File photo by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas and San Diego Padres have announced the 2018 Triple-A Opening Day roster. The active roster includes 12 players who are returning to El Paso and 10 players with Major League experience.
“We are proud and excited to welcome this year’s Chihuahuas Opening Day roster,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “As the Padres continue to build one of the most exciting prospect pipelines in Major League Baseball, El Paso fans will certainly see some top level talent at Southwest University Park starting on April 10.”
The roster is subject to change prior to the Chihuahuas first game on April 5 in Las Vegas. El Paso’s home opener is on April 10 versus the Salt Lake Bees. The list of players is below.
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Jonathan Aro: The 27-year-old has previous Major League experience with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.
Buddy Baumann: The 30-year-old pitched for both the Chihuahuas and Padres in 2016 and 2017.
Colten Brewer: The 25-year-old was signed by the Padres this offseason after previous time in the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations.
Chris Huffman: The 25-year-old returns to El Paso after pitching for the Chihuahuas in the 2017 Pacific Coast League playoffs.
Brett Kennedy: The 23-year-old had a 13-7 record and 3.70 ERA at Double-A San Antonio last season.
Eric Lauer: The 22-year-old divided last season between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio and was a California League All-Star.
Kyle Lloyd: The 27-year-old pitched for Double-A San Antonio, the Chihuahuas and the Padres in 2017.
Walker Lockett: The 23-year-old appeared in postseason games for El Paso in both 2016 and 2017.
Michael Mariot: The 29-year-old has MLB experience with the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies.
Phil Maton: The 25-year-old was the reliever on the mound when the Chihuahuas clinched the 2016 Pacific Coast League championship in Oklahoma City.
Trey Wingenter: The 23-year-old made his Triple-A debut last season in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series versus Memphis.
Eric Yardley: The 27-year-old pitched in seven Major League Spring Training games for the Padres this year.
Dusty Coleman: The 30-year-old has MLB experience with the Kansas City Royals and the Padres.
Allen Craig: The 33-year-old was a Major League All-Star in 2013 and played in two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Diego Goris: The 27-year-old is among the Chihuahuas all-time leaders in games played with 214.
Javy Guerra: The 22-year-old was acquired by the Padres in the same 2015 trade with Boston that sent former Chihuahuas Carlos Asuaje and Manuel Margot to San Diego.
Travis Jankowski: The 26-year-old has spent the last three seasons in the Major Leagues with San Diego.
Raffy Lopez: The 30-year-old was on the Padres 2018 Opening Day roster and has previous MLB time with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays.
Stephen McGee: The 27-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent by the Padres in 2016 after previous seasons in the Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins organizations.
Shane Peterson: The 30-year-old was signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent in December and has played in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
Franmil Reyes: The 22-year-old led the Padres’ minor league system in home runs in 2017, hitting 25 for Double-A San Antonio.
Nick Schulz: The 26-year-old split last season between El Paso and Double-A San Antonio.
Luis Urias: The 20-year-old native of Magdalena de Kino, Mexico led the Double-A Texas League in on-base percentage and is ranked the No. 3 Padres prospect by MLB Pipeline.