Let's predict all 30 Opening Day rosters

March 8th, 2019

We're midway through Spring Training, which means it's a good time to revisit MLB.com's Opening Day roster predictions from the beginning of camp. Since pitchers and catchers reported last month, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have found new homes, injuries have upended rosters and surprise breakouts and unexpected slow starts have shaken up position battles.

Here are revised predictions from each of MLB.com's 30 beat writers. Click on the “more” link to get a comprehensive breakdown of each team.


Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have been busy since the start of camp, adding John Axford, Bud Norris and Clay Buchholz to their pitching staff. A left knee injury to Devon Travis has shaken up Toronto’s infield. More >

Questions and competitions remain throughout Baltimore’s roster, from the status of Mark Trumbo, who’s working his way back from right knee surgery, to the makeup of the bullpen. More >

The competition in Tampa Bay’s bullpen is one to watch as the club plans to open the year with a rotation of three starting pitchers and two bullpen days. More >

Red Sox
The defending-champion Red Sox still have to settle on a closer and have a fluid situation at catcher with one of their three -- Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon -- likely to be traded before Spring Training ends. More >

Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has impressed in spring exhibitions after injuries cost him much of last season, and the club has two bullpen spots up for grabs. More >


The outfield is slowly coming together, but Tyler Clippard and Hanley Ramirez’s additions on Minor League deals could shake up initial roster predictions in the bullpen and at designated hitter. More >

Salvador Perez’s injury opened the door for Cam Gallagher, Meibrys Viloria and a possible free-agent signing to take over catching duties. The club shook up its pitching staff by adding Jake Diekman and Drew Storen. More >

Josh Harrison’s addition moved Niko Goodrum back into a utility role, while Jose Manuel Fernandez is turning heads in camp and pushing for a possible 13th spot on the pitching staff. More >

The Twins will be without Miguel Sano until May, altering the club’s Opening Day plans at third base, where free-agent signee Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for at least the first month of the season. More >

White Sox
The White Sox couldn’t draw Manny Machado to Chicago, so Yoan Moncada is penciled into the Opening Day lineup at third base and Yolmer Sanchez moves to second. More >


Third baseman Zack Cozart’s calf injury has his Opening Day status in question, opening the door for Taylor Ward. Jaime Barria and Felix Pena are competing for the final rotation spot. More >

Josh James’ injury knocked him out of a competition for the fifth starter, leaving Brad Peacock and Framber Valdez competing for the role. The club is likely to forgo an extra bullpen arm in favor of carrying an extra position player. More >

The A’s have addressed a number of positions by acquiring second baseman Jurickson Profar from the Rangers and signing Brett Anderson, Robbie Grossman and Jerry Blevins. More >

An injury to Mallex Smith shook up the Mariners’ outfield in the short term, while Edwin Encarnacion is playing more first base than expected and projects to begin the year as the starter there. More >

Ronald Guzman is solidifying his place as the Rangers’ starting first baseman with a strong spring. All eyes are on the rotation trio of Drew Smyly, Edinson Volquez and Shelby Miller as they each work their way back from Tommy John surgery. More >


Mike Foltynewicz’s right elbow discomfort will keep him from his first Opening Day start, but he shouldn’t be out long. Other Braves players recovering from injures, like Brian McCann and Dansby Swanson, appear to be on track for the opener. More >

Miami is facing some difficult decisions with questions across its roster, including at catcher, where injuries to Jorge Alfaro and Chad Wallach have created uncertainty at the position. More >

Injuries to Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie may move Jeff McNeil back to the infield and have increased Adeiny Hechavarria’s odds of making the team. Hector Santiago has taken the lead in the competition for the final bullpen spot. More >

The Nationals have questions at their utility role, since Howie Kendrick has a hamstring strain, and in the bullpen, where Koda Glover and Justin Miller are working their way back from injuries. More >

The Phillies made arguably the biggest splash of the offseason in inking Harper, adding to their surplus of talented outfielders. The club could explore a trade to clear the logjam at the position. More >


Mike Moustakas is working on a transition to second base, and his return bumps Hernan Perez and Cory Spangenberg to the bench, where the Brewers have some decisions to make. More >

Tyler O’Neill has made an impression this spring -- he hit four home runs in his first eight games -- and is pushing for a bench spot. Carrying an extra outfielder could mean the Cardinals open the year with a seven-man bullpen. More >

The Cubs have stayed relatively healthy and roster predictions have remained mostly static halfway through spring. Kris Bryant appears to have put last season’s shoulder injury behind him. More >

The Pirates have spent much of spring getting a look at prospects who could be rising to the big leagues later this year, easing their regulars into game action. More >

Nick Senzel, the Reds’ No. 1 prospect, could be in line to make the team in his new position, center field. Recent acquisitions Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias also project to make the Opening Day roster. More >


Arizona appears primed to carry three catchers on Opening Day, and T.J. McFarland’s injury opens the door for Matt Koch to make the team as a long reliever. More >

The Dodgers could start the season without Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias, requiring some roster tweaks. Corey Seager, however, could be on track for the opener. More >

Buster Posey, coming off hip surgery, appears on track for Opening Day and Jeff Samardzija is impressing in spring action. The Giants will have to make some tough decisions with their bullpen, where they have a glut of talent. More >

The Padres opened camp with a major question mark at third base and answered it by signing Machado for the next decade. His addition makes Ian Kinsler the regular second baseman to start the year and hurts the roster odds for utility players Ty France and Jason Vosler. More >

Ian Desmond is settling back into a center-field role and Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson have eased concerns over the loss of DJ LeMahieu with their play in spring exhibitions. More >