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El Paso Chihuahuas announce tentative 'Opening Day' roster

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The San Diego Padres and El Paso Chihuahuas have announced the 2017 Triple-A Opening Day roster. The active roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, five infielders and five outfielders. There are currently 24 players on the 25-man roster, which is subject to change.

Sixteen players have Major League experience and all 24 players spent time at Major League Spring Training in 2017. Thirteen players have played for the Chihuahuas previously, with 12 of those spending time in El Paso during the 2016 league championship season.

Six players are San Diego Padres draft picks, seven were originally signed as international free agents, two were added via trade, two were claimed off of waivers and seven were acquired as minor league free agents.

“As the Padres continue to build depth we are seeing the benefits of very good players wearing Chihuahuas uniforms here in Triple-A,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “It is an exciting time to see the Padres filling the pipeline. We look forward to welcoming back the returning players that helped win a PCL Championship in 2017 and look forward to meeting the new players.”

The Chihuahuas open the regular season on Thursday, April 6 at home against the Las Vegas 51s.

Pitchers

Logan Bawcom: The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and also spent time in the Seattle Mariners organization before signing with the Padres last off-season.

Carlos Fisher: The 34-year-old pitched for the Cincinnati Reds from 2009-2011. He made his MLB debut on May 24, 2009 at Great American Ball Park in interleague play against the Cleveland Indians and became the first Reds reliever to win his MLB debut since 1994.

Tyrell Jenkins: The 24-year-old was named the Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and made his MLB debut with Atlanta in 2016. He was claimed on waivers by the Padres on January 3.

Jason Jester: The 25-year-old Texas A&M alum enters his fourth pro season, all within the Padres system after being drafted in 2014. He was named a Texas League All-Star in 2016 before being transferred to El Paso on July 30.

Dinelson Lamet: The 24-year-old righty is entering his fourth professional season, all within the Padres organization. He was promoted to El Paso at the end of last season, making his Triple-A debut on August 27, 2016 and starting another game for the Chihuahuas on September 1.

Zach Lee: The 25-year-old was claimed on waivers by the Padres last off-season. He made his MLB debut with the Dodgers on July 25, 2015 at Citi Field against the New York Mets.

Walker Lockett: The 22-year-old 6’5” righthander was drafted by San Diego in 2012. He began last season in Low-A but was steadily promoted through each of the Minor League levels until reaching El Paso and pitching three postseason games for the team in September.

Matt Magill: The 27-year-old pitched in the Major Leagues for the Dodgers in 2013 and the Reds in 2016. Before being called up in 2013, Magill led Dodgers Minor Leaguers in strikeouts (168) was ranked No. 7 among Dodgers prospects by MLB.com.

Phil Maton: The 24-year-old was on the mound in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 4 of the 2016 PCL Championship Series when El Paso won the league championship last September. He was drafted and signed by the Padres in 2015.

Kevin Quackenbush: The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the Padres in the eighth round of the 2011 Amateur Draft. He pitched for the Padres and Chihuahuas in each of the last three seasons, including 60 games for San Diego in 2016.

Andre Rienzo: The 28-year-old has three seasons of MLB experience and was only the second Brazilian player to reach the Major Leagues. He was a starter for the Chicago White Sox in 2013 and 2014 and a reliever for the Miami Marlins in 2015.

Bryan Rodriguez: The 25-year-old is entering his seventh professional season, all in the Padres organization. Rodriguez pitched for El Paso in 2015 and 2016.

Catchers

Tony Cruz: The 30-year-old brings six years of big league experience behind the plate, including eight postseason games for the St. Louis Cardinals. Cruz played for the Kansas City Royals and Triple-A Omaha last season.

Rocky Gale: The 29-year-old is entering his eighth professional season, all with the Padres organization. Gale and Quackenbush are the only Chihuahuas to be part of the team in all four seasons in El Paso.

Infielders

Carlos Asuaje: The 25-year-old was the 2016 Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Padres organization after being traded from the Boston Red Sox in November 2015. Asuaje set a team record by collecting 172 hits last season.

Dusty Coleman: The 29-year-old spent part of the 2015 season with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. Coleman was the South Dakota High School Player of the Year in 2006 and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics two years later.

Diego Goris: The 26-year-old was the only Chihuahuas player to get a hit in all eight Pacific Coast League playoff games last season. He played 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF and C last season between El Paso and Double-A San Antonio.

Jamie Romak: The 31-year-old played for Team Canada in this year’s World Baseball Classic. Romak has previous MLB experience with the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cory Spangenberg: The 26-year-old brings three years of big league experience with the Padres, after having been drafted by San Diego in the first round (10th overall) of the 2011 Amateur Draft. Spangenberg made his MLB debut with the Padres on Sept. 1, 2014 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park, collecting his first big league hit and driving in two.

Outfielders

Jabari Blash: The 27-year-old split last season between the Padres and Chihuahuas. He became the 16th player born in the U.S. Virgin Islands to appear in a Major League game when he made his MLB debut on April 4, 2016.

Franchy Cordero: The 22-year-old is entering his sixth professional season, all within the Padres system. Cordero divided 2016 between Single-A Lake Elsinore, Double-A San Antonio and El Paso.

Collin Cowgill: The 30-year-old has Major League experience with five different MLB teams in the past six seasons, including postseason action with the Diamondbacks in 2011 and the Angels in 2014.

Rafael Ortega: The 25-year-old played in 66 games at the big league level for the Angels in 2016 and also hit .317 in 78 games for Triple-A Salt Lake.

Jose Pirela: The 27-year-old has appeared in 59 career MLB games between the New York Yankees and Padres. He played in 35 games for the Chihuahuas last season.

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