While the San Diego Padres’ big league club is suddenly – and understandably –  garnering much more attention, the minor league system remains the big source of optimism for the organization. As Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Urías and Francisco Mejía get comfortable with their new high-profile teammate in the main Peoria Sports Complex clubhouse, 190-plus prospects are on the back fields working to join them.

Even with five of the MadFriars Top 20 in major league camp, the group fighting for a full-season roster spot on April 4 contains a bevy of future big-leaguers. A half-dozen or more are widely considered among the best prospects in the game.

Unlike recent seasons when many minor league free agents were in the mix at all levels of the organization, just 14 opened camp last week. More than half of them are relievers. In another departure from recent precedent, none of last summer’s international free agent signees came stateside to start their first professional season.

The sheer number of players already in the mix for roughly 100 full-season roster spots drives both those changes. Almost 30 players on the big league side who won’t be in San Diego on opening day and three short-season rosters’ worth of players pushing their way up, put pressure on both ends of the system.

In all, 108 pitchers, including 27 who got a head start during minicamp, are working under the watchful eyes of a dozen coaches and instructors. Another 83 position players are in the mix.

In recent years, the organization around 50 players remained in extended spring training once affiliates got underway. Another 15-20 players will likely be doing injury rehab work at the complex.

The full minor league camp group is below. While they are already playing unofficial scrimmages daily, minor league games officially begin Friday. Camp breaks March 30.

Right-handed PitchersLeft-handed PitchersCatchers
Angel AcevedoRyan BollingerRainier Aguilar
Korey AndersonJose CabreraLuis Campusano
Luarbert AriasJoey CantilloMichael Cantu
Elliot AshbeckThomas CosgroveJustin Cohen
Lake BacharOmar CruzJuan Fernandez
Michel BaezDan DallasNick Gatewood
David BednarCullen DanaMarcus Greene
Carlos BelenOmar FernandezJonny Homza
Cole BellingerJesus GonzalezBlake Hunt
Edwuin BencomoMacKenzie GoreAJ Kennedy
Colby BluebergWill HeadeanJose Lezama
Ronald BolanosOsvaldo HernandezKyle Overstreet
Caleb BoushleyJerry KeelAlison Quintero
Robert CalvanoAaron LeasherLuis Roman
Martin CarrascoKyle McGrathChandler Seagle
Ryan ColegateGabriel MoralesBrandon Valenzuela
Dylan ColemanAdrian MorejonGilberto Vizcarra
Tom CollettiDillon OvertonJalen Washington
Efrain ContrerasManuel Partida
Starlin CorderoRamon Ernesto PerezOutfielders
J.C. CosmeHazahel QuijadaTyler Benson
Dom DiSabatinoTravis RadkeAldemar Burgos
Ignacio FelizPaco RodriguezTre Carter
Mason FoxErik SabrowskiMichael Curry
Jose GalindoFred SchlichtholzAlex Dickerson
Jeferson GarciaDaniel SextonNate Easley
Carlos GuarateBen ShecklerYordi Francisco
Jordan GuerreroTrent SheltonMichael Gettys
Oliber GuzmanEric StoutJawuan Harris
Manny GuzmanCody TylerMason House
Jonathan GuzmanAlexuan VegaHunter Jarmon
Henry HenryNoel VelaTaylor Kohlwey
Chris HuffmanRyan WeathersGreg Lambert
Sam KeatingGrant Little
Reiss KnehrJorge Ona
Spencer KulmanInfieldersTirso Ornelas
Nick KuziaKelvin AlarconBlinger Perez
Reggie LawsonLuis AlmanzarRobbie Podorsky
Kyle LloydGabriel AriasBoog Powell
Diomar LopezLuis AsuncionBuddy Reed
Frank LopezChris BakerJeisson Rosario
Moises LugoJordy BarleyAgustin Ruiz
Adrian MartinezOlivier BasabeJacob Scavuzzo
Seth MayberryMatthew BattenNick Schulz
Trevor MegillLuke BeckerPayton Smith
Michell MilianoIvan CastilloAngel Solarte
Evan MillerAllen CordobaJack Suwinski
Felix MinjarezJarryd DaleJaquez Williams
Tyler MortensenXavier EdwardsDwanya Williams-Sutton
Gabe MosserNick Feight
Andres MunozRuddy Giron
Chandler NewmanSean Guilbe
Duilio OchoaLuis Guzman
Luis PatinoReinaldo Ilarraza
Jose QuezadaYerri Landinez
Emmanuel RamirezJustin Lopez
Hansel RodriguezCarlos Luis
Fernando RodriguezTucupita Marcano
Blake RogersSeth Mejias-Brean
Miguel RondonKelvin Melean
Chris RowleyOwen Miller
Grant SidesConnor Panas
Harrison SimonJason Pineda
Jake SimsEsteban Quiroz
Austin SmithEguy Rosario
Wen-Hua SungEsteury Ruiz
Dominic TaccoliniElvis Sabala
Mason ThompsonEthan Skender
Nick ThwaitsLee Solomon
Dauris ValdezMichael Suarez
Todd Van SteenselPete Van Gansen
TJ WeirBrad Zunica
Steven Wilson
Mark Zimmerman

*Note: On March 8, Anderson Espinoza, Edward Olivares and Jesse Scholtens were also sent over to the minor league side of camp.

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. David,
    Thanks for the info – all Padre fanatics are now able to match your info with our unofficial tracking of prospects throughout the minor league system. Unofficially, I have 57 more minor leaguers from last year’s Dominican summer league team plus this year’s new (2018-2019) international signees. That should bring the total players in the system to just under 300. Since the max for our organization is 325 (40 MLB, 38 AAA, 37 AA, 35 @ High and Lo A, short season (3 teams) and Dominican), there is still room for 2019 draftees plus any long term injured players who probably don’t count toward this number.

    Looking forward to visiting several of the minor league teams this season and maybe bumping into one of you in my travels! Should be a great 2019 as the hot lava keeps flowing!


    1. Thanks, Randy. Once Sammy Solis is officially under contract, the organization will actually have a total of 311 players signed. That total includes three players on the restricted list: AJ Brown, who will be selected as a wide receiver out of Ole Miss in the NFL draft; Padre for life Matt LaChappa; and Heriberto Sosa, who is under suspension.
      I would expect that between now and opening day, there will be somewhere on the order of 25-30 releases from minor league camp, and a few guys currently on the 40-man roster will also be gone by then as waiver claims or outright releases.
      Keep us posted on your travels. You can always email us at madfriars at gmail dot com or flag us down on Twitter.


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