Per Dennis Lin of UT-San Diego, the Padres made five cuts today sending Robbie Erlin and Leonel Campos to AAA El Paso and reassigning Matt Wisler, Jay Jackson and Diego Goris. Later in the day they also announced that Casey Kelly had also been re-assigned to AAA El Paso.
Goris was in game action today at third base. Wisler is expected to begin the year in El Paso.
On the back fields OF Hunter Renfroe and SS Trea Turner each hit home runs with Turner, who is assumed to be the player to be named later in the Wil Myers trade, will be sent to the Washington Nationals after the June draft, also saw time at second base.
Renfroe didn’t seem to get all of the ball on his shot to left but his swing generates such force the ball carried easily over the left field fence. Since being drafted in 2013 it seems all of his teammates each have some particular unique story to tell about Renfroe most revolving around his ability to crush baseballs out of any and all parks.
RHP Kyle Lloyd too the mound in AA game and ran into some trouble early on giving up a home run to right field before settling down. Lloyd, who led the organization in strikeouts last year 155, looked sharp once his splitter got back to normal to go along with his sinking four-seam fastball.
Lloyd looks a little leaner this year but still projects to be the big innings eater for the Lake Elsinore Storm this season.
LHP Chris Nunn came in and threw a very impressive inning in relief and seemed to generate more velocity and movement than he has in year’s past. Last year for the Storm he had a 4-2 recored with a 4.30 ERA and had 76 innings in 58.2 innings. ***
Mikey Perez who was one of the big international signings in 2013 and his velocity wasn’t what was advertised but appeared to be repeating his mechanics well. ***
In the morning drills the hitting group that continues to get a lot of attention is the one with OF Michael Gettys, SS Franchy Cordero, 2B/SS Josh VanMeter and OF Yale Rosen. We’’ve discussed Gettys and Cordero but Yale Rosen, an 11th round draft pick out of Washington State last year showed some flashes of power with Eugene and might have an opportunity with HIgh-A Lake Elsinore. Throughout camp the left-hander has made consistent and loud contact.
VanMeter, who performed much better in the second half than the first in Fort Wayne, appears to have packed on more muscle for the second straight spring. The Padres have been working him at second base much more than short and members of the organization continue to rave about his in-game intelligence and ability to put together quality at-bats.
If VanMeter is in Lake Elsinore to start the year - and if, as rumored the organization does start Fernando Perez in San Antonio - look for the Indiana native to put up better overall numbers in the more favorable playing conditions of the Cal League and away from the pressure of playing every night in front of his hometown.
The buzz around camp was that Tayron Guerrero closed out for the AA squad on the road yesterday and drew raves from the Padres’ coaches that were in attendance. Guerrero is probably closer to 6’8” than his listed 6’7”, and is a reed-thin 190 lbs. He has been described by Ryan Miller, his catcher last year with the TinCaps, as resembling an “angry stork” on the mound.
“Catching Tayron is an adventure in trying to find the baseball, I can’t imagine trying to hit against him,” said a laughing Miller. “Throw in the fact that the baseball is also coming in at the upper 90s and its not a real fun at-bat.”