Padres Send Top Prospect Down Amongst Several Player Moves

It was only a matter of time. With the offseason injury to superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the San Diego Padres were able to carry their No. 1 prospect CJ Abrams on the major league roster and give the 21-year-old a chance to prove he's ready for The Show. 

But 20 games-played and 55 at-bats later, and Abrams was only able to muster up a .182 batting average, with one home run and a .543 OPS. With Abrams' playing time having been cut substantially, and with the team's acquisition of some infield depth earlier in the day, they decided it was time to send Abrams down to Triple-A to get some reps. 

The youngster only had 42 games above A-ball under his belt coming into this season, all at Double-A in 2021. He'll get a better chance to hone his skills at the Triple-A level with San Antonio before he gives the majors another crack.

“Once you get to the big leagues, you have to earn [at-bats],” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “He understands that. He’s been great about it."

The Pads also made some other moves today that they hope will jump-start their offense.

The team has reinstated outfielder Wil Myers and first baseman Luke Voit from the 10-day IL, and designated outfielder Trayce Thompson for assignment.

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