FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The San Diego Padres announced the Opening Day roster for the 2016 Fort Wayne TinCaps on Friday. The TinCaps will begin the season with nine of the Padres' Top 30 Prospects, according to MLB.com's rankings. The roster also includes six players who've previously played for the TinCaps.
CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE ROSTER
"Things are shaping up for this to be a fantastic season both on the field and off," TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. "Of course at this level it's especially difficult to predict how things will pan out, but it seems like the Padres have provided a bevy of exciting young players for fans to come see at Parkview Field this season."
As announced in January, former 2008 Fort Wayne Wizards infielder Anthony Contreras is the TinCaps' new manager. (Last year's skipper, Francisco Morales, was promoted by the Padres to manage San Diego's Advanced-A affiliate in Lake Elsinore, Calif.)
A year ago, Contreras managed the Padres' Class A Short Season club, the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco, Wash. Under his leadership, Tri-City went 42-34, won a division title, and reached the Northwest League Finals. The TinCaps' 2016 Opening Day roster features 13 players who spent at least part of last summer with Contreras in Tri-City.
Fort Wayne's roster could also be further bolstered midway through the season as the Padres own three of the first 25 picks in June's MLB Draft. Moreover, San Diego has six of the top 85 selections.
The TinCaps open the 2016 season this Thursday, April 7 (6:30 p.m.) on the road against the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians). Opening Night at Parkview Field, featuring a Parkview Health magnet schedule giveaway and postgame fireworks presented by Auto Care on the Go, is Saturday, April 9 (6:05 p.m.).
Before then, fans can Meet the Team as part of a free event presented by MetroPCS on Wednesday night (exact start time TBA).
See below for a further breakdown of this year's Opening Day roster.
Top 30 Prospects on 2016 TinCaps Opening Day Roster
4. Ruddy Giron, SS
8. Austin Smith, RHP
9. Logan Allen, LHP
10. Jacob Nix, RHP
11. Michael Gettys, OF
14. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP
22. Phil Maton, RHP
27. Austin Allen, C
30. Jean Cosme, RHP
Returning TinCaps on 2016 Opening Day Roster
Taylor Cox, LHP (2015)
Michael Gettys, OF (2015)
Ruddy Giron, SS (2015)
Walker Lockett, RHP (2014-15)
River Stevens, INF (2014)
Luis Tejada, INF/OF (2013-15)
2016 TinCaps Roster Breakdown
States/Territories/Countries Represented by Hometowns: 13
(Alabama, California, Dominican Republic, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Mexico, Missouri, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Tennessee)
Drafted, Signed Out of High School: 7
Drafted, Signed Out of College: 13
International Signings: 5
2010 Padres International Signing: 1
2012 Padres Draft Class: 2
2012 Padres International Signing: 2
2013 Padres Draft Class: 1
2013 Padres International Signing: 1
2014 Padres Draft Class: 2
2015 Padres Draft Class: 12
Acquired by Padres Via Trade: 4
Right-Handed Pitchers: 10
Left-Handed Pitchers: 3
Right-Handed Hitters: 7
Left-Handed Hitters: 5
Time with 2015 TinCaps: 5
Time with 2014 TinCaps: 3
Time with 2013 TinCaps: 1
Majority of 2015 with TinCaps: 4
Majority of 2015 with Lake Elsinore Storm (Advanced-A): 1
Majority of 2015 with Tri-City Dust Devils (Short Season-A): 10
Majority of 2015 with Peoria Padres (Rookie): 6
Majority of 2015 with Another Organization: 3
Did Not Play in 2015 Due to Injury: 1
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.