Padres optioned OF Yeison Asencio to Double-A San Antonio.
The 24-year-old outfielder hit .277/.307/.401 with seven homers, 76 RBI and four stolen bases in 131 games between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio in 2013. He's not close to making an impact on the big league level.
Padres reassign RHPs Adys Portillo, Joe Ross and OF Daniel Robertson to minor league camp.
No real surprises among the first group of cuts, per usual. The 22-year-old Portillo dealt with a wide array of arm and lat injuries, limiting him to only three starts during the 2013 season.
Jedd Gyorko went 1-for-3 with his first RBI of the Cactus League season as the Padres and Diamondbacks played to a 2-2 tie on Sunday.
The 25-year-old is hitting .250 (5-for-20) in the early-going, but has just one extra-base hit and has fanned five times. He should knock more balls over the boards than most at the second base position, but is completely devoid of speed and could deliver a questionable average.
Joaquin Benoit had another outstanding Cactus League performance against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, fanning all three hitters that he faced.
The 36-year-old has now tossed four scoreless innings this spring, allowing just two hits and posting a terrific 8/0 K/BB ratio. With the oft-injured Huston Street being the only barrier between Benoit and save chances in San Diego, he makes for a nice option for those speculating for saves in the later rounds.
A.J. Pollock plated both Diamondbacks runs on Sunday as they played the Padres to a 2-2 tie in Cactus League action.
Pollock delivered a two-run triple in the second inning to account for all of the D'Backs offense. He's in line to be the everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter this year, and represents a nice value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Bo Schultz pitched well in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Padres, allowing just an unearned run over three strong innings.
Schultz allowed three hits while fanning three on the afternoon. The 28-year-old isn't expected to make the Opening Day roster, but has impressed early on with five scoreless frames to this point.
Corey Dickerson belted his first home run of the Cactus League season, leading the Rockies in a 10-1 rout over the Royals on Sunday.
Dickerson took Danny Duffy over the boards for a solo shot in the sixth inning. He finished the afternoon 1-for-2 and also drew a walk. He's competing with Brandon Barnes and Drew Stubbs to be the team's primary center fielder, and has made a strong impression thus far, hitting .381 (8-for-21) with four extra-base hits and three RBI.
Juan Nicasio delivered another stellar Cactus League performance in Sunday's win over the Royals, allowing just one hit and a walk over four shutout innings.
The 27-year-old hurler struck out two on the afternoon. He's doing his best to earn a spot in the Rockies Opening Day rotation thus far, firing seven scoreless innings with a 6/1 K/BB ratio through his first two starts.