Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Charlie Culberson are contending to be the backup shortstop for the Dodgers on Opening Day. Hernandez has one advantage in that he can also back up in center field, which would be a Dodgers need if Trayce Thompson doesn't break with the club.
These dozen youngsters won't be on Opening Day rosters, but their timetables could align nicely with their teams' needs.
Justin Verlander came to Spring Training six weeks ago with a goal to get himself closer to top form around Opening Day and avoid the first-half struggles that slowed his 2016 season. He won't know for sure how well he did that until he takes the mound at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago in a week and a half, but he at least has given it his best shot.
Phillips makes behind-the-back throw from his knees
Chase Utley got the Dodgers started with a two-run home run in the first inning, and behind ace Clayton Kershaw, they went on to a 10-2 victory over the Rangers at Surprise Stadium on Thursday.
Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez held court before the White Sox 4-2 victory over the Reds at Camelback Ranch after the team's top five prospects per MLBPipeline.com were returned from big league Spring Training to Minor League camp Tuesday. Here's a look at some of their comments.