Matthew Pouliot

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NL Projected Rosters

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


LF Carlos Gonzalez
CF Dexter Fowler
1B Todd Helton
SS Troy Tulowitzki
RF Brad Hawpe
C Chris Iannetta
3B Ian Stewart
2B Clint Barmes

OF Seth Smith
C Miguel Olivo
OF Ryan Spilborghs
1B Jason Giambi
INF Melvin Mora

Ubaldo Jimenez
Jeff Francis
Aaron Cook
Jorge De La Rosa
Jason Hammel

Franklin Morales (closer)
Rafael Betancourt
Manuel Corpas
Matt Daley
Matt Belisle
Randy Flores
Justin Speier

RP Huston Street

The Rockies entered spring training with fewer questions about their roster than probably any team in baseball. Of course, one big one crept up earlier this month, when Street went down with a shoulder injury. Morales is expected to be the fill-in closer. Speier, Joe Beimel and Tim Redding look like the top contenders to take the open the spot in the pen.


LF Chris Coghlan
CF Cameron Maybin
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Jorge Cantu
2B Dan Uggla
RF Cody Ross
C John Baker
1B Gaby Sanchez

INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio
INF Wes Helms
C Ronny Paulino
INF Mike Lamb
INF Brian Barden

Josh Johnson
Ricky Nolasco
Anibal Sanchez
Nate Robertson
Chris Volstad

Leo Nunez (closer)
Dan Meyer
Renyel Pinto
Brian Sanches
Burke Badenhop
Jose Veras
Clay Hensley

Sanchez pretty clearly won the first-base job over Logan Morrison, but I wouldn't be surprised if Morrison earns himself an opportunity in June. He's the superior talent, both offensively and defensively. ... Nate Robertson's addition alters a rotation that appeared set to include both Volstad and Hensley. Now it looks like Hensley will go to the pen initially. Hensley was one of the big surprises of the spring. He posted a 3.71 ERA in 187 innings for the Padres in 2006, but he had done nothing since. Still, with the way he's thrown of late, he's something of a sleeper in NL-only leagues. I'd be more optimistic if the Marlins had a decent defensive infield behind him. … Rick VandenHurk, Tim Wood and Seth McClung were competing for one bullpen spot before the Robertson pickup.


CF Michael Bourn
2B Kaz Matsui
RF Hunter Pence
LF Carlos Lee
1B Geoff Blum
3B Pedro Feliz
C J.R. Towles
SS Tommy Manzella

INF Jeff Keppinger
OF Jason Michaels
C Humberto Quintero
INF Chris Johnson
OF Cory Sullivan

Roy Oswalt
Wandy Rodriguez
Brett Myers
Bud Norris
Felipe Paulino

Matt Lindstrom (closer)
Brandon Lyon
Sammy Gervacio
Tim Byrdak
Jeff Fulchino
Brian Moehler
Chris Sampson

1B Lance Berkman
RP Alberto Arias

Berkman to the DL isn't yet a given, but it seems the most likely scenario. Chris Shelton is the best option to replace him at first, but he was cut Tuesday anyway. Johnson could make the team instead, though it'd likely be a temporary arrangement. … Paulino has stepped up during the second half of the spring, and it seems like a given that he'll take the fifth spot over Moehler. Obviously, he's the one of the two interesting from a fantasy standpoint. … I'm going with Lindstrom as the closer. He's always made the most sense; Lyon is a better pitcher, but he's the one of the two you want entering a game with men on base and potentially pitching multiple innings. The Astros will probably have an announcement later this week.

Los Angeles

SS Rafael Furcal
CF Matt Kemp
RF Andre Ethier
LF Manny Ramirez
1B James Loney
3B Casey Blake
C Russell Martin
2B Blake DeWitt

OF Reed Johnson
INF Jamey Carroll
INF Ronnie Belliard
C Brad Ausmus
OF Garret Anderson
INF Nick Green

Vicente Padilla
Clayton Kershaw
Chad Billingsley
Hiroki Kuroda
Charlie Haeger

Jonathan Broxton (closer)
George Sherrill
Ramon Troncoso
Ramon Ortiz
Jeff Weaver
Carlos Monasterios

RP Hong-Chih Kuo
RP Ronald Belisario
RP Cory Wade

Martin remains a candidate for the disabled list. If he can't get enough at-bats prior to Opening Day, then A.J. Ellis will make the team and spend week one as the starting catcher. … The Dodgers are leaning towards going with 11 pitchers, even though that's going to cost them left-hander Eric Stults. It'd probably only be for a couple of weeks, since Belisario, who will be on the restricted list after reporting late to camp, should be ready at some point during mid- to late April. … I was thinking Ortiz would be the fifth starter, but's Ken Gurnick believes he'll be in the pen and that the knuckleballer Haeger will take the final rotation spot.

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