Padres have legion of fresh faces for 2015 Spring Training

Front office shook up nearly half of roster since end of previous offseason

Padres have legion of fresh faces for 2015 Spring Training

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

We are going to start today with a question. How many Padres on the current 40-man roster were on the 40-man roster that went to Spring Training in 2014?

We'll pause here to give you a chance to formulate a guess. Ready?

The answer is 19.

The Padres -- most notably general manager A.J. Preller -- have replaced 22 players from the 40-man roster that reported to Peoria, Ariz., last February. Fourteen of those changes have been made since the end of the 2014 season.

Here is San Diego's 40-man roster:

Pitchers (19)
Starters -- Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Josh Johnson,  Brandon Morrow,  Robbie Erlin, Odrisamer Despaigne,  Casey Kelly, Cory Luebke

Relievers -- Joaquin Benoit, Alex Torres, Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer,  Kevin Quackenbush, Leonel Campos, Frank Garces, Tayron Guerrero, Shawn Kelley, Brandon Maurer , Aaron Northcraft

Catchers (2)
Derek Norris, Tim Federowicz

Infielders (10)
Yonder Alonso, Alexi Amarista,  Clint Barmes,  Jedd Gyorko, Taylor Lindsey,  Tommy Medica, Will Middlebrooks, Yangervis Solarte , Cory Spangenberg

Outfielders (9)
Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton,
 Will Venable, Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin,  Abraham Almonte, Alex Dickerson , Rymer Liriano

Here are the players on the 40-man roster last February who are no longer with the team:

Pitchers
Starters -- Jesse Hahn, Juan Pablo Oramas, Donn Roach, Burch Smith, Eric Stults, Joe Wieland

Relievers -- Huston Street, Tim Stauffer, Keyvius Sampson, Patrick Schuster

Catchers
Yasmani Grandal, Nick Hundley, Rene Rivera

Infielders
Everth Cabrera, Chase Headley, Ryan Jackson

Outfielders
Seth Smith, Yeison Asencio, Kyle Blanks, Chris Denorfia, Reymond Fuentes