We're a day away from Opening Day for six MLB teams, meaning spring training is in the rear-view mirror.
Much has been accomplished in the past six weeks, especially when it comes to a handful of contenders who arrived at camp with some big-time lineup questions.
How those holes will be filled:
Yankees RF: Aaron Judge
Judge still has some holes in his swing (13 strikeouts in 61 spring at-bats) and appeared ticketed for Triple-A earlier this week. However, he got the nod over Aaron Hicks, who will serve as New York’s fourth outfielder. Judge hit .333/.391/.540 with three homers in Grapefruit League play and provides a big-time power threat to a lineup that needs it.
In other Yankees news, Luis Severino will open the season as the No. 4 starter after posting a 3.38 ERA this spring, and Greg Bird was the runaway winner in the first-base battle.
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Nationals closer: Blake Treinen
It remains to be seen whether Washington will regret its decision to go in-house after missing out on a couple of premier free-agent stoppers (Mark Melancon, Kenley Jansen), but it will begin the season with Treinen anchoring the bullpen. The 28-year-old right-hander’s only career save came last season, when he posted a 2.28 ERA and an 8.5 K/9 ratio.
Treinen beat out veteran Shawn Kelley, who will stay in a setup role, and 23-year-old Koda Glover, who eventually could claim the closer job after he gets a little more major-league experience.
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Mets No. 5 SP: Zack Wheeler
Wheeler, who last pitched in the majors in 2014 and had Tommy John surgery in 2015, won the job over Seth Lugo – though Steven Matz beginning the season on the disabled list also helped his cause.
Although his workload will be closely monitored this season, Wheeler has regained his mid-90s fastball velocity and proved himself to finally be healthy. The leash likely will be short, however, given his spring struggles (5.11 ERA, seven walks in 12.1 innings)
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Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig
Manager Dave Roberts hasn’t made an official announcement, but the Dodgers’ website lists Puig atop the right-field depth chart and the Los Angeles Times mentions only a platoon in left field. With Andre Ethier (back) hurting and Trayce Thompson ticketed for Triple-A, Puig has unofficially regained the starting job in right after a tumultuous 2016 season that included a minor-league demotion.
Puig's hold on the job is hardly secure, however, considering his regression the past couple of seasons and a less-than-inspiring spring (.208/.276/.434, 14 strikeouts in 53 at-bats).
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Tigers CF: JaCoby Jones
When spring training began, Jones was competing with Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook to fill the void created by the offseason trade of Cameron Maybin. And manager Brad Ausmus said Friday that Jones will start in center against lefties and “certain” right-handers, according to the Detroit Free Press. And the Tigers will face White Sox lefty Jose Quintana on Opening Day.
Jones, a 24-year-old rookie, hit .314/.375/.490 with two homers, a double, a triple and three stolen bases this spring, and he has been stellar defensively. Because of J.D. Martinez’s foot injury, Collins and Mahtook will platoon in right field.