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The list of invitees includes many of the players who took part in the Padres’ instructional league program in October, their development program in San Diego in December and the Dominican Republic in January.
“Our minicamp is very, very young - a lot of guys who’ve come into the organization in the last year,” said Padres player development director Sam Geaney.
Indeed, 27 of the players working in Peoria have been acquired since A.J. Preller became the team’s general manager after the 2014 season. The group includes trade acquisitions, the first seven picks from last year’s draft, and several of the higher-profile international signees from Chris Kemp’s first July 2 class.
“You kind of joke that Major League camp is a little bit long at this point, with the shape guys are in, and minor league camp is a little short,” said Geaney. “We basically started the day after Major League camp did, so we’re giving ourselves an extra two weeks to spend additional time working with these guys to continue to get to know them.”
New faces include Javier Guerra and Logan Allen, who came over from the Red Sox in the Craig Kimbrel deal, Enyel De Los Santos and Nelson Ward, the prospects acquired from Seattle for Joaquin Benoit, and young righty J.C. Cosme, who came over Baltimore in exchange for Odrisamer Despaigne.
Lefties Jose Castillo and Nathan Foriest and right-handers Jordan Guerrero, Brett Kennedy, Phil Maton, Trevor Megill, Jacob Nix and Austin Smith all figure to join Allen, Cosme and De Los Santos vying for a job on the Fort Wayne pitching staff.
“It’s going to be a fun competition, but all the extra coaching and interaction we’re having with those guys, we’re going to be able to make those decisions,” said Geaney.
The youngest player in camp is Kelvin Alarcon, who won’t turn 17 until March 6. He and fellow Venezuelan shortstop Kelvin Melean were both held out of the October instructional league program with leg problems, but both are now on the field. They’re joined by four other members of last year’s international signing period class.
Also getting on the field for the first time in the Padres organization is catcher Marcus Greene, Jr., who had been sidelined by June Tommy John Surgery before coming over from Texas in the Will Venable trade last summer. Though he is still limited in a few drills, he is participating in most activities.
The full camp roster includes:
|Yimmi Brasoban||Austin Allen*|
|Emmanuel Clase||Marcus Greene, Jr.|
|Starlin Cordero||A.J. Kennedy|
|Jean Cosme||Jose Ruiz|
|Enyel De Los Santos|
|Henry Henry||Kelvin Alarcon**|
|Brett Kennedy||Ruddy Giron|
|Dinelson Lamet||Javier Guerra*|
|Zech Lemond||Reinaldo Illarraza**|
|Adrian Martinez||Kelvin Melean|
|Phil Maton||Trae Santos*
|Trevor Megill||Luis Urias|
|Andres Munoz||Peter Van Gansen*|
|Jacob Nix||Josh VanMeter
|Austin Smith||Nelson Ward*|
|Jose Castillo||Auston Bousfield|
|Thomas Dorminy||Rod Boykin|
|Nathan Foriest||Aldemar Burgos
|Brad Wieck||Franchy Cordero*|
* LHH **Switch-hitter
Players in italics acquired by A.J. Preller