PEORIA, Ariz. -- On Saturday, the Padres have their first full-squad workout of the spring, which should essentially signal the start of a busy Spring Training for infielder Logan Forsythe.
Forsythe, a third baseman by trade, has added second base to his resume in the past two seasons and will now be asked to learn and play a third position -- shortstop.
The Padres are hoping to fill their reserve infield spot internally, and Forsythe will be in competition with Everth Cabrera and Andy Parrino for the job.
"I expected that this Spring Training -- I kind of know that's the plan," Forsythe said. "I know they like me at third and second. Now it's just a matter of how comfortable can I get at shortstop."
Forsythe played four games at shortstop with Triple-A Tucson and then played third base and second base last season while filling in for Chase Headley and Orlando Hudson. He did play one game at shortstop at the big league level.
Forsythe said he doesn't anticipate any big hurdles in playing the position. He's played there in the past and he believes his experience learning the second-base position will help him, especially with the plays around the bag.
"When I do work at short, I'm going to take the same mindset that I did at second, which is just to listen and see what they have say and then work at it," he said.
Cashner has more than just a fastball
PEORIA, Ariz. -- After spending a few days catching new reliever Andrew Cashner in the bullpen, Padres catcher John Baker came to two conclusions: Cashner can throw gas and, despite plus velocity that had previously been measured at 100 mph, he's anything but a one-trick pony.
Baker lauded Cashner -- who projects as the Padres' eighth-inning specialist setting up new closer Huston Street -- on Friday for his easy-effort fastball, while also saying his changeup and slider look like they will be weapons for him moving forward.
"The change is good and the slider is better than I expected," Baker said. "I know [Cashner] says it is his third pitch, but it's pretty good."
Pitchers are reaching the point where they have thrown three times off a mound and have added their secondary pitches to the mix. Bullpen sessions are now exceeding, in many cases, 12 minutes as pitchers round into shape for appearances in games that begin March 4.
Cashner's velocity has been the talk of camp, with several sets of eyes -- from manager Bud Black to his staff and several front-office types -- watching his bullpen sessions.
"He has a special arm that you don't run into often," Baker said.
Baker has certainly liked what he's seen so far from Cashner, who could eventually move to the rotation, though that won't occur this season. Baker envisions another spot where he thinks Cashner will eventually succeed.
"He's got all the tools to be a great closer in the future," Baker said.
Hagerty wins friendly catchers competition
PEORIA, Ariz. -- In an effort to break up the monotony of early camp drills -- and as a way to get in a little extra work -- the seven catchers in Padres camp took to a back field Friday morning.
The catchers participated in a competition to see who rated best in four categories -- blocking balls in the dirt, throwing to the bases, catching popups and then, as a finale, sprints with their full equipment on.
Catching instructor Brad Ausmus calls it the "Catching Olympics."
The winner was Jason Hagerty, who "nipped [Nick] Hundley," manager Bud Black said. John Baker was third in what was deemed a fun competition by Hagerty.
"We had a good time," Hagerty said. "It was a little competitive, but it was fun to be around the group. It was a fun thing to do."
Hagerty, who was the Padres' fifth-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami, hit .284 with nine home runs and 65 RBIs in 104 games between Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio last season.
The Padres aren't expecting infielder Jonathan Galvez in camp until the middle of next week. Galvez, a non-roster invitee, recently cleared a random United States Consulate age and identity investigation that included him and his parents. Galvez is now awaiting his visa before he's allowed to leave the Dominican Republic.
"Nobody is concerned about anything," said Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development and international scouting.
Galvez, 21, has hit a combined .280 in his first three seasons in the Padres' Minor League system as mostly a shortstop, though he has also played second base.