San Diego Padres' Opening Day roster includes rookies Tatis Jr., Paddack

Posted at 10:11 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 13:12:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Padres announced their 25-man roster to open the 2019 Major League Baseball season, and it includes highly-touted prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack.

Tatis Jr., 20, is expected to be the team’s starting shortstop and will wear No. 23 -- a number previously donned by former Padres star and Chula Vista native Adrian Gonzalez.

Paddack, 23, is slated to start either Saturday or Sunday.

To open the season, the Padres will carry two catchers, five infielders, six outfielders, seven right-handed pitchers and five left-handed pitchers.

Socrates Brito, one of the six outfielders, was claimed on waivers earlier in the day from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is taking the roster spot vacated by injured outfielder Travis Jankowski, who is on the 60-day injured list.

Ten of the 25 players are making their first appearance on an MLB Opening Day roster, according to the team.

Other notable roster moves: the Padres designated former starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell for assignment, and optioned infielders Jose Pirela and Luis Urias to Triple-A El Paso.