WezBlog: Projecting The Final 25 Man Roster

With just a couple of days away from learning the final 25 man roster that will head north with the club, speculation is running wild. However, TigsTown believes it has uncovered the final roster. Find out who is expected to head north inside!

Many of the roster spots have become public in the past week, especially after Tuesday's relatively surprising cuts in which Robbie Weinhardt and Scott Sizemore, both favorites to make the team, were optioned to Toledo.

However, four spots remain open.

Among the position players, there appears to be a quartet of players battling for two spots. Those players are Casper Wells, Brennan Boesch, Andy Dirks and Danny Worth.

While Worth has performed very well this spring, barring a trade of Ramon Santiago (something the organization is open to but not necessarily actively pursuing), Worth will be optioned to Toledo, where he'll be the team's everyday third baseman, completing a talented infield with Cale Iorg at shortstop, Scott Sizemore at second base, and Ryan Strieby at first.

Joining Worth in Toledo will be Dirks, who performed very well and worked his way into the conversation, but had multiple factors working against him, primarily his lack of big league experience (and lack of a spot on the 40 man roster). His performance also tailed off as spring training wore on, including a 5-for-27 slump over his last ten games.

The bullpen then comes down to two spots, where Enrique Gonzalez, Adam Wilk and Brayan Villarreal have been battling it out for those two slots.

While Wilk has shined from a performance standpoint, it's also clear to the organization that Wilk does not have the over-powering stuff that other prospects that have made the leap he'd be making have had.

Meanwhile both Gonzalez and Villarreal have flown under the radar this spring, but have actually been incredibly effective. Gonzalez hasn't allowed an earned run in his six appearances, while Villarreal has had one poor outing, much like Wilk, that affected his ERA worse, but otherwise has been outstanding.

And, unlike Wilk, Villarreal possesses the stuff the organization looks for with a mid 90's fastball.

There is no indication yet who would be removed from the 40 man roster to open up a spot for Gonzalez, only speculation at this point.

So, there you have it folks. Wells, Boesch, Villarreal, Gonzalez. The remainder of the 25 man roster that will take the field on March 31st in New York.


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