Player Notes

  • Battling control this spring
    Through two Cactus League appearances this spring, Joyce has given up five earned runs on three hits and five walks while striking out two batters over 1.1 innings.

    Advice: It's been a struggle for the fireballing reliever early in spring action, as he's had trouble finding the strike zone. In his first game, which came against the Giants on Feb. 26, Joyce served up three walks and a homer to yield four runs while getting just one out. He was able to complete a full inning his next time out but still gave up two walks, two hits and a run. Joyce issued nine walks in 10 innings in his first taste of the majors last year, and he was only slightly better at corralling his command in the minors. The right-hander's ability to throw triple-digit heat has him tabbed as a future closer and gives him a good chance of landing an Opening Day bullpen spot this season, but he'll need to get much better at limiting walks eventually if he's to find substantial big-league success. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Sharp in spring so far
    Through King's first two Cactus League appearances this spring, he's allowed no runs on two hits over five innings while posting a 4:0 K:BB.

    Advice: King's first spring appearance came in relief, and he pitched two scoreless frames against Cleveland after entering in the third inning. He then started against San Francisco in his second outing and breezed through three frames, allowing just one hit while striking out three batters. King came over from the Yankees in December in the trade that sent Juan Soto to New York, and the right-handed hurler is set to start for the Padres from the outset of the campaign. His final three seasons with the Yankees were impressive, as he tallied a 2.88 ERA (3.13 FIP), 1.15 WHIP and 255:72 K:BB over 219 frames, but only 15 of his 105 appearances during that span came as a starter. Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Impresses in only spring appearance
    Munoz flashed a triple-digit fastball during his one Cactus League appearance thus far, Brent Stecker of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

    Advice: Munoz allowed a hit and recorded two strikeouts over one inning against the White Sox on Thursday, offsetting the impressive heater with a sharp slider, per Stecker. The flame-throwing right-hander, who was 13-for-16 in save opportunities last season and is likely to have ninth-inning work all to himself early in the season with Matt Brash (elbow) potentially sidelined, needed only eight pitches to get through his one frame against Chicago. Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • Getting closer to game action
    Adcock (undisclosed) has been throwing live batting practices on back fields and could make his Cactus League debut this week, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

    Advice: The young right-hander was impressive across his first 12 big-league appearances in 2023, with Adcock posting a 3.45 ERA and 0.70 WHIP across 15.2 innings. While he did have trouble keeping the ball in the park (2.3 HR/9), Adcock also showed impressive location for a player who'd never pitched about the Double-A level before his mid-June promotion. "Ty Adcock throws strikes," Servais said when asked Sunday morning what stood out about him. "For a guy who pitched about 28 professional innings before he got to the big leagues, that's kind of unheard of." Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Continues bid for rotation spot
    Brito allowed five hits and struck out six over 3.1 scoreless innings during Monday's exhibition against the Cubs. He didn't factor into the decision.

    Advice: Brito has looked sharp so far this spring, surrendering three runs on nine hits while striking out 10 over 8.1 innings of work. He's also yet to issue a walk. The 26-year-old has put himself in a good position early on to win a spot in San Diego's starting rotation, though his work is far from over, as Matt Waldron has also been a bright spot thus far for the Padres. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Set for Tuesday throwing session
    Brash (elbow) is expected to play catch Tuesday with a trainer, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

    Advice: The right-hander is still expected to be weeks away from a return, but Tuesday represents an important step in his recovery. If Brash is able to come out of the session without any setbacks, he'll likely begin a deliberate process of building up his workload while managing the medial right elbow inflammation he's been experiencing. Yesterday, 6:18 pm
  • A.J. Puk throws three scoreless innings on Monday
    A.J. Puk was nearly perfect on Monday with six strikeouts, one hit and zero runs in three innings against the Yankees.

    Advice: Puk has put together quite the first two games this spring training as Miami looks to add him as a rotation option in 2024. This spring, the 28-year-old has pitched five innings with nine strikeouts and has allowed just one hit. During spring camp last season, Puk finished with 10 strikeouts but that came across six games. Puk hasn’t been a starter in an MLB game throughout his first four seasons in the majors, but is putting in his best effort to make that a possibility early on this spring. Rotoworld Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • Makes second spring start
    Winckowski allowed one run on two hits and struck out two over 2.2 innings in Monday's spring start against the Tigers.

    Advice: Winckowski made his second Grapefruit League start in a bid for the final spot in the rotation. He was pulled after 41 pitches (28 strikes) and has allowed one run over 4.2 innings. The competition includes Tanner Houck and Garrett Whitlock. Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Zach Jackson struggles mightily versus Reds
    Zach Jackson was lit up for six runs — five earned — in one-third of an inning by the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Jackson was limited to 18 innings last season by a flexor tendon strain and then appendix surgery. With a 2.86 ERA in 66 innings the last two years, he’s one of the candidates to pick up saves for the A’s in the early going. Still, his combination of being quite wild and extremely flyball heavy is a bad one. Rotoworld Yesterday, 4:23 pm