Tin Caps Release Opening Day Roster
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.
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.
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.