As we bare the cold in New York, In Close to 15 days pitchers and catchers will report to warm, sunny Port St. Lucie and position player will report five days later.
So I wanted to write a preview outline by position, so we can get a look of what to expect during spring training.
So here it is.... barring any other big name signing..
Manager & Coaches
# Name Position
10 Terry Collins Manager
51 Dave Hudgens Batting Coach
59 Dan Warthen Pitching Coach
26 Tom Goodwin First Base Coach
18 Tim Teufel Third Base Coach
7 Bob Geren Bench Coach
25 Ricky Bones Bullpen Coach
78 Eric Langill Bullpen Catcher
54 Dave Racaniello Bullpen Catcher
Travis d'Arnaud finally gets his chance to prove himself as a everyday catcher. Behind him expect Anthony Recker, Juan Centeno, Taylor Teagarden to battle it out this spring.
Ike Davis, Lucas Duda will battle for the starting position, while Josh Satin, Wilmer Flores, and Zach Lutz will provide backup. Lutz more likely to get optioned. Time for Ike to show some self worth on a team that does not believe in him anymore.
Daniel Murphy will man second base, while Eric Young Jr. will prove backup and so will Wilfredo Tovar, who is most likely to be optioned.
Its Ruben Tejada's position to lose here... Omar Quintanilla signed as insurance along with Wilfredo Tovar as backup..
Newly Signed Curtis Granderson will be the starter here... Along with Eric Young backing him with New Signee Chris Young, Lucas Duda, and Andrew Brown also in the wings..
Juan Lagares' defense will get him the start, while Curtis Granderson will backup the position along with Chris Young, and Matt den Dekker, remember him... Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the outside looking in for a spot...
Chris Young should get most of the starts here... Bench help Andrew Brown, Juan Lagares, Matt den Dekker... On the outside looking in: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Cesar Puello, who will most likely be optioned after being suspended last year.
Bartolo Colon, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee, Zach Wheeler
5th Spot Open Out Of: Jenrry Mejia, John Lannan, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero/ Noah Syndergaard, most likely to be optioned to Triple-A
Bobby Parnell is the obvious closer...Carlos Torres will be the long man...Vic Black will look to setup along with Jeurys Familia. "Everyday" Scott Rice will provide lefty support with Josh Edgin also looking for a spot. Gonzalez Germen who made an appearance last year looks also to bolster the bullpen.. Outside candidates are: Jeff Walters, Ryan Reid, Steven Matz, Erik Goeddell
Should look like this:
RF: C. Young
- Lagares - CF
- Murphy - 2B
- Wright - 3B
- Granderson - LF
- C. Young - RF
- Davis - 1B
- d'Arnaud - C
- Tejada - SS
Bench: Satin, Flores, Duda, den Dekker, Young, Brown
SP: Colon, Niese, Gee, Wheeler, Mejia
RP: Parnell, Black, Familia, Rice, Edgin, Germen, Torres