Andy Parrino won the utility player job over Everth Cabrera, who was optioned to Triple-A Tucson. Based on his experience in the Minors, Parrino might be more accustomed to a reserve role, manager Bud Black indicated. Parrino's natural position is shortstop, but he can also play second base, third base and the outfield.
"In the Minor Leagues, he wasn't an everyday player all the time," Black said. "He was behind certain guys, and he had certain roles on a couple different teams, so really mentally he's probably more equipped to handle this type of role in the present than Cabby is."
By going to Triple-A Tucson, Cabrera will play every day.
"We still think Cabrera has a great deal of upside, and by him playing every day, he keeps getting his at-bats and his playing time," Black said. "You look at his last two years, roughly 250 at-bats in 2011 and 2010, so it probably benefits just him more to play every day."
Cabrera hit .210 this spring, and Parrino has batted .212 with five home runs. Parrino credited hitting coaches Phil Plantier and Alonzo Powell for the power.
"They worked on things with me, really relaxing up there at the plate and having some kind of routine to calm myself down, because last year things really sped up for me when I got up here," said Parrino, who hit .182 in 24 games with the Padres last season.
For the final bullpen job, the Padres picked Micah Owings over Brad Brach, who was optioned to Triple-A Tucson. Brach posted a 1.69 ERA, while Owings finished with a 7.62 ERA. Owings can be a long reliever.
"He has the ability to throw 50-60 pitches, little more length added to our bullpen. [He has] experience doing that, going multiple innings and being a long guy," Black said.
With outfielder Mark Kotsay going on the disabled list with a strained right calf, outfielder Jeremy Hermida also made the Opening Day roster.