Catcher: Wilson Ramos, Devin Mesoraco, Bruce Maxwell, Josh Phegley, Jesus Sucre
Ramos might be back in May, but he'll probably DH. Which is fine, as long as he eventually gets in 20ish games at catcher. Mesoraco is sorta catching in ST but taking it slow. I could get absolutely nothing from these two, but upside is a pair of above average bats at 250 AB each. I've got both A's backups, and rumors of Vogt spending time at DH could push this duo to 300 ABs between them. Sucre is not a lock to make the Rays, but the worse things look for Ramos, the more likely he gets to 50 ABs, so he's a good hedge.
First base: Joey Votto, Victor Martinez
Votto is my rock. Give me some bombs and a .400 OBP. If V-Mart gets 5 games in at 1B, he's a competent backup, and I can play Votto out of position in the outfield if needed.
Second base: Brad Miller, Raul Mondesi, Brett Lawrie
Miller hasn't really played 2nd in the majors. He's supposed to play there for the Rays this year, and if he doesn't, I'm screwed. Lawrie got cut which was certainly unexpected. He might sign with the Rays and play 2B, which could be good or bad for me. Mondesi was turrible last year but I'm hoping for 200 ABs of a good glove, even if he hits .190 in the process.
Shortstop: Carlos Correa, Alen Hanson, Wilmer Difo, Jorge Mateo
Please stay healthy, Carlos. There's no guarantee any of these other guys get time at SS. Maybe Brad Miller does - Duffy might start the year on the DL - and these guys can cover 2B when Miller slides over. Mondesi could also see time at SS, or play good enough D that sliding him over out of position won't kill me.
Third base: Justin Turner, Jhonny Peralta
Turner's already getting injections in his knee which is awesome. Jhonny should get 300 ABs somewhere and hopefully qualify at 3B, and maybe I'll get lucky and he also qualifies at SS. Difo could play here too, as could Lawrie if he ever gets a job.
Outfield (starters): Joc Pederson, Mark Trumbo, Keon Broxton
Well, that's a lot of risk. My park is a HR haven so I'm hoping these guys get on base a lot and hit a lot of bombs. Trumbo may be a primary DH but hoping he gets enough time in the OF to qualify. Pederson may sit against lefties so I'm hoping I have another glove somewhere who can fake CF.
Outfield (bench): Nori Aoki, Bradley Zimmer, JaCoby Jones, Peter Bourjos, Justin Ruggiano
Not a lot of depth here but Nori should get 300-400 ABs for the Astros and I might need every one of them. The rest are just dart throws. Jones could win the starting CF job for the Tigers. Bourjos could make the White Sox with TIlson injured. Ruggiano is the lefty masher the Giants need, but maybe not the one they'll keep.