Spring Training Notebook XIII

Simon Castro had another solid outing. Matt Clark hits a monster shot but has to be wary of one thing. Two players will start in extended for specific purposes. The injury list grows as the season draws near.

  • Simon Castro breezed through five innings on Thursday. He allowed just two hits and tossed an efficient 65 pitches in the Double-A game.

    Those that had questioned whether he is ready for the jump to San Antonio have been silenced by his terrific spring.

  • Matt Clark hit a monster home run on Thursday against the Texas Rangers Double-A squad. The big man has done nothing but drive in runs since entering the system.

    Clark is expected to make the jump up to Double-A this season. He, along with Kyle Blanks, may be the only two players who aren't as adversely affected by the constant wind blowing in at Nelson Wolff Stadium – the Missions home park.

  • Clark and Mitch Canham will have to watch their work around the first base bag. Both had a tendency to come off the base a tad early during spring.

    This is something that will be watched closely by the opposition. If it happens during the season, expect the opposing team to call it out and umpires to keep a wary eye to see if the foot remains rooted on the bag as they catch it.

  • Emmanuel Quiles will open the season in extended rather than Fort Wayne. With Jason Hagerty expected to get a bulk of the playing time, the Padres want to see Quiles get consistent at-bats.

    No one questions his defensive skills but his offense remains the weakest link. He got stronger again this offseason and will have to prove his bat is for real in extended. It would not surprise to see him get a chance sometime this year in the Midwest League.

  • Jeff Ibarra is another player who will open the year in extended. The left-hander will stay behind to work on two things – moving to the first base side of the rubber and lowering his arm angle. The hope, obviously, is that Ibarra can become a terror against left-handed hitters.

    Once Ibarra shows a mastery of the new arm slot and a comfort with repeating his mechanics, he should make his way to Fort Wayne.

  • Among those that will begin the year on the disabled list include:

    - Jaff Decker continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury.

    - Cory Luebke has a strained oblique.

    - Adam Zornes also has a hamstring injury that will keep him out to begin the year.

    - Jackson Quezada is still rounding into game form. He is healthy but the Padres want to see him work in back-to-back games before making him eligible to play.

    - Matt Jackson came up with a sore elbow in a spring training start.

    - Chris Wilkes and Stephen Faris are out for the season.

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