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Padres' Taylor Trammell: Strong candidate for taxi squad
Trammell could be placed on the Padres' taxi squad if a 2020 season takes places, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Although Trammell was sent to minor-league camp in March, he was in the mix for a roster spot throughout most of spring training while excelling with a .391/.440/.609 slash line in Cactus League play. That should make him a shoo-in for a spot on a proposed 20-man taxi squad if he doesn't make the Padres' active roster outright. Much is yet to be determined about how a potential 2020 campaign may be structured, but Trammell is a good bet to make his big-league debut at some point in 2020 if a season does take place.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Luis Campusano: Could make taxi squad
Campusano is a candidate to be placed on the Padres' taxi squad if a 2020 season takes place, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Campusano probably isn't ready for a leap to the major leagues -- he spent all of last season in High-A ball -- but placement on the taxi squad may be the best way to continue his development considering the perilous state of the minor-league season. The 21-year-old is coming off a co-MVP campaign in the California League and is considered the top catching prospect in the Padres' system.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Luis Patino: Candidate for taxi squad
Patino could be placed on the Padres' taxi squad for a potential 2020 campaign, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Patino had been expected to begin the season at the Double-A level, but with the minor-league season in doubt, the Padres may instead elect to give the 20-year-old a spot on their taxi squad in order to aid his development. Patino has been almost exclusively a starter throughout his time in the minors, but he could come out of the bullpen -- at least initially -- if he is promoted to the active roster at some point during the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Padres' MacKenzie Gore: Could advance to majors quickly
Gore could be called up to the Padres "fairly quickly, if not right away" if there is a 2020 season, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
The organization's top pitching prospect struggled this spring before play was suspended, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings and notching a 2:2 K:BB. Nonetheless, Lin reports that scouts noted that he "wasn't far off," and the likelihood of expanded rosters increases Gore's chances of making his big-league debut at some point during the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Josh Naylor: Could spend time at DH
Naylor is the "most obvious DH candidate" if a universal designated hitter is instituted for the 2020 season, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Under MLB's current proposal, teams in both leagues would use a designated hitter during an abbreviated 2020 season. Naylor makes sense to fill the role regularly for San Diego given his raw power and subpar defense. Still, Lin notes that the Padres could cycle through a number of players to DH in order to preserve energy and health, so Naylor is far from guaranteed an everyday role.... See More ... See Less
Padres' CJ Abrams: Unlikely to reach majors in 2020
Abrams could be named to the taxi squad under the current MLB proposal for a 2020 season, but he is unlikely to see big-league playing time during the campaign, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Per Lin, "a couple of staffers have suggested that if any A-ball player could make the jump in an emergency, Abrams might lead the list." However, the prospect's lack of experience -- he has played in only 34 professional games -- makes such a scenario unlikely. Abrams' service-time clock must also be taken into consideration as the 19-year-old was slated to open the season in Low-A ball, making a sudden jump to the majors contrary to the Padres' interests.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Wil Myers: New approach pays off
Myers' strong spring was set off in part by a simplified approach at the plate, Bill Center of FriarWire reports.
Myers slashed a solid .300/.364/.733 with five RBI and a team-leading three home runs in Cactus League play. Perhaps most encouragingly, he posted an 18.1 percent strikeout rate after cratering to a career-worst 34.3 percent mark last season -- second worst among MLB hitters with at least 400 plate appearances. If Myers is able to transfer his strong spring into similar results in the regular season, it will be a much-needed boost to a Padres offense that ranked 27th in baseball in runs scored in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Padres' CJ Abrams: Staying active during hiatus
Abrams has been playing catch, practicing hitting and performing various workouts during the suspension of play, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
The Padres' top prospect has been staying at home in Georgia during MLB's hiatus, but that hasn't stopped him from working on his skills on an everyday basis. Abrams was expected to open the 2020 campaign with Low-A Fort Wayne, though it remains to be seen when -- or if -- a minor-league season will get underway this year.... See More ... See Less
Padres' David Bednar: On big-league radar for 2020
Bednar is likely to open the season with Triple-A El Paso if he doesn't make the Padres' Opening Day roster, Bill Center of FriarWire reports.
Bednar spent most of last season with Double-A Amarillo, posting a 2.95 ERA and racking up 14 saves in 15 chances while compiling an 86:18 K:BB over 58 innings. That earned the right-hander a late-season callup to the big club, during which he gave up eight earned runs over 11 frames. Bednar was more effective than those numbers indicate, however; five of the earned runs he allowed came in a disastrous final outing, and he posted an impressive 29.2 percent strikeout rate overall. A deep and crowded San Diego relief corps could prevent Bednar from opening the campaign in the big leagues, but he figures to be one of the first options should the Padres need a bullpen arm along the way.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Franchy Cordero: Optimism about health abounds
The Padres are hoping that Cordero's injury troubles are behind him following successful stints in the Dominican Winter League and spring training, Bill Center of FriarWire reports.
For all of Cordero's natural skills, his development as a big leaguer has been stalled by a series of injuries that have limited him to a combined 71 games in the minors and majors over the past two seasons. However, the 25-year-old made a strong impression with Escogido of the Dominican Winter League, slashing .364/.462/.576 with a 1.037 OPS. His strong play continued this spring when Cordero hit .250/.350/.438 with a home run, a stolen base and three walks over 20 plate appearances in Cactus League action. Cordero is expected to make the Padres' Opening Day roster and could emerge as a sleeper if he is able to finally stay healthy.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Taylor Trammell: Addition to 40-man roster looming
Trammell is likely to begin the 2020 campaign at Triple-A but must be added to the 40-man roster in the offseason in order to avoid being exposed to the Rule 5 draft, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Trammell enjoyed a strong spring, batting .391/.440/.609 over 25 plate appearances before he was sent to minor-league camp March 11. He was in the mix for an outfield spot until the reassignment, suggesting that he's not far away from getting his first callup to the big leagues. As one of San Diego's top hitting prospects, his addition to the 40-man roster following the 2020 campaign seems to be a foregone conclusion.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Adrian Morejon: Viewed as starter
Morejon was being stretched out as a starter in spring training before play was suspended, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Though Morejon started every minor-league game in which he pitched last season, he was used primarily as an opener, logging only 36 innings over 16 outings. He then functioned as an opener and bullpen piece during his five outings in the big leagues, allowing nine earned runs over eight innings. Morejon's diverse arsenal -- he throws a mid-to-upper-90s fastball along with two changeups and a curveball -- bodes well for his potential a starter, but he has yet to show that he can stay healthy enough to endure the workload that accompanies such a role.... See More ... See Less
Padres' Gabriel Arias: Likely addition to 40-man roster
Arias is expected to be added to the Padres' 40-man roster following the 2020 season, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Arias is likely to open the campaign at the Double-A level after slashing .302/.339/.470 with High-A Lake Elsinore last season. His age (he recently turned 20) and strong defense add to his attractiveness as a prospect, so the Padres will likely find a place for him on the 40-man roster during the next offseason as long as he continues on his current trajectory and is not traded elsewhere. While Arias has the range and plus-plus arm to excel at shortstop, Fernando Tatis seems to have locked down that position in San Diego for the foreseeable future.... See More ... See Less
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