Padres announce 2024 Opening Day roster

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SEOUL, South Korea — The Padres’ roster reveal on Wednesday finally cemented what had seemed inevitable for some time:

The Padres’ No. 2 prospect in the MLB Pipeline rankings — and the game’s 12th overall prospect — has officially made the team, and there’s no ambiguity where he stands. The career-long shortstop has been officially listed as an outfielder ahead of his expected MLB debut in center field in the Padres’ season-opening game against the Dodgers in the Seoul Series at 3:05 p.m. PT.

Merrill, who turns 21 on April 19, joins Don Hahn, Ken Griffey Jr. and Andrew Jones to become the fourth Opening Day center fielder in the divisional era (since 1969) to debut at age 20 or younger. Are.

“I know my family back home will be watching, so I’m not really worried about it,” Meryl said earlier in the week about debuting half a world away from home. “My girlfriend is out of here, so at least she’ll be here.”

The Seoul Series roster announcement brought tough news for Korean right-hander Woo-Suk Go, who was optioned to Triple-A El Paso and will not be active for these games in his home country after a difficult spring. Go allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings (12.46 ERA) and a two-run homer in Monday’s exhibition against his former team, the LG Twins of the KBO.

There still doesn’t appear to be any immediate clarity regarding the Padres’ other outstanding roster battles, which they’ll still have time to resolve before Home Opening Day on March 28.

All three candidates for the third-base gig during Manny Machado’s continued stint of DH duties – Graham Pauley, Aguy Rosario and Tyler Wade – are on the active roster. Machado appeared limited to fielding but not throwing during practice at the hot corner earlier in the week.

The Padres still have time to make a decision regarding the fifth spot in the starting rotation, for example, Dylan Cease and Matt Waldron are almost certainly taken off the active roster here as they both signed with San Diego. Had played a big innings recently. The exhibition game against LG and the Dodgers would not be on time to include any of these games.

Padres Seoul Series Roster:

Catchers (2): Luis Campusano, Kyle Higashioka

Infielders (7): Xander Bogaerts, Jake Cronenworth, Ha-Seong Kim, Manny Machado, Graham Pauley, Aguy Rosario, Tyler Wade

Outfielder (4): Jose Azocar, Jackson Merrill, Jurickson Profar, Fernando Tatis Jr.

Starting Pitcher (5): Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Johnny Brito, Michael King, Randy Vasquez

Relief Pitchers (8): Anael de los Santos, Jeremiah Estrada, Stephen Kolek, Robert Suarez, Tom Cosgrove, Yuki Matsui, Adrian Morejon, Wendy Peralta

Seoul Series additions (3, not on active roster): Pedro Avila, Dylan Cease, Matt Waldron

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