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Predicting every team's Opening Day roster

July 21, 2020

Opening Night is July 23. Opening Day is July 24. How will every team's 2020 roster shake out? Who's going to win the Summer Camp position battles? Which top prospects might surprise and make the cut? MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered. Here are the Opening Day roster predictions for

Opening Night is July 23. Opening Day is July 24. How will every team's 2020 roster shake out? Who's going to win the Summer Camp position battles? Which top prospects might surprise and make the cut?

MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered. Here are the Opening Day roster predictions for all 30 teams.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Vlad Jr., in his new digs at first base, leads the way for the young Jays. One big question: will top prospect Nate Pearson make the rotation? More >

Orioles: The Orioles figure to use the 60-game schedule to get a long look at No. 5 prospect Austin Hays, 25-year-old righty Hunter Harvey and (eventually) No. 4 prospect Ryan Mountcastle. More >

Rays: With a myriad of talented arms, the Rays appear to be well equipped to handle the short season, and new faces Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot give the team plenty of outfield depth. More >

Red Sox: All eyes will be on Alex Verdugo, a potential future star and the centerpiece of the Mookie Betts trade, who's now at full health and ready to jump into the Red Sox outfield. More >

Yankees: The shutdown allowed the Yankees to get healthier, with Aaron Hicks (Tommy John surgery), Aaron Judge (fractured right rib) and Giancarlo Stanton (right calf strain) all expected to be ready for Opening Day against the reigning champion Nationals -- but who will join that trio on the Yanks' roster? More >

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Players like slugging shortstop Yu Chang and righty reliever Cam Hill have turned heads in Spring Training and Summer Camp -- but will they be on the roster come Opening Day? More >

Royals: Salvador Perez is back to full strength after missing 2019 (Tommy John surgery) and Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler are coming off strong seasons, but the Royals' rotation is very much up in the air. The outfield situation is also a bit more crowded after Thursday's trade for Franchy Cordero. More >

Tigers: The Tigers have plenty of decisions to make when it comes to their Opening Day roster, as they try to strike the right balance of youth and experience around franchise cornerstone and two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera. More >

Twins: One of the few certainties with the Twins' lineup right now is that it will likely once again produce a lot of home runs -- but there are still plenty of questions to be answered about the specific makeup of Minnesota's Opening Day roster. More >

White Sox: Though newcomers Yasmani Grandal and Edwin Encarnación figure to give the White Sox a boost, all eyes on the South Side figure to be focused on top prospect Luis Robert's big league debut. More >

AL WEST

Angels: With Anthony Rendon in the fold, Shohei Ohtani back in a two-way role and Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons now healthy after injury-plagued seasons in 2019, Mike Trout has plenty of help. Will Trout's supporting cast include top prospect Jo Adell? More >

Astros: The Astros still sport one of the top lineups in the AL, but who will they call on to fill out their starting rotation following the departure of Gerrit Cole? More >

Athletics: With their starting rotation at full strength and a solid young core, the Athletics are hoping for big things in 2020. More >

Mariners: The youth movement is in full swing in Seattle, with Kyle Lewis, Jake Fraley, Shed Long, J.P. Crawford, Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn all expected to have sizable roles. More >

Rangers: The Rangers' overhauled their rotation behind Lance Lynn and Mike Minor, bringing in two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles. More >

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Freddie Freeman gained clearance to rejoin the Braves on Friday, creating a clearer picture of how the team's Opening Day roster might look. Cole Hamels (triceps) remains sidelined, however, leaving an opening in the rotation. More >

Marlins: After bringing in a number of veterans -- including Corey Dickerson, Jonathan Villar and Jesús Aguilar -- the Marlins could be more competitive this season, but their hopes of contending will likely depend on the performance of a young rotation led by Sandy Alcantara. More >

Mets: With Yoenis Céspedes back, the Mets' biggest question before Opening Day involves the health of ace Jacob deGrom (back tightness), but he appears to be trending in the right direction. More >

Nationals: The defending World Series champions have one of the deepest rosters in baseball. But is top prospect Carter Kieboom ready to handle third base with Rendon gone? And who's the No. 5 starter? More >

Phillies: It's Year 2 of Bryce Harper in Philadelphia, and Didi Gregorius and Zack Wheeler are here as well. So is new manager Joe Girardi, who still needs to decide on the team's No. 5 starter. More >

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: The long layoff gave Corey Knebel time to get healthy, and having the DH spot in the NL could help Ryan Braun stay in the lineup. Still up for grabs? The No. 5 spot in the rotation. More >

Cardinals: The Cardinals have some big decisions to make, including how many pitchers to keep on their Opening Day roster -- and who exactly those hurlers might be. More >

Cubs: The Cubs still have some decisions to make regarding the final spot in their starting rotation and the composition of their bullpen -- and they might need to move some pieces around the infield if Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness) isn't ready for the opener. More >

Pirates: With the Pirates announcing on Friday that right fielder Gregory Polanco has tested positive for COVID-19, there is little clarity at the moment when it comes to Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster. More >

Reds: The Reds had a busy offseason, signing Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos, Shogo Akiyama, Wade Miley and Pedro Strop, and they project to have one of the best rotations in the game. If Joey Votto bounces back and Nick Senzel breaks out, it could be a big year in Cincinnati. More >

NL WEST

D-backs: Most of Arizona's roster decisions are already made, but the D-backs still need to decide who will round out the rotation. More >

Dodgers: Even with David Price opting out of his debut season with the Dodgers, fellow newcomer Mookie Betts joins a loaded roster that has the Dodgers aiming for their first World Series title since 1988. More >

Giants: After Buster Posey elected not to play this season, the Giants' catching situation is uncertain for the first time in years. Is 2018 No. 2 overall Draft pick Joey Bart an option to fill the void? More >

Padres: First-year skipper Jayce Tingler acknowledged that the Padres have some "really hard calls to make" when it comes to finalizing their Opening Day roster, so who will make it and who will be left off? More >

Rockies: The Rockies made a couple of surprising moves on Friday when they added reliever Daniel Bard and outfielder Matt Kemp to the roster -- but there are still other decisions to be made. More >