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Tin Caps Release Opening Day Roster 

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The Padres A Affiliate, the Fort Wayne Tin Caps have released their opening day roster.  Here is a look at our top five players to watch, as well as the Tin Caps roster.

Fort Wayne won the 2009 Midwest League title with the best record in all of baseball, winning 97 regular season games and 4 more in the post season.  Unfortunately with such great talent comes many promotions.  The Tincaps have an almost entirely new roster for 2010, however it features many young and athletic players.  Here’s a few we’ll be watching closely:

3B Edinson Rincon:  Yes the Padres have ANOTHER wonderful 3B prospect in Rincon, a silky smooth .300 hitter with decent power (7 HR, 47 RBI in just 70 games at Eugene in ’09).  He takes over the hot corner after Blake Tekotte’s terrific year (now at San Antonio).  Rincon is a Dominican born player and at 6’1″ and 185, he’ll need to bulk up a bit and show some of the stout production needed to play 3B at the bigs.

CF Rymer Liriano: One of the youngest players in the Midwest League (he turns 19 in June), Liriano tore up the Arizona Rookie league last year hitting .350 with nearly a .400 OBP in 50 games.  He has some speed, stealing 14 bases but has much to learn on reading pitchers.  He will also need to cut down on his K’s to be successful at the next level.  If he wasn’t getting hits or walks, he was usually striking out (25% of his plate appearances resulted in a K).  He also showed a little pop with 8 HR and 44 RBI in his 50 games.

1B Nathan Freiman:  Freiman takes over for the highly touted Allan Dykstra at 1B.  At 6’7″ and 225 pounds he might remind Tincap fans of Dykstra in many ways.  Freiman is an 8th round draft choice from the ’09 draft where he held the all time home run record at Duke.  That trend continued in low A Eugene where he slugged 11 HR and and had nearly 1 RBI per game he played.  He finished with a .294 average and suffice it to say, all eyes will be on him to see if the Tincaps have a .300 hitting power 1B.

P Jerry Sullivan:  The Padres 3rd round selection in the ’09 draft out of Oral Roberts University, Sullivan wowed many at Eugene striking out 57 in 53.2 innings.  He finished the year with a respectable 5-3 record and 4.02 ERA.  Strike outs and wins are key to his success in ’10.

P Nick Greenwood:  One of the few remaining Tincaps from ’09, Greenwood is the opening day starter. Selected in the 14th round of the ’09 draft, Greenwood quickly earned a late season promotion from Eugene to Fort Wayne with a 4-1 record and 1.71 ERA.  At 23, Greenwood is the old timer on this squad and more than likely will anchor the staff with his control (only 16 walks in 63 innings), poise (1.71 ERA) and experience (4 year letterman at Rhode Island).  At 6’1″ and 180 pounds, he might remind many of Padres stallwart Kevin Correia.

Pitchers

Rafeal Arias

Hayden Beard

Dexter Carter

Nick Greenwood

Pedro Hernandez

John Hussey

Matt Irsfeld

Miles Mikolas

Rob Musgrave

Juan Oramus

Stiven Osuna

Jerry Sullivan

Michael Watt

Catchers

Griffin Benedict

Jason Hagerty

Infielders

Jonathan Alia

Dean Anna

Nate Freiman

Jonathan Galvez

Edinson Rincon

Jeudy Valdez

Outfielders

Bo Davis

Rymer Liriano

Wande Olabisi

Everett Williams

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