The San Diego Padres will officially begin camp on Thursday, February 26th with their first full squad workout. Position players are scheduled to report Wednesday and none are expected to arrive to camp late. The Padres minor league pitchers and catchers report Friday, Feb. 27th. They are slated to undergo physicals the following day and begin their workouts on Sunday.
Three more Padres including infielder Jeff Cirillo and outfielders Brian Giles and Brian Hunter reported to camp today, bringing the total to 51 of the 56 players invited to Major League camp present in Peoria. Among those joining the threesome are outfielders Brian Buchanan, Gene Kingsale, Terrence Long, Xavier Nady and Jay Payton, infielders Tagg Bozied, Sean Burroughs, Bernie Castro, Khalil Greene, Phil Nevin, Todd Sears and Ramon Vazquez as position players who have reported early.
Minor league spring camp begins in earnest on Sunday, March 7, after position players make their way to Peoria.
The morning workout had a chill in the air and several of the pitchers could be seen warming up their hands by blowing on them. Rain did not shorten this session.
David Wells got his first chance to bat on Tuesday, playing a game of pepper with several teammates. Eventually, Wells would end up on the fielding side of pepper and had to clean up after Dennis Tankersley missed a grounder.
The Padres signed three players out of an invite-only tryout camp held this past weekend. Infielder Skip Adams, first baseman Cole Hilt and right-handed pitcher Shane Roelle were all signed to 2004 contracts to join the Fort Wayne Wizards (Single-A).
Adams, 24, played in a combined 50 games between Kansas City of the Independent Northern League (26 games) and Niagara of the Canadian Baseball League. He batted .311 with six home runs and 27 RBI.
Hilt, 22, played in 21 games for Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. He batted .306 with three home runs, six doubles and 23 RBI for the Warriors.
Roelle, 24, last played organized baseball for Hastings College (NE) in 2002. He went 0-2 with a 14.90 ERA (32 ER/19.1 IP) in eight games (seven starts) for the Broncos.