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Blake Tekotte Traded to ChiSox

Blake Tekotte

Former Fort Wayne TinCaps player, Blake Tekotte, has been traded to the Chicago White Sox following being designated for assigned on November 2. In return for the outfielder, the Padres pick up pitcher Brandon Kloess.

The 25-year-old Tekotte was San Diego’s third round pick in the 2008 draft and has hit .163 in 55 career at-bats at the Major League level. With the TinCaps in 2009, he hit .258 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 530 at bats.

Following the trade, Tekotte tweeted (from his personal Twitter account @blaketekotte): “Thanks to the @Padres for the opportunities they have given me. Looking forward to a new chapter with the @whitesox! #ChiTown”

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Pedro Hernandez Makes MLB Debut

2010 Fort Wayne TinCaps pitcher, Pedro Hernandez was roughed up in his Major League Baseball debut last night with the Chicago White Sox. Hernandez becomes the 110th former Fort Wayne player to appear in a major league game.

Hernandez, 23, pitched in 29 games with the TinCaps in 2010, working to a 4-3 record and a 4.04 ERA. In 100 1/3 innings, he struck out 79 and walked 17. He made 13 starts, going 3-0 in those outings.

The Venezuelan-born Hernandez began his career with the Padres in 2007 and was traded, along with the author of the only no-hitter in Fort Wayne franchise history, Simon Castro, to the White Sox this off-season.

In his debut Wednesday night, Hernandez pitched four innings against the Boston Red Sox. He gave up eight run on 12 hits, while walking one and striking out two.

Following the game, he was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte.

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Former TinCap, Liriano to Play in Futures Game

Former Fort Wayne TinCaps outfielder and Midwest League MVP Rymer Liriano will represent the San Diego Padres in the 2012 Futures Game that will be played on July 8th in Kansas City, Missouri. The game, played during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend, showcases some of the top prospects in the minor leagues.

Liriano, the 2011 Midwest League Prospect of the Year, was third in the league in batting average, hitting .319, adding 12 home runs and 62 runs batted in for the TinCaps in 2011. He also stole 65 bases, second most in the league. Liriano also played 50 games for the TinCaps in 2010.

The 14th annual Futures Game takes place Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV and ESPN2. The 25-man rosters for the U.S. and World teams are selected by Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs.

Padres Moves Include Fort Wayne Alumni

The San Diego Padres have made some moves that include three former Fort Wayne players. The first TinCap to hit the Majors, Mat Latos has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Latos has a strained muscle on his left side, and the move was retroactive to July 9. He’s expected back  for his July 24th start in Pittsburgh. Let’s hope he has a short stint on the DL. His outstanding season has him currently at 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA.

The Padres recalled right-hander Ernesto Frieri and outfielder Luis Durango from Triple-A Portland. Frieri made his MLB debut  last season. On the year, with Triple-A Portland, he is 3-1 with 17 saves and a 1.43 ERA. Durango also debuted late last season and has appeared in six big league games this year, going 5 for 13 with a .385 with two RBI and three runs scored.

WizCaps Where R They? 2010

Thought I would take a little time and update where many of the former Wizards and TinCaps are playing currently:

Let’s start with the easiest – that being the Padres. On their active roster, are former WizCaps, Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc, Nick Hundley, Chase Headley, Lance Zawadzki, Kyle Blanks and Will Veneble. Others who are on their 40-man roster (but not active roster) are; Ernesto Frieri, Seve Garrison, Cesar Ramos, Matt Antonelli, and Luis Durango.

After having been released by the Padres during spring, Chad Huffman was quickly picked up by the Yankees. Padres front-office exec Paul DePodesta expressed regret. Friar Forecast called it “no big deal.” In 14 games with the Triple-A Scranton Wiles-Barre Yankees, Huffman is batting .204 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI. He’s struck out 12 time sin 54 at-bats.

Leo Rosales is still in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization and has seen big league action this year. However, he has landed on the DL due to a stress fracture in his right foot. Oddly, he first felt discomfort when he got fellow Fort Wayne alumnus Kyle Blanks (Padres) to ground into a double play

Luke Carlin is nearby in Indianapolis with the the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Triple-A Affiliate, the Indy Indians. The catcher is putting up some pretty solid offensive numbers in 13 games so far on the young season.

Another former ‘zards catcher, Jose Lobaton, is now in the Tampa Bay organization. He served as the backup for two days while Dioner Navarro served a two-game suspension last week. He’s since been optioned back to Triple-A. Also on the Durham Bulls’ roster are former Wizards Dale Thayer and J.J. Furmaniak.

Eddie Bonine is putting logging some big leage innings with Detroit. Perhaps the return of his knuckleball is the magic formula this time around.

“He’s a very useable big league pitcher,” Leyland said of the 28-year-old. “Will he knock your lights out? No. But he’s been a winner wherever he’s been.”

The Camden Riversharks seems to be the preferred indy team for former Wizards. Their current roster includes pitchers Travis Chick and Jon Ellis as well as infielders Brett Bonvechio and Brian Burgamy.

Everyone’s favorite wipping boy, Matt Bush is trying to not only save his career but redeem his life with the Tampa Bay Rays. On the season, he’s seen one game with the class A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Dirk Hayhurst remains with Toronto – but he’s also gained a lot of attention for his New York Times Bestseller, The Bullpen Gospels. He’s also got his own site/blog. Unfortunately, he is likely to miss most of the season following shoulder surgery in February.

Freddy Guzman is in the Phillies organization. He’s currently assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Jared Wells is currently with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Houston Astros organization.

Wilton Lopez is with the Houston Astros organization, currently playing at Triple-A Round Rock, but he has seen big league action on the season already and he remains on the 40-man roster. Another former Wizard, Yordany Ramirez is also on the 40-man roster, but has yet to see big league action at any point in his career. He too is at Triple-A and is hitting .265 with a home run and 6 RBI over 16 games.

Opening Night 2010 at Parkview Field

Pan of Parkview Field on 4/8/2010
A cool - okay, COLD - Opening Night at Parkview Field

Yes, a very cold Opening Night for the TinCaps at Parkview Field as they welcomed the Bowling Green HotRods to the MidWest League. A rather rude welcome at the hands of a 7-2 beating I might add. I snapped this pano pic from the outfield just before heading out. I’ll try to get a gallery posted as soon as possible.

TinCaps’ 2010 Roster Full of Youngsters

A common trait of teams in the MidWest League is that the team rosters are pretty young since those squads are usually filled with first year players or players entering their first full year. This year’s Fort Wayne TinCaps roster is certainly no exception.

Five 19-year-olds tackle the Midwest League to open 2010 while slugging 1B Nate Freiman and RHP Dexter Carter provide experienced leadership as former college standouts.

Manager Jose Flores makes his full-season managerial debut in 2010. He managed eleven players on the TinCaps’ opening-day roster during his two-year tenure in the Arizona Rookie League. Pitching coach Bronswell Patrick comes to Fort Wayne after an assignment with short-season Eugene last year.

There are 25 players on the TinCaps roster

  • Nine have played in Fort Wayne previously: Dexter Carter, Nic Greenwood, John Hussey, Rob Musgrave, Stiven Osuna, Michael Watt, Griffin Benedict, Dean Anna and Juedy Valdez.
  • Five are among the San Diego Padres’ top 30 prospects according to Baseball America: Everett Williams (8), Edinson Rincon (9), Rymer Liriano (14), Jerry Sullivan (19) and Dexter Carter (28).
  • Five countries are represented: United States, Dominican Republic, Australia, Venezuela and Mexico. Olabisi was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a member of the royal family of the Urhobo tribe. He and his family moved to Saudi Arabia when he was five years old and he played in the 2000 Little League World Series for Saudi Arabia. He has played summer baseball in Canada and now lives in Texas.
  • Six were selected in the tenth round or earlier: RHP Miles Mikolas (7th 2009), Sullivan (3rd 2009), Watt (2nd 2007), Jason Hagerty (5th 2009), Nate Freiman (8th 2009) and Williams (2nd 2009).

Pauley to M’s, Padres Invite Several Former Wizards/TinCaps

Random notes and signings involving Fort Wayne players and other local ties:

Former Wizard, David Pauley has signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. The 26-year-old spent 2009 in the Orioles system, posting a 4.37 ERA in 152.1 Triple-A innings. (h/t MLBTradeRumors)

The Padres have invited a slew of former WizCaps to spring training, including; Simon Castro, Ernesto Freiri, Mat Latos, Jackson Quezada, Wynn Pelzer, Wade LeBlanc, Steve Garrison, Cory Luebke, Mitch Canham, James Darnell, Lance Zawadzki, Matt Antonelli, Kyle Blanks, Luis Durango, Chad Huffman, and Will Venable. I don’t think this is an all inclusive list. You’ll also note that Michael Ekstrom and Greg Burke are on the list. Neither are with San Diego any longer. Ekstrom was snatched by the Rays off waivers and Burke has been placed on unconditional waivers and will likely be claimed or become a free agent.

TinCaps Take Top Honors in Minor League Baseball

The honors keep coming for the Fort Wayne TinCaps; recently being named MiLB.com’s Team of the Year. The Midwest League champion won a record 101 games in 2009 and beat out Triple-A Durham, Double-A Akron and Advanced-A San Jose for the overall Team of the Year award.

“Nobody could’ve dreamed for a better opening to Parkview Field in 2009 and our team on the field was a big part of that,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “The guys went out and won more games than anybody in the minors this year. They were talented players but the team chemistry was what put them on another level. We can’t thank the San Diego Padres enough for their support.”

In all, the TinCaps broke sixteen franchise records, including wins in a regular season (94) and wins in a half-season (49) and longest winning streak when they opened the season with 10 straight wins.

Additional honors on the season included infielder, James Darnell and right hander Simon Castro being named Padres’ Minor-League Player and Pitcher of the year while Manager Doug Dascenzo won the Padres’ award for top player development staffer. The TinCaps’ front-office staff also received the Midwest League President’s Trophy.