Spring training –it’s just around the corner.
Pitchers and catchers begin their workouts Wednesday and with their arrival in Peoria on the horizon, the San Diego Padres on Friday released their list of 33 non-roster invitees. It includes one of their top prospects, pitcher MacKenzie Gore, and 2020 draft pick Robert Hassell III.
The group also includes 10 new minor league free agents – infielders Pedro Florimón, Gosuke Katoh and Nick Tanielu, right-handed pitchers Nick Burdi, Nabil Crismatt, Parker Markel, Aaron Northcraft and Jacob Rhame and left-handed pitchers Nick Ramirez and James Reeves.
Right-handers Pedro Avila, Miguel Diaz and Chase Johnson, left-handers Daniel Camarena and Brady Feigl, infielder Ivan Castillo and catcher Webster Rivas also return to the organization in 2021 on minor league contracts.
The Padres’ full-squad workouts begin Feb. 22, with spring training games set to start Feb. 28, against the Seattle Mariners.
The Padres face National League West rivals – and World Series champs – the Los Angeles Dodgers twice, on March 6 and March 20.
Fans have much to hope for this season as observers heralded the team’s off-season moves, from trading for pitchers Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, to re-signing outfielder Jurickson Profar.