Former TinCaps Brach, Decker, Mikolas Traded Away

Although late November isn’t the biggest time of the year for baseball news, the Padres caused a ripple in the trade world today by shipping off three former TinCaps: Brad Brach, Jaff Decker, and Miles Mikolas. In exchange for Brach, a member of the 2009 TinCaps, the Padres received right-handed pitcher Devin Jones from the Baltimore Orioles. Decker and Mikolas both went to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for first-baseman/outfielder Alex Dickerson.

Brach saved 33 games for the TinCaps in ’09, helping close many a game in the franchise’s most successful season ever. This past season, his third seeing big-league time, he pitched in 33 games out of the San Diego bullpen and had a 3.19 ERA. With the Triple-A Tucson Padres, from which he was shuttled back and forth with great frequency, he also pitched in 33 games with a 2.84 ERA. If Brach lands with Triple-A for the Orioles, he’ll be stationed with the Norfolk Tides along the coast in Virginia.

Brach, drafted out of Monmouth University (NJ), led the Midwest League with 33 saves in 2009.

Brach, drafted out of Monmouth University (NJ), led the Midwest League with 33 saves in 2009.

Decker, 23, is a former first-round pick (2008) by the Padres out of Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Arizona. He played in 104 games for the TinCaps in 2009, and was the first player to hit a home run into the Treetops seating area in right field, before Clark Murphy repeated the feat in 2012. Decker made his MLB debut with San Diego in June, but only appeared in 13 games this season for the Padres, spending most of his time at Triple-A Tucson. The bright news for TinCaps fans regarding Decker and Mikolas is that if they end up in Triple-A with Pittsburgh, they won’t be playing very far from here. The Pirates Triple-A affiliate is the Indianapolis Indians.

When Decker made his MLB debut, he became the 115th former Fort Wayne player to do so.

When Decker made his MLB debut, he became the 115th former Fort Wayne player to do so.

Mikolas followed both Brach and Decker, pitching for the TinCaps in 2010. The Jupiter, Florida, native pitched in 60 games that season, saving 13, and had just a 2.20 ERA. After being drafted in the 7th round in 2009, he reached the majors on May 5, 2012 with the Padres, and over the last two seasons has pitched in 25 games for San Diego. He hurled 54 times this season for Tucson.

If you walk around Parkview Field, you'll find Miles Mikolas' mustache on one of the banners.

If you walk around Parkview Field, you’ll find Miles Mikolas’ mustache on one of the banners.

As for the two players the Padres got in return, here’s what San Diego told us about them via press release today:

Jones – “The 23-year-old Jones spent nearly all of the 2013 campaign with Double-A Bowie, going 4-7 with a 5.84 ERA in 24 starts.  He also made one start with High-A Frederick.  The 6-foot-2 Jones was the Orioles’ ninth round selection of the 2011 Draft out of Mississippi State University.  The Mississippi native is 15-18 with a 4.47 ERA in 67 games (34 starts) over three seasons.”

Dickerson – “The 23-year-old Dickerson was born and raised in the San Diego suburb of Poway, graduating from Poway High School in 2008 before playing baseball at Indiana University. The left-handed hitter and thrower spent all of 2013 with Double-A Altoona, batting .288 (130-for-451) with 36 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs, 68 RBI, 61 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.  The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was named both the Eastern League Rookie of the Year and a post-season All-Star.  His 2013 campaign comes directly on the heels of Dickerson being named the Florida State League Player of the Year in 2012 after batting .295 with 31 doubles, 13 home runs and 90 RBI in 129 games with High-A Bradenton.

The Pirates third-round selection in 2011 batted .419 with 24 home runs and 75 RBI for Indiana in 2010 en route to not only being named Big Ten Player of the Year, but also taking home the league’s Triple Crown.  He represented Team USA on the Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2010 between his sophomore and junior seasons at IU.  Dickerson hit .290 (20-for-69) with four doubles in 18 games for Scottsdale in the recently-completed Arizona Fall League, including taking home the N.L. title in the inaugural Bowman Hitting Challenge.”

Neither Jones nor Dickerson will play in Fort Wayne, but they both seem to represent quality additions to the San Diego MiLB ranks. Here’s an article about Dickerson’s improvement over the course of the 2013 season:

This is a scouting report on Jones: and some analysis:

More news as it comes across the wire. We’re still waiting to hear word of who the next TinCaps manager will be, too.



Lorde…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.



And Decker is the only player to hit a home run into the Treetops seats in right field.

Clark Murphy did it last year, too.

I must have missed that game…thanx for the update.

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