NORTH COUNTY TIMES DAN HAYES and JOHN MAFFEI - email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2009 11:35 pm Pitchers No. Name Height Weight 2010 Opening Day age Contract status Salary 37 Mike Adams 6-5 205 31 Unsigned, under club control $414,800 His fastball-slider-cutter combination makes him nasty; solidified the eighth-inning role when he returned from disabled list after shoulder surgery. He limited the opposition to 22 baserunners in 37 innings with 45 strikeouts. Injury prone. 21 Heath Bell 6-3 250 32 Arbitration eligible $1.255 million Outstanding first season as closer. Fastball-curveball combo is one of the best in the game. Appeared to tire in late August/September for second straight season. His trade value has never been higher and he turns 33 next September. 40 Greg Burke 6-4 215 27 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Undrafted project made coaching staff take notice in spring training and again after his promotion in May. Has a good slider, but 23 walks in 45 2/3 innings didn't do him any favors. Will compete for bullpen job in 2010 but is coming off minor shoulder surgery. 26 Cesar Carrillo 6-3 175 25 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Velocity returned after reconstructive elbow surgery in May 2007, but former first-rounder saw that his fastball command must improve. Long shot for 2010 rotation. 29 Kevin Correia 6-3 200 29 Arbitration eligible $1.1 million with bonuses As an innings eater, his importance is magnified with Chris Young coming off shoulder surgery. Increased use of his curveball and trusting his stuff were big keys. Very durable. -- Eulogio (Frankie) De La Cruz 5-10 215 26 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Hard thrower has control issues. He walked 44 in 69 1/3 innings at Triple-A, but throws in the mid-to-high 90s. Organization has worked on cleaning up his technique, but he's out of options and may be trade bait. 56 Mike Ekstrom 5-11 190 26 Unsigned, under club control $400,800 Staff liked his makeup, but he struggled with consistency in July and wasn't recalled in September. His spot on 40-man roster could be in jeopardy. 39 Ernesto Frieri 6-2 200 24 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Made strides at Double-A after a rough spring, but manager Bud Black didn't see enough to know what he has. He should be at big league camp in spring, but is a long shot for 2010 club. 62 Sean Gallagher 6-2 235 23 Unsigned, under club control $410,000 Prospect battled a knee injury for much of 2009; appeared only as a reliever with Padres but will be evaluated as a starter in 2010. Has a great curveball, but scouts had velocity concerns when he was with Oakland. 52 Josh Geer 6-3 195 26 Unsigned, under club control $402,400 He made the third-most starts (17) in 2009 but is behind the main pack when it comes to competing for the 2010 rotation. Staff likes his no-fear mentality, but Geer was often hit hard, allowing 27 homers in 102 2/3 innings. 57 Luke Gregerson 6-3 200 25 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 The player to be named in the Khalil Greene trade was well worth the wait; arrived in late March and made a quick impression. Struggled early but once he began throwing strikes, his sinker-slider combo was lethal as he racked up 93 strikeouts. Has closer potential. 38 Mat Latos 6-6 225 21 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Rotation contender has great velocity, an above-average breaking ball and a good changeup ---- No. 1 starter potential. He must cut down on walks. "His challenge is to continue to grow as a pitcher," Black said. "It's a long season from Feb. 15 to Oct. 1." 49 Wade LeBlanc 6-3 200 25 Unsigned, under club control $401,900 Looked like a total bust, but was outstanding over his last seven starts and will contend for 2010 rotation. Finally trusted his fastball and made huge strides. Changeup remains his best pitch. Now he must prove he belongs. "The challenge is to keep doing it," Black said. 45 Edward Mujica 6-2 215 25 Unsigned, under club control $410,000 Versatile pitcher began in late-innings role and fared well. Wants to be a starting pitcher but might need a fourth pitch in his repertoire. He should be back in 2010 either as a starter or long man/spot starter. 59 Luis Perdomo 6-0 170 25 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Rule 5 draft pick stuck for the season and is now under club control. Has late-innings stuff with 93-95 mph fastball and a good slider. Team may tinker with his delivery and "tone it down a bit," according to Black. He's a bullpen candidate. 43 Aaron Poreda 6-6 240 23 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 He's still raw and has a lot to clean up mechanically. Good arm strength and velocity. Club loves his potential, but he walked 75 batters in 107 innings at Triple-A. N/A Jackson Quezada 6-3 215 23 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 The 21-year-old spent the entire season on the disabled list; showed potential with 27 saves and 79 strikeouts in 59 outings at Single-A Fort Wayne in 2008. 34 Cesar Ramos 6-2 205 25 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Nearly made club in spring. Showed he can battle in two September starts but must cut down on walks. Heads to spring with shot at 2010 rotation. 41 Clayton Richard 6-5 240 26 Unsigned, under club control $405,000 Team went 9-3 in hard-throwing lefty's starts. Black likes his durability and way the former Michigan QB carries himself. He must cut down on his walks, but he has a leg up on starting rotation competition in 2010 55 Adam Russell 6-8 255 26 Unsigned, under club control $405,000 Hard thrower. Said Black: "Like his size and strength, like the fastball. ... It's up to him to get the fastball in the strike zone." Has potential to be late-innings pitcher and will be in competition for 2010 'pen. 46 Tim Stauffer 6-1 205 27 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Finally healthy, former No. 1 pick showed what he could do in 14 starts (3.58 ERA). Not overpowering but knows how to pitch, as his changeup got him out of trouble repeatedly. Must throw strikes and remain consistent. In contention for 2010 rotation. 54 Joe Thatcher 6-2 230 28 Unsigned, under club control $404,400 Gained a lot of confidence and his strikeouts increased after he made several adjustments in the minors. He became one of Black's go-to guys, posting a 1.65 ERA after a July 2 recall. 58 Ryan Webb 6-6 215 24 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Another hard thrower who showed improvement after coming over from Oakland in a July trade. "He's made strides mechanically," Black said. Good breaking stuff but must cut down on walks. Will fight for a bullpen spot in 2010. 41 Mark Worrell 6-1 215 27 Unsigned, under club control $400,500 Key piece to Greene trade had reconstructive elbow surgery in March and won't be ready to pitch in time for spring training. 32 Chris Young 6-10 280 30 Signed through 2010 with a club option for 2011 $4.5 million Injuries have kept him from pitching a full season since 2006, but he is without question the team's leader. Coming off shoulder surgery and won't begin throwing until November, but is confident he can rebound. Team needs at least 30 starts from him. Catchers No. Name Height Weight 2010 Opening Day age Contract status Salary 30 Eliezer Alfonzo 5-11 220 31 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Great defender who can throw out base stealers. Solid No. 3 or insurance at Triple-A. "I'd love to have him back," Black said. 28 Henry Blanco 5-11 220 38 Free agent $750,000 A solid backup who is great in the clubhouse with young players. A solid defender who swings the bat. Black wants him to return. 4 Nick Hundley 6-1 205 26 Unsigned, under club control $404,400 Missed 60 games with a hand injury, slowing his progress. Defense and throwing are only average, so he has to hit .250 or better with some power to be a true No. 1. "He has some things to clean up," Black said. "But he had a lot thrown at him. No question he'll work. He's committed to getting better. And he gets us fired up." Infielders No. Name Height Weight 2010 Opening Day age Contract status Salary 10 Matt Antonelli 6-0 205 24 Unsigned, under club control $401,000 Has had two horrible years in a row. Is in Arizona working on his swing. If it doesn't come around, he could be gone. 1 Everth Cabrera 5-10 175 23 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Rule 5 draftee who surprised everyone by winning the everyday job at shortstop, starting the last 97 games. "He needs to clean up his defense, his footwork, but that will come with experience," Black said. "He hit .260 with some extra-base hits. We can live with that." 22 David Eckstein 5-7 175 35 Signed through 2010 $850,000 He brings experience and fire to the middle of the infield. Was good on the field and better in the clubhouse. "I expect him to be back at the same level or better," Black said. 23 Adrian Gonzalez 6-2 225 27 Signed through 2010 with club option for 2011 $3 million A two-time All-Star at first base. One of the premier power hitters in the game and a Gold Glove-caliber fielder. "And he's emerging as a vocal leader," Black said. 2 Edgar Gonzalez 6-0 180 31 Unsigned, under club control $407,300 A serviceable utility player who has a little pop in his bat. There is a very good chance he'll be waived to make room on the 40-man roster. "He has done all we've asked," Black said. "This was a tough-luck year, but he's versatile, plays hard and thinks team first." 5 Kevin Kouzmanoff 6-1 210 28 Arbitration eligible $432,000 Injuries down the stretch cost him a shot at 100 RBIs. And he played a great third base. But he's mentioned in just about every trade rumor, partly because he'll more than triple his salary in arbitration. "I don't know how the offseason is going to shake out for Kouz," Black said. "But I like the guy. He saves runs, pitches and innings with his glove. Plus, he surpassed his best RBI season." 15 Luis Rodriguez 5-9 190 29 Arbitration eligible $675,000 Started the season as the everyday shortstop but lost the job to Cabrera. He struggled mentally and physically after that. Still, Black calls him "steady and dependable with good hands." He'll probably be waived to make room on the 40-man roster. 14 Oscar Salazar 6-0 195 31 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 He came to the Padres with a reputation as a hitter, and proved he was a good one. A better defender in the outfield than in the infield. Likely to return in 2010. "If you ask me, he's on the roster," Black said. "He's important enough to be part of the club." Outfielders No. Name Height Weight 2010 Opening Day age Contract status Salary 8 Kyle Blanks 6-6 285 23 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 A foot injury cost him 100 at-bats at the end of the season. "And I would have loved for him to get those at-bats," Black said. Blanks has big power, is a good athlete and is a better defender than anyone thought. He's aggressive at the plate and on the bases. He's definitely in the plans for 2010. 3 Luis Durango 5-9 160 23 Unsigned, under club control $400,000 Showed flashes of brilliance in the season's final weeks. Runs better than anyone in the organization, but is at least a year away from the big leagues. 24 Brian Giles 5-10 205 39 Free agent $9 million His tenure with the Padres came to an unfortunate end because of injuries. But his absence allowed the club to evaluate young players. He won't be back in 2010. 18 Tony Gwynn Jr. 5-11 195 27 Unsigned, under club control $405,000. By far the best center-field defender in the organization. Has some speed and can hit at the top or bottom of the order as a table-setter. He must, however, hit close to .300 to play every day. And he must improve his bunting and baserunning. "I saw a good all-around player in Tony," Black said. "Now he needs to work on the things that win games." 7 Chase Headley 6-2 210 25 Unsigned, under club control $411,500 A switch-hitter who came to life late in the season. He can play left field and third base. He and Kouzmanoff are two bargaining chips on the trade market in the offseason. 11 Drew Macias 6-3 200 27 Unsigned, under club control $400,600 A solid player who shuttled between Triple-A Portland and the big leagues all season. Depending on what happens this winter, he has some value to the club. "Drew's a solid player," Black said. "He has power, speed, he handles the bat, and he's a good defender. He does a lot of good things." 25 Will Venable 6-2 210 27 Unsigned, under club control $402,300 He's on the cusp of being a good big-league player. Had a solid second half of the season after struggling early. Has some power, runs and throws well. Could be the everyday right fielder in 2010. "After those early struggles, we saw his talent," Black said.