September 27, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres pinch hitter Mark Kotsay (14) after scoring during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Projecting Padres Active 25 Man Roster - OF

Continuing from last week’s look at the Padres INF and C positions going into the season, today we look at the Padres OF and potential roster spots.  A note about jersey numbers.  In general, position players on the active roster tend to have lower numbers, while fringe players or camp player may have extremely high numbers by virtue of picking last.  As we can see here, 2 players, Asencio and Decker have yet to be assigned a number.  Likewise, their chances of making the roster are fairly slim.  Kyle Blanks, who was once touted as a possible successor to Adrian Gonzalez prior to injuries is sporting 88.  I hope that’s a lucky number, because he’s going to need it.  Let’s wish him good health.  The source of the following table is from the Padres main site.

San Diego Padres Active Roster
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
Yeison Asencio R-R 6’1″ 175 Nov 14, 1989
88 Kyle Blanks R-R 6’6″ 270 Sep 11, 1986
22 James Darnell R-R 6’2″ 195 Jan 19, 1987
Jaff Decker L-L 5’10” 190 Feb 23, 1990
13 Chris Denorfia R-R 6’0″ 195 Jul 15, 1980
15 Jesus Guzman R-R 6’1″ 215 Jun 14, 1984
14 Mark Kotsay L-L 6’0″ 210 Dec 2, 1975
62 Rymer Liriano R-R 6’0″ 210 Jun 20, 1991
24 Cameron Maybin R-R 6’3″ 210 Apr 4, 1987
18 Carlos Quentin R-R 6’2″ 235 Aug 28, 1982
63 Edinson Rincon R-R 6’1″ 185 Aug 11, 1990
25 Will Venable L-L 6’2″ 200 Oct 29, 1982

In general, about 5 spots are given to OF for the team.  Recently, there has been discussion of Logan Forsythe taking reps in the outfield and even fulfilling more of a super utility role.  If Alexi Amarista makes the team as primarily an INF, he can also play in the OF.  Thus 5 spots for OF players on the roster seems realistic.  The starters will include Quentin LF, Maybin CF, along with a RF platoon of Denorfia and Venable.  That ostensibly leaves 1 slot.  Kotsay has already signed for the year and seems to be useful for his leadership and pinch hitting.  This may leave Guzman without a roster spot on Padres. Or alternatively, given that Guzman has some versatility to play first base, along with his pinch hitting abilities and power, the Padres may elect to carry 6 OFs and carry 1 less pitcher or 1 less INF. I would imagine that Bub Black would prefer carry the standard set of pitchers and thus the position battle for last position player roster spot may come down to Amarista vs Guzman.

Tags: 25 Man Roster Outfielders

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