Happy Minor League Opening Day!

While the Padres are enjoying their third day off in the season’s first eight days, their four full-season minor-league affiliates kick off the 2011 schedule on Thursday. Here’s a little something to help you follow along from wherever you may be…

Triple-A Tucson Padres

The T-Padres open at Colorado Springs. Wade LeBlanc gets the start, with first pitch at 4:05 p.m. PT. Tucson players to watch include RHP Simon Castro, RHP Evan Scribner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, INF Everth Cabrera, INF Logan Forsythe, and OF Aaron Cunningham.

Double-A San Antonio Missions

The Missions open at Northwest Arkansas. Anthony Bass gets the start, with first pitch at 4:00 p.m. PT. San Antonio players to watch include RHP Anthony Bass, RHP Brad Brach, RHP Casey Kelly, LHP Joshua Spence, SS Drew Cumberland, 3B James Darnell, OF Jaff Decker, and OF Blake Tekotte.

High-A Lake Elsinore Storm

The Storm open at home against San Jose. Matt Lollis gets the start, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. PT. Lake Elsinore players to watch include RHP Matt Lollis, RHP Jerry Sullivan, C Jason Hagerty, SS Jonathan Galvez, 3B Jedd Gyorko, 3B Edinson Rincon, 2B Jeudy Valdez, OF Reymond Fuentes, and OF Rymer Liriano. Also, OF Eric Patterson is rehabbing there.

Low-A Fort Wayne TinCaps

The TinCaps open at home against South Bend. Keyvius Sampson gets the start, with first pitch at 4:05 p.m. PT. Fort Wayne players to watch include RHP Zach Cates, RHP Adys Portillo, RHP Keyvius Sampson, OF Donavan Tate, and OF Everett Williams.

I knew I would forget something important… Also, be sure to visit our friends at MadFriars for more info about Padres minor leaguers.

There you go. Get out to the ballpark, or hover ’round the Internet like we did when we were kids.