Who are your sleepers for Opening Day? …
I know. Taking a stab at the 25-man roster on Feb. 2 doesn’t make a whole lot of sense does it?
Look at what happened last spring, when the Padres went through a flurry of moves to get their roster ready for Opening Day. It’s a fair point, but I think the roster will be a little more settled in 2010 and fewer spots will be open for competition.
That said, there’s always a chance a sleeper (or two) could make a run at the 25-man Opening Day roster with a strong spring. I don’t think anyone thought late-comer Luke Gregerson would have had a shot when he arrived last March. Edwin Moreno, anyone?
The point is that six weeks in Arizona is enough time for someone to make a good impression (or a bad one, too).
Here’s a link to the current 40-man roster. Take a look and let me know if, for you, there are any sleepers on there who could reasonably make a run at the Opening Day roster. Also, what are going to be the top position battles (that includes rotation and bullpen)?
Who is on the bubble for you? Sean Gallagher and Tim Stauffer are two pitchers who are out of Minor League options, for example. If they don’t make the roster, you risk losing them. I know the Padres haven’t seen enough of Gallagher to let that happen. Look for him to pitch a lot in Spring Training.
Anyway, have at it.
Heck, I’ll even go first. I’m intrigued by pitcher Radhames Liz, who the Padres claimed off of waivers from the Orioles. Big arm, lacks control. With six weeks during the tutelage of pitching coach Darren Balsley … well, who knows?
Corey Brock, MLB.com and on Twitter: @FollowThePadres