It seems likely the Padres carry seven relievers to start the season (though eight remains a possibility). Throughout the spring, manager Andy Green has given hints regarding his preferences for the final few bullpen places.
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Erlin was sharp over 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball, in which he struck out four D-backs. He allowed only two hits, both singles to second baseman Chris Owings.
Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer homered Friday against the Kansas City Royals, his former team.
The worst kept secret in Padres camp this spring is no longer a secret: Clayton Richard is scheduled to start on Opening Day against Milwaukee on March 29.
For the majority of the Padres club, missing out on the Opening Day roster means being sent to the Minors when camp ends. It's not as simple for five Padres who are out of options and would be subject to waivers if they don't make the club.
First-base coach Skip Schumaker's presence might seem minor. But considering his responsibilities, it's clear he has a chance to make an impact.
Even if they haven't stated it publicly, the Padres are making it increasingly clear that Dinelson Lamet has a place in their Opening Day rotation.
Who do the Padres have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for San Diego's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
The roster battles in Padres camp have taken a decidedly different tone this spring than they have in years past. There are no Rule 5 Draft selections to work around. There are few out-of-options veterans who might present logistical challenges. Instead, there's a host of young talent in camp, and those youngsters have been given every opportunity to compete for a job.
The Padres knew Fernando Tatis Jr. was a special talent from the moment he arrived in June 2016. They didn't know just how special until one September afternoon in Tempe.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias have been hailed as the Padres' double-play duo of the future. For now, that scenario will remain tantalizingly "in the future." Tatis and Urias -- the top two prospects in Padres camp this spring -- were reassigned to Minor League camp Tuesday.
From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Padres' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
In this week's edition of the Pipeline Podcast, Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Tim McMaster discuss the best double-play combos in the Minors, some of the best prospect interviews from Spring Training, which players have surprised this spring and opinions on the new Minor League extra-inning rules.
When Tyson Ross joined the Rangers last year, he was fresh off a lost season, a surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome and a recovery process he admits was probably over-accelerated.
Come Opening Day, Jose Pirela will be on the Padres' roster -- it's merely a matter of where he'll play and how often.
Pirela kicks ball to first for out
Luis Perdomo is in a fight for a rotation spot this spring, and he didn't exactly put his best foot forward Sunday in a 5-4 Cactus League defeat to San Francisco.
Freddy Galvis had heard the name "Jose Pirela" several times before they first met at a big league tryout outside Valencia, Venezuela. They were 16 at the time and lining up for a 60-yard dash when Galvis heard his own name announced along with Pirela's. He rolled his eyes.
If this was the final turn through the rotation for the three big-name pitching prospects in Padres camp, they certainly left a positive impression -- and, perhaps, a reminder that they could be back with the big league club soon.
MacKenzie Gore, the No. 3 overall Draft pick last June and San Diego's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, wowed dozens of captivated observers -- scouts, fans and staff alike. Meanwhile, rotation favorite Dinelson Lamet pitched four innings as he continues his tune-up for his sophomore season. Pitching coach Darren Balsley certainly seemed to enjoy the proceedings.
Dick Enberg was a man of many sports. But baseball was dearest to his heart, and that was clear on an overcast Saturday at Petco Park.
Eric Lauer was among top prospect performers on Saturday.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias have turned heads at camp, giving the Padres a glimpse of what their infield of the future might look like.
Right-handers Rowan Wick, Cal Quantrill, Trey Wingenter, Tom Wilhelmsen and Michael Mariot were all sent to the Minors, along with first baseman Josh Naylor, catcher Austin Allen, shortstop Javier Guerra and outfielder Franmil Reyes.
Seven franchises have never won the World Series. So let's rank them based on their likelihood of ending the drought first.
Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the upcoming season. Some compete for jobs in big league camp, while others vie for spots on Minor League affiliates. MLB Pipeline will visit all 30 camps this spring, and today we check in on the Padres.
You're going to say spring statistics aren't worth a warm bucket of pine tar, aren't you? You're going to argue that we should not get worked up by anything that has happened in Florida or Arizona the last couple of weeks. But spring performances do matter on a bunch of levels.
As part of MLB Pipeline's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we're sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Padres camp, it was San Diego's No. 2 prospect, MacKenzie Gore.
Joey Lucchesi was among top prospect performers in Spring Training action on Friday.
Manuel Margot's rookie season was a success by almost any standard. The 22-year-old entered as the Padres' top prospect and quickly entrenched himself as their center fielder of the future.
Jonathan Mayo take you on a tour of the Cactus League in this week's edition of the Pipeline Podcast. In addition to discussing Julio Pablo Martinez, whom the Rangers are expected to sign, Mayo conducts interviews with several top prospects.
Before he was traded to San Diego last July, Matt Strahm spent the bulk of his time in Kansas City pitching out of the bullpen. It's been two years since he was properly stretched into a starting option. And while the Padres aren't yet sure whether they'll use Strahm as a starter, they're at least proceeding as though they will.
There isn't a fiercer position battle at Padres camp than the one taking place at second base. Consider the stakes: Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje are locked into a fight for playing time. The winner will open the year as the starter at second base. The loser might not have a spot on the roster at all.
Willy Adames leads Wednesday's top prospect performers after hitting a solo homer, that brings his Spring Training average to .412.
Carter Capps made a necklace out of his own rib bone
For as much as Chris Young enjoyed his three seasons in Kansas City, he had a job to do Tuesday night. The veteran right-hander is eyeing a place in the Padres' rotation, and -- in a crowded race -- it's an audition every time he takes the mound.
Who will be in left field for the Padres? Will Wil Myers get reps there? Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross has flashed All-Star capability at Petco Park before. Now, after battling his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome and having a difficult year in Texas, he's competing to get back into San Diego's rotation in his second stint with the club.
Padres coach Matt Stairs crushes a homer
San Diego Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet's name isn't yet penned into the club's starting rotation. It may be written in pencil, however, particularly if he continues to put together performances this spring like the one he had in a 10-3 Padres loss to the D-backs on Monday night.
As the recipient of a new long-term contract that should keep him nestled in the middle of the Padres' order for years to come, home runs are going to be expected of Eric Hosmer. On Sunday, the All-Star first baseman got the first one out of the way.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is only 19, but having been labeled by MLB Pipeline as the No. 8 prospect in all of baseball, he has generated his share of attention. And he added to his allure on Sunday, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs as the starting shortstop in the Padres' split-squad win at the White Sox.
When Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers were drafted by the Kansas City Royals a decade or so ago they were given more or less the same speech by Royals general manager Dayton Moore. They were told that they were the future of the organization, that they were the players who would take Kansas City baseball from the bottom to the top. Moore wanted them to embrace the challenge. The Royals had been terrible for 15 years. There were people saying that they would never be good again.