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Revisiting Yanks' projected Opening Day roster

Additions of Drury, Walker have impact as season nears
MLB.com @BryanHoch

TAMPA, Fla. -- It has been about a month since the first installment of "Must See BP," with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton mashing baseballs in the same batting practice group. Meanwhile, the rest of the Yankees' roster is taking shape for the March 29 season opener against the Blue Jays.

General manager Brian Cashman has made changes since then, orchestrating a three-team trade in late February that imported infielder Brandon Drury from the D-backs, then signing infielder Neil Walker to a one-year, $4 million contract this week.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- It has been about a month since the first installment of "Must See BP," with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton mashing baseballs in the same batting practice group. Meanwhile, the rest of the Yankees' roster is taking shape for the March 29 season opener against the Blue Jays.

General manager Brian Cashman has made changes since then, orchestrating a three-team trade in late February that imported infielder Brandon Drury from the D-backs, then signing infielder Neil Walker to a one-year, $4 million contract this week.

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Video: Hoch discusses Walker signing with the Yankees

With those edits in mind, as well as lingering injuries to outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (right oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion), this seems like an appropriate time to revisit the 25-man roster predictions that we made on Feb. 9. How did we do? Read on:

Catcher (2): This wasn't difficult. Gary Sanchez will be the starter, with Austin Romine backing up. Our prediction had Kyle Higashioka beginning the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and indeed, Higashioka was optioned on Tuesday.

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First base (2): Despite a slow start, Greg Bird remains the starter, though the backup picture has changed. We forecast Tyler Austin as a reserve, though the Walker addition complicates that. Austin still has a chance to make the roster if Ellsbury begins the year on the disabled list.

Second base (1): We had Ronald Torreyes as the starter, with Gleyber Torres returning to the Minors. That seems to have been half right. Walker provides an experienced option, but manager Aaron Boone and Cashman have spoken highly of Tyler Wade's impressive spring. At this moment, Wade appears to have a leg up to start on Opening Day.

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Third base (1): Drury was preparing to report to D-backs camp when we made our predictions, but now that he is in pinstripes, he appears to be locked in as the starter. Boone spoke recently about loving the "grit" that Drury provides to the roster. As a result, Miguel Andujar will begin the season at Triple-A.

Shortstop (1): Didi Gregorius was penciled in as the starter then, and nothing has changed. Boone has referred to Gregorius as "the captain of the infield," which seems to be an appropriate title.

Utility (1): Let's flip-flop here. We had Wade making the club as a versatile jack-of-all-trades, but it now appears that Wade will man second base -- at least until Walker gets up to speed, considering his late arrival. Torreyes thus returns to a utility role that he has filled well.

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Outfield (5): Four of the five spots are set, depending on Ellsbury's health. Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Judge and Stanton are locks. If Ellsbury is on the DL, the Yanks will choose between Austin, Billy McKinney or an extra reliever while carrying a three-man bench -- something that Boone said they'll utilize at times.

Starting pitchers (5): The rotation is set. We had Jordan Montgomery as the likely choice for the No. 5 spot, and Boone has confirmed that. He joins Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and CC Sabathia.

Bullpen (7): This appeared set then, as it does today. Locks behind closer Aroldis Chapman include Dellin Betances, Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Adam Warren. We had Green and Warren both landing in the bullpen, with Chasen Shreve snagging the final spot by holding off non-roster challenger Wade LeBlanc.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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