Countdown to Spring Training: Day 27

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

Spring Training is just a couple weeks away and as players get prepared to workouts, fans are anxiously awaiting the starting lineups to be announced.

In the meantime, Bleacher Report has come up with a projection of what the lineup could potentially be for the Tampa Bay Rays:

2014 Projected Lineup

vs. RHP vs. LHP
LF David DeJesus LF David DeJesus
2B Ben Zobrist 2B Ben Zobrist
3B Evan Longoria 3B Evan Longoria
1B James Loney 1B James Loney
RF Wil Myers RF Wil Myers
DH Matt Joyce CF Desmond Jennings
CF Desmond Jennings SS Yunel Escobar
SS Yunel Escobar DH Sean Rodriguez
C Ryan Hanigan C Ryan Hanigan

The Rays may not have as much roster versatility as years past, but there are no clear holes in the lineup from top to bottom. They should again score enough to back their terrific pitching staff as they hunt for a fifth postseason trip in the last seven seasons.

Moving Desmond Jennings out of the leadoff spot for a full season could help him take a step forward offensively, and David DeJesus has good on-base skills replacing him in that spot.

Wil Myers could also take a big step in his first full season, and a 30-home run campaign is not out of the question. They’ll again get little in the way of offense from the catcher position, and they could use another right-handed bat with some pop, but, overall, it’s the same sort of lineup the Rays have employed the past few years.

For more on this story visit: Joel Reuter, Bleacher Report

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