Baseball is here!

The wait is over and now baseball (or at least baseball that counts) is back! The Padres set their 25-man roster a couple days ago, placing Mark Kotsay and  Carlos Quentin on the DL and adding Jeremy Hermida, and then re-set it today by placing Tim Stauffer on the DL and adding reliever Brad Brach.

Brach is one of six players making his first appearance on an Opening Day roster, joining Anthony Bass, Andy Parrino, Jesus Guzman, Yonder Alonso and Logan Forsythe (he’s on the DL, but it still counts).

The Friars’ Opening Day roster consists of 12 pitchers (nine right-handed and three left-handed), two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders. Edinson Volquez is slated to make his second career (and second consecutive) Opening Day start this afternoon. The rotation following him will be Cory Luebke, Dustin Moseley and Clayton Richard.

It’s almost here!

Less than a week to go until Opening Day! For the red-hot Padres, it can’t get here fast enough. At 18-12, the Friars have the best record among NL West teams, rank third in the Cactus League and second among all National League clubs.

The Padres have won 15 of their last 20 after a slow start, hitting .307 over that stretch. On the Spring, San Diego is averaging 5.8 runs and 10.3 hits per game.

With the regular season quickly approaching, the first issue of this year’s Blueprint has been sent off to the printer. Here is a sneak peak at the first cover, featuring both Nick Hundley and Cameron Maybin. Both players recently signed contract extensions, ensuring the Padres future down the middle of the diamond.