The Padres announced today that they have added left-handed pitcher Daniel Camarena, right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis, and outfielder Abraham Almonte to the 60-man player pool. In addition, lefty Tim Hill, acquired from the Royals on Thursday, has reported to Padres camp. After the roster moves, there are 55 players in the Padres’ pool.
Yacabonis broke into the Majors in 2017 with the Orioles, and has appeared in parts of three seasons with Baltimore. He’s gotten playing time as both a starter and reliever, though he hasn’t found great success in either role. In 41 innings last year, he struck out 33 batters but walked 24, also struggling to prevent home runs. His career ERA is 5.75. He figures to settle into a relief role with the Padres, though he’s a longshot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Almonte, a switch-hitting 31-year-old outfielder, was brought aboard on a minor league contract last December, getting a bid in Padres camp as a non-roster invitee. It’s his second stint in San Diego, as he spent parts of 2014 and 2015 with the team. Last year, he played in 17 games for the Diamondbacks. For his career, he owns a .239/.298/.373 batting line, also making stops with the Mariners, Indians, and Royals.
Camarena, 27, has yet to debut in the Majors since the Yankees made him a 20th-round draft choice in 2011. He’s also made stints with the Twins and Giants before the Yankees re-signed in 2019. He’s reached Triple-A in each of the last four years, but has failed to find sustained success at the level. Last year, he played in 18 games at Triple-A, notching a 6.27 ERA. He threw 103 1/3 innings and posted 94 strikeouts.
Why are any of these even in the organisation, let alone on the 60-man? None of them provide any value. Would rather they put prospects on the 60-man and allowed them to get some reps in now the minor league season is cancelled.
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Padres have always had a history of finding reclamation projects when it comes to pitching and have had decent success turning out quality pitchers from that group.
So you want to start the clock on our young prospects in a 60 game season?
Waste an entire year of control on who?
Only if in contention AND they are needed would they even consider it.
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If you plan on having these guys play in 2021, bring them up after 7 days to add the year of control. Give the young kids 50+ games to get acclimated with the major leagues. It will be a huge benefit for them.
These arms were added to have pitchers available at the a;ternate site to basically throw batting practice.
Yacabonis and Camarena will never see a major league game.
If they do we are already screwed.
If you add them even after the 7 days you have to expose whoever you remove from the 30 man to waivers.
Who are you Ok with losing to bring up prospects too soon?
These players were added to the “60” man.
Not the ML 30 man roster.
Saw Yacabonis pitch for the O’s couple years ago. Got shelled
I saw him pitch for the O’s in one of the 2019 rerun / pandemic games vs the Padres that MLB/TV had up. He was hit pretty hard over four or five innings.
I could just imagine AJ rubbing his hands together. “Get that guy! He can do that for us!”
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Almonte as a switch hitter has proven in Az last year hit .290 and is good defender, plays the corner outfield and what I’ve seen so far from Trammel and Olivares we’ll need Almonte. Has decent speed as well.
The pitchers were added to have a couple extra arms to pitch to the 30 guys “not” on the ML roster.
You gotta have at least AAAA guys to throw to the hitters to keep them sharp and help develop the prospects.
Obviously the people who do the hiring see things differently. I don’t know much about the others, however I seem to recall that recently Almonte has been playing up. I’m glad they are getting the chance to be “useful to the Padres. Wishing them a good, safety year!