Chicago Cubs Roster Projections 2.0: Who makes the Opening Day roster?

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I think only three outfielders currently on the 40-man, end up making the cut for the opening-day roster. Ian Happ, Cody Bellinger, and Seiya Suzuki.

Suzuki is currently dealing with an oblique injury that just sidelined him for the World Baseball Classic.

If Suzuki ends up not making the opening-day roster, this could push a player up like Nelson Velázquez or Brennan Davis.

Velázquez played the majority of the season for the Cubs last year, but free-agent signings from the Cubs might have pushed his name out of contention for a spot. Velázquez will more than likely start the season in Triple-A

Brennan Davis is also a name worth mentioning. Davis, a top Cub prospect, got drawn into the lineup in the Spring Training opener after Suzuki got scratched with his injury. He is definitely a name to monitor if Suzuki's injury ends up being serious.

This all but leaves Christopher Morel's name off the opening-day roster. I think after struggling in the second half of the season, the Cubs might want to see more ABs from Morel in the minor leagues. Plus when you bring the McKinstry options into effect, I think you will see the Cubs wanting to see a little more out of him before they ultimately make a decision.

If an injury were to happen or the Cubs part ways with McKinstry, Morel will be the first name called upon to the 26-man roster. But I feel as if the Cubs start Morel in the minors to start the season.