Another 2009 TinCap Makes it to the Show

'09 Team Extends Record for Number of Major Leaguers on a Single-A Team

By Kevin Fitzgerald / Fort Wayne TinCaps | September 16, 2015 11:13 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Last September, the 2009 Midwest League Championship-winning TinCaps team made history by sending its 17th former player to the big leagues. According to Sports-Reference.com President Sean Forman, no other Single-A team in MiLB history has produced more future major leaguers.

Cody Decker became the 19th on Sunday after Allan Dykstra made his Major League debut back on April 8 for the Tampa Bay Rays. Decker was promoted to the San Diego Padres roster after spending the entire 2015 season with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.

"That was one of the best single-A teams ever," TinCaps President Mike Nutter said of the 2009 squad that won a franchise-record 94 regular-season games. "It was a historic season that started a run of seven straight playoff appearances. I'm very proud of the players' hard work, and it's great to see their abilities and perseverance rewarded."

The previous high for MLB players produced from a Class A team was 16. That was a mark shared by the 2003 Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League, as well as the 1956 Augusta Tigers and 1963 Knoxville Smokies of the South Atlantic League.

In all, since 1993, 144 former Fort Wayne Wizards and TinCaps have gone on to play in the majors.

 

1 RHP Mat Latos  July 19, 2009 - San Diego Padres
2 OF Blake Tekotte  May 5, 2011 - San Diego Padres
3 RHP Anthony Bass  June 13, 2011 - San Diego Padres
4 INF James Darnell  August 9, 2011 - San Diego Padres
5 INF Andy Parrino  August 26, 2011 - San Diego Padres
6 RHP Brad Brach  August 31, 2011 - San Diego Padres
7 C Ali Solis  September 26, 2012 - San Diego Padres
8 RHP Erik Davis  June 2, 2013 - Washington Nationals
9 OF Jaff Decker  June 20, 2013 - San Diego Padres
10 RHP Simon Castro  July 5, 2013 - Chicago White Sox
11 LHP Colt Hynes  July 14, 2013 - San Diego Padres
12 INF Dean Anna  April 4, 2014 - New York Yankees
13 INF Vince Belnome  July 3, 2014 - Tampa Bay Rays
14 OF Daniel Robertson  May 2, 2014 - Texas Rangers
15 INF Cole Figueroa  May 16, 2014 - Tampa Bay Rays
16 LHP Nick Greenwood  June 16, 2014 - St. Louis Cardinals
17 INF Matt Clark  September 2, 2014 - Milwaukee Brewers
18 INF Allan Dykstra April 8, 2015 - Tampa Bay Rays
19 INF Cody Decker September 14, 2015 - San Diego Padres

*2009 TinCaps Manager Doug Dascenzo is currently the Chicago Cubs Minor League Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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