It is a long ways off from opening day, but it is never too early to have some fun and try to project the Albuquerque Isotopes’ 2014 roster.
There are, of course, many factors that go into a Triple-A team’s construction. From dealing with out-of-options players to deciding which players to promote from Double-A, any guesses at this point of the off-season are just that, guesses.
Even at this point in the calendar there are still hundreds of minor-league free agents looking for work. A quick glance at the current Isotopes player pool sees a lack of catchers and starting pitchers, two areas that could be addressed via more signings.
The 2014 Isotopes will only have a few returning faces from this past season, and even some of those on the 40-man roster could lose their spots as the big-league club adds more players. There are two players — catcher Drew Butera and reliever Javy Guerra — who are out of options, meaning they cannot be sent to Albuquerque without clearing waivers and losing their spots on the 40-man. It is unknown if either player could outright refuse the assignment to Triple-A and become a free agent.
With all that being said, here is the best educated guess for who will be the 25 players suiting up for the Isotopes in April.