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A Trip A Around The Minor Leagues- Fort Wayne TinCaps – Winners Only Club

A Trip A Around The Minor Leagues- Fort Wayne TinCaps – Winners Only Club


What kind of name is the TinCaps. Long story short, it a new name that is inspired by Johnny Appleseed. Yes the fictional character. Before 2008 their name was the Fort Wayne Wizards, the old mascot was named Dinger the Dragon. The new mascots name is Johnny Tincap. Between the two, dragons would win over Johnny Tincap. In the TinCaps frist season they had a record 318,506 people come to the stadium. The Tincaps have one league Champion from 2009.

The Tincaps have been affiliated with two teams, the Minnesota Twins form 1993 to 1998 and than the San Diego Padres form 1999 to now.

The TinCaps are from Fort Wayne,Indiana. From 1993 to 2008 they played in Memorial Stadium . In 2009 with part of a downtown revitalization project the Tincaps got the new Parkview Field, for a whopping 30.6 million dollars.

Some of the players form the past…

Torii Hunter , who was a 5x All Star ( 02 ,07,09,10 and 13) , 9 time gold glove winner from 01-09 and is apart of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.

Jake Peavy an 3 x All star (05,07,12) , 2x world champion(13,14), NL Cy Young winner (07) Triple Crown winner also in 07.

David Freese was an all star in 2012, World Series champ in 2011 with the Cardinals. In 2011 he won NLCS MVP and also the World Series MVP.

AJ Pierzynski who played from 1998 to 2016 in that time he was a 2x all star (02, 06). He was part of the World Series 2005 with the White Sox and was sliver slugger award in 2012.

Now to the player that still play in the MLB…

Max Fried who is a LHP with the Braves ,broke out in 2020. He was on the MLB first team . He is a Golden glove winner in 2020 and 2021. In 2021, Max was a monster winning the World Series and also winning a Sliver Slugger.

Trea Turner is a SS plays for the Dodgers. Trea has hit for the cycle three times ( 17, 19, and 21 ). He is a fast guy, a 2x stolen base leader (18 and 21), also in 21 he had the best batting AVG in all of the national league. On top of all of that he was also part of the Dodgers World Series team that won in 2019 .

Lastly, the face of the MLB Fernando Tatís Jr. Tatís is the SS for the San Diego Padres, in his short career he has taken over the MLB with a Big coming out party in 2020 where he was voted to the MLB frist team ( 2020 and 2021 ). He is also a 2x Sliver Slugger ( 2020 and 2021) , and was the Home run leader in 2021 also.

Now on to the prospects…

Robert Hassell lll is the number 2 prospect, he is also the 30th top ranked prospect in all of the minors . He drafted in 2020 in the 1st round with the 8th pick. He is a OF who bats and throws a lefty, this year he has a batting AVG of .305, OBP of .374 and a SLG .449. He has 51 hits , 29 RBIs and 6 dingers in only 43 games. I could see him getting moved up to double AA soon .

C Brandon Valenzuela is the 18th prospect in the Padress organization. He was a international signing coming out of Mexico in 2017. He has been playing minor league baseball for 4 years, and he is only 21 years old. This year he is batting .226 in 36 games. His OBP is a decent .333.

Robert Gasser ( what a name for a pitcher ) is a LHP and is the 8th prospect in the Padress organization. He was drafted in the 2021 with the 71th pick. . This year he has started 10 games and has a ERA of 5.64 with a WHIP of 1.48. In 44.2 innings batters are batting .287 and have hit 4 dingers against him.
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> OF Joshua Mears is the 9th prospect in the Padress organization, he was drafted in 2019 in the second round with the 48 pick. In 31 games he has been struggling at the high A baseball. He is batting .185 and is not getting on base either with a OBP of .299. He is a power house though with a SLG % of .463. He has more home runs (8) then double (6).



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