Spring training is underway, with games starting in two weeks down in Clearwater.

There are a handful of position battles, most for a bench spot or bullpen slot — as well as several talented prospects looking to make a surprise breakthrough. But at this early juncture we wanted to take a crack at projecting their opening day line up and roster.

Here's an early guess:


1. Cesar Hernandez 2B 

2. Howie Kendrick OF

3. Odubel Herrera OF 

4. Maikel Franco 3B 

5. Tommy Joseph 1B 

6. Michael Saunders OF 

7. Freddy Galvis SS

8. Cameron Rupp C


1. Jeremy Hellickson 

2. Aaron Nola

3. Clay Buchholz

4. Vincent Velasquez 

5. Jerad Eickhoff


Hector Neris 

Jeanmar Gomez 

Pat Neshek 

Joaquin Benoit  

Luis Garcia 

Michael Mariot


Jorge Alfaro C

Tyler Goeddel OF 

Andres Blanco SS 

Chris Coghlan Util 

Cody Asche OF

Aaron Altherr OF