Padres Instructs Get Underway

A group of 59 Padres prospects reported to the Peoria Sports Complex on Monday to kick off the 2015 Fall Instructional League. The annual development program allows coaches and coordinators to spend concentrated time working with young and rehabbing players, and will allow Sam Geaney and his group to continue their efforts to instill their organizational philosophies.

The group will include 11 players signed internationally this summer who have not previously appeared stateside, including Venezuelan shortstop Kelvin Melean and Mexican pitcher Andres Munoz, the two 16-year-olds who took home the largest signing bonuses the club handed out this year.

Many of the club’s top picks from the 2015 draft are also at the complex, including teenage pitchers Austin Smith, Jacob Nix and Jordan Guerrero, as well as early position picks Austin Allen, listed at catcher, first baseman Brad Zunica, and outfielders Aldemar Burgos, Josh Magee, Justin Pacchioli and Alan Garcia.

There will also be a group of rehabbing pitchers in camp, including Ryan Butler and Elliot Morris, who will get work in before crossing over to the Arizona Fall League. Lefties Ryan Atwood and Jeff Ibarra and righty Mitch Watrous will all get in their first game action since undergoing surgery. The full roster includes:

Right-Handed Pitchers
Ryan Butler
Emmanuel Clase
Starlin Cordero
Adrian DeHorta
Jean Garcia
Manuel Gonzalez
Jordan Guerrero
Henry Henry
Corey Kimber
Jaimito Lebron
Diomar Lopez
Braxton Lorenzini
Adrian Martinez
Elliot Morris
Andres Munoz
Jacob Nix
Emmanuel Ramirez
Carlos Rivera
Blake Rogers
Austin Smith
Wilmer Torres
Mitch Watrous
Trey Wingenter

Left-Handed Pitchers
Ryan Atwood
Jose Cabrera
Jose Castillo
Nathan Foriest
Jeff Ibarra
Brad Wieck

Catchers
Austin Allen
Bryant Aragon
A.J. Kennedy
Jose Lezama
Kyle Overstreet
Ricardo Rodriguez
Jose Ruiz

Infielders
Kelvin Alarcon
Carlos Belen
Ty France
Ruddy Giron
Reinaldo Ilarraza
Jonas Lantigua
Kelvin Melean
Tyler Moore
Trae Santos
Kodie Tidwell
Luis Urias
Peter Van Gansen
Josh VanMeter
Brad Zunica

Outfielders
Rod Boykin
Aldemar Burgos
Franchy Cordero
Alan Garcia
Michael Gettys
Josh Magee
Justin Pacchioli
Jhonatan Peña
Nick Torres


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