PEORIA, Ariz. -- The first workout of spring went off without a hitch Monday, as manager Bud Black and his staff -- as well as several front-office folks -- watched pitchers throw off the mound for the first time.
The Padres have 36 players in camp, including 29 pitchers. Ten of those pitchers weren't with the team when the regular season ended in 2011. Five of the seven catchers in camp are new as well.
"There's a lot of new names in this camp," Black said. "A lot of new names who weren't in big league camp a year ago."
To get a look at the new faces in camp, the Padres have split their pitchers into five groups, with most of the relievers throwing off the mound Monday. The pitchers who project more as starters will get their chance Tuesday.
How much evaluation can occur during a 10-minute light bullpen session?
Black said he and coaches look more at mechanics and delivery early on and that pitchers usually will throw all fastballs with some changeups in these early sessions before they gradually increase their workload.