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Padres trim roster, send 13 to Minors

Quiroz, Dickerson, No. 17 prospect Reed headline early reassignments
@AJCassavell
March 4, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A crowded Padres camp got slightly less crowded Monday morning, as the team went through its first set of spring roster moves. In total, 13 players were reassigned to the Minor Leagues. Here's the full list:

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A crowded Padres camp got slightly less crowded Monday morning, as the team went through its first set of spring roster moves. In total, 13 players were reassigned to the Minor Leagues.

Here's the full list:

Position players: OF Alex Dickerson, 3B Seth Mejias-Brean, 2B Esteban Quiroz, OF Buddy Reed, OF Jacob Scavuzzo, OF Boog Powell, 1B Allen Craig

Pitchers: RHP T.J. Weir, LHP Ryan Bollinger, LHP Eric Stout, LHP Jerry Keel, LHP Kyle McGrath, RHP David Bednar

They might be early spring transactions, but there are still a handful of notable names on that list.

In the outfield, Dickerson and Reed were never serious roster candidates. Dickerson has missed the past two seasons with back and elbow surgeries, and San Diego wanted him easing back into game action slowly -- and out of the public eye. Minor League workouts begin Tuesday.

Reed, meanwhile, is a highly touted prospect, ranked No. 17 by MLB Pipeline in the Padres’ top-rated system. He’s an elite athlete, and he put that on display with some solid defense and a Cactus League-leading five steals. But Reed struggled upon his promotion to Double-A San Antonio last season, and he needs to cut down his strikeouts.

“He can gobble up ground on the bases and is a guy that can flat-out move around the outfield,” manager Andy Green said. “The challenge is in front of him, and he's worked really hard on two-strike adjustments: If he just puts the ball in play, Buddy's going to be a really successful player.”

On the pitching end of things, all six players who were reassigned are relievers. Weir, Bednar, McGrath and a couple others once had a chance to break camp with the club. But the Padres brought Adam Warren and Aaron Loup on board this spring, and there simply aren't many spots available in the San Diego bullpen any longer.

“We brought three guys in, after camp started, that are going to be integral parts of what we do,” said Green, referring to Warren, Loup and third baseman Manny Machado. “At this point, that eliminates some players' opportunity, and we just had to get down to a more manageable number, especially as Minor League camp kicks off.”

Perhaps the most noteworthy name on the list is Quiroz, given that he's the only player in the group who plays a position of need. The Padres seem settled in the outfield and at the infield corners. But if they’re going to carry six infielders, Quiroz seemed like a reasonable backup option up the middle. A left-handed on-base threat, Quiroz arrived in the November trade that sent Colten Brewer to Boston.

With Javier Guerra and top prospect Fernando Tatis likely to open the season in the Minors, it would appear to give Jose Pirela the inside track to a roster spot -- unless the Padres decide to use that final bench spot on a pure pinch-hitting threat.

After Monday’s moves, the Padres have 59 players in big league camp.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.