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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette The TinCaps' Jalen Washington catches the ball as the Captains' Todd Isaacs runs back to first in the third inning at Parkview Field on Wednesday.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 12:10 am

TinCaps roster ever-changing

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps have had one of the youngest rosters in the Midwest League. At one point during the season, the six youngest players in the league resided in Fort Wayne. Between the youth, the laundry list of players on the disabled list (eight) and the constant turnover of roster (54 different players), that could come into play down the stretch.

"It (mistakes) comes with the territory of being so young at this level," TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras said. "The hardest job for me is trying to keep them on the straight and narrow and focused for the whole game. They understand what they have to do but it's easier said than done."

Despite the revolving door of Padres prospects coming through Fort Wayne, Contreras said the vibe and the atmosphere in the clubhouse remains the same.

"These guys know each other really well. They've had some kind of interaction before they joined each other on this team," Contreras said. "They don't skip a beat. Everyone knows what minor league baseball is about; you become tight knit really quickly, especially because we're all trying to achieve this goal."

Contreras welcomes the idea that with so many TinCaps on the disabled list – with little promise any of them will return before the end of the regular season – some of the newer, or deeper roster players will get the opportunity to perform.

"A lot of the guys that were out of the bottom of the rotation, and new guys that are coming in from lower levels, they're going to be able to show what they're all about," Contreras said. "It's good; that's what minor league baseball is all about. It's about opportunity and you never know when it's going to happen."

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