Andy Parrino Wins Final Roster Spot With Padres
The spring-long contest to determine who would fill the 25th spot on the roster is over. Last night, after their 2-1 victory over the Royals, the Padres announced that Andy Parrino had made the Opening Day roster. Micah Owings and Jeremy Hermida also got the nod.
Parrino, who was called up last year for the Padres and hit just .182, will be making his first Opening Day roster with the team. He spent the past five seasons in the minors putting up a .264/.368/.398 triple-slash. The 26-year old infielder has a solid spring from the power standpoint. He hit five home runs and his SLG was .455. However, his batting average and on-base percentage left much to be desired.
Parrino will mostly play a bench role, getting playing time to give Orlando Hudson or Jason Bartlett a day off. He will also be given pinch hitting duties when the time arises.
Former Diamondback Micah Owings, who also won a roster spot, will be a solid bullpen addition. He struggled during the spring, but has a track record of success at the big league level. He also adds an additional bat in case the Padres get in a jam and need a pinch hitter.
Jeremy Hermida started the season with Cincinnati last year before coming over to San Diego when he was claimed off waivers. He resigned with the team after being granted free agency this past winter. Hermida his .313/.411/.646 this spring and has the most major league experience of the three late additions to the roster.
Now, with the 25-man roster set, the Padres can turn their attention to setting the rotation, bullpen, and lineup. These final two games of the spring should help with that.
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