FANALYTICS: The truth about projecting playing time

As spring training gets into full swing, one area of major focus for most of us is getting a handle on how roles and playing time are going to shake out. It's is a fun and challenging exercise to see how all the pieces are going to fit... veterans, rookies, prospects, non-roster invites... nearly 2,000 players, all trying to find a spot on a 25-man roster on one of 30 teams.

It's like watching the shakeout on American Idol.

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