The Fort Wayne TinCaps extended their player development contract with the San Diego Padres through the 2014 season. The agreement between the TinCaps and the Padres will extend the relationship between the two clubs for two more years, through the 2013 and 2014 seasons. It will mark the 15th and 16th consecutive years that the two franchises have been affiliated with one another.
"We are very happy to continue what has been a productive and mutually beneficial relationship with the San Diego Padres," Fort Wayne president Mike Nutter said. "Baseball fans in Fort Wayne have been treated to top-notch talent on the field and exemplary individuals in the community, too. We have enjoyed working with the Padres since 1999, and look forward to watching the future stars of the franchise continue to develop here at Parkview Field."
Fort Wayne has reached the playoffs every season since 2009, a streak of four consecutive seasons. It's the longest current streak in the Midwest League. The TinCaps have reached the Midwest League finals twice in the last four years, and won the league championship in 2009.
The Padres have sent 22 supplemental first-round or first-round picks to Fort Wayne. Recent notable first or supplemental first-round picks to play in Fort Wayne include Travis Jankowski (2012), Jace Peterson (2012), Donavan Tate (2011, 2012), Cory Spangenberg (2011), Jaff Decker (2009) and Cory Luebke (2007, 2008).