The Padres made their first round of roster cuts on Sunday with no real surprises among the 12 players assigned to minor league camp.
Those cut all had extremely small chances to make the final roster, including some that were dealing with injuries and other nagging issues.
Here are all the moves made, per Padres beat writer AJ Casavell:
- Outfielders Edward Olivares and Jorge Oña were optioned to Minor League camp. (Both are on the 40-man roster.)
- Infielders Gabriel Arias, Owen Miller, Esteban Quiroz and Hudson Potts; outfielder Michael Gettys; catcher Luis Campusano; and righties Pedro Avila, Lake Bachar, Miguel Diaz and Dauris Valdez were all assigned to Minor League camp. (They’re not on the 40-man, so they didn’t need to be optioned.)
One of the biggest things Casavell points out in the aftermath of the cuts is that the Padres still have quite a few pitchers - 20 to be exact.
It’s not like there’s a ton of spots up for grabs, either. If you consider Pierce Johnson, Kirby Yates, Emilio Pagan, Drew Pomeranz, Craig Stammen, and Matt Strahm all having solidified spots, there’s already six gone. Javy Guerra also looks to be on the final roster after a standout spring training, as well.
How are we feeling after the first round of cuts? Anything stand out to you? Let’s chat.