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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Fernando Tatis Jr of the TinCaps triples to left field in front of Lansing catcher Javier Hernandez in the third inning Friday at Parkview Field.

Saturday, July 08, 2017 12:30 am

Notebook: TinCaps' Tatis in top-100 rankings

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Fernando Tatis Jr. has broken into MLB's ranking of the top 100 prospects in the minor leagues.

The TinCaps' shortstop was No. 100 on the updated list released Friday. He is the only current Fort Wayne player on the list.

The top three prospects, in order, are Yoan Moncada of the Chicago White Sox, Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees and Amed Rosario of the New York Mets.

Anderson Espinoza, a former starting pitcher for the TinCaps, is No. 18 on MLB's list, and Jake Bauers, who played first base for Fort Wayne in 2014, checks in at No. 62. Another ex-TinCap, lefty Max Fried, is No. 89, and former Fort Wayne second baseman Luis Urias is No. 94 on the list.

Baseball America also published a new ranking Friday featuring 101 names. Tatis is 101st. On that list, Bauers is 66th, Espinoza 64th, Urias 37th and ex-TinCap Cal Quantrill 21st.

The Atlanta Braves have the most prospects on Baseball America's list, nine, followed by the Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies with seven apiece.

Early departure: Plate umpire Randy Wilmes called Buddy Reed out on strikes tonight to end the sixth inning of the TinCaps' 6-4 win over Lansing. Reed argued. Wilmes ejected him. Rod Boykin took over in center field in the seventh. Batting in the No. 2 spot for Fort Wayne, Reed likely didn't mind an early end to his evening. He struck out in all four plate appearances.

Variety is the spice: Jim McDade earned his first win as a TinCap and liked the fact that he wasn't dependent on any one part of his arsenal to succeed against the Lugnuts.

"No pitch in particular was dominant," McDade said. "I think I did a good enough job mixing everything." 

It didn't hurt that Lansing's fearsome duo of Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. were promoted on the eve of McDade's outing.

"I mean, I was welcoming the challenge if they were in the lineup," McDade said. "I can't complain that they weren't. They're two very, very good hitters."