Andrew Werner, a member of the 2011 Fort Wayne TinCaps, became the 111th former Fort Wayne player to reach the major leagues, as he made his Major League Baseball debut Wednesday for the San Diego Padres.
In his Padres debut the left-hander worked six innings and gave up two runs. He struck out two and walked four and got the win as the Padres defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2.
Werner, 25, made 12 starts for the TinCaps in 2011, posting a 2-6 record with 3.44 ERA. In 68 innings he struck out 52 and walked 13. He had gone 5-10 with a 3.70 ERA over 22 starts between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson this season.
The West Peoria, Ill., native signed with the Padres as a free agent in 2010. He had previously played in the independent Frontier League after finishing his career at the University of Indianapolis.