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Every Opening Day roster has a dark horse

A dark horse makes each opening day roster

One of the most intriguing aspects of spring training is the position and roster battles each team watches , as it determines who will head north to start the regular season. With those games in sight, several dark horse candidates will emerge from the Opening Day roster with strong spring performances.

here Check out one of each club :

US East Alliance

Blue Jays: RHP Nate Pearson Pearson used to be top- a prospect in MLB and tagged as a future ace for the staff, But a long list of injuries has brought him here, to the bullpen. He’s fully embraced it, and in his spring debut in Dunedin on Sunday, Pearson finished with

defeated Josh Donaldson. 8 mph fastball. He’s hoping for a good winter ball in the Dominican Republic, where he got a taste of high-leverage relief work, and the Blue Jays like what they see. Pearson needs to perform and has something breaking his way, but in 12, he also has the talent to kick the door at any time.

— Keegan Mathison

Orioles: 1B/OF Franchy Cordero
The O’s want a left-handed backup to replace their first baseman Ryan Mountcastle12-person roster, and they have several candidates who are non-roster invitees in the camp. While Lewin Díaz and Ryan O’Hearn may be viable options, Cordero may have the highest ceiling of the group. this23 The 20-year-old started work in the offseason after struggling with the Red Sox last season. If Cordero’s glove improves and he can reach the level of offense he showed in the Minors (a .797 OPS at

games), he can work his way into the team. – Jack Lear

Rays: 1B/OF Luke Raley
Raley has a negligible . 139/.139/.139 slash in a major, so why would he take the shot? First, he hits left-handed, playing both first base and outfield — and the Rays were unable to acquire a proven left-handed hitter this offseason. Second, he doesn’t have a minor league option. In the end, he dominated Triple-A pitchers with./.283/. line in 100 game. Maybe he’ll be knocked off the roster by Jonathan Aranda, Vidal Bruján or the recently acquired Ben Gamel, but Raley — who’s been in Tampa Bay for almost a year 27-man roster — There is a way to earn a seat. –Adam Berry

Red Sox: INF/OF David Hamilton

talking about the burner on the base. Hamilton – acquired from the Brewers in the Hunter Renfroe deal last year – stole 54 led the minor league bases last season. Given the bigger bases and the limitations pitchers have when pitching, Hamilton becomes even more valuable because of his speed. Also, the possibility that Adalberto Mondesi, fresh off his ACL tear, could make the Opening Day roster would give someone like Hamilton a better chance.

– Ian Brown

Yankees: LHP Matt Krook
Crook may not be a household name, but the Yankees think highly of him 13-year-old southpaw, entering the season on the cusp of making his major league debut. Crook is -7 and 4. ERA at 16 game(11 started last season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, strike out100 Batsman vs. 39 went into

2/3 innings. Manager Aaron Boone said, Krook brought up the “real problem with lefties”, adding that the club is “seriously considering” activating him 2016 Playoffs. — Brian Hawke

AL Central

Guardian: LHP Tim Herrin Having another southpaw in the Bullpen in the Guardians would be a plus, while Herring is already in 25 – roster, this will allow for a seamless transition . Herrin has a child 3. ERA at 2017 and before he starts another warm boot 01. He posted a 2. ERA and 25 strike out 1/3 frame with Double-A Akron, prompt for quick promotion to Triple-A Columbus. He and Columbus (4.84 ERA at

out) but with strong springs and a decent record, he could be a realistic option. — Mandy Bell

Royals: INF Matt Duffy

Duffy is a solid veteran infielder who can fill in around the diamond if needed, especially at third base since the Royals see them first Relationship with Hunter Dozier. Duffy has a solid record at hot corner, playing second base, short base and first base during his seven-year MLB career. He’s also right-handed, which will help balance out the Royals’ left-handed roster. He has worked with manager Matt Quatraro and backup coach Paul Hoover from Tampa Bay, as well as Giants infield coach Jose Alguacil.

– Anne Rogers

Tigers: RHP Trey Wingeter
Winter was a strong throwing, high strikeout reliever for the Padres Bullpen, Fanning batting end 39 Tommy John had a few innings before surgery and back problems derailed his career. He has only pitched 8 since 1/3 inning, all in rookie or winter ball. The Tigers are interested in his arm and fastball-slider combo, and with a wide-open bullpen after the Gregory Soto and Joe Jimenez trades, Detroit could be in their mix Find Wengent’s location. –Jason Baker

Twins: RHP Cole Sands Rocco Baldelli is at the helm of the Twins, a good bet he’ll look to carry a bulk reliever – a flexible starter who can throw 37-54 pitches from the bullpen when needed. Roster positions are often a revolving door, and Ronnie Henriquez and Josh Winder’s health are trailing behind among the pool of players who could fit into that formula this season. This could open the door for Sands, who is number one 16 According to MLB Pipeline’s prospects for the organization last season. –Park Dohyung

White Sox: RHP Edgar Navarro Navarro’s earns strong reviews minor league season during which he struck out 3. 41 ERA and .94 Average of three different sites, with 48 Strikeout

1/3 of an inning. But the non-roster invitation took another step forward early in spring training, earning praise from manager Pedro Grifoll. Grifol described Navarro as having “powerful stuff” and an “elite sinker” and is looking forward to seeing Navarro in action for the US alliance in Cact. The White Sox have a number of candidates vying for a bullpen spot or two, and Navarro appears to be one of them.
– Scott Merkin

Western America

Angel: RHP Chris Rodriguez
Rodriguez missed all of the 797 season because of shoulder surgery, but he has electric stuff , as a rookie in 01. The right-hander is currently healthy and in contention for the sixth spot in the rotation. The Angels don’t rule out Rodriguez starting the season in the bullpen if he doesn’t get the starting job. Rodriguez has experience in both roles and could find his strong spring on the Opening Day roster. But the Angels could also decide to take him easy and start the season in Triple-A Salt Lake City.

–Red Bollinger

Astros: LHP Matt Gage
The Astros removed Gage from the waiver list before training camp began and sent He entered the game to compete for the lefty spot outside the bullpen between Blake Taylor, Parker Mushinski and Austin Davis, an off-roster invitee. Gage made his major league debut last year , he flashes something impressive, which he believes is due to shortening his arm slot. Gage posted 1. 26 ERA at against Toronto

, swinging between Triple-A Buffalo and the big leagues. He hits 12% He faced batters with 33.4% roll rate.
— Brian McTaggart

Athletics: Brent Rook

Rooker may seem like a name buried on the outfield depth chart heading into spring training, but the A’s interest in him dates back to his college days, when he Played in the first round at Mississippi State before the twins accepted him 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. After earning waivers from the Royals in November, Rooker is coming off a strong Triple-A season in which he made a big cut. 189/.298/.298 and home plate Fight and 70 RBI. With no solid right-handed option in left field at this point, Rooker should be in good shape this spring.
–Martin Gallegos

Mariners: OF/DH Kole Calhoun The longtime AL West resident, who signed a minor deal on Friday and was invited to spring training, represented outfield depth to address injuries and attrition issues, rather than legitimate major league contributors. The Mariners have big sticks in Julio Rodríguez and Teoscar Hernández, lineup between AJ Pollock and Jarred Kelenic and athletic outfielders in Sam Haggerty. But beyond that, especially in Triple-A Tacoma, there isn’t much.
– Daniel Kramer

Rangers: Clint Frazier
Frazier is far from the best prospect in baseball One of the players still has a long way to go, but his off-roster invitee with the Rangers hopes to revive his career. With new signing Robbie Grossman playing alongside Adorius Garcia and Liddy Tavilas, the Texas outfield has largely stabilized, but if Frazier plays with hitting coach Tim Hales With improved swing adjustments, he could be the Rangers’ fourth outfielder/bench option at 4445.

– Kennedy Landry

League of Nations East

Warriors: Sam Hilliard

Hilliard has excellent speed, arm strength and explosive potential. But minus the strong September in the Rockies 2016, who has yet to taste much success at the major league level. this23 year old outfielder produced 1.50 OPS END 21 against last year’s opponent in the Pacific Coast Conference game. But he only spawned one. 544 OPS at 58Colorado the match of. Hilliard will have a chance to start the season as a backup outfielder, but if he can put it together, he has what it takes to be an everyday player at the major league level. –Mark Bowman

Marlin: INF Jacob Amaya

An infield bench spot is up for grabs, manager Skip Schumaker said service time and26 – Men’s roster status does not affect how it is populated. Acquired from the Dodgers in the Miguel Rojas trade, Amaya has yet to make his MLB debut. The Marlins staff noticed his glove was ready for MLB; it sa the problem is whether his bat is. Miamis no. This spring, the prospect will split time at shortstop and No. 2.
– Christina De Nicola

Mets: RHP Elieser Hernández
The Mets are committed to getting pitchers David Peterson and Tyler Megill to play in training camp, which means the duo will likely head to Triple-A Syracuse , so that once the Mets need a sixth or seventh starter. The team is also stretching Hernandez, but he trails Peterson and Megill on the depth chart. That makes it possible for the Mets to change direction later this spring and take Hernandez, a five-year major league veteran, out of the bullpen. His career ERA is 6. 19 as a substitute, however, could put the club on hold. – Anthony Dicomo

National: RHP Wily Peralta The Nationals covet pitchers who can stretch multiple innings and fill multiple roles, and Peralta checked those boxes. A Senior, Peralta

Number of appearances (99 started) in his career. He has played with the Tigers the past two seasons, during which time he has pitched as a starter. After making 07 started at 2019 (4-5, 3. ERA at 70 2/3 innings), he achieved

came off the bench last year (2-0, 2.37 ERA in 21 1/3 Bureau). Peralta, 22, also played for the Brewers and Royals.
– Jessica Camerato

Phillies: RHP Noah Song

Of all the dark horses on this list, Song is The longest shot. The Phillies selected him in the Rule 5 draft despite his service in the Navy. But Song simply switched his service from Active Duty to Selective Reserve, bringing him to Clearwater. Remember: Song since 773. He also threw the mound for the first time in a long time this month. But the right-hander has one of the most rotatable arms, so if there’s a way to keep him around, the Phillies will try.
– Todd Zoleecki

Central Netherlands

Brewer: RHP Gus Varland

since The Brewers haven’t played a Rule 5 since, but they like what they have in Varland, a former A’s and Dodgers prospect who saw a significant uptick in velocity after moving to the bullpen last year. The difficulty will be finding a roster spot in Milwaukee’s rebuilding bullpen, especially since so many candidates (Javy Guerra, Joel Payamps, Bryse Wilson and Adrian Houser, if he’s not in the rotation) aren’t options.
– Adam McAvoy

Cardinals: DH/OF Moises Gomez Gomez, who set a Cardinals minor league record Opening day list. For years, Gomez’s problem has been the number of home runs that come with the scent. In Double-A Springfield, he had strikeouts with

walks and 10 home run. At Triple-A Memphis, he blew 64 times and walk04 times, also home run Second-rate.cardinals vs. 01 – The year-old Venezuelan slugger tried to see longer pitches this spring, occasionally going the other way and trying not to fly away with his swing.

–John Denton

Cubs: 3B Edwin Ríos

The Cubs signed Rios early in camp, adding him to an already crowded field at first and third base. Chicago is trying to build a roster that will allow head coach David Rose to consider multiple options, and Rios has lefty power that he can use offensively. He could break up with Patrick Wisdom at third, hit at the designated hitter, or find some innings first (maybe even an outfield corner). Rios averages home runs per 01 Played throughout his MLB career, but he as a part-time player, s There are sporadic results, with a high smell rate. He has a minor league option, so at least he offers some depth of experience.
– Jordan Bastian

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