Early But getting close! Spring Training stories/battles
So I've been getting my spreadsheet going...
Here's what I've got so far...
BATTLES: Paulino, Johnson, Rienzo, Castro, Molina maybe even Beck
Bullpen: 4 spots, need 2 lefties
STAPLES: Jones, Lindstrom, Belisario,
BATTLES: Purcey(L), Petricka, Webb, Veal (L)
Catchers: I think this is the most intriguing battle, Nieto seems to have the lead in the #2 catcher due to the $ spent in the Rule 5 draft, he's a switch hitter and pretty good defensive player. Flowers and Phegley will battle for the #1 with most likely Phegley starting in AAA.
BATTLES: T. Flowers, A. Nieto(S), J. Phegley
STAPLES: Abreu, Konerko, Dunn
BATTLES: Bascially to see if Abreu is big league ready to handle the load for 140+starts, If not PK will be seeing more action than he signed up for
Starters: SS A. Ramirez 2B G. Beckham
BATTLES: M. Davidson, C. Gillaspie(1B/3B), J. Keppinger(INF), M. Semien(SS/3B), L. Garcia (INF/OF), J. Elmore(UTIL)
Starters: CF Eaton, RF Garcia
LF BATTLES: L. Garcia, A. DeAza, D. Viciedo
It seems we have a log jam for the bench spots, assuming we have 12 pitchers we have 2 spots locked up for back up C and Konerko.
Leaving 2 spots open.......Hahn has mentioned the possibility for 11 man Staff giving us 3 open bench spots and more options for platoons/matchups.
This will be a lot clearer if/when DeAza, Keppinger, Viceido are moved.
Battles are seemingly for the bench spots,
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