Padres News: Spring Training Recap – April 1st

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Hello again, Friar Faithful!

Just one more Spring Training game today and an exhibition at FanFest on Saturday left for the San Diego Padres before Opening Day 2015.

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There are sure to be lots and lots of roster moves between now and Monday, so we’ll do our best to get them to you as quickly as the news breaks. Here’s a recap of the roster moves from yesterday:

The Padres optioned Tommy Medica and Abraham Almonte to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.

The Padres also reassigned pitchers Jason Lane and Marcos Mateo, along with infielder Ramiro Pena to the minor league camp.

Like we feared here at Friars On Base, Medica ended up being the odd man out in a crowded line up after all. Medica had a great spring for the Padres, .432/.475/.811 with four home runs. It’s a shame that a potential star for the Padres will have to wait a little longer for his shot in the Bigs. If the Padres can trade Carlos Quentin or Cameron Maybin, or if Yonder Alonso gets hurt, then Medica will most likely be the first person the Padres bring up, or at least he should be.

We’re big supporters of Medica at this site. I personally got to see him crush it live from Peoria this spring. He’s an exciting prospect that the staff and I want to see in the majors again soon.

Along with Medica, there just wasn’t enough room for Almonte. Acquired from Seattle for Chris Denorfia, Almonte had a decent spring, slashing .270/.335/.351 in 43 at bats.

Jason Lane was also a person of interest for many going into Spring Training. The former Houston Astros Outfielder turned San Diego Padres Pitcher made his debut with the Padres last season, throwing in three games and collecting an impressive ERA of 0.87 in ten innings. However, like all the other cuts this week, there just wasn’t enough room for Lane, but it’s good to know there are quality guys in the minors for the Padres should we need them.

The Padres also had their penultimate Cactus League game against the Chicago White Sox. James Shields allowed three hits in three scoreless innings. Jedd Gyorko hit a three-run homer in the first inning to lift the Friars over the White Sox, 8-2.

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