Earlier today, I broke down the prospects that made American League Opening Day rosters. Here's the National League.
Arizona Diamondbacks: The D-Backs appear to be prepared to go with Chris Owings over Didi Gregorius, and that's the right decision. He's just simply a better player. They went with their better judgement as well with Archie Bradley, allowing him to return to the minors and finish his development. He won't be down there for long, however.
Atlanta Braves: The M*A*S*H unit that has become the Braves pitching staff has opened the door for the likes of David Hale and Gus Schlosser to join their banged up rotation in a fit of desperation. It's not a great scenario for the Braves, who are otherwise poised to contend, but it's a credit to them that they have those kinds of players as depth. I discussed what can be expected from Schlosser earlier this week.
Chicago Cubs: It's not time for the big wave of prospects to hit the north side, but last year's trade acquisition Mike Olt played well enough this spring to warrant both a roster spot and an Opening Day start. The cavalry is coming, however, and will be led by Javier Baez at some point this summer.
Cincinnati Reds: I'd tell you about Billy Hamilton earning the leadoff and center field jobs in Cincinnati, but I think he just stole 10 more bases. The Reds are also going to lean on Tucker Barnhart as their backup catcher until Devin Mesoraco returns from the DL.
Colorado Rockies: The Rockies have a pair of rookie relievers in their bullpen. Chad Bettis saw time in the big leagues last year, but Tommy Kahnle was the long-shot as a Rule V pick out of D-II Lynn University. Kahnle throws very hard (upper-90's), but has some control issues he'll have to overcome.
Miami Marlins: No prospects on the Marlins because they called them all up too early last season. Boo Marlins.
Milwaukee Brewers: No prospects on the Brewers from one of the weakest farm systems in the league.
New York Mets: Travis d'Arnaud was all but a given, but injuries almost got us Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero at the start of the season. The Mets made the right decision not do call up their top pitching prospects just yet, but we'll see both by mid-summer.
Philadelphia Phillies: Cesar Hernandez doesn't exactly elicit excitement from a prospect standpoint, but he can do enough things to warrant his roster spot. Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle are the prospects worth watching for, and both could be up this summer.
San Diego Padres: No prospects for the Padres. Boo Padres.
San Francisco Giants: No prospects on the Giants. The Giants aren't as old as they use to be, but they're not exactly young.
St. Louis Cardinals: Kolten Wong held onto the second base job that was handed to him before the start of spring training, but Carlos Martinez was unable to win a rotation spot, though it had nothing to do with his performance. Martinez was excellent this spring, but the spot went to Joe Kelly while Martinez returns to the bullpen to pitch in high-leverage situations.