NL projected starters for 2006

Originally Published: January 29, 2006
ESPN.com

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Based on current rosters, ESPN.com has projected the starting players at each position in the National League for 2006. The projections will be updated if a trade or a free-agent signing necessitates a change.

Note: Players listed in bold and italics are newcomers to that team. Players with an "(r)" next to them will be rookies.

NL EAST
  ATLANTA FLORIDA NY METS PHILADELPHIA WASHINGTON
C Brian McCann Miguel Olivo Paul Lo Duca Mike Lieberthal Brian Schneider
1B Adam LaRoche Mike Jacobs (r) Carlos Delgado Ryan Howard Nick Johnson
2B Marcus Giles Pokey Reese Kazuo Matsui Chase Utley Jose Vidro
SS Edgar Renteria Hanley Ramirez (r) Jose Reyes Jimmy Rollins Cristian Guzman
3B Chipper Jones Miguel Cabrera David Wright David Bell Ryan Zimmerman (r)
LF Ryan Langerhans/
Kelly Johnson
Chris Aguila (r) Cliff Floyd Pat Burrell Alfonso Soriano
CF Andruw Jones Eric Reed (r) Carlos Beltran Aaron Rowand Ryan Church
RF Jeff Francoeur Jeremy Hermida (r) Victor Diaz/
Xavier Nady
Bobby Abreu Jose Guillen
 
SP1 John Smoltz Dontrelle Willis Pedro Martinez Brett Myers Livan Hernandez
SP2 Tim Hudson Brian Moehler Tom Glavine Jon Lieber John Patterson
SP3 Jorge Sosa Sergio Mitre Victor Zambrano Cory Lidle Brian Lawrence
SP4 John Thomson Jason Vargas Steve Trachsel Ryan Franklin Tony Armas Jr.
SP5 Horacio Ramirez Scott Olsen (r) Aaron Heilman Robinson Tejeda Ryan Drese/Ramon Ortiz
CL Chris Reitsma Joe Borowski Billy Wagner Tom Gordon Chad Cordero

NL CENTRAL
  CHICAGO CINCINNATI HOUSTON MILWAUKEE PITTSBURGH ST. LOUIS
C Michael Barrett Jason LaRue Brad Ausmus Damian Miller Ryan Doumit Yadier Molina
1B Derrek Lee Adam Dunn Lance Berkman Prince Fielder (r) Sean Casey Albert Pujols
2B Todd Walker Ryan Freel Craig Biggio Rickie Weeks Jose Castillo Junior Spivey
SS Ronny Cedeno Felipe Lopez Adam Everett J.J. Hardy Jack Wilson David Eckstein
3B Aramis Ramirez Edwin Encarnacion Morgan Ensberg Bill Hall Joe Randa Scott Rolen
LF Matt Murton Wily Mo Pena Preston Wilson Carlos Lee Jason Bay Larry Bigbie/
John Rodriguez
CF Juan Pierre Ken Griffey Jr. Willy Taveras Brady Clark Chris Duffy Jim Edmonds
RF Jacque Jones Austin Kearns Jason Lane Geoff Jenkins Jeromy Burnitz Juan Encarnacion
 
SP1 Mark Prior Paul Wilson Andy Pettitte Ben Sheets Oliver Perez Chris Carpenter
SP2 Kerry Wood Aaron Harang Roy Oswalt Chris Capuano Zach Duke Mark Mulder
SP3 Carlos Zambrano Eric Milton Brandon Backe Doug Davis Kip Wells Jason Marquis
SP4 Greg Maddux Dave Williams Wandy Rodriguez Tomo Ohka Victor Santos Jeff Suppan
SP5 Glendon Rusch Brandon Claussen Ezequiel Astacio Rick Helling Paul Maholm (r) Sidney Ponson/
Anthony Reyes (r)
CL Ryan Dempster David Weathers Brad Lidge Derrick Turnbow Mike Gonzalez/
Salomon Torres
Jason Isringhausen

NL WEST
  ARIZONA COLORADO LOS ANGELES SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO
C Johnny Estrada Yorvit Torrealba Dioner Navarro Mike Piazza Mike Matheny
1B Conor Jackson (r)/
Tony Clark
Todd Helton Nomar Garciaparra Ryan Klesko Lance Niekro
2B Orlando Hudson Luis A. Gonzalez Jeff Kent Josh Barfield (r) Ray Durham
SS Craig Counsell Clint Barmes Rafael Furcal Khalil Greene Omar Vizquel
3B Chad Tracy Garrett Atkins Bill Mueller Vinny Castilla Pedro Feliz
LF Luis Gonzalez Matt Holliday Jose Cruz Jr. Dave Roberts Barry Bonds
CF Eric Byrnes Cory Sullivan Kenny Lofton Mike Cameron Steve Finley/
Randy Winn
RF Shawn Green Brad Hawpe J.D. Drew Brian Giles Moises Alou
 
SP1 Brandon Webb Jason Jennings Derek Lowe Jake Peavy Jason Schmidt
SP2 Russ Ortiz Jeff Francis Brad Penny Woody Williams Matt Morris
SP3 Miguel Batista Aaron Cook Odalis Perez Chris Young Noah Lowry
SP4 Orlando Hernandez Byung-Hyun Kim Brett Tomko Shawn Estes Matt Cain (r)
SP5 Brad Halsey Sunny Kim Jae Seo Chan Ho Park Brad Hennessey
CL Jose Valverde Brian Fuentes Eric Gagne Trevor Hoffman Armando Benitez