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NL Projected Rosters

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


NL Projected Rosters

Here are the projected rosters and notes for the National League squads.

Rotoworld's online draft guide remains available and will continue to be updated through the first week of the season.

Arizona

Lineup
LF Conor Jackson
SS Stephen Drew
RF Justin Upton
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Mark Reynolds
C Miguel Montero
CF Chris Young
2B Kelly Johnson

Bench
OF Gerardo Parra
C Chris Snyder
INF-OF Ryan Roberts
INF Tony Abreu
INF Augie Ojeda

Rotation
Dan Haren
Edwin Jackson
Ian Kennedy
Rodrigo Lopez
Billy Buckner

Bullpen
Chad Qualls (closer)
Juan Gutierrez
Bob Howry
Aaron Heilman
Esmerling Vasquez
Clay Zavada
Blaine Boyer

DL
SP Brandon Webb

The Diamondbacks haven't decided yet whether to go Jackson-Drew or Drew-Jackson at the top of the order, but the group as a whole seems pretty well set. One has to think big things are in store for LaRoche if he can stay in the cleanup spot all season. … Ojeda could be traded by Opening Day. Abreu has showed that he can serve as a backup shortstop, and he has far more offensive upside than Augie. If Ojeda goes, then Rusty Ryal will probably make the team. … It'd be quite a disappointment if the Diamondbacks opened the season with both Lopez and Buckner in the rotation. Lopez figures to be there, but Buckner has been terrible and there should be some upgrades available this week.

Atlanta

Lineup
CF Nate McLouth
2B Martin Prado
3B Chipper Jones
1B Troy Glaus
C Brian McCann
SS Yunel Escobar
RF Jason Heyward
LF Matt Diaz

Bench
OF Melky Cabrera
INF-OF Eric Hinske
INF Omar Infante
C David Ross
INF Brooks Conrad

Rotation
Derek Lowe
Jair Jurrjens
Tommy Hanson
Tim Hudson
Kenshin Kawakami

Bullpen
Billy Wagner (closer)
Peter Moylan
Takashi Saito
Eric O'Flaherty
Kris Medlen
Jo-Jo Reyes
Jesse Chavez

With Heyward opening the season in the majors, it'll be interesting to watch how Diaz and Cabrera share time in left field. Cabrera is likely the better option against righties, but Diaz earned his chance to play full-time with his performance last year and he has been the more productive of the two this spring. Diaz figures to play pretty regularly initially. … The last bench spot has come down to Conrad and Joe Thurston. … There are still two openings in the bullpen. Chavez was supposed to be on the team after being picked up from the Rays for Rafael Soriano, but he's been terrible this spring. My guess is that the Braves will pick up a reliever on waivers or in a minor deal.

Chicago

Lineup
SS Ryan Theriot
RF Kosuke Fukudome
1B Derrek Lee
3B Aramis Ramirez
CF Marlon Byrd
LF Alfonso Soriano
C Geovany Soto
2B Mike Fontenot

Bench
OF Tyler Colvin
OF Xavier Nady
INF Jeff Baker
INF Chad Tracy
C Koyie Hill

Rotation
Carlos Zambrano
Ryan Dempster
Randy Wells
Carlos Silva
Tom Gorzelanny

Bullpen
Carlos Marmol (closer)
John Grabow
Esmailin Caridad
Sean Marshall
Jeff Samardzija
Justin Berg
James Russell

DL
SP Ted Lilly

Yeah, Colvin is having a terrific spring with his .468 average and .710 slugging percentage in 62 at-bats. But he hasn't walked even once. He's still rather raw for a 24-year-old. He's a career .277/.320/.465 hitter in the minors, and he's never played a single game in Triple-A. I think the Cubs should have stuck with the original plan and sent him to Iowa. … Lilly is slated to return in mid-April, pushing either Silva or Gorzy to the pen.

Cincinnati

Lineup
CF Drew Stubbs
SS Orlando Cabrera
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Scott Rolen
RF Jay Bruce
LF Jonny Gomes
C Ramon Hernandez

Bench
OF Chris Dickerson
C Ryan Hanigan
INF Aaron Miles
INF Paul Janish
OF Wladimir Balentien

Rotation
Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Johnny Cueto
Homer Bailey
Travis Wood

Bullpen
Francisco Cordero (closer)
Nick Masset
Arthur Rhodes
Jared Burton
Daniel Ray Herrera
Micah Owings
Mike Lincoln

Dickerson may well start over Gomes or Stubbs on Opening Day. Regardless, he's in line for significantly more playing time than most fourth outfielders. … The last three bench spots haven't been decided. It's Miles, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish, Drew Sutton and Chris Burke for two and Balentien against Laynce Nix for the other. That Balentien is out of options helps his case. … Aroldis Chapman's back injury figures to keep him out of the rotation to open the season, but he could be up for good by late April. I think Wood is the favorite for the fifth spot right now, but the Reds could try 2009 first-rounder Mike Leake instead. Matt Maloney and Owings appear to be out of the mix.


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Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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