Who’s at Short?, VanMeter Says Yes, Out and About
Not too much to dig into from last night’s game against Lake County, which was an 11-0 defeat for Fort Wayne. However, when it comes to the race for the first-half playoff race, the TinCaps are only 2.5 games behind South Bend, and Fort Wayne has five games to play. So, we’ll keep an eye out for that tonight.
Of note in tonight’s starting lineup is that Diego Goris will get the start at shortstop, playing there for the first time this season. Previously only Maxx Tissenbaum and Stephen Carmon have had the chance to play there. I talked to Jose Valentin last night, and he said he’s not sure if the team will receive another infielder at the break, since Carmon is on the disabled list, or try and patch together an everyday starting infield with who they currently have on the roster.
To open the season it was Gabriel Quintana at third, Carmon at short, Tissenbaum at second and Luis Tejada at first. Now that Carmon and Quintana are hurt, Chris Burke has stepped in at third, Tissenbaum has shifted to short and Goris has slid into the hole at second base. We’ll have to wait and see as for what the new normal might be.
Keep an eye on Channel 81 tonight in Fort Wayne if you’re an XFINITY subscriber, as we’ll be bringing you The Leadoff Spot, our monthly 30-minute magazine-style pre-game show. Tonight’s episode features interviews with Jose Valentin, Maxx Tissenbaum and Rodney Daal. You can see it live at 7:00, and then it will be available On-Demand for subscribers. I hope you’ll be able to tune in!
To hear thoughts from TinCaps Pitching Coach Burt Hooton, listen to today’s TinCaps Report Podcast:
VANMETER SAYS YES
Norwell High School’s Josh VanMeter was recently selected in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the San Diego Padres, meaning he could one day be a member of the TinCaps. Of course, there’s first the matter of him playing in this weekend’s state championship game down in Indianapolis against Jasper High School.
But once that game is over, win or lose, VanMeter, who hails from Ossian, about 30 minutes away from Fort Wayne, will have a decision to make–attend Illinois State to play baseball (he’s already committed verbally) or sign with San Diego. Last night, as he joined us on our XFINITY broadcast, he told us that he would, indeed, sign with San Diego. He also tweeted this:
So that was good to hear that yet another local baseball product could make his way to Parkview Field. Last year we saw both Ryan Wright of Homestead High School come through with the Dayton Dragons, and had Leo’s Brandon Alger pitching in a TinCaps uniform late in the season. In recent years, we’ve also seen Bishop Luers grad Kevin Kiermaier come through with the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
VanMeter was great to have on the air during the fifth inning last night. He’s well-spoken, articulate, and seems like the type of high-quality individual who would fit in well in the Fort Wayne clubhouse right now. Best of luck to Norwell and Josh this weekend.
OUT AND ABOUT
Along with TinCaps players Maxx Tissenbaum, Walker Weickel, Matthew Shepherd and Dane Phillips, as well as TinCaps Assistant Director of Marketing/Community Relations Abby Naas, I was out at Arbor Glen Retirement Community here in Fort Wayne this morning. Each season, the TinCaps suit up against the Arbor Glen Generals, the retirement community’s version of the Mudville Nine, for a fun game of beanbag baseball.
It was a lot of fun to see pro baseball players hang tight with folks who are nearly 90 years old!
Also, tonight is Social Media Night at Parkview Field, which means the TinCaps will be wearing these jerseys:
If you were following the TinCaps before March 11th, your handle is on their. Bring your binoculars…or bid for one of the jerseys at tonight’s game and you could take one home with you!
REO Speedwagon…take it away!