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2012 Ems Moving Up the Ladder
05/15/2013 4:52 PM ET

With Pat Murphy once again at the helm for the Eugene Emeralds, the San Diego Padres affiliate enjoyed a successful 2012 campaign, going 47-29 in their Northwest League campaign. A good portion of that squad comprises the 2013 Ft Wayne TinCaps who are off to a hot start in the Midwest League with a record of 22-14. Here's a look at what these former Emeralds have been up to in the early going.

Justin Hancock

Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Justin Hancock made his debut in Eugene in 2012. He appeared in 15 games, going 5-2 with an impressive 1.61 ERA. Hancock finished his 2012 in Fort Wayne where his numbers were not as impressive as they were in an Ems uniform. In his 13 appearances he went 0-4 with a 6.95 ERA.

However, the start of 2013 has been much kinder to the right-hander from Defiance, Ohio. Through six appearances he is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

Roman Madrid

The San Diego Padres drafted Roman Madrid in the 7th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of the University of Central Florida. Madrid arrived in Eugene in summer 2012 and was nothing less than splendid during the season.

During the 31 games he pitched in an Ems uniform, Madrid went 7-0 with an impressive 2.89 ERA. The success the 22-year-old right-hander continued into 2013 when he was sent to Fort Wayne.

Through his 16 appearances in Fort Wayne thus far, Madrid is 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched.

Maxx Tissenbaum

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Maxx Tissenbaum was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 11th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

After being drafted, Tissenbaum made a quick stop in the Arizona Rookie League before arriving in Eugene in Summer 2012. He donned an Ems uniform for 47 games, and during his stint he batted .296 with a .403 on base percentage.

Tissenbaum started his 2013 campaign in Fort Wayne and so far through 33 games he is batting .233 with 12 RBI.

Jeremy Baltz

Drafted out of St. John's University in Queens, New York, in the 2nd round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Jeremy Baltz began his journey to the major leagues in Eugene.

In his summer in Oregon, Baltz appeared in 70 games where he batted .281 with 5 homeruns and 43 RBI.

After his season in an Emeralds uniform, Baltz was promoted to Fort Wayne where he began the 2013 campaign. Through 32 games, he is currently batting .248 with 4 homeruns and 25 RBI.

Gabriel Quintana

Drafted as a 20 year old from Azua, Dominican Republic, Gabriel Quintana spent the latter part of his 2012 summer in Eugene donning an Emeralds uniform. During his 16 games played in Oregon, Quintana batted .230 with a .311 slugging percentage.

Following the completion of the 2012 season, Quintana was sent to Fort Wayne, where through 32 games in 2013 he has enjoyed an improved batting average of .305 and a .445 slugging percentage.

Brandon Alger

Brandon Alger was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Alger made his debut in Eugene that summer and appeared in 15 games for the Emeralds. In these 15 outings, he went 4-1 with a quality 2.32 ERA. Following his 2012 season, Alger was sent to Lake Elsinore where his results have not been as impressive.

Through seven apperances, Alger is 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA.

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