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Predicting the Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day roster

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Spring Training is officially underway, which players will make the Opening Day roster?

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The squad is here.

Today, the rest of the Rays spring training roster officially reports to Port Charlotte and the first full team workouts begin.

Kevin Cash and the rest of the Rays management will spend the next five weeks trimming their roster of 67 players down to the 26 that they’ll open the season with against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 26th at Tropicana Field.

Cash will have his work cut out for him in deciding which players he’ll leave on the Opening Day roster and what exactly their role with the team will be.

Here is my prediction with the Rays current roster of how they’ll start the season.

Starting Lineup

  1. Austin Meadows, LF (L)
  2. Brandon Lowe, 2B (L)
  3. Hunter Renfroe, RF (R)
  4. Ji-Man Choi, 1B (L)
  5. Yandy Diaz, DH (R)
  6. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, 3B (L)
  7. Mike Zunino, C (R)
  8. Willy Adames, SS (R)
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, CF (L)

Bench

Daniel Robertson, INF (R)
Michael Perez, C (L)
Jose Martinez, DH (R)
Manuel Margot, OF (R)

Starting Rotation

Blake Snell (LHP)
Charlie Morton (RHP)
Tyler Glasnow (RHP)
Ryan Yarbrough (LHP)
Yonny Chirinos (RHP)

Bullpen

Chaz Roe (RHP)
Diego Castillo (RHP)
Jose Alvarado (LHP)
Nick Anderson (RHP)
Oliver Drake (RHP)
Aaron Loup (LHP)
Colin Poche (LHP)
Peter Fairbanks (RHP)