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News release from the TinCaps:

40 Former Fort Wayne Players Appeared in Majors in 2016
TinCaps/Wizards MLB Alumni List Up to 150

(October 5, 2016) — Forty former Fort Wayne TinCaps and Wizards played in the Major Leagues during the 2016 season. The list includes six players who made their MLB debuts this year, raising the total number of Fort Wayne alums who’ve reached the big leagues to 150.

“We pride ourselves on offering affordable, family-friendly entertainment,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “But hopefully it’s not overlooked that when you come out to Parkview Field, you’re also getting a chance to see budding big league talent. And that not only goes for our TinCaps, but the guys in the other dugout, too.”

Among the former Fort Wayne players in the majors were All-Star pitchers Corey Kluber (2008) of the Cleveland Indians and Brad Brach (2009) of the Baltimore Orioles. Washington Nationals middle infielder/center fielder Trea Turner (2014) was the National League’s Player of the Month in August and San Diego Padres rookie right fielder Hunter Renfroe (2013) was the NL Player of the Week the final week of the season.

Atlanta Braves 39-year-old catcher A.J. Pierzynski (1995-96) was the most veteran Fort Wayne alum in the majors and the only one to have played with the Wizards during their Minnesota Twins affiliation. Fort Wayne has been affiliated with the Padres since 1999.

Of the 40 ex-TinCaps and Wizards in the show this year, eight appeared with Fort Wayne’s parent club, San Diego. Overall, the group featured 22 pitchers and 18 position players across 20 different MLB teams.

The next wave of players to make it from Fort Wayne to fruition isn’t far off. The Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, won the Pacific Coast League championship in September. More than half of El Paso’s roster, and coaching staff, came through Fort Wayne.

(Note: Fort Wayne changed team name from Wizards to TinCaps in 2009.)

See below for full list of former Fort Wayne players who appeared in Majors in 2016.

Player Name (Year in Fort Wayne) – 2016 MLB Team

  1. RHP Johnny Barbato* (2012) — New York Yankees
  2. RHP Brad Brach! (2009) — Baltimore Orioles
  3. RHP Matt Bush* (2005, 2006, 2007) — Texas Rangers
  4. RHP Leonel Campos (2013) — San Diego Padres
  5. OF Jaff Decker (2009) — Tampa Bay Rays
  6. RHP Steve Delabar (2006, 2007, 2008) — Cincinnati Reds
  7. RHP Zach Eflin* (2013) — Philadelphia Phillies
  8. INF Cole Figueroa (2009) — Pittsburgh Pirates
  9. INF David Freese (2006) — Pittsburgh Pirates
  10. RHP Trevor Gott (2013) — Washington Nationals
  11. RHP Tayron Guerrero* (2013, 2014) — San Diego Padres
  12. INF Jedd Gyorko (2010) — St. Louis Cardinals
  13. 3B Chase Headley (2005) — New York Yankees
  14. C Austin Hedges (2012) — San Diego Padres
  15. C Nick Hundley (2005, 2006) — Colorado Rockies
  16. OF Cedric Hunter (2007) — Philadelphia Phillies
  17. OF Travis Jankowski (2012) — San Diego Padres
  18. RHP Brandon Kintzler (2005) — Minnesota Twins
  19. RHP Corey Kluber (2008) — Cleveland Indians
  20. RHP Mat Latos (2008, 2009) — Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals
  21. LHP Wade LeBlanc (2006) — Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners
  22. C Jose Lobaton (2005, 2006) — Washington Nationals
  23. LHP Cory Luebke (2007, 2008) — Pittsburgh Pirates
  24. RHP Jake Peavy (2000) — San Francisco Giants
  25. LHP Oliver Perez (2001) — Washington Nationals
  26. INF/OF Jace Peterson (2012) — Atlanta Braves
  27. C A.J. Pierzynski (1995, 1996) — Atlanta Braves
  28. RHP Kevin Quackenbush (2011) — San Diego Padres
  29. LHP Cesar Ramos (2005) — Texas Rangers
  30. RHP Colin Rea (2012, 2013) — San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins
  31. RF Hunter Renfroe* (2013) — San Diego Padres
  32. OF Daniel Robertson (2009) — Seattle Mariners
  33. RHP Joe Ross (2012, 2013) — Washington Nationals
  34. RHP Keyvius Sampson (2011) — Cincinnati Reds
  35. RHP Joakim Soria (2006) — Kansas City Royals
  36. OF Mallex Smith* (2013, 2014) — Atlanta Braves
  37. 2B Cory Spangenberg (2011) — San Diego Padres
  38. INF/CF Trea Turner (2014) — Washington Nationals
  39. OF Will Venable (2006) — Los Angeles Dodgers
  40. RHP Matt Wisler (2012) — Atlanta Braves

 

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