The camp offers Padres' player development staff a chance to spend intensive time with focusing on the "patiently aggressive" approach which has become the mantra for hitters throughout the organization.
"It's nice to get a head start," said third baseman Corey Smith. "I'm just looking at it as a chance to get out there and take some swings in a strucutred environment before guys get into camp."
The camp includes several players like Smith who are pushing for an opportunity at the big-league level, a few in the middle of the system trying to tweak their swings a bit, and a number of players who are either new to the system or players coming off their first year in the professional ranks.
Among the 19 players in camp are a number of prospects who will compete for time first base, including Triple-A slugger Tagg Bozied, Double-A prospect Michael Johnson, and Michael Baxter, Kyle Blanks, Tim Brown, Daryl Jones and Casey Smith from the lower levels of the system.
"I'm just really glad to be here," said Headley. "I'm hoping I can carry forward some of the success I had last year."