Minor League Camp Report: March 23

Padres vs. Royals - AA/AAA games LHP Clayton Richard and RHP Luke Gregerson both got innings at the beginning of the two games today. Gregerson looked a little better than Richards but its foolish to see much into performances of established major league pitchers on the back fields of a minor league complex.

Both seemed more interested in stretching out their arms than results.


Things are starting to get tight as spring training begins to come to a close as San Diego released six players; RHP Mike Broadway, Chris Haney, Goose Kallunki, Kyung-Min Na, Mark Pope and Anthony Rentiria according to the Padres' official press release.

Na, a native of South Korea, along with RHP Andrew Cashner, was one of two players that came over in the deal for Anthony Rizzo.

Also RHP Brad Boxberger was sent to Tucson along with 2B/OF Jonathan Galvez and SS Jeudy Valdez. Arturo Lopez was also reassigned but may end up back in the Mexican League.


OF Dan Robertson has had an impressive career in his tenure with the Padres and today was no different. Robertson made several nice plays in center to go along with a home run and a double. He can play all three outfield positions, run and has the type of simple easily repeatable swing that is ideal for a player coming off the bench.

He will begin the year in Tucson but still could end up in San Diego by the end of the year especially if there is an injury in center.

Robertson is a class individual on and off the field and if you aren't rooting for 33rd round draft pick to make it the major leagues then you just don't like baseball.


OF Jaff Decker looks better in camp than he has in the past few years primarily because he's finally healthy. The "body type" issue with Decker is gone as he looks like his body has finally matured. He moved well in the outfield and showed some good speed coming down the line beating out an infield hit.

Decker seems destined for Tucson after spending the past two season in San Antonio and should form the corps of a pretty good batting lineup with Cody Decker and Robertson.


Infielder Dean Anna has been playing all over the infield and as with last year, his bat is going to find a way somehow into the everyday lineup. Anna was 4-4 yesterday and hit the ball hard in both at-bats that I saw.


Jorge Reyes, who easily had the best "stuff" of any starter in Tucson looked good in his outing as he showed a crisp fastball with movement that sat in the low 90s. Its unclear if Reyes will start or come out of the pen but he does have an arm that is worth watching. A very easy delivery and a fastball that moves a lot is something that is worth watching.

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