Franchy Cordero endured a nightmare April with Fort Wayne before the Padres sent him down.
Bryan Verbitsky and Chase Jensen also spent time with the TinCaps this season. Neither lit the world on fire.
But the trio found a groove at short-season Eugene, and each was among 50 players named to the Northwest League All-Star Game.
TinCaps manager Michael Collins was pleased to see Cordero, Jensen and Verbitsky receive recognition.
“Of course, it’s all about trying to get to that next level,” Collins said. “This is a step in that right direction. Obviously, a step back to go there (Eugene), but then another step forward to go down there, have the success they’ve had and make that All-Star team. Real happy.”
Entering Friday, Verbitsky had 14 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 14 appearances for the Emeralds.
Jensen was hitting .308 with two homers, nine RBI and an .800 OPS.
Cordero is still making a ton of errors, just as he did as a TinCap, but he no longer looks lost at the plate, too. The shortstop’s OPS with Fort Wayne was .472. It’s .794 in 36 games for Eugene.
Don’t blink: TinCaps starter Kyle Lloyd needed only four pitches to get through the second inning in Friday’s 6-2 win over Beloit.
“I don’t know about fewest ever,” he said. “I think I’ve had a couple with three. It’s always nice to have a quick one like that.”
Rotation: After the game, Collins revealed his rotation for the next few games after Jeffery Enloe’s start on Saturday. Ronald Herrera will pitch Sunday, followed by Yimmi Brasoban on Monday. At Great Lakes beginning Tuesday, the pitchers will be Cody Hebner, Lloyd and Enloe in succession.
Ouch: TinCaps first baseman Jake Bauers was hit by a pitch square on the right knee in the third. After being attended to by Collins and a trainer, Bauers stayed in the game, despite having spent several moments bent over in pain.
Local kid: Beloit catcher Josh Ludy, born in Fort Wayne and an alumnus of Jay County High School, did not play a night after making his season debut.
What is next: The TinCaps open a three-game set with Wisconsin Saturday, sending out Enloe (2-3, 2.19 ERA) against a Timber Rattlers starter yet to be named.