Ranking the Top 10 Infielders to Watch on Opening Day 2014

Ranking the Top 10 Infielders to Watch on Opening Day 2014

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Everyone that enjoys a good MLB game is pumped about the soon arriving Opening Day 2014. This is a special day for any baseball fan to just get their favorite pastime back once again. There are more than just pointless games going on this day however, there are stories. Storylines are everywhere this Opening Day. Here are the top 10 infielders you should keep your eye on. They should have something to show us one way or another.

10 – Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

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10 – Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

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It is no secret that Mauer is taking over at first base fulltime this season. It would stand to reason that his great offensive performances while sitting behind the plate for the last several years would only increase with a slightly less demanding position but that is not a guarantee. How will Mauer react to his first game manning first base?

9 – Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers

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9 – Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers

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The high profile trade that sent Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers not only brought in Prince Fielder. It also sent Profar into fulltime status as the everyday second baseman for the Rangers. He has always had a ton of potential and should do fine in the job. He has been good this spring but how will that transfer over to Opening Day?

8 – Rafael Furcal – Miami Marlins

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8 – Rafael Furcal – Miami Marlins

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The long-time shortstop is back from Tommy John surgery this year and playing second base. It should be easier on his historically great arm but many still wonder why the Marlins bothered signing him. Look for him to make some noise early on this year and prove just exactly why the Marlins grabbed him this offseason.

7 – Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

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7 – Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

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We know this kid too well already and I mean that literally. He is still a rookie and a prospect going into this season but because of his play during the postseason in 2013 we know and expect him to play well. How will that translate into Opening Day and the long-haul of the season? His first game should give us a glimpse.

6 – Derek Jeter – New York Yankees

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6 – Derek Jeter – New York Yankees

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One of the greatest players in the history of the game is going into his final season and it is with the most storied franchise in MLB. Honestly there is no reason not to watch every game Jeter plays this season. Certainly we should pay attention to the first one.

5 – Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels

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5 – Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels

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The reports of Pujols finally being 100 percent healthy appear to be accurate. Will that continue to be the case on Opening Day as he mans first base? Even if he is fully healthy what does it mean for the season? What will he do on Opening Day?

4 – Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

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4 – Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

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The wait for Moustakas to be a force regularly on the offensive side of things could be over this year. His great spring has opened eyes and if he translates that into an awesome Opening Day performance, it would be a great thing for him and for the Royals.

3 – Dan Uggla – Atlanta Braves

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3 – Dan Uggla – Atlanta Braves

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No one is harder on Uggla than the fans of the Braves themselves. For every one that gives him a hard time and nasty nicknames, there is a fan who would love it if Uggla rebounded this season. He is having a good spring and it looks like he could actually produce the way the Braves always hoped he would when they signed him. What will his start look like?

2 – Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

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2 – Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

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Last season we all watched Michael Cuddyer shed his struggles in Minnesota to win the batting title in Colorado. That had to be on the mind of Morneau as he signed with the same team this offseason. Will the move be as profitable for Morneau as it was for Cuddyer? Opening Day might tell a large bit of the tale.

1 – Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

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1 – Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

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Like it or not, when you sign a humongous deal with a struggling team everyone is going to watch and see if you can pick that team up to a new level. That is the case with Cano. His spring has been wonderful and he appears to be ready to lead the charge in Seattle. That will need to mean something on Opening Day however.

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