Cronenworth's selection is far from a surprise considering the fact that he was competing for a spot on the team's Opening Day roster when spring training was suspended. With initial MLB rosters expanding to 30, the versatile infielder appears to have a chance to break camp with the big-league club, though perhaps less so after the acquisition of Jorge Mateo from Oakland. A point in Cronenworth's favor is MLB's decision to allow position players to pitch without restrictions during the shortened 2020 campaign; that should boost the value of two-way players such as Cronenworth given the condensed schedule and likely careful handling of pitching staffs.
Padres' Jake Cronenworth: Claims spot on 60-man roster
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