The Padres released their Opening Day roster today, and there were some things that we speculated on (four catchers!) and other things we didn’t necessarily expect (Margot in the majors, Spangenberg in the minors). Let’s attempt to sort it out.

Four catchers! Four catchers?

When the Padres initially announced that Christian Bethancourt would be making a go at turning into a two-way player, I thought there was a chance they’d only carry two catchers. Austin Hedges would be the go-to guy, and Bethancourt would serve as the backup while sometimes pitching and filling in the outfield. That strategy would have been bold and possibly too demanding. Could Bethancourt handle catching duties a night after pitching an inning (or vice versa), for instance?

Instead, the Padres have opted to go in the complete opposite direction. To start the season, they’re going to carry three true catchers (Hedges, Rule 5-er Luis Torrens, and veteran Hector Sanchez) plus Bethancourt. Frankly, it’s unclear why. It does seem like Bethancourt is being converted more into a reliever than any type of legit two-way player (boo), but that still doesn’t answer the question of why the Padres need an additional three backstops.

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It’s that time of year where major leagues clubs have to make decisions on who they want the protect from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft. And the Padres made some hard choices today.

Added were starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Donn Roach, Keyvius Sampson, and Juan Oramas.

Keyvius Sampson (Photo courtesy of

Gone are 2B Dean Anna, relief pitchers Brad BrachMiles Mikolas, & Jose De Paula, and OF Jaff Decker.


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As much as I’d love for it to be, writing for Padres Public isn’t my main occupation. It really isn’t an occupation at all. By night I’m Nate from The Vocal Minority but by day and occasionally night I’m Nathan, retail manager. I wear an apron with a name badge and everything. This is what happens when you drop out of college.

One of the things we do as managers that separates us from the rest of the apron-wearers is have meetings. In these meetings we discuss store performance, plans for the next several weeks, and personnel. There’s usually a significant amount of griping. It’s a great time. Read More…