More PDC news today from San Diego. The Padres extended their player development contract with their A Full Season farm team, the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The two clubs extended their cooperation for two more years through the 2018 season.
TinCaps president Mike Nutter led off the praising with the following words: “We’re truly thrilled to extend our partnership with the Padres. In a lot of ways, we feel closer than ever to the great folks in San Diego, and this relationship has been mutually beneficial to both of us. We’ve built and cultivated such a great relationship with the Padres, and it’s a really exciting time for both of our futures together.”
The Padres and the TinCaps have the longest partnershipin the Midwest League but one. Only the West Michigan WhiteCaps and the Detroit Tigers are partners for a longer period. If the new PDC expires in 2018, the two teams will be partners for twenty years.
“Fort Wayne has consistently proven to be an important step in the careers of current Padres and prospects alike, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with the TinCaps,” said Padres Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller. “A strong community like that of Fort Wayne and the first-class facilities at Parkview Field will invaluably impact the development of the young core of talent we’ve recently added to our organization.”
When the Fort Wayne Wizards moved into their new ballpark, the team adopted the name TinCaps.
Padres Director of Player Development Sam Geaney stated: “We are extremely fortunate to have such a special environment as the city of Fort Wayne and Parkview Field for our players’ first exposure to a full season of professional baseball. The city of Fort Wayne and the TinCaps organization are the best in the Midwest League.”
The TinCaps have been home to many Major League players like Jake Peavy, Chase Headley and Mat Latos.