|The Padres cleared a 40-man roster spot in a minor trade with the Athletics while simultaneously acquiring the older brother of their 2011 first-round draft pick. San Diego sent lefty Andrew Werner and utility infielder Andy Parrino to Oakland for righthander Tyson Ross, who has logged parts of three seasons in the big leagues, and minor league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones. Of the four players in the deal, only Kirby-Jones is not on a 40-man roster.
|Andrew Werner, lhp
Age: 25. Born: Feb 25, 1987 in Washington, Ill.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 215.
Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Signed by independent Evansville (Frontier), May 2009 ... Traded by Evansville to independent Windy City (Frontier), June 2010 ... Signed by Padres, Oct. 18, 2010.
Werner pitched for two seasons in the independent Frontier League before the Padres signed him out of a tryout camp at the end of 2010 instructional league. They liked the sink he generated on his fastball and that he could throw three pitches that bumped average. Werner climbed the affiliated-ball ladder quickly, jumping from the low Class A Midwest League at the outset of 2011 to the Padres rotation last August. He ranges from 87-90 mph and his fastball features above-average sink and lateral arm-side movement. He also throws a good changeup, but he's more effective when his slurvy breaking ball doesn't get overexposed. Righthanded batters teed off on Werner this season, batting .316/.355/.526 with five homers in 114 at-bats.
|Andy Parrino, ss/2b
Age: 26. Born: Oct 31, 1985 in Brockport, N.Y.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 180.
Bats: B. Throws: R.
School: Le Moyne.
Career Transactions: Selected by Padres in 26th round of 2007 draft; signed June 12, 2007.
Parrino entered the 2011 season as a 26th-round afterthought, but he ended it with big league experience after batting .315/.393/.511 with 12 homers in 305 at-bats in the high minors. He's a prototype grinding utility infielder who can play shortstop and second base well enough to start for extended spells, while also providing enough feel for hitting and on-base skills to not embarrass himself in the lineup.
|Tyson Ross, rhp
Age: 25. Born: Apr 22, 1987 in Berkeley, Calif.
Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 230.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Athletics in second round of 2008 draft; signed June 12, 2008.
The Padres made Ross' younger brother Joe the 25th pick in the 2011 draft, and the younger Ross pitched well for short-season Eugene this summer. (He ranked as the No. 4 prospect.) Tyson's fortunes have faded since Oakland rushed him to the big leagues to begin the 2010 season, as readily attested to by his 5.33 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 149 innings. He focuses on throwing downhill with a 91-93 mph fastball and mid-80s slider, with his funky arm action affording him a bit of deception. Oakland shifted Ross to the bullpen toward the end of the 2012 season, and that role might suit him best going forward. The A's used three minor league options to send Ross to Sacramento in each season since 2010, but he probably will qualify for a fourth option because he has fewer than five years in full-season ball.
|A.J. Kirby-Jones, 1b
Age: 23. Born: Oct 2, 1988 in Knoxville.
Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 215.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Tennessee Tech.
Career Transactions: Selected by Athletics in ninth round of 2010 draft; signed June 10, 2010.
Kirby-Jones' short, powerful righty swing and raw power have been as evident in pro ball as they were in college. He belted three homers in a game for high Class A Stockton on April 18 and finished with 21 on the year (and ranked second in the California League with 86 walks), though he's limited to first base and probably won't hit for enough average to profile as a regular on a good team.