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Lauer draws Coors Field start for MLB debut

Padres No. 12 prospect will start Tuesday vs. Rockies in tough pitching environment
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DENVER -- It's not often that a pitching prospect is tasked with a Coors Field debut. For most, the challenge of a first big league start is daunting enough -- without factoring the sport's most hitter-friendly environment into the equation.

In the eyes of the Padres, Eric Lauer isn't most starting pitchers.

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DENVER -- It's not often that a pitching prospect is tasked with a Coors Field debut. For most, the challenge of a first big league start is daunting enough -- without factoring the sport's most hitter-friendly environment into the equation.

In the eyes of the Padres, Eric Lauer isn't most starting pitchers.

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Faced with an opening in its starting rotation on Tuesday, the San Diego front office mulled the pros and cons of calling up Lauer. Yes, the 22-year-old left-hander had earned the opportunity with an impressive Spring Training followed by three solid starts for Triple-A El Paso. But Coors Field loomed.

On Monday it became official: The Padres have settled on Lauer to fill the void in their rotation. The even-keel demeanor of the Padres' No. 12 prospect played a major part in their decision to make him just the seventh starter in Coors Field history to debut against the Rockies.

"He's just got confidence in himself," said Padres catcher Austin Hedges. "All spring, whether it was hanging around the guys in the clubhouse, at the field, away from the field, he just doesn't seem fazed. Life seems like it moves slow for him. We like those low-heartbeat guys."

Said Lauer: "I've got to pitch here at some point if I want to stay here, so it doesn't bother me that much."

Easier said than done. Results from the first six starters to debut at Coors Field are mixed. But for the most part, the numbers aren't pretty. They've combined to post a 7.27 ERA and none lasted longer than five innings.

Marco Gonzales, STL 6/25/14: 5 IP, 5 ER, 3 K
Anthony Bass, SD 6/13/11: 5 IP, ER, K
Ty Taubenheim, TOR 5/20/06: 5 IP, 3 ER, 3 K
Marcus Jones, OAK, 7/17/00: 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER, K
Chris Brock, ATL, 6/11/97: 4 IP, 3 ER, 2 K
Matt Ruebel, PIT, 5/21/96: 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, K

Among that group, only Bass earned a win. None of the six compiled more than three strikeouts.

"I saw some stuff where people were saying that it's not a great place to start your career," Lauer said. "But if I want to stay here, I'm going to pitch here. You've got to pitch your game."

Lauer learned he'd be starting last Thursday, after Luis Perdomo was optioned to Triple-A El Paso. Lauer was scratched from his Friday start in Reno and told to prepare for Tuesday in Denver.

Lauer said he "blacked out" for a moment when Padres general manager A.J. Preller broke the news to him over the phone.

"It's been kind of tough to keep under wraps and not get too excited about it," Lauer said. "It's been a blur."

Lauer arrives in the Majors with a fastball/curveball/changeup mix, but he'll almost certainly rely on his low-to-mid-90s fastball ahead of his offspeed pitches. The Padres are hopeful that pitch will play particularly well at high altitude on Tuesday.

Lauer will be the second highly-touted Padres starting pitching prospect from the 2016 Draft class to debut this season. Fellow left-hander Joey Lucchesi is off to a fast start, having posted a 2.70 ERA and 29 strikeouts over five starts.

Video: SD@COL: Lucchesi earns first career win vs. Rockies

For the most part, Lauer and Lucchesi have progressed through the Padres' system at the same rate (and they've been throwing partners along the way). Their ascension to the big leagues may have come faster than expected, but the Padres have never been shy about promoting their prospects.

"With the direction that we're moving, the Padres are showing that they're willing to bring up the guys that they've invested in," Lauer said. "I think it's just going to snowball. This is just the beginning."

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

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Lucchesi fans 9, looks at home in Majors

Padres prospect lowers ERA to 1.66 in victory over Giantts
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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' rotation of the future still has all five of its places available. Four starts into his big league career, Joey Lucchesi is making a rather impressive case for one of those spots.

The rookie left-hander struck out nine Giants over six innings in Sunday afternoon's 10-1 Padres victory, holding San Francisco to one run and lowering his ERA to 1.66. The Padres' No. 9 prospect has been excellent since his arrival, and he allowed five hits without surrendering a walk Sunday afternoon.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' rotation of the future still has all five of its places available. Four starts into his big league career, Joey Lucchesi is making a rather impressive case for one of those spots.

The rookie left-hander struck out nine Giants over six innings in Sunday afternoon's 10-1 Padres victory, holding San Francisco to one run and lowering his ERA to 1.66. The Padres' No. 9 prospect has been excellent since his arrival, and he allowed five hits without surrendering a walk Sunday afternoon.

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Lucchesi likely wouldn't even be in San Diego if not for Dinelson Lamet's elbow injury during the Padres' final Cactus League game last month. In Lamet's place, Lucchesi has struck out 25 hitters in 21 2/3 innings, and his WHIP sits at 0.97.

"I want to stay here," Lucchesi said. "I love it here, and I'm trying to do my best to stay."

With his effort Sunday, Lucchesi became the first Padres pitcher to post a sub-2 ERA over his first four starts since Odrisamer Despaigne in 2014. He did so by showcasing one of the quirkiest pitches in the game. Lucchesi calls it a "churve."

Lucchesi holds the pitch back in his palm like a changeup, but he adds a bit of spin to it like a curveball. With the Padres ahead, 2-1, in the fourth, he struck out the side, using the "churve" to finish at-bats against Andrew McCutchen, Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt. It was an especially satisfying performance for Lucchesi, who grew up an A's fan in Newark, Calif.

Video: SF@SD: Lucchesi records ninth K as he fans McCutchen

"I never really liked the Giants, was never a fan," Lucchesi said. "I grew up 30 minutes from San Francisco, so striking out the hometown team feels pretty good."

A fourth-round pick out of Southeast Missouri State, Lucchesi was the first member of the Padres' 2016 Draft class to arrive in the Majors. He's been a strikeout artist at every level and now owns 229 professional K's in 202 2/3 innings.

"Talking to our Minor League [staff], they knew he was going to come quick," Green said. "They knew he was going to come probably quicker than the rest. He's proving why right now. He throws strikes. He's got offspeed when he needs it. He can punch guys out. That's a great recipe. There's a lot of deception there."

Video: SF@SD: Green on Lucchesi's strong start, hot bats

The Padres' farm system is loaded with pitching prospects -- namely MacKenzie Gore, Cal Quantrill, Adrian Morejon and Michel Baez, all of whom sit among MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects. But at the Major League level, the Padres don't have any solidified long-term options. For the young pitchers on staff like Lucchesi, Luis Perdomo and Bryan Mitchell, this season serves as a test run for the future. Lucchesi, thus far, has aced it.

"He's done everything he possibly can," Green said. "Except hit."

At the plate, Lucchesi struck out twice on seven total pitches, including four swinging strikes. Perhaps he knew how the Giants hitters felt Sunday afternoon.

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

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At hitter-friendly Coors, Lucchesi gets 1st win

Padres left-hander strikes out eight over six-plus strong innings
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DENVER -- In its 24th season as one of MLB's top hitters' havens, Coors Field has wreaked havoc on many confident pitchers' demeanors. Not 24-year-old Padres rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi, who made his third career start in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Rockies and pitched six strong innings to earn his first big league win.

"Feels awesome, feels great," said Lucchesi, the Padres' No. 9 prospect per MLB Pipeline. "I had a beer shower downstairs. Pretty cold."

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DENVER -- In its 24th season as one of MLB's top hitters' havens, Coors Field has wreaked havoc on many confident pitchers' demeanors. Not 24-year-old Padres rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi, who made his third career start in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Rockies and pitched six strong innings to earn his first big league win.

"Feels awesome, feels great," said Lucchesi, the Padres' No. 9 prospect per MLB Pipeline. "I had a beer shower downstairs. Pretty cold."

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After striking out DJ LeMahieu to open the first, Lucchesi had a throwing error to first base on a Chris Iannetta comebacker to the mound, letting him reach safely. Lucchesi struck out Nolan Arenado, but missed his spot to Trevor Story, giving up a two-run homer to right field.

"I thought that was a bad pitch," Lucchesi said. "I was trying to go low and away, and I cut it middle-up. I realized that I needed to focus up and hit my spots, and that's what I did."

Video: SD@COL: Lucchesi on getting his first career win

Lucchesi retired seven in a row after Story's homer, and he didn't let another runner past first. The left-hander allowed four hits and a walk, while striking out eight over six-plus innings.

"It's fun to watch him pitch," manager Andy Green said. "He competes, he's not afraid, throws his pitches with conviction and stays incredibly focused the whole game."

Video: SD@COL: Lucchesi and Galvis turn two in the 5th

It was Lucchesi's maturity that impressed Green the most, especially his ability to recover after a rocky first inning.

"It happens to a ton of guys who make an error in the first inning," Green said. "You see that a lot with younger guys. They make an error, and they don't turn around and make a perfect feed later on in the game to turn a double play that was crucial. He did. He did those things very well. You have to enjoy watching him pitch. He's pretty exceptional."

And Lucchesi impressed the opposing Rockies as well.

"He's a little bit funky," Colorado manager Bud Black said. "There's some deception to his delivery. He kept the ball away from us. He made us reach a little bit. He's got a good curveball from a guy who's tall, has a higher arm slot, a fastball with angle, a good hook with angle and a change. And he threw strikes."

Video: SD@COL: Lucchesi gets LeMahieu down swinging in 1st

Pitching his first game at hitter-friendly Coors Field, Lucchesi said he treated the game like any other.

"I thought it was going to be really freezing, but luckily, my day was a bit warmer than yesterday," Lucchesi said. "I didn't ask about it. I just came here and said, 'I'm going to do my job.' The balls were more slippery than usual, and I needed to get rosin every other pitch, it felt like. It helped out with my grip, and I was able to hit my spots."

The combination of Lucchesi's stuff and confidence on the mound is making an impression on teammates and rivals alike.

"You just love the demeanor more than anything else," Green said. "That's what you end up believing in. He just keeps focused. He's locked in. If something goes bad, it doesn't bother him. That in itself is incredibly valuable, but the stuff really plays, too. The deception's there. It's uncomfortable at-bats. It's awkward for guys. All those things add up to a good-looking young pitcher."

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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Margot placed on DL; Cordero activated

Padres hoping only 10-day stint for CF; No. 10 prospect joins lineup
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DENVER -- After taking a bruising pitch to his left rib cage in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Rockies, Manuel Margot landed on the disabled list Wednesday as the Padres reinstated Franchy Cordero to fill his shoes in center field and atop the order.

"He's got some bruised ribs," Padres manager Andy Green said before Wednesday's series finale. "Obviously it was very flush where he got hit yesterday. The hope is it's four or five days and he'll start feeling better, start getting some swings in, and he'll be ready to go. Tough blow yesterday, but I saw him last night. He was in good spirits. He was laughing, laughing wasn't hurting him. Smiling like he always does. He should be good to go in 10 days."

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DENVER -- After taking a bruising pitch to his left rib cage in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Rockies, Manuel Margot landed on the disabled list Wednesday as the Padres reinstated Franchy Cordero to fill his shoes in center field and atop the order.

"He's got some bruised ribs," Padres manager Andy Green said before Wednesday's series finale. "Obviously it was very flush where he got hit yesterday. The hope is it's four or five days and he'll start feeling better, start getting some swings in, and he'll be ready to go. Tough blow yesterday, but I saw him last night. He was in good spirits. He was laughing, laughing wasn't hurting him. Smiling like he always does. He should be good to go in 10 days."

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Margot returned to the top of the order for Tuesday's game after batting eighth in the series opener, and he gave the Padres a spark in the third when he legged out a double to center and scored on the next at-bat. He left the game hitting .159 (7-for-44) with a double, a homer, three RBIs and two stolen bases.

Video: SD@COL: Margot exits after getting hit by a pitch

Cordero, the club's No. 10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, had a great Spring Training and was competing for a starting job in the outfield until a groin injury put him on the DL 10 days before breaking camp. He hit .412 (7-for-17) in four rehab games with Triple-A El Paso, knocking a double, a homer and stealing two bases.

"I honestly took it as something that happens in baseball," Cordero said of the injury that delayed his appearance on the big league roster. "I know that those things happen. I just focused on my rehab, I focused on being healthy and making sure I was 100 percent before I came up."

Video: CHC@SD: Cordero rips an RBI triple to the gap

Green said the Padres had previously planned on activating Cordero when they went home on Monday.

"He's just got to play baseball right now," Green said. "He's got [Rockies starter German] Marquez today. That's a live fastball, and Franchy can get on some fastballs. Should play nicely into what he does very well. If he stays selective in his zone, he should be successful. We just want to turn his athleticism loose on a baseball field. He's up there with probably the top five or 10 most athletic guys in the game of baseball. So he's a fun electric guy to have on the field."

Cordero made his debut and played 30 games for the Padres in 2017, hitting .228 (21-for-92) with a .276 on-base percentage, making 22 starts in center and one in left. He improved enough by spring to be arguably the Padres' best hitter in Cactus League play.

"He's an interesting bat," Green said of his ability to fill the leadoff role. "He can hit anywhere in the lineup. He can hit in the one-hole because he absolutely flies. The challenge for him mainly now is just get on base. But he's got as much pop as anybody we have. He's not a fun guy to stare at as the first batter of the game."

Green compared him favorably to Charlie Blackmon, an MVP-caliber leadoff hitter for the Rockies who in 2017 hit 37 homers and drove in 104 runs while stealing 14 bases.

"Blackmon can fly all over the field, steal a base for you, he can hit the ball out of the ballpark," Green said. "Franchy is not Charlie Blackmon, he hasn't done anything along those lines, but he has those kinds of tools to do those types of things."

In other injury news, Wil Myers, on the DL with right arm nerve irritation, took his first light swings Wednesday as part of his rehabilitation process.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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Healthy Cordero could force tough decisions

Green: Prospect's lefty bat would 'be very helpful right now'
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HOUSTON -- In mid-March, Franchy Cordero was on the fast track to the big leagues. Arguably the Padres' best hitter during Spring Training, Cordero found himself as a favorite for an outfield place on the Padres' Opening Day roster.

Instead, he'll open his season with Triple-A El Paso, the result of a groin injury he sustained 10 days before breaking camp in Peoria, Ariz.

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HOUSTON -- In mid-March, Franchy Cordero was on the fast track to the big leagues. Arguably the Padres' best hitter during Spring Training, Cordero found himself as a favorite for an outfield place on the Padres' Opening Day roster.

Instead, he'll open his season with Triple-A El Paso, the result of a groin injury he sustained 10 days before breaking camp in Peoria, Ariz.

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Cordero, the club's No. 10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, began a rehab stint on Friday night. The 23-year-old outfielder could be destined for a callup as soon as he proves himself healthy.

"We could use 1, his bat, 2, his athleticism, and 3, his left-handed stick," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We're a righty-dominant outfield and to have a left-handed bat you could throw in there against right-handed pitching, it'd be very helpful right now.

"He's a guy we thought was going to be a big part of this when spring started. He showed that through Spring Training. If he shows he's healthy, shows he's flying around the field, he's somebody I'd expect to see."

Cordero batted .343/.465/.714 while excelling defensively during an outstanding Spring Training. During his brief time in the Majors last season, however, Cordero was too often victimized by the strikeout, whiffing 44 times in 99 plate appearances.

Video: SD@KC: Cordero doubles up O'Hearn at the plate

When he did make contact, Cordero was a force. His 90-mph average exit velocity led the team. The hard contact and elite speed boosted Cordero to a .400 batting average on balls in play.

"When he puts the ball in play, he's going to get more hits than a lot of people because he hits the ball hard and he runs fast," Green said. "It's simple, actually."

The Padres could be faced with a decision when Cordero returns to full health. Wil Myers -- who is battling nerve irritation in his right arm -- could also return later this month, giving San Diego a very crowded outfield.

But if Cordero hits like he did this spring, the Padres might be forced to make room for him.

"He's toolsier than anybody here," Green said. "There's more in there -- more raw twitch, more explosion, more speed. It's impressive what's inside of him. It's a matter of the consistency."

Headley back in Houston in new role
Chase Headley's 2017 campaign ended at Minute Maid Park in the American League Championship Series. He batted .389 as the Yankees lost to the Astros in seven games.

Video: SD@ELP: Headley brings home Pirela with a groundout

"That's baseball at its best, two good teams at each other's throat going back-and-forth," Headley said. "I certainly wish it had gone the other way, but it was fun to be a part of, just a special series."

Headley's start to the 2018 campaign hasn't matched his October success. Following an offseason trade to San Diego, Headley is the only Padres position player without a hit this year (0-for-12) entering Friday's game. He's been limited to pinch-hit at-bats with fellow third basemen Cory Spangenberg and Christian Villanueva off to hot starts.

"I don't really know yet what this is going to lead to, if this is going to be the norm, who knows," Headley said. "You just do the best you can to prepare yourself, expecting to play every day. ... It's hard, especially for a guy that's used to playing every day. But I'll figure it out. I have no doubt."

Padres add catching depth
The Padres acquired Minor League catcher Brett Nicholas from Texas on Friday morning in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

The lefty-hitting Nicholas batted .238/.262/.397 in 21 games for the Rangers last season. He'll back up Raffy Lopez in Triple-A.

"He's another left-handed bat with some pop," said Green. "He'll pair with Raffy there, and at some point in time, we might see Raffy here, so that just gives us some depth."

Lamet continues throwing
Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet continued his throwing program Friday, playing catch at about 60 feet. He's recovering from a flexor strain in his right elbow, which he sustained at the end of Spring Training.

The club hasn't divulged results of an MRI on Lamet's elbow. But his current progression lends itself toward optimism that he'll return in May, as was the team's initial hope.

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

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Where Padres' Top 30 prospects are starting season

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With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Padres' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Fernando Tatis Jr. (MLB No. 8), SS -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
2. MacKenzie Gore (MLB No. 19), LHP -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
3. Luis Urias (MLB No. 36), 2B/SS -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
4. Cal Quantrill (MLB No. 40), RHP -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
5. Michel Baez (MLB No. 42), RHP -- Extended spring training
6. Adrian Morejon (MLB No. 50), LHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
7. Anderson Espinoza (MLB No. 89), RHP -- Out for season
8. Logan Allen, LHP -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
9. Joey Lucchesi, LHP -- San Diego Padres (MLB)
10. Franchy Cordero, OF -- San Diego Padres (MLB) -- DL
11. Gabriel Arias, SS -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
12. Esteury Ruiz, 2B -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
13. Eric Lauer, LHP -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
14. Jacob Nix, RHP -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
15. Tirso Ornelas, OF -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
16. Josh Naylor, 1B -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
17. Hudson Potts, 3B -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
18. Jorge Ona, OF -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
19. Jeisson Rosario, OF -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
20. Edward Olivares, OF -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
21. Trey Wingenter, RHP -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
22. Andres Munoz, RHP -- Extended spring training
23. Chris Paddack, RHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
24. Luis Campusano, C -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
25. Mason Thompson, RHP -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
26. Pedro Avila, RHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
27. Luis Almanzar, SS/3B -- Extended spring training
28. David Bednar, RHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
29. Austin Allen, C -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
30. Michael Gettys, OF -- San Antonio Missions (AA)

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Padres' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Fernando Tatis Jr. (MLB No. 8), SS -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
2. MacKenzie Gore (MLB No. 19), LHP -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
3. Luis Urias (MLB No. 36), 2B/SS -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
4. Cal Quantrill (MLB No. 40), RHP -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
5. Michel Baez (MLB No. 42), RHP -- Extended spring training
6. Adrian Morejon (MLB No. 50), LHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
7. Anderson Espinoza (MLB No. 89), RHP -- Out for season
8. Logan Allen, LHP -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
9. Joey Lucchesi, LHP -- San Diego Padres (MLB)
10. Franchy Cordero, OF -- San Diego Padres (MLB) -- DL
11. Gabriel Arias, SS -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
12. Esteury Ruiz, 2B -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
13. Eric Lauer, LHP -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
14. Jacob Nix, RHP -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
15. Tirso Ornelas, OF -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
16. Josh Naylor, 1B -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
17. Hudson Potts, 3B -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
18. Jorge Ona, OF -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
19. Jeisson Rosario, OF -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
20. Edward Olivares, OF -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
21. Trey Wingenter, RHP -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
22. Andres Munoz, RHP -- Extended spring training
23. Chris Paddack, RHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
24. Luis Campusano, C -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
25. Mason Thompson, RHP -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
26. Pedro Avila, RHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
27. Luis Almanzar, SS/3B -- Extended spring training
28. David Bednar, RHP -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
29. Austin Allen, C -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
30. Michael Gettys, OF -- San Antonio Missions (AA)

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Team to watch
A case could be made here for any of the Padres' four full-season teams, really. But Double-A San Antonio, with a pair of Top 100 prospects in Tatis Jr. and Quantrill, gets the nod. The Missions' roster will feature only five of the Padres' Top 30 prospects on Opening Day, albeit with some star power up top, and others poised to join the Texas League club as the season unfolds. That's especially true for the Padres' Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore rotation, a group that includes Baez, Morejon, Paddack and Avila.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
San Antonio Missions (AA)

New faces
Acquired from the Blue Jays early in January in the Yangervis Solarte deal, Oliveras will open his first Padres season with Lake Elsinore in the hitter-friendly California League. The 22-year-old outfielder should fare well there, too, as he's coming off of a full-season debut in which he paced Blue Jays farmhands in both runs scored (93) and triples (10) while finishing second in home runs (17) and third in RBIs (72).

On the shelf
Baez has a lower back issue that has kept his back in extended spring training, but is expected to join Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore in a few weeks. After undergoing Tommy John surgery nearly one year ago, Espinoza has progressed in his rehab to the point where he's now throwing off of flat ground, though he's still expected to miss all of 2018. Munoz, a 19-year-old fire-baller who was a breakout star in last year's Arizona Fall League, will be held back in extended spring training with a balky right elbow that limited him during camp. As for position players, Cordero, who is one of the more exciting prospects in the system, began his season on the Major League disabled list with a groin sprain.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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Where Mariners' Top 30 prospects are starting season

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With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Mariners' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Kyle Lewis (MLB No. 71), OF -- Extended spring training
2. Evan White, 1B -- Extended spring training (groin)
3. Sam Carlson, RHP -- Extended spring training
4. Julio Rodriguez, OF -- Extended spring training
5. Braden Bishop, OF -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
6. Joe Rizzo, 3B -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
7. Max Povse, rhp -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
8. Art Warren, RHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
9. Matthew Festa, RHP -- XST -- hip/sciatic issue
10. Wyatt Mills, RHP -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
11. Dan Vogelbach, 1B -- Seattle Mariners (MLB)
12. Eric Filia, OF/1B -- Suspended
13. Juan Querecuto, SS -- Extended spring training
14. Anthony Jimenez, OF -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
15. Nick Rumbelow, RHP -- Extended spring training
16. Ian Miller, OF -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
17. Luis Liberato, OF -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
18. Seth Elledge, RHP -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
19. Anthony Misiewicz, LHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
20. Rob Whalen, RHP -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
21. Chase De Jong, RHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
22. Donnie Walton, SS/2B -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
23. Joseph Rosa, 2B -- Class A Clinton (A)
24. Ronald Rosario, OF -- Extended spring training
25. Oliver Jaskie, LHP -- Class A Clinton (A)
26. Darin Gillies, RHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
27. Bryson Brigman, 2B/SS -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
28. Chuck Taylor, OF -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
29. Greifer Andrade, OF -- Class A Clinton (A)
30. Kyle Wilcox, RHP -- Class A Clinton (A)

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Mariners' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Kyle Lewis (MLB No. 71), OF -- Extended spring training
2. Evan White, 1B -- Extended spring training (groin)
3. Sam Carlson, RHP -- Extended spring training
4. Julio Rodriguez, OF -- Extended spring training
5. Braden Bishop, OF -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
6. Joe Rizzo, 3B -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
7. Max Povse, rhp -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
8. Art Warren, RHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
9. Matthew Festa, RHP -- XST -- hip/sciatic issue
10. Wyatt Mills, RHP -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
11. Dan Vogelbach, 1B -- Seattle Mariners (MLB)
12. Eric Filia, OF/1B -- Suspended
13. Juan Querecuto, SS -- Extended spring training
14. Anthony Jimenez, OF -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
15. Nick Rumbelow, RHP -- Extended spring training
16. Ian Miller, OF -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
17. Luis Liberato, OF -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
18. Seth Elledge, RHP -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
19. Anthony Misiewicz, LHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
20. Rob Whalen, RHP -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
21. Chase De Jong, RHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
22. Donnie Walton, SS/2B -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
23. Joseph Rosa, 2B -- Class A Clinton (A)
24. Ronald Rosario, OF -- Extended spring training
25. Oliver Jaskie, LHP -- Class A Clinton (A)
26. Darin Gillies, RHP -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
27. Bryson Brigman, 2B/SS -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
28. Chuck Taylor, OF -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
29. Greifer Andrade, OF -- Class A Clinton (A)
30. Kyle Wilcox, RHP -- Class A Clinton (A)

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Team to watch
The Class A Advanced Modesto Nuts, last year's California League champions, will have a strong offense once again this year, headlined by Rizzo -- the Cal League finals MVP -- and Jimenez. Lewis will likely return to Modesto once healthy, too, and 2017 first-rounder White could see the bulk of his time there this year if all goes as expected. The Nuts should also feature one of the circuit's better bullpens thanks to the presence of '17 Draft picks Mills and Elledge.

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New faces
Always looking to improve their Major League roster, the Mariners added a pair of pitching prospects to their system during the offseason in Rumbelow and Misiewicz. Rumbelow, acquired from the Yankees in November, remains sidelined with a nerve issue in his neck, but should report to Triple-A Tacoma once healthy. Misiewicz, meanwhile, will open the season in Double-A Arkansas' starting rotation after rejoining the organization that drafted him via a trade with Tampa Bay in December.

On the shelf
Lewis had his right knee scoped in February to address lingering pain stemming from his surgery to repair a torn ACL in July 2016. The Mariners are hopeful that Lewis, the club's first-round pick in '16, will be ready for game action in early May. White, their '17 first-rounder, is being held back in extended spring training with a minor groin injury, but he is expected to receive a full-season assignment in short order. Reliever Festa also will be kept behind in camp due to a hip/sciatic issue that has kept him off the mound this spring, and 2017 Arizona Fall League MVP Filia will miss the first 50 games of the season in the wake of his second positive for a drug of abuse in January.

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Ross recalled to join Padres rotation

Hedges scratched due to back tightness; Friars announce Minor League rosters
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SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross last started on the Petco Park mound on April 4, 2016. He was roughed up by the Dodgers that Opening Day and was then placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that would force him to miss the remainder of the season. For a one-time All-Star, it was undoubtedly the roughest stretch in his now eight-year big league career.

Nearly two years to the day, Ross will set foot on that mound once again. The Padres plan to select Ross' contract from the Minors, and he'll serve as their fifth starter, pitching Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross last started on the Petco Park mound on April 4, 2016. He was roughed up by the Dodgers that Opening Day and was then placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that would force him to miss the remainder of the season. For a one-time All-Star, it was undoubtedly the roughest stretch in his now eight-year big league career.

Nearly two years to the day, Ross will set foot on that mound once again. The Padres plan to select Ross' contract from the Minors, and he'll serve as their fifth starter, pitching Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

"It was a long road back," said Ross, who arrived in San Diego on Monday afternoon. "I've just now started to feel like myself again."

Ross spent the entire 2016 season attempting to battle back from injury, but he never quite made it. He underwent surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome that October. The Padres chose not to tender Ross a contract that winter, and he latched on with the Rangers.

If 2016 was the roughest season for Ross, the '17 campaign was nearly as much of a grind. He posted a 7.71 ERA over 12 appearances before he was released in September.

"I was pitching, but I wasn't myself," Ross said. "It took a long time. But it came back, and I'm thankful it did. I wasn't sure it was going to come back."

Ross claims he's a different pitcher now, with the benefit of a full offseason of work and recovery. His spring results seemed to back that assertion. He posted a 3.00 ERA over five Cactus League appearances.

In short, Ross says he feels like his old self -- the version of himself that posted a 3.07 ERA from 2013-15 with San Diego.

"This guy's worked incredibly hard to fight back from a shoulder injury and surgery," Padres manager Andy Green said. "His stuff is back. His stuff is really good. ... He's found himself again, glad it's in a Padres uniform."

Hedges scratched, Myers returns
One Padre returned from back tightness on Monday, while another was a late scratch for the same reason.

Right fielder Wil Myers was back in the starting lineup after missing Saturday's game with lower back tightness that has lingered since the end of Spring Training.

Meanwhile, catcher Austin Hedges was a late scratch because of upper-back tightness, the club said. There's no timetable yet for his return. Hedges was replaced by A.J. Ellis, who made his first appearance with the Padres.

Padres announce Minor League rosters
Over the past couple days, the Padres' Minor League affiliates announced their Opening Day rosters. Among the most notable assignments: 19-year-old shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will open the season at Double-A San Antonio, while 20-year-old second baseman Luis Urias will start at Triple-A El Paso. Lefty starter MacKenzie Gore -- the No. 3 overall selection in last June's Draft -- will begin the season at Class A Fort Wayne.

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Here's a breakdown of where the Padres' healthy Top 30 prospects will begin their Minor League seasons:

Triple-A El Paso: Urias (No. 3), Eric Lauer (No. 13), Jacob Nix (No. 14), Trey Wingenter (No. 21)

Double-A San Antonio: Tatis (No. 1), Cal Quantrill (No. 4), Logan Allen (No. 8), Josh Naylor (No. 16), Austin Allen (No. 29), Michael Gettys (No. 30)

Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore: Michel Baez (No. 5), Adrian Morejon (No. 6), Hudson Potts (No. 17), Jorge Ona (No. 18), Edward Olivares (No. 20), Chris Paddack (No. 23), Pedro Avila (No. 26), David Bednar (No. 28)

Class A Fort Wayne: Gore (No. 2), Gabriel Arias (No. 11), Esteury Ruiz (No. 12), Tirso Ornelas (No. 15), Jeisson Rosario (No. 19), Luis Campusano (No. 24), Mason Thompson (No. 25)

Not listed are catcher Luis Torrens and right-hander Miguel Diaz (who spent the 2017 season on the Major League roster as Rule 5 picks, negating their prospect status). Torrens will open at Lake Elsinore, while Diaz will start in San Antonio. Shortstop Allen Cordoba is on the Major League disabled list as he battles back from his concussion.

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

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Players from top farm system get assignments

SS Tatis to open season at Double-A San Antonio, LHP Gore at Class A Fort Wayne
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Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., ranked the Padres' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, will open the 2018 season with Double-A San Antonio, while left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore will start his first full season with Class A Fort Wayne.

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Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., ranked the Padres' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, will open the 2018 season with Double-A San Antonio, while left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore will start his first full season with Class A Fort Wayne.

The Padres, whose Minor League organization was ranked No. 1 in baseball recently by MLB Pipeline, announced the season-opening rosters for their four full-season Minor League affiliates Monday.

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Triple-A El Paso, which will be seeking a fourth straight division title in the Pacific Coast League, will open the season Thursday led by three of the Padres organization's Top 30 prospects -- second baseman Luis Urias (ranked No. 3 behind Tatis and Gore), left-handed starting pitcher Eric Lauer (No. 13) and right-handed reliever Trey Wingenter (No. 21).

Double-A San Antonio will have six of the Padres' Top 30 prospects -- Tatis, right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill (No. 4), left-handed pitcher Logan Allen (No. 8), first baseman Josh Naylor (No. 16), catcher Austin Allen (No. 29) and center fielder Michael Gettys (No. 30).

Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore also has six Top 30 prospects -- left-handed starting pitcher Adrian Morejon (No. 6), third baseman Hudson Potts (No. 17), outfielders Jorge Ona (No. 18) and Edward Olivares (No. 20) right-handed starting pitcher Pedro Avila (No. 26) and right-handed reliever David Bednar (No. 28).

Fort Wayne will open with seven Top 30 prospects -- Gore (No. 2), shortstop Gabriel Arias (No. 11), second baseman Esteury Ruiz (No. 12), outfielders Tirso Ornelas (No. 15) and Jeisson Rosario (No. 19), catcher Luis Campusano (No. 24) and right-handed starting pitcher Mason Thompson (No. 25).

The Padres' Nos. 5 (right-handed pitcher Michel Baez) and 7 (right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza) prospects will remain at the Padres year-round training facility in Arizona to start the season. Espinoza will miss the 2018 season following Tommy John surgery.

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No. 9 prospect Joey Lucchesi is with the Padres. The left-handed pitcher started the second game of the season. No. 10 prospect is outfielder Franchy Cordero, who opened the season on the Padres' 10-day disabled list with a groin injury.

Tatis is ranked MLB Pipeline's No. 8 overall prospect. Gore is No. 19 with Urias (No. 36), Quantrill (No. 40), Baez (No. 42), Morejon (No. 50) and Espinoza (No. 89) also on the Top 100 overall list.

The 19-year-old Tatis finished the 2017 season at San Antonio, where he hit .255 in 14 games. Earlier, as an 18-year-old with Fort Wayne, Tatis hit .281 with 26 doubles, seven triples, 21 homers, 29 stolen bases and 69 RBIs in 117 games. One of the youngest players in the league, Tatis led the Midwest League with 75 walks and a .390 on-base percentage. He had a .520 slugging percentage for a .910 OPS.

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Gore, 19, who is ranked the best left-handed pitching prospect by MLB Pipeline, had a 1.27 ERA in 21 1/3 innings over seven starts for the Arizona Rookie League Padres last summer. He was the Padres' first-round pick (third overall) in last June's Draft.

Urias, 20, hit .296 with a .398 on-base percentage at San Antonio in 2017. Like Tatis, Urias is ranked the second-best prospect at his position in the Minor Leagues by MLB Pipeline. Urias had 20 doubles, four triples and three homers in 118 games for San Antonio while drawing more walks (68) than strikeouts (65). He had a .777 OPS.

Quantrill, 23, was the Padres' first-round pick (eighth overall) in the 2016 Draft. He ended the 2017 season at San Antonio, where he had a 4.04 ERA in eight starts. Earlier he had a 3.67 ERA in 14 starts with Lake Elsinore.

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Lucchesi to take Lamet's spot in Friars' rotation

Lefty prospect posted 1.54 ERA in first big league camp
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SAN DIEGO -- It turns out that Joey Lucchesi's dominant Spring Training will result in a big league callup after all.

The 24-year-old lefty prospect was on hand at Petco Park on Thursday, and he's slated to have his contract selected before Friday's game against Milwaukee, where he'll make his Major League debut.

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SAN DIEGO -- It turns out that Joey Lucchesi's dominant Spring Training will result in a big league callup after all.

The 24-year-old lefty prospect was on hand at Petco Park on Thursday, and he's slated to have his contract selected before Friday's game against Milwaukee, where he'll make his Major League debut.

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Lucchesi will take the rotation place of Dinelson Lamet, who was initially slated to pitch the Padres' second game of the season. A day after Lucchesi was sent to the Minors, Lamet sustained a flexor strain in his right elbow on Sunday, and he will be out for at least a month.

That cleared the way for Lucchesi, who was excellent in his first big league camp. The club's No. 9 prospect posted a 1.54 ERA in four spring outings.

Big league hitters struggled mightily in their attempts to solve his funky left-handed delivery.

"It's good stuff, first of all, a competitive nature, ability to focus on the mound despite what's spinning around him," said Padres manager Andy Green. "His stuff plays. There's a real deception to it. It's tough to pick up. It's a real three-pitch mix that's going to play well at the big league level."

The club offered no update on the status of Lamet, who is still being examined. Early tests have revealed no ligament damage -- a very positive sign -- and club officials are hopeful for a May return. Lamet, who set a club rookie record with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings last season, entered the year as the Padres' most exciting young pitcher. He's being replaced by another candidate for that title.

"I definitely wanted Dinelson Lamet starting tomorrow," Green said. "Coming into the year, Dinelson was arguably our top arm and arguably the biggest impact arm we have in that rotation. … We loved the things he was doing. We weren't dying for Joey to start in his spot. But we have tons of confidence in Joey starting and being part of the rotation for a long time."

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Since Lucchesi was drafted in the fourth round in the 2016 Draft, he has been dominant at every level. He owns a 1.99 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in parts of two professional seasons.

"He made the decision a lot easier with his performance over the last month," said Padres general manager A.J. Preller. "We felt very comfortable putting him in a big spot.

Lucchesi's presence at Petco Park means a corresponding move is also on the horizon. The specifics of that move remain unclear. But the Padres have made it clear that Lucchesi isn't here for a spot start. He will be a part of their rotation going forward.

Even with Lucchesi's presence, there's one rotation spot available. Because of Sunday's off-day, the Padres wouldn't need to fill it until April 6 in Houston. It sounds as though they're leaning toward pitching their fifth starter on Tuesday instead, giving the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest.

Tyson Ross and Robbie Erlin are candidates to fill that last spot in the rotation. Ross pitched a Minor League game with Triple-A Peoria on Wednesday and would line up nicely to face the Rockies in the second game of the Padres' second series of the season.

If, indeed, the Padres add Lucchesi and Ross, they'd need to find room on their roster. To clear space on the 40-man, they could move Allen Cordoba (concussion) and Colin Rea (right lat strain) to the 60-day DL.

It's not quite that simple regarding the Padres' active roster, which currently features 14 position players. One of them -- perhaps No. 3 catcher Raffy Lopez -- is almost certain to be moved to the Minors before Friday's game to clear room for Lucchesi.

Across the board, Lucchesi has drawn rave reviews this spring. Count Opening Day starter Clayton Richard among the impressed. Richard was Lucchesi's throwing partner during Spring Training and came away thoroughly excited about the youngster's potential.

"From what I've seen, it looks as if he's ready," Richard said earlier this month. "He's had no problem transitioning against the highest level of hitters and seems to hold his own really well."

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

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Potts shows off skills on inside-the-park HR

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres' deep and talented farm system once again wreaked havoc on the Cactus League Friday night -- this time courtesy of 19-year-old infield prospect Hudson Potts.

Potts swatted an inside-the-park three-run homer, tying the game in the seventh inning of San Diego's 9-7 victory over Texas. In one at-bat, he showcased his unique combination of power and athleticism, sending a missile off the center-field wall. When the ball caromed away from Rangers center fielder Leody Taveras, Potts scored standing up.

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres' deep and talented farm system once again wreaked havoc on the Cactus League Friday night -- this time courtesy of 19-year-old infield prospect Hudson Potts.

Potts swatted an inside-the-park three-run homer, tying the game in the seventh inning of San Diego's 9-7 victory over Texas. In one at-bat, he showcased his unique combination of power and athleticism, sending a missile off the center-field wall. When the ball caromed away from Rangers center fielder Leody Taveras, Potts scored standing up.

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It was the second homer in as many games for Potts, who also went deep on March 21 against the White Sox. Friday's inside-the-parker carried a bit of extra weight. A native of Southlake, Texas, Potts grew up a Rangers fan, and his family owned a ticket plan.

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Potts, ranked as the club's No. 17 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was drafted by the Padres in 2016 with the compensatory pick they received for losing Ian Kennedy to free agency. He's 4-for-8 with a sac fly and a walk in 10 big league plate appearances this spring.

"You learn a lot, just listening to guys and just being around those guys," Potts said of his experience with the big league club. "This is definitely something that I can build off of."

Earlier this month, MLB Pipeline rated the San Diego farm system as the best in the sport. Potts now joins Franchy Cordero, Franmil Reyes, Josh Naylor and Fernando Tatis Jr. as Padres prospects to homer for the big league club this spring.

"Me and my teammates in the Minors are working hard," Potts said. "There are a lot of really good young guys, and I feel like we're doing everything we can to progress and make it up to San Diego and help out the team."

Potts batted .253 with 20 homers for Class-A Fort Wayne last season. After his first-half OPS dipped to .619, Potts responded with 14 second-half dingers and a .278/.325/.512 slash line. All the while, Padres skipper Andy Green kept a close eye on his progress.

"You're an 18-year-old kid in the Midwest League -- that's a tough draw," Green said. "It's mostly kids from colleges, it's freezing weather for a kid from Texas, and you get off to a really rough start. Numbers weren't good at all. You find out what somebody's made of in those moments.

"That kid turned his year around, ends up hitting 20 home runs, turns himself into one of the better players Fort Wayne's had. That's impressive. The game's going to crush you at times. To see a kid respond like that, it's fun."

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

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Padres: Expect to see prospect Lucchesi in '18

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Opening Day is one week away, and the Padres still have several roster decisions to make.

"It's definitely a difficult time for a staff, a front office," Padres manager Andy Green said. "There are split camps on a lot of guys right now, and rightfully so. I think that's a very fair thing to say because there are a lot of guys doing things as well as the other guys, so some guys will go one way and some guys will go the other. It's going to be a tough next week."

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Opening Day is one week away, and the Padres still have several roster decisions to make.

"It's definitely a difficult time for a staff, a front office," Padres manager Andy Green said. "There are split camps on a lot of guys right now, and rightfully so. I think that's a very fair thing to say because there are a lot of guys doing things as well as the other guys, so some guys will go one way and some guys will go the other. It's going to be a tough next week."

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The club needs to fill the final two spots in the rotation behind Clayton Richard, Bryan Mitchell and Dinelson Lamet, then decide on the pitchers that will shift to a bullpen in need of relievers. There's the competition between Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje for the job at second base, and the possibility of carrying three catchers on Opening Day. Jose Pirela has emerged as the front-runner for the job in left field, but what does that mean for Hunter Renfroe?

One thing is almost certain: Barring injury, Joey Lucchesi is going to pitch in the big leagues sometime in 2018. The left-hander gave up two runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. The club's ninth-ranked prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, struck out three and walked three.

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"He's a guy that -- whether it's April, May, June, July or August -- we expect to see him," Green said. "We expect to see him for a long time."

Drafted in 2016, Lucchesi combined to go 11-7 with a 2.20 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 139 innings between Class A Advanced and Double-A last season. He made quite an impression this spring.

"I just told myself to do the best you can do, and that's all you can do," Lucchesi said. "I guess it just worked out for me and I did better than I thought, honestly. I wanted to show them I belonged on the team, and I hope they see that."

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Lucchesi gave up a run in the first to snap a scoreless streak of seven innings this spring. He responded by retiring the next 10 hitters in a row.

In the fourth, he walked Roberto Perez with two outs and Rob Refsnyder followed with a ground-rule double that found its way through a hole in the outfield fence. Drew Maggi grounded out to end the frame.

"I felt like I was rushing myself a little bit and I wasn't sitting at my normal velo," Lucchesi said. "I know that the outcome was not that bad. I just felt like I was rushing myself a bit. I'm not perfect, so it happens every once in a while."

Indians shortstop Erik Gonzalez led off the fifth with a double and Gavin Collins walked. Lucchesi struck out Rajai Davis and the next hitter, Bradley Zimmer, hit into a force at second base, but the left-hander would not face another batter.

"Overall, I would say I did a good job competing," Lucchesi said. "I got out of my rhythm for a little bit and just grinded it out. I thought I could have done a little better because I have high standards for myself, but it was a good job."

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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