Can Chris Paddack Make a Strong Return in 2018?

November 16, 2017

On June 30th, 2016, the San Diego Padres traded Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins for a young, talented pitcher in Chris Paddack. At the time, Rodney was having a phenomenal season and the Marlins acquired him in order to bolster a weakened bullpen as they were looking to make a playoff push. The Padres would command a decent return, based on Rodney´s success at the time, and would acquire…

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Brad Zunica Interview- Productive 2017 Will Lead to Future Success

October 21, 2017

It was early August and Padre prospect Brad Zunica was in the midst of his best season as a professional. The big first baseman had already slugged 18 homers on the year and was a solid presence in the middle of the TinCaps’ lineup. In his third at bat of an August 8th game against the Great Lakes Loons, he was hit on the foot by a 96 mph fastball….

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Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- Low-A Fort Wayne TinCaps

September 22, 2017

Three Takeaways 1. Fernando Tatis Jr. is One of the Best Prospects in Baseball If there is any obvious takeaway from the TinCaps season, it is that Fernando Tatis Jr. very clearly puts himself into the conversation as one of the best prospects in all of baseball. After improving in every month in Fort Wayne, Tatis found himself surprisingly promoted to the San Antonio Missions in September for the stretch…

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River Bandits Shut Out TinCaps for 2-0 Series Lead

September 14, 2017

Fort Wayne Indiana Just as they did in the first game of the Midwest League Championship, the Quad Cities River Bandits jumped out to a first-inning lead and never let go, beating the TinCaps 5-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. In the top of the first, TinCaps’ starter Lake Bachar walked the second batter, Colin Moran, who then advanced to second on a slow-rolling base hit to…

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First Inning Rally Overwhelms TinCaps in 6-3 Loss

September 14, 2017

  Fort Wayne, Indiana The Quad Cities River Bandits started the Midwest League Championship with a bang, sending eight batters to the plate in the first inning, resulting in a 5-0 lead that eventually led to a 6-3 win in the first game of the series. As the championship series began, the TinCaps had one of their most reliable starters on the mound in Pedro Avila, who entered the game…

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Down on the Farm: September 10- TinCaps Even Their Series, Missions Eliminated

September 10, 2017

A fantastic run for the San Antonio Missions has come to an end. After winning the first and second halves of the season, the Missions dropped their series to the Rock Hounds. Midland has won three consecutive Texas League titles and is the first team to reach the Texas League finals in four consecutive seasons since the 1983-87 Jackson Mets. The Athletics’ affiliate looked all but out of it in…

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Down on the Farm: Heartbreaking Losses for TinCaps & Missions

September 9, 2017

  Fort Wayne TinCaps: 2-1 loss vs Dayton Adrian Morejon toed the rubber for Fort Wayne in game one of a best-of-three series vs Dayton, and he pitched quite well. He only gave up one run in six innings of work; striking out five and scattering seven hits. The lone run of the night for the TinCaps came on a throwing error in the bottom of the third inning, which…

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TinCaps Report: Throwing Error Costly in 2-1 Loss to Dayton

September 9, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana The Dayton Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the Midwest League Divisional Championship, beating the TinCaps 2-1 on a cool Saturday night in Fort Wayne. The deciding run came in the eighth inning. Jose Siri hit a one-out single and then advanced to second on a wild pitch by reliever Dauris Valdez. Valdez walked the next batter to put two men on base. Bruce Yari then hit…

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Down on the Farm: September 7- All Three Padres’ Affiliates Win

September 7, 2017

El Paso Chihuahuas- Won 7-2 (2-0) It was a quiet first three innings in El Paso, as right-hander Bryan Rodriguez retired nine of the first ten batters he faced while the Chihuahuas had three hits with no runs over those first three innings. The Chihuahuas finally pushed some runs across in the top of the fourth with a Hunter Renfroe single, a Jose Rondon double, and a Dusty Coleman home…

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TinCaps Walkoff Wins Game 6-4 & Playoff Series 2-0

September 7, 2017

Bowling Green, Kentucky  The TinCaps defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods in a dramatic, come-from-behind win on Marcus Greene Jr.’s two-run walk-off homer. With the win, the TinCaps advance to the Midwest League Eastern Division Championship Series. Greene’s home run capped a three-inning comeback effort that began in the bottom of the seventh. Down 4-1 with one out, Reinaldo Ilarraza hit a ground-rule double to left field and then advanced…

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Down on the Farm: Playoffs- TinCaps & Chihuahuas Win, Missions Drop Game 1

September 6, 2017

Three out of the four minor league full-season teams made the playoffs for the San Diego Padres. Lake Elsinore had a decent squad at one point, but the majority of their viable talent was promoted to San Antonio at some point in the season. El Paso was in Reno and playing against the Aces in game one of their series. The Chihuahuas rallied to make the playoffs and they appear…

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Down on the Farm Weekly Recap: Nearing Playoff Time

September 3, 2017

PLAYOFF BOUND: Fort Wayne TinCaps: The Fort Wayne TinCaps, who are 42-27 in the second half of the season, clinched a playoff berth this week as well as home field advantage in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. After going 26-44 in the first half, Fort Wayne’s young ballclub gelled together and has played some brilliant baseball in the last couple of months. Fort Wayne will face the…

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