Padres: Immediate reaction to 52-man player pool
The Padres released their 52-man player pool ahead of Spring Training 2.0 opening up on Friday. We offer some thoughts on the list of players.
As part of MLB’s return-to-play plan, teams had to submit their player pools by Sunday, with up to 60 players allowed on it. The Padres were one of the last teams to submit their player pool, which included 52 names and all 13 of their top prospects. Here’s how the entire roster looks:
Right-Handed Pitchers (18)
Left-Handed Pitchers (8)
Fernando Tatis Jr.
Robert Hassell III
- I think perhaps the biggest surprise on this list is seeing Robert Hassell, the team’s first-round pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, here. He is likely not going to see any live-game action this year, but there is a benefit to him training and practicing alongside guys who will be.
- Seeing Edward Olivares and Albert Almonte added and omitted makes me both happy and sad, respectively. Olivares mashed in spring training, so there is a scenario where he could see some playing time, albeit not much most likely. But by the same token, Almonte’s story had me rooting for him to make the roster in some capacty. Now his time in San Diego is likely over.
- I was somewhat surprised to see Valera added here, as I didn’t think he had that much to offer to the Padres. Even if he ends up being a depth piece.
- It’s good to see Abrams added to the player pool, although I think he serves in a similar capacity as Hassell this year, practicing alonside the starters and bench players rather than sitting at the alternative site.