Projecting the Opening Day roster: 2/17

Spring Training has arrived, which means the projections in this space should change more frequently based upon how each player is faring. Already, there has been one relatively significant development, with manager Terry Collins saying he considers Tim Byrdak a “slam dunk” for the bullpen, and noting that he would like to carry a long man in the bullpen. Taking that into account, here’s the updated projection:

byrdak.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris*
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Tim Byrdak*
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pat Misch

In the running: IF/OF Nick Evans, 2B Luis Castillo, IF Justin Turner, IF Luis Hernandez, OF Lucas Duda, RHP Dillon Gee, LHP Taylor Tankersley*, LHP Mike O’Connor*, LHP Tim Byrdak*, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Casey Fossum*, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Ryota Igarashi*, RHP Boof Bonser*, RHP Blaine Boyer*, RHP Manuel Alvarez, RHP Armando Rodriguez.

*Denote non-roster invitee.

Comments: Nickeas makes the Opening Day roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension.

1 Comment

Anthony I guess Collins brought a wake up call to some media people when he came up with who he thought was going to make this team. Tankersley has a shot, but I never understood how his numbers put him ahead of other lefties.

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