There’s No Place Like Home
BACK AT HOME
After a three-game road trip down to Bowling Green, the TinCaps have returned home for a six-game stint back at Parkview Field. They open today with the first of three games against the Kane County Cougars, the Midwest League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
Below you’ll see the TinCaps taking early infield work, despite arriving back into Fort Wayne just about as the sun was getting ready to lift its head off the pillow this morning.
At the top of your screen, you see, in blue, Gary Jones, the infield coordinator for the San Diego Padres. He’ll be here for the next few days, along with the Padres Director of Player Development, Randy Smith. Smith is the one who oversees the entire farm system. We’ll look to catch up with both Jones and Smith here on It’s All Relative during their stays in Fort Wayne.
Today should bring us a pretty good pitching matchup as Fort Wayne’s ace Joe Ross looks for his third win, opposed by Kane County’s Lendy Castillo. The 24-year-old Castillo, who was snagged by the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft in 2011 from the Phillies organization, pitched in 13 games in the major leagues last year, splitting time at nearly every level of the Chicago farm system.
From CSN Chicago:
Castillo began his career as a shortstop in the Phillies organization, but converted to a pitcher in 2010 and showed enough promise for the Cubs to select him in the 2011 Rule 5 draft.
The 23-year-old appeared in 13 games for the big-league club last season, suffering through a 7.88 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 16 innings.
Castillo went on the disabled list May 11 with a groin strain and missed several months before being recalled in mid August. He had never pitched above the Single-A level before 2012.
Last year we saw a big-name pitcher in the Cubs farm system come to Fort Wayne and get shelled. Gerardo Concepcion, who was on the 40-man roster at the time for Chicago, gave up seven earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Not that Castillo got the money (5 years, $6 million) Concepcion got, but it seems the organization thinks highly of him.
The TinCaps have played exceptionally well at home, with a 6-1 mark and they are averaging nearly eight runs per game at Parkview Field.
I hope you’ll join us for our broadcasts tonight. I’ll be on XFINITY 81 with Kent Hormann at 7:00, while Mike Maahs and John Nolan will have the radio call at 6:45 on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com.
In today’s TinCaps report podcast, listen to my full chat with TinCaps reliever John Hussey as we discuss his choice to sign with the Padres over a tropical college choice, his 2010 departure from the game, the growth of baseball in Australia, and more.
Youngblood Hawke…take it away!