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Predicting the 30-man Australian roster

We should get to know the details of the roster for the trip to Australia later today. Here's my guesimate of who'll be going.

Mark Metcalfe
  • C. Miguel Montero
  • 1B. Paul Goldschmidt
  • 2B. Aaron Hill
  • 3B. Martin Prado
  • SS. Chris Owings
  • LF. Mark Trumbo
  • CF. A.J. Pollock
  • RF. Gerardo Parra
  • C. Henry Blanco
  • C. Tuffy Gosewisch
  • SS. Didi Gregorius
  • IF. Cliff Pennington
  • IF. Eric Chavez
  • OF. Tony Campana
Starting pitchers
  • Patrick Corbin
  • Trevor Cahill
  • J.J. Putz
  • Addison Reed
  • David Hernandez
  • Brad Ziegler
  • Oliver Perez
  • Josh Collmenter
  • Randall Delgado
  • Joe Thatcher
  • Will Harris
Additional for exhibition games
  • Archie Bradley
  • Bo Schultz
  • Wade Miley
  • Brandon McCarthy
  • Bronson Arroyo

I'm fairly certain on about 28 of these 30, with the obvious caveat I'm assuming what has been said in spring can be trusted. The exceptions would be the second pitcher for the exhibition game and the last spot on the bullpen. Kevin Towers "said there's still discussion of whether they'll go with 11 pitchers or 12." But if they use the latter, it would mean not taking either a third catcher, one of the shortstops or a reserve outfielder, and I'm inclined to think they will probably do all of those. Schultz has done pretty well in spring, and I think in the exhibition game, we'll see him and Bradley more or less work the entire game, so everyone else is fully rested.

We should get more specific details before long.