San Diego Padres: Getting to Know Rule 5 Additions

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Oct 29, 2015; San Deigo, CA, USA; San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller speaks to media during a press conference at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2015; San Deigo, CA, USA; San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller speaks to media during a press conference at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Rule 5 draft served as a very productive way for the San Diego Padres to fill some holes on their roster. We break down the team’s three additions and their possible roles.

To say that the San Diego Padres were busy on Thursday morning during the Rule 5 draft would be an understatement. Coming away with each of the top three picks, General Manager A.J. Preller proved to the baseball world that San Diego is not afraid of making a splash to bolster their roster.

With their selection, the Padres took Allen Cordoba, an infield prospect formerly in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. They also traded for the top two picks, made by the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds.

For catcher Luis Torrens, San Diego gave the Reds 2013 draft pick Josh Van Meter. This 21-year-old infielder ended 2016 in Double-A San Antonio, but now heads to Cincinnati.

To top it all off, the Padres ended up with the top pick, right-hander Miguel Diaz. With three roster additions, San Diego’s 40-man roster now has only four empty spots.

The following slides take the team’s three additions to the major league roster and go into a little bit more detail regarding their backround and possible role in 2017.

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