B Logan Morrison INF Nick Franklin
     2B Brad Miller INF Tim Beckham 
     3B Evan Longoria  OF Mallex Smith
     SS Matt Duffy  
     LF Colby Rasmus  
     CF Kevin Kiermaier  
     RF Steven Souza  
     DH Corey Dickerson 

    The notable absence here is Wilson Ramos, who won't be ready to return from a torn ACL until well after Opening Day. It'll be up to Curt Casali and Luke Maile to cover for him.

    Seemingly the only spot up for grabs is the final spot on the Rays bench. It would be best served going to a fourth outfield type. Mallex Smith fits the description and should see his share of playing time in what's likely to be a shape-shifting lineup.


     RHP Chris Archer RHP Alex Colome
     RHP Alex Cobb  RHP Brad Boxberger 
     RHP Jake Odorizzi  LHP Xavier Cedeno 
     LHP Blake Snell  RHP Erasmo Ramirez
     RHP Matt Andriese  RHP Danny Farquhar
      RHP Shawn Tolleson
      RHP Chase Whitley

    Jose De Leon was the other big addition the Rays made this winter. But he was an underdog for the No. 5 spot in the rotation to begin with, and set himself back by getting rocked in his spring debut.

    Matt Andriese is the top pick for the No. 5 spot now, and Chase Whitley can be the club's swingman if that's how things work out. That would take care of one of the two spots in the Tampa Bay pen not filled by out-of-options arms. Shawn Tolleson, the former Texas Rangers closer, can fill the other.

Texas Rangers

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    Jurickson Profar finally seems poised for an everyday role.
    Jurickson Profar finally seems poised for an everyday role.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Jonathan Lucroy  C Robinson Chirinos
     1B Mike Napoli  INF/OF Ryan Rua
     2B Rougned Odor OF Delino DeShields Jr. 
     3B Adrian Beltre INF Hanser Alberto 
     SS Elvis Andrus  
     LF Jurickson Profar  
     CF Carlos Gomez  
     RF Nomar Mazara  
     DH Shin-Soo Choo 

    When Josh Hamilton re-signed with the Rangers this winter, he had a chance to reestablish himself as a designated hitter.

    Not anymore. Hamilton had to go in for knee surgery. That opens up the DH spot for Shin-Soo Choo, right field for Nomar Mazara and left field for Jurickson Profar, who will finally get his chance to play every day.

    The one red flag here is that they're all right-handed hitters on the Rangers' projected bench. But with three left-handed hitters and a switch-hitter in their starting lineup, that's not a deal-breaker.


     LHP Cole Hamels RHP Sam Dyson
     RHP Yu Darvish  RHP Matt Bush
     LHP Martin Perez RHP Jeremy Jeffress
     RHP Andrew Cashner  RHP Tony Barnette 
     RHP A.J. Griffin RHP Keone Kela 
      LHP Alex Claudio
      RHP Dillon Gee

    There are two big question marks after the front three in the Rangers rotation. And Andrew Cashner and A.J. Griffin aren't the most inspiring answers to those questions.

    It would thus behoove the Rangers to carry a reliable swingman with them in their bullpen rather than a second left-hander to go with Alex Claudio. Dillon Gee has done that kind of work in the past, and is hinting with a strong beginning to his spring that he can do it again.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Josh Donaldson's health has become an unwanted storyline in Blue Jays camp.
    Josh Donaldson's health has become an unwanted storyline in Blue Jays camp.Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Russell Martin C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
     1B Justin Smoak  INF/OF Steve Pearce
     2B Brett Lawrie  OF Melvin Upton Jr.
     3B Josh Donaldson  INF Darwin Barney
     SS Troy Tulowitzki  
     LF Ezequiel Carrera  
     CF Kevin Pillar  
     RF Jose Bautista  
     DH Kendrys Morales 

    In speaking with reporters (including Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star) on Tuesday, Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons didn't sound optimistic about second baseman Devon Travis being ready for Opening Day.

    Meanwhile, ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Blue Jays have interest in old friend Brett Lawrie. Since he could also spell Josh Donaldson, who's recovering from a calf injury, at third base, that's a fit that works.

    Otherwise, the Blue Jays are set with the rest of their lineup and bench.


     RHP Aaron Sanchez RHP Roberto Osuna
     LHP J.A. Happ  RHP Jason Grilli 
     RHP Marco Estrada  LHP J.P. Howell
     RHP Marcus Stroman  RHP Joe Smith
     LHP Francisco Liriano  RHP Joe Biagini
      LHP Aaron Loup 
      RHP Mike Bolsinger

    Health permitting, the Blue Jays are all set with their rotation. And with no options remaining, Mike Bolsinger should make it into the bullpen as a long man.

    Two other spots in the bullpen seem to be open. Joe Biagini is grabbing hold of one of them with his strong work this spring. Aaron Loup's track record against left-handers makes him a candidate for the other.

Washington Nationals

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    Max Scherzer's finger is one of the big questions in Nationals camp.
    Max Scherzer's finger is one of the big questions in Nationals camp.Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Position Players

     C Matt Wieters  C Jose Lobaton
     1B Ryan Zimmerman 1B Adam Lind
     2B Daniel Murphy  INF Stephen Drew
     3B Anthony Rendon  OF Chris Heisey
     SS Trea Turner  1B/OF Clint Robinson
     LF Jayson Werth  
     CF Adam Eaton  
     RF Bryce Harper  

    The Nationals put themselves in an awkward spot with Derek Norris when they signed Matt Wieters. As Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported, they could release Norris if they don't find a trading partner for him. 

    That would give the backup catcher role to Jose Lobaton, who's a better fit for it anyway. The only other question is whether the Nationals will reward Michael A. Taylor's hot spring with a roster spot. Since he has an option and Clint Robinson doesn't, the answer's probably no.


     RHP Max Scherzer  RHP Shawn Kelley
     RHP Stephen Strasburg  RHP Blake Treinen 
     RHP Tanner Roark  RHP Joe Blanton
     LHP Gio Gonzalez  LHP Oliver Perez 
     RHP Joe Ross  RHP Koda Glover
      LHP Enny Romero
      RHP Vance Worley

    Max Scherzer has been out of action with a finger injury, but things are looking up. According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the two-time Cy Young winner was able to face live batters for the first time on Tuesday.

    "Things looked right," Scherzer said, "and that's what I'm going to just hang my hat on."

    Scherzer being healthy would allow the Nationals to keep their projected rotation intact. That would allow Vance Worley to slide into the same swingman role that he performed well in Baltimore last year. Koda Glover and Enny Romero, who's out of options, are pitching their way into roles.

    Data courtesy of Baseball-Reference.comFanGraphs, MLB.com and RosterResource.com.

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