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Padres Spring Roster Moves Continue 

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The Padres made another round of cuts this morning as the team optioned 4 more players out of the big-league camp to drop their Spring Training roster down to 52. The biggest announcements to come out of today’s move include optioning RHP Keyvius Sampson to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and outfielder Rymer Liriano to the Double-A San Antonio Missions. Also moved down to minor-league camp were RHP Leonel Campos and infielder Jonathan Galvez.

Sampson, a 23-year old 4th round draft pick out of the 2009 MLB draft, appeared in three games during his first stint in a Major League Spring Training camp. Sampson pitched over 5.0 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 6 hits for a 1-1 record and a 7.20 ERA.

Sampson will be returning to Triple-A baseball, where he went 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 9 games for the Tucson Padres.

Liriano, a 22-year old outfielder who was picked up at the age of 17 in the Dominican Summer league, has been a part of the Padres Organization since 2008 and also made his first Spring Training appearance with a big-league club. Liriano played in 14 games, batting for a solid .273 batting average with 3 RBI and 1 homerun.

Liriano, who was once ranked third among all players in San Diego’s farm, missed all of last season after having surgery on his elbow back in February of 2013. Prior to his injury, Liriano played at both the Single-A and Double-A levels in 2012 for the Lake Elsinore Storm and San Antonio Missions, respectively. The young outfielder has been fairly consistent during his tenure with the Padres organization, sporting a .270 batting average with 248 RBI and 40 homeruns over parts of 5 seasons at various levels of play.

Campos, a 26-year old relief pitcher from Venezuela, also appeared in his first big-league spring training camp. Campos struggled a bit facing batters this spring, posting an 11.57 ERA over 5 games and over 4.2 innings pitched (6 earned runs surrendered on 11 hits).

Campos did show signs of brilliance in 2013, however, posting a 0.88 ERA over 26 games for the Double-A San Antonio Missions. Campos will join the other Padres minor leaguers already participating in minor-league camp tomorrow morning.

Galvez, another 23-year old Dominican Summer League pickup, performed will in his Spring Training debut, batting a solid .286 with 2 RBI and scoring 2 runs over 10 games. Galvez, who was a member of the Triple-A Tucson Padres last season, sported a .278 batting average with 51 RBI and 5 homeruns over 112 games. Galvez will be joining Campos down at minor league camp.

With the roster now down to 52, there’s still a good handful of moves for the team to make as Spring Training progresses over the next few weeks.

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Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!