44 Former Fort Wayne Players in Big Leagues So Far This Season
August 25, 2020
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Former TinCaps star Fernando Tatis Jr. has established himself as the most exciting player in Major League Baseball, but he isn’t the only Fort Wayne alum in the big leagues this year. Through the first half of the 2020 MLB season, 44 former Fort Wayne TinCaps
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Former TinCaps star Fernando Tatis Jr. has established himself as the most exciting player in Major League Baseball, but he isn’t the only Fort Wayne alum in the big leagues this year. Through the first half of the 2020 MLB season, 44 former Fort Wayne TinCaps and Wizards players have appeared in The Show with 20 different clubs.
Midway through MLB’s 60-game schedule, Tatis hasn’t just been the most exciting big leaguer, he’s been arguably the best overall. The 21-year-old shortstop who called Fort Wayne home in 2017, currently leads the way in home runs (12), RBIs (29), and runs scored (29). He was named the National League’s Player of the Week on Aug. 9.
Sparked by Tatis, the 18-12 San Diego Padres have baseball’s longest active winning streak at seven games and are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second most wins in the NL, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers. Including Tatis, 11 TinCaps alums have played for the Padres this season.
Meanwhile, Atlanta Braves ace Max Fried, who pitched for the ’Caps in 2013 and part of ’14, has the lowest ERA in the National League at 1.32. Dinelson Lamet of the Padres, a 2015 alum, ranks second in the NL in batting average against (.147), third in strikeouts (45) and fourth in ERA (1.89).
Bryan, Ohio, native Matt Wisler, a 2012 TinCap, has been an effective pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, who are tied with the Oakland A’s for baseball’s best record. Wisler has a 1.29 ERA over 14 innings pitched in eight appearances. He was recently featured by MLB.com for how he’s accomplished his success this season, relying heavily on his slider. Also of local interest, Josh VanMeter, from Ossian, Ind., has hit one home run for the Cincinnati Reds.
Before the 2020 season began, there were 65 former Fort Wayne players announced on Summer Camp rosters across 21 different teams. A year ago, a record-high 57 Fort Wayne alums played in the majors. Since the franchise’s inception in 1993, there have been 189 players ascend to the big leagues.
Note: Fort Wayne was known as the Wizards from 1993-2008 before rebranding as the TinCaps in 2009.
Former Fort Wayne Players in Major League Baseball in 2020 (through Aug. 24)