American League Central

* – indicates new to team

1. Kansas City Royals

Their chances of repeating rest solely on the bullpen being a dominant force.

2. Cleveland Indians

The starting rotation is stacked and can match up with any in baseball.

3. Detroit Tigers

An offseason was spent finally remaking the bullpen.

4. Minnesota Twins

They peaked earlier than most expected. Now there are some expectations to compete for a postseason berth.

5. Chicago White Sox

Acquiring Todd Frazier might be a mute point for a team that had a lot of underachieving players last year.

Player to Watch: P Yordano Ventura Kansas City Royals

He took a few steps back last season as far as maturation goes, but he has the stuff to be perennial ace of a rotation. This is the year that he must start to become that if they want to start giving their bullpen a night off once in a while.

Best Acquisition: P Francisco Rodriguez Detroit Tigers

His prime is long past him, but he still is a quality closer and one that Detroit desperately needed. The Tigers could be a sneaky good team with him saving close to 90% of their games.

New Kid on the Block: OF Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

He’s being touted as the ‘next big thing’ and this will be his year to show his talents. The Twins are expected to be competitive, but if Buxton starts living up to his potential, they could be really good now and for many more years.

Kansas City Royals

Royals Lineup

1. SS Alcides Escobar

2. CF Lorenzo Cain

3. 1B Eric Hosmer

4. DH Kendrys Morales

5. 3B Mike Moustakas

6. C Salvador Perez

7. LF Alex Gordon

8. RF Paulo Orlando

9. 2B Omar Infante

Bench

OF Jarrod Dyson

INF Christian Colon

C Drew Butera

Rotation

1. Yordano Ventura

2. Ian Kennedy*

3. Edinson Volquez

4. Danny Duffy

5. Chris Young

Setup

Kelvin Herrera

Closer

Wade Davis

Manager

Ned Yost

Cleveland Indians

Indians Lineup

1. 2B Jason Kipnis

2. SS Francisco Lindor

3. LF Michael Brantley

4. DH Carlos Santana

5. 1B Mike Napoli*

6. C Yan Gomes

7. RF Joey Butler

8. 3B Lonnie Chisenhall

9. CF Rajai Davis*

Bench

INF Juan Uribe*

OF Collin Cowgill*

C Roberto Perez

Rotation

1. Corey Kluber

2. Carlos Carrasco

3. Danny Salazar

4. Trevor Bauer

5. Josh Tomlin

Setup

Bryan Shaw

Closer

Cody Allen

Manager

Terry Francona

Detroit Tigers

Tigers Lineup

1. 2B Ian Kinsler

2. LF Justin Upton*

3. 1B Miguel Cabrera

4. DH Victor Martinez

5. RF J.D. Martinez

6. 3B Nick Castellanos

7. C James McCann

8. SS Jose Iglesias

9. CF Anthony Gose

Bench

INF/OF Mike Aviles*

OF Cameron Maybin*

C Jarrod Saltalamacchia*

Rotation

1. Justin Verlander

2. Jordan Zimmermann*

3. Anibal Sanchez

4. Daniel Norris

5. Mike Pelfrey*

Setup

Mark Lowe*

Closer

Francisco Rodriguez*

Manager

Brad Ausmus

Minnesota Twins

Twins Lineup

1. CF Byron Buxton

2. 2B Brian Dozier

3. 1B Joe Mauer

4. RF Miguel Sano

5. 3B Trevor Plouffe

6. DH Byung Ho Park*

7. LF Eddie Rosario

8. SS Eduardo Escobar

9. C Kurt Suzuki

Bench

INF Eduardo Nunez

C John Ryan Murphy*

OF Oswaldo Arcia

Rotation

1. Phil Hughes

2. Ervin Santana

3. Kyle Gibson

4. Tommy Milone

5. Rick Nolasco

Setup

Kevin Jepsen

Closer

Glen Perkins

Manager

Paul Molitor

Chicago White Sox

White Sox Lineup

1. CF Adam Eaton

2. LF Melky Cabrera

3. 1B Jose Abreu

4. 3B Todd Frazier*

5. RF Avisail Garcia

6. 2B Brett Lawrie*

7. DH Matt Davidson

8. C Dioner Navarro*

9. SS Jimmy Rollins*

Bench

OF Austin Jackson*

C Alex Avila*

INF Tyler Saladino

Rotation

1. Chris Sale

2. Jose Quintana

3. Carlos Rodon

4. Erik Johnson

5. John Danks

Setup

Zach Duke

Closer

David Robertson

Manager

Robin Ventura

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