February 23, 2024
The Padres are about to start spring coaching in Peoria. Photograph by Chris Stone

Often the Tremendous Bowl is a time for ardent baseball followers to look forward – pitchers and catchers are shortly to report.

Not this yr – the Padres will probably be in camp for spring coaching Sunday, to organize for the early begin to their season, which begins in South Korea on March 20.

The Dodgers, who they may play in that milestone recreation – the primary regular-season MLB contest to be performed in Korea – already started exercises, on Friday.

The Friars additionally open their spring coaching schedule towards L.A., in Peoria on Feb. 22.

Hope at all times reigns supreme within the spring, however expectations will differ for the Padres in 2024.

They had been sky excessive final season, with Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto within the lineup, Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell and Josh Hader on the mound and Bob Melvin within the dugout.

For sure, after having missed the playoffs in 2023, the Padres fell wanting the mark. Now Soto and Hader are gone, and Snell, the reigning Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winner, nonetheless unsigned as a free agent, is all however gone. Melvin departed for San Francisco, with Mike Shildt stepping in as skipper.

However there are new faces to look at. The Padres made no splashy additions within the low season, however starter Michael King, acquired within the Soto commerce with the Yankees, virtually actually will make the rotation. He’ll be joined by reliever Jhony Brito and catcher Kyle Higashioka, additionally a part of the Soto commerce, on the big-league degree.

One other latest Yankee, free agent Wandy Peralta, signed with the membership Friday, for 4 years, and because the Athletic reported, $16.5 million. Yuki Matsui and Woo-Suk Go, execs from Japan and Korea respectively, additionally will be a part of the pitching workers, making their MLB debuts.

Wish to control the longer term? The Padres have Ethan Salas, baseball’s main catching prospect, slated to look in big-league camp.

So, are there different strikes are to come back, notably with Soto and Trent Grisham gone and depth within the outfield skinny?

Padres exec A.J. Preller informed the Athletic that he thinks there are younger gamers “that we be ok with and we expect are going to point out nicely in camp.” However he warned, “we’re not simply going to pressure one thing simply to make a transfer.”

Whatever the form the crew takes in Peoria, after their sojourn to Korea, the Padres dwelling opener is ready for March 28.