5. Abraham Almonte is Playing His Way Onto The Opening Day Roster:
Feb 20, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners outfielder Abraham Almonte (36) poses for a picture during photo day at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Abe Almonte flashed speed and power and some solid defense after being called up at the end of last season.
This Spring, he is getting a hard look from manager Lloyd McClendon to be the leadoff guy.
So far he is only batting .133/.235/.400, but again it is Spring Training. He has already walked twice and stolen a base, and he has shown that his speed at the top of the order could wreak havoc on other teams.
He may get the nod in centerfield because it seems like McClendon really likes his upside and what he has to offer. If that is the case, right field will be the ultimate battle ground in the outfield.