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Padres Make First Round of Spring Cuts 

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The Padres cut down the number of players they have at their big league camp in Peoria today, optioning pitchers Joe Ross and Adys Portillo, along with outfielder Daniel Robertson to the minor league camp.

Additionally, pitcher Juan Oramas and outfielder Yeison Asencio were removed from the Padres 40-man roster. Oramas will be optioned to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas roster on Monday and Asencio was optioned to the Double-A San Antonio Missions roster today. Both players will be joining Ross, Portillo and Robertson at Minor League camp by next week.

Oramas, a left handed pitcher, made his first Spring Training camp with the Padres this season after being picked up by the team back in 2007 in the Dominican Summer League down south. Oramas has been a part of the Padres organization since he was 17 years old and sports a lifetime 3.03 ERA and 37-22 record across seven season in the minors.

During spring, Oramas appeared in six games giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 3 over 3.0 innings pitched. Oramas is expected to continue working as a starting pitcher with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahas. The 24-year old southpaw appeared in 1 game of Triple-A ball back in 2011 with the Tucson Padres.

Asencio, a right-handed outfielder also 24-years of age, similarly joined the Padres during the Dominican Summer league back in 2010. Since then Asencio has played ball at the A, A+ and AA levels, sporting a career .294 batting average with 27 homeruns and 220 RBI. Asencio will be joining the minor league camp in Arizona immediately.

Joe Ross, a right handed pitcher and younger brother of Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross, was notable as being the youngest player in the Padres big-league camp at the age of 21. In his first spring training stint, Joe appeared in two games pitching for 3.0 innings and giving up only 1 earned run.

If Ross improves and shows success in the minor league camp, he could be a candidate to start the regular season with the Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm. Ross sports a 3.89 ERA and 5-12 record over 3 seasons in the minors since being drafted by the Padres back in 2011.

Portillo, another righty, also made his first spring training stint with the Padres this season. Portillo appeared in three games this spring and gave up 3 earned runs over 3.0 innings pitched. Portillo has been a part of the Padres organization since 2009, and sports a 4.86 ERA and 14-38 record over 5 seasons at various levels in the minor league system.

Finally, Robertson, a 33rd round draft pick by the Padres back in 2008, did not get a single hit in 9 games with the team this spring – also his first spring training camp. Robertson did however score a run for the team. The 28-year old outfielder sports a healthy .303 batting average over six seasons in the minors with 23 homeruns and 306 RBI. Robertson has played the last two seasons with Triple-A Tucson.

The Padres will continue to trim the number of players in camp, which stands at 56 players at the moment with the recent cuts. Manager Bud Black said that the next round of cuts could come as early as Monday morning.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

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!