MiLB AA Baseball News

Padres Announce Missions Initial Roster

Missions to Host Job Fair on Friday, February 10th

April 2, 2024 – Texas League (TL)
San Antonio Missions News Release

SAN ANTONIO – The San Diego Padres announced Tuesday the initial roster for the 2024 San Antonio Missions. The 28-man roster consists of 16 pitchers and 12 position players. Ten of MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Padres prospects will begin the season in San Antonio, including Robby Snelling (#3), Adam Mazur (#7), Jakob Marsee (#9) and Ryan Bergert (#10). The initial roster consists of 21 players that have previously played for the Missions.

Highlighting the list of returning position players are Marcos Castanon, Nathan Martorella, Marsee, and Brandon Valenzuela. Each of those players enter the 2024 season in the Padres’ Top 30 Prospects list. Cole Cummings, Michael De La Cruz, and Ray-Patrick Didder all spent time with the Missions during the 2023 season. Connor Hollis, Ripken Reyes and Juan Zabala each return for their third campaign in San Antonio.

On the pitching staff, Bergert, Mazur, Snelling and Paplham highlight the returners. Each of them is ranked on the Top 30 Prospects list and appeared for the Missions in 2023. Austin Krob and Carter Loewen joined the Missions for their 2023 Texas League Postseason run. This year they will begin the year with the Missions. Raul Brito, Bobby Milacki and Jared Kollar are back after pitching in San Antonio last season. Southpaw Jason Blanchard will return for his third season at Double-A San Antonio.

Reggie Lawson is back in San Antonio for the 2024 season. The right-hander played for the Missions during the 2021 and 2022 seasons before announcing his retirement from baseball. After taking a year off, he announced the end of his retirement this past winter.

“It’s always exciting to see the next crop of prospects play here in San Antonio,” said Missions team president Burl Yarbrough. “We expect the Missions to be competitive in the first half and hopefully clinch a third straight postseason berth.”

The initial roster contains seven newcomers including a member of the Padres’ 40-man roster and a player with Major League Experience. Zach Reks will begin the year in San Antonio. Reks made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021 and appeared in 16 games for the Texas Rangers in 2022. Right-hander Woo-Suk Go is on the Missions initial roster. The Padres signed Go to a two-year, $4.5 million contract this offseason to come over from South Korea.

Joining Reks on the list of new position players is Robert Perez Jr. The 23-year-old outfielder spent the 2023…

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at OurSports Central Texas League TL News…