Thursday was the deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters and protect their prospects from being selected by another club in the Rule V draft. The San Diego Padres added Alex Dickerson, Tayron Guerrero, and Taylor Lindsey while Blaine Boyer and Yeison Asencio were designated for assignment.
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Dickerson, 24, spent a majority (34 games) of the 2014 season in Double-A with the San Antonio Missions where he hit .321/.367/.496 with 3 home runs and 24 RBI. He spent most of his time in right field.
Guerrero only made it to A+ ball, but made quite an impression. In 39 games (49.2 innings pitched) he posted a 1.45 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a K/9 rate of 10.1. His strikeout totals are largely do to his fastball, which can touch 100 MPH.
As for the infield, second baseman Taylor Lindsay (who was acquired from the Angels in exchange for closer Huston Street) was added to the 40-man roster as well. In 116 games between the Padres’ and Angels’ Triple-A affiliates he hit .238/.306/.372 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI.
Boyer (who was one of the two players to be designated for assignment) was relatively effective out of the Padres bullpen. He pitched to a 3.57 ERA, a 2.93 FIP, and a 1.04 WHIP in 40.1 innings pitched.
Asencio was also quite impressive. In 138 games between Double-A and Triple-A he hit .291/.330/.433 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs. This DFA is a bit of a head scratcher as he’s only 25 and performed quite well.
The Padres did a relatively decent job of protecting the players that they believe have big league potential.