Projected Roster Version 1.0

Players are a little over a month away from their report date and spring training is right around the corner. Why not take a first stab at what the Senators’ opening day roster might look like? Without any kind of insider information, I’m basing these guesses on who’s currently under contract and player placement from the major league level down.

Things can obviously change between now and opening day with free agent signings, injuries, player releases, and the option of extended spring training.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.


Starting Rotation
LHSP Felipe Rivero

RHSP Joe Ross (pictured)
RHSP John Simms
LHSP Matthew Spann
RHSP Austin Voth

Will the Nationals’ #1 rated prospect Lucas Giolito take the path of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper and skip Potomac? Maybe…but they didn’t seem in a rush to move him through the system last year, so I’m not sure why they’d do it now.

As far as who is listed above, Joe Ross could be the prize of the three-team trade that sent Steven Souza to Tampa. Keep your eye on the 6’4″ righty as he takes the mound every fifth day for the Senators.

RHRP Colin Bates
RHRP Robert Benincasa
LHRP Richard Bleier
RHRP Paul Demny
RHRP Brian Dupra
RHRP Gilberto Mendez
RHRP Abel de los Santos
RHRP James Simmons
LHRP Kylin Turnbull

C Pedro Severino
C Cole Leonida


3B Mario Lisson
UT Jason Martinson
SS Stephen Perez
1B Shawn Pleffner
2B Tony Renda (pictured)
UT Adrian Sanchez

There’s a good chance that Harrisburg will have a completely revamped infield this season with three promotions and one veteran free agent signing.

OF/1B Kevin Keyes
OF Drew Vettleson
OF Delta Cleary (pictured)
OF Caleb Ramsey

Is Ike Ballou ready for Double-A after only 33 games at Potomac? If he isn’t, the Nationals signed former Rockies’ farmhand Cleary as an insurance policy to patrol center field.

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