Padres Primer: 3/30/10

Happy Tuesday from Peoria, where it’s going to be sunny and 87 degrees here. Wow, how about that? Nearly done with Spring Training.

We’re in Goodyear today where the Padres will face the Reds. Mat Latos gets the start (see the lineup below). The game can be found on radio in San Diego on AM 1700. Stop by and listen to Andy and Ted.

OK, just filled up on Costco gas for the drive back tomorrow and we’re ready to talk baseball.

A few items of note: Manager Bud Black was meeting with general manager Jed Hoyer this morning, presumably talking about the state of the roster. Black told the reporters that he did not expect any announcements of any kind today. These things can always chance, though.

This likely means that we could get some news tomorrow on who the Nos. 4 and 5 starters will be (we’ve been telling you it’s Clayton Richard and Mat Latos and we’re not changing our tune now). I would expect Tim Stauffer to make the team as well and Joe Thatcher to start the season on the disabled list.

Again, I expect Latos to get the start on that Saturday in Colorado with Chris Young starting the home opener at PETCO Park on April 12.

One last order of business will be adding Matt Stairs to the 40-man roster. There’s not much fat to cut, but there is some. I won’t speculate on names here, but there are at least two names there the team can bump to add Stairs.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me why the Padres didn’t keep Matt Antonelli. One, he hasn’t earned it yet and I think he would tell you that as well. Antonelli, regardless of what you think about the Padres second base situation, has to go back to Portland and prove that he can be successfully offensively at the highest level of the Minor Leagues. If he does, then he’s truly back on their radar. Remember, Jerry Hairston Jr. is going to play a lot of there as well.

As for Stairs’ inclusion on the roster. He’s earned it a spot. He’s looked good here, I like the approach he takes. Please don’t recite Spring Training statistics, they don’t mean much to me or the team. The guy can still hit and take a walk. Guys like Aaron Cunningham need to play every day in Portland. It won’t help his growth to make the team and get 3-4 at-bats a week. Chris Denorfia, a guy who has impressed, will be in Portland as well but showed he can play in case the Padres need him.

Anyone catch Padres pitching prospect Alexis Lara last night on the broadcast? Wow, the guy was throwing smoke, wasn’t he? Lara, 22, had five strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Granted, Chris Snyder was about the only Major League regular he struck out, but Lara was impressed nonetheless. I was told today that Lara was throwing between 92-94 mph and that he also has a very good slider. He was 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings. He’ll open the season with Double-A San Antonio.

One last thing. The Padres aren’t turning their back on the waiver wire. They’re looking at it. I highly doubt they’ll add someone, but you never know.

The starting lineup …

1. Cabrera, SS
2. Eckstein, 2B
3. Venable, RF
4. Blanks, LF
5. Headley, 3B
6. S. Hairston, CF
7. Salazar, 1B
8. Hundley, C
9. Latos, SP

More later on Padres.com

Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com

2 Comments

MadFriars.com is saying Lara will begin the year in Lake Elsinore … but he looks to be a goodie nonetheless!

Am I the only one at this date, June 25, that thinks that Dick Enberg makes too many mistakes to be broadcasting the Padre games? Maybe I am wrong but at least one every two innings..and never acknowleges or corrected…

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