260 To The Show: MLB Alumni in 2022
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – From the “260” to “The Show,” 56 former Fort Wayne players appeared in the major leagues during the 2022 regular season. This includes a franchise-high five TinCaps alumni who were named Major League Baseball All-Stars and 16 reaching the postseason. See list below. Dating back to
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – From the “260” to “The Show,” 56 former Fort Wayne players appeared in the major leagues during the 2022 regular season. This includes a franchise-high five TinCaps alumni who were named Major League Baseball All-Stars and 16 reaching the postseason. See list below.
Dating back to the founding of Fort Wayne’s Minor League Baseball franchise in 1993, there have been 208 former Wizards/TinCaps players who’ve reached the big leagues. (Note: The team was known as the Wizards through 2008 and then rebranded as the TinCaps in 2009.) This doesn’t include MLB players rehabbing with the club, like San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell did on April 28 this year.
Over the course of the season, Fort Wayne alumni appeared with 26 of MLB’s 30 teams. Twelve players suited up for the TinCaps’ parent club, the Padres. Three former TinCaps field staff members are also now with San Diego in hitting instructor Morgan Burkhart (2013-14), athletic trainer Ricky Huerta (2013-15), and strength and conditioning coach Jay Young (2017).
Several more former players and coaches are also big league staff members with other organizations.
“It’s so cool to see our former players on the biggest stage in the sport,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. “One thing fans may not realize is that in addition to amazing talent, it also takes incredible character to achieve what these guys have. We truly enjoyed getting to know them and their families as people and are so happy for their success. Of course this doesn’t even count all the future MLB stars our guys play against in the Midwest League.”
The record for most former Fort Wayne players in an MLB season was 58 in 2021. The franchise was a Single-A affiliate originally and has been at the High-A level since 2021.
The next wave of future MLB stars will take the field for the TinCaps at Parkview Field on April 11. The team recently released its 2023 schedule. Fans can now book group outings and secure season tickets for the upcoming campaign by calling 260-482-6400. Click here for the 2023 TinCaps Hospitality Guide for more information.
In the meantime, Parkview Field is more than baseball. The versatile venue hosts special events year-round. For more information and to book a special event, visit ParkviewField.com.
|Position||Player Name||MLB Team(s)||Year(s) in Fort Wayne|
|INF||C.J. Abrams*||Padres, Nationals||2019|
|LHP||Logan Allen||Guardians, Orioles||2016-17|
|RHP||Anthony Bass||Marlins, Blue Jays||2009|
|RHP||Matt Bush||Rangers, Brewers||2005-07|
|OF/INF||Franchy Cordero||Red Sox||2014-15|
|RHP||Enyel De Los Santos||Guardians||2016|
|RHP||Anderson Espinoza*||Cubs||2016, '21|
|LHP||MacKenzie Gore*||Padres, Nationals||2018, '21|
|OF||Travis Jankowski||Mets, Mariners||2012|
|RHP||Michael Kelly*||Phillies||2012-13, '15|
|RHP||Dinelson Lamet||Padres, Rockies||2015|
|DH||Franmil Reyes||Guardians, Cubs||2014-15|
|OF||Esteury Ruiz*||Padres, Brewers||2018|
|RHP||José Ruiz||White Sox||2015|
Alumni in 2022 MLB Postseason
- LHP Adrian Morejon
- C Luis Campusano
- INF Trea Turner
- LHP Max Fried
- RHP Zach Eflin
- RHP Miles Mikolas
- RHP Enyel De Los Santos
- RHP Cal Quantrill
- INF Gabriel Arias
- C Austin Hedges
- INF Owen Miller
- RHP Matt Brash
- RHP Andrés Muñoz
- INF Ty France
- RHP Anthony Bass
- RHP Corey Kluber
Astros catching coach Michael Collins was the manager of the TinCaps in 2014… Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey was the pitching coach for the Wizards in 2001 and ’03.