The San Diego Padres’ minor league program officially got underway in Peoria Wednesday as 54 prospects reported for the club’s annual minor league minicamp. The group, evenly split with both 27 pitchers and position players, will get a two-week head start on minor league spring training, working under the supervision of 45 instructors and coaches.

Many players participating this year also got early work last spring and finished their years working in the Instructional League, acclimating them to the workload they might expect in the big leagues

Pitchers MacKenzie Gore, Adrian Morejon and Luis Patiño headline the group as each looks to build up their stamina after limited in-season pitch totals last year.

While the group largely includes players who will open the year in Single-A, most of the likely members of the Amarillo rotation who aren’t in big league camp, including Michel Baez and Reggie Lawson,will join them Pitchers range in age from 19-year-old Efrain Contreras to Emmanuel Ramirez, who will turn 25 mid-year. Only Ignacio Feliz, acquired for Walker Lockett in the offseason, has not previously appeared in the Padres organization.

The position player group skews much younger, reflecting the strength of the under-20 set in the system. In addition to last summer’s rookie-league breakouts Xavier Edwards and Tucupita Marcano, most of last year’s TinCaps roster is in the mix as well. Several college hitters from last June’s draft, including outfielders Grant Little, Jawuan Harris and Dwanya Williams-Sutton and slugging catcher Nick Gatewood will all get to show the staff what they can do on fresh legs.

The full list is below.

Right-handed PitchersCatchers
Lake BacharLuis Campusano
Michel BaezJuan Fernandez
Carlos BelenNick Gatewood
Ronald BolanosJonny Homza
Dylan ColemanBlake Hunt
Efrain ContrerasAlison Quintero
Ignacio FelizGilberto Vizcarra
Manny GuzmanJalen Washington
Sam Keating
Reiss KnehrInfielders
Reggie LawsonLuis Almanzar
Gabe MosserGabriel Arias
Andres MunozJordy Barley
Luis PatinoOlivier Basabe
Emmanuel RamirezAllen Cordoba
Mason ThompsonXavier Edwards
Nick ThwaitsJustin Lopez
Dauris ValdezTucupita Marcano
Owen Miller
Left-handed PitchersEguy Rosario
Joey CantilloEsteury Ruiz
Thomas Cosgrove
Omar CruzOutfielders
MacKenzie Gore
Jawuan Harris
Osvaldo HernandezGrant Little
Aaron LeasherJorge Ona
Adrian MorejonTirso Ornelas
Ramon Ernesto PerezJeisson Rosario
Ryan WeathersAgustin Ruiz
Jack Suwinski
Dwanya Williams-Sutton

Posted by David Jay

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.


  1. Thanks David, when are you guys going out to Arizona?


    1. We’ll have our first wave of coverage mid-month and then more over the final two weeks of minor league camp. And maybe an extra day here-and-there.


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