With the regular season set to start later this week the San Diego Padres are starting to fill up their 60-man player pool.
This is going to be a weird and unusual season for the San Diego Padres to say the least. Who knows how many players will actually be needed to get through 60 games.
If everyone stays healthy you may only need 30-35, but if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 on the team we could see most of their 60-man player pool being used.
With that in mind, they are doing their best to create as much depth as possible in preparation for this season, while also giving young prospects who won’t have a minor league season time to get at-bats.
Sunday they announced that three more players have been added to the team’s 60-man player pool, as well as Tim Hill who they just acquired from the Kansas City Royals.
Daniel Camarena is a 27-year-old left-handed pitcher who has mostly been in the Yankees system for the last eight years. His K/9 of 8.2 at Triple-A last year was the highest of his career, he also had an ERA over six.
I wrote about Yacaabonis back in the spring when the Padres signed him to a minor league contract.
He’s a righty who has some experience in the big leagues and could eat some innings out of the bullpen if needed or even make a spot start.
Most of you are probably familiar with Abraham Almonte who has spent seven seasons in the big leagues. He hit .290 with the Diamondbacks last year but in just 31 at-bats.
He’ll provide depth in the outfield.
Hill is probably the only one of these four that will actually start the season on the active 30-man roster.
The lefty essentially just takes the place of Franchy Cordero on the roster.
There are still five spots left on the Padres’ 60-man player pool, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a couple of more names added before Friday when the regular season begins.