Top prospect Renfroe among Padres' cuts

Top prospect Renfroe among Padres' cuts

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres made six roster moves on Monday, trimming their roster to 54. Right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero was optioned to Double-A San Antonio, infielder Taylor Lindsey was optioned to Triple-A El Paso and four were reassigned to Minor League camp: right-handed pitchers Justin Hancock and Aaron Northcraft, outfielder Hunter Renfroe and catcher Griff Erickson.

The most intriguing name on the list is undoubtedly Renfroe, who is ranked by as the Padres' No. 1 prospect and the 49th best prospect on the Top 100 Prospects list.

"Hunter showed well," manager Bud Black said. "There's still a number of things he has to take care of on the Minor League side to continue his climb to the Majors. He's not a finished product. He has a nice set of baseball skills -- he can run, he can throw, and defensively, he does a nice job as far as routes and angles. We've all seen the raw power."

Renfroe was hitless in eight official spring at-bats, but he turned several heads when he crushed a home run off the Rangers' Andrew Faulkner in a recent "B" game. The ball apparently landed in a territory used by the Mariners, who share the Peoria Sports Complex facility with the Padres.

"He didn't get a lot of hits, but the bat's there," Black said. "We feel good about his progress so far."

The six players who were sent out, however, could be back for a brief time -- possibly as early as Tuesday. Black and his staff are currently working on the rosters for a split-squad day that includes a home game with the Brewers and a road game with the A's, and extra bodies may be needed.

With a little more than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, the Padres have more trimming to do before they settle on a 25-man Opening Day roster.

"This time of year is when you start thinning the room out, getting guys to the other [Minor League] side to get repetitions," Black said.

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