4 Padres prospects to watch during Spring Training

4 Padres prospects to watch during Spring Training

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have gone to great lengths to rebuild their farm system this winter, adding a handful of Top 30 Prospects that could strengthen their big league team down the road.

With the beginning of Spring Training around the corner, MLB.com will preview the Padres by taking a glance at several areas of the team note heading toward the report date for pitchers and catchers on Thursday.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Future Padres expansion big on Caravan stop

Program marked to outfit local softball players with jerseys, caps

Future Padres expansion big on Caravan stop

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- It's still seven or so weeks before Tyson Ross fires his first pitch for the Padres, though the one he provided on Saturday certainly rated as important during the Opening Day for Bonita Valley Girls Softball.

Ross talked about his fond Little League memories growing up in the Bay Area, a message that certainly resonated with the 14-and-under crowd, who essentially hung on his every word.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back to the start: Maurer ready for rotation

Padres righty made 53 relief appearances in 2015

Back to the start: Maurer ready for rotation

SAN DIEGO -- No one has to convince Brandon Maurer of the importance of being adaptable.

Not Friday, at least, as the Padres pitcher visited three different fire stations, one elementary school and helped paint grandstands at the refurbishment of a youth baseball field as part of the team's caravan event.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Bullpen

Rodney among 10 new arms as Padres revamp staff

Around the Horn: Bullpen

With Spring Training around the corner, we continue our position-by-position look at the Padres. We've covered catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield. Today we tackle the bullpen.

SAN DIEGO -- Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley certainly has his work cut out this spring -- and that may be putting it mildly.

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Spring around corner as Padres send off trucks

Spangenberg, Jankowski interact with fans at Petco Park

Spring around corner as Padres send off trucks

SAN DIEGO -- When the first of two trucks carrying 17,000 pounds of equipment slowly rolled away from Petco Park on Wednesday, Spencer Dallin had just one thought continually race through his head.

Spring Training is finally here? No, that wasn't it.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramirez, Rodney highlight Padres' new faces

Shortstop, reliever bring plenty of experience to club

Ramirez, Rodney highlight Padres' new faces

SAN DIEGO -- New guys? Yep, the Padres have a few of those this time, although maybe not as many as they did a year ago after general manager A.J. Preller had his winter spending and trading spree.

With the beginning of Spring Training around the corner, MLB.com will preview the Padres by taking a glance at several areas of note heading toward the report date for pitchers and catchers Feb. 18.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LA's Wills, Wagner MVPs of 1962 All-Star Games

Wagner, Colavito clubbed homers in AL victory in second contest

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The 1962 season marked the end of one era in All-Star Game history and the start of another. For the fourth and final season, there were two All-Star Games played in '62.

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Padres 3-day Caravan signals spring is here

Single-game ticket sales open as equipment truck leaves for Arizona

Padres 3-day Caravan signals spring is here

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Thursday morning was a turning point for 4-year-old Alexis Starr of Santee.

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Padres hire Nomo as baseball ops advisor

Former pitcher to be involved in player development and assist club in Pacific Rim

Padres hire Nomo as baseball ops advisor

SAN DIEGO -- In a move to help strengthen their ties in the Pacific Rim, the Padres hired former Major League pitcher Hideo Nomo as an advisor for baseball operations.

Nomo will be involved in player development and baseball operations as well as helping the Padres expand their presence in the Pacific Rim.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: In OF, only Kemp a lock

Jay, Upton Jr., Blash should make for interesting spring drama

Around the Horn: In OF, only Kemp a lock

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres open the season on April 4 against the Dodgers, Matt Kemp will be the lone returning outfielder from the Opening Day lineup a year ago.

Justin Upton, who started in left field in 2015, left for free agency and landed a six-year deal with the Tigers. Wil Myers, who started in center field, is still with the team, only he'll likely be a first baseman moving forward.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring preview: Padres' rebound contenders

San Diego looks to Myers, Kemp and Cashner to bounce back

Spring preview: Padres' rebound contenders

SAN DIEGO -- With the start of Spring Training around the corner, MLB.com will preview the Padres by taking a glance at several areas of the team leading up to the report date for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 18.

The Padres, coming off a 74-88 season, won't head to Arizona with a revamped roster as they did a year ago under general manager A.J. Preller.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres sign Schumaker to Minors deal

Veteran utility man led Majors in pinch-hits last season

Padres sign Schumaker to Minors deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres signed infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker to a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

Schumaker, 36, has played parts of 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds, can play second base and the outfield and is regarded as a strong clubhouse presence.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

5 bats could shape how NL West is won

5 bats could shape how NL West is won

The Dodgers and Giants have ruled the National League West in recent seasons with dominant pitching, but the division also houses some serious offense. The Rockies and D-backs scored the most runs in the league in 2015, with the Giants coming in fifth.

Let's zero in on five pivotal NL West bats heading into Spring Training.

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Lyle Spencer is a columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lefferts tops list of Padres' middle relievers

Here's my top five bridges from starter to closer

Lefferts tops list of Padres' middle relievers

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

We are going to close my Padres Top-Five lists next week with the five pitchers who I believe to be the top closers in Padres history.

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Tie kept NL from sweeping 1961 All-Star Games

Aaron, Mays, Clemente teamed for game-winning rally

Tie kept NL from sweeping 1961 All-Star Games

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

For the third straight season, there were two All-Star Games in 1961.

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Around the Horn: Third base

Utility man Solarte starting season cemented at third for Padres

Around the Horn: Third base

SAN DIEGO -- Last spring, Yangervis Solarte spent six weeks in Arizona preparing himself for a super-utility role. He actually had eight different gloves stored above his clubhouse locker at Spring Training, assuming he would bounce around the infield and outfield.

As it turns out, Solarte mostly needed just one glove in 2015 -- for third base.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New first-base coach Brock thrives as teacher

Baseball veteran reflects on importance of Black History Month

New first-base coach Brock thrives as teacher

SAN DIEGO -- As much as new Padres first-base coach Tarrik Brock enjoyed his 13 seasons playing professional baseball, what he truly enjoys is life after playing.

"The most important thing, the most satisfying thing I get to do is coach," Brock said. "That's when you get to give more of yourself. You share your experiences, good and bad.

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Lyle Spencer

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

Remodeled pitching staffs make the National League West one of the most unpredictable and fascinating of the six divisions as Spring Training approaches. Any number of arms could prove pivotal in a lively race. Here are five to watch:

1. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
Division champions three years running with dominant starting pitching, the Dodgers can't replace what Zack Greinke gave them with one arm. But Maeda, polished and experienced on the international stage, is one of several who can help ease the impact of Greinke's move to Arizona.

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Lyle Spencer is a columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orsillo goes opposite field to find new home

Revered Red Sox broadcaster resettles with Padres

Orsillo goes opposite field to find new home

SAN DIEGO -- Growing up in pastoral New Hampshire, in the shadow of the White Mountain National Forest, presented Don Orsillo with something akin to an idyllic childhood, save for a few fleeting moments of isolation.

"We were out in the woods," Orsillo said the other day. "I don't want to sound as if I'm dating myself here or anything. We had a television."

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mays led sweep in '60 All-Star 'doubleheader'

Mays led sweep in '60 All-Star 'doubleheader'

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Willie Mays went 6-for-8 and had one of the six homers hit by National League players in 1960 as the NL swept the All-Star "doubleheader" by scores of 5-3 and 6-0.

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Padres officially sign reliever Rodney

Padres officially sign reliever Rodney

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres officially have a closer, or at least a candidate who has experience in closing games.

The Padres announced that their one-year deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney was official on Thursday. The deal includes a club option for 2017.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres hire new athletic trainer Rogow

Club also announces other staff hires, promotions

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have hired a new athletic trainer, selecting Mark Rogow to lead that department.

Rogow replaces Todd Hutcheson, who didn't have his contract renewed after 18 years as the team's head trainer.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres get Minors pitcher from O's for Despaigne

Cosme a 19-year-old right-hander who played in Class A last season

Padres get Minors pitcher from O's for Despaigne

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres traded right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to the Orioles on Thursday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jean Cosme, a 19-year-old who comes with an intriguing arm.

By moving Despaigne, the Padres created a spot on the 40-man roster, which was quickly filled when the team officially announced the one-year deal with veteran right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leagues split two All-Star Games played in 1959

Leagues split two All-Star Games played in 1959

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

It's hard to believe the All-Star Game could fall into the category of too much of a good thing.

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Around the Horn: Shortstop

Free agent signee Ramirez brings short-term solution to position

Around the Horn: Shortstop

Welcome to our multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at San Diego's projected starters and backup options going into Spring Training. We have already looked at the catchers, first base and second base. Today, we look at shortstop.

SAN DIEGO -- There will be no question mark facing the Padres in terms of who will play shortstop come Opening Day.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peavy tops list of Padres right-handed starters

Cy Young winner in 2007 also two-time NL leader in ERA, K's

Peavy tops list of Padres right-handed starters

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The list of right-handed starters in Padres history is much longer than the left-handed list.

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Towers would love a Freese deal do-over

Former Padres GM learns lesson in 2007 trade for Edmonds

Towers would love a Freese deal do-over

SAN DIEGO -- By no means was Kevin Towers an inexperienced general manager at the time he dealt a Minor League infielder by the name of David Freese to the Cardinals for veteran center fielder Jim Edmonds.

Truth be told, Towers was well into his long tenure (1995-2009) with the Padres when he shipped Freese, who had yet to play above Class A Advanced, to acquire Edmonds in December of 2007.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.