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Friday, November 01, 2019 6:50 pm

Recent TinCaps vying for trip to Olympics

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Former TinCaps second baseman Xavier Edwards, who was a Midwest League All-Star in 2019 with Fort Wayne, is the youngest member of Team USA Baseball as the United States tries to clinch a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 event that begins Saturday.

Edwards is one five former TinCaps players and coaches who will be participating in the event, though he is the only player on the Team USA roster. His fellow 2019 Midwest League All-Star, reliever Henry Henry, will be pitching for the Dominican Republic, while another 2019 TinCaps pitcher, Franklin Van Gurp, will be working for the Netherlands. Going further back into TinCaps history, first baseman Matt Clark will be playing for Team Mexico. Clark was a member of the TinCaps' 2009 Midwest League championship team, hitting 11 home runs and driving in 55 that season, and played 16 games in the majors for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014. 

Also participating in the event is former Fort Wayne manager Michael Collins, who will be a coach for Team Australia. Collins led the TinCaps to the playoffs in 2014, his lone season at the helm, and was a coach with the Houston Astros this season as they won the American League pennant.

Team USA opens play today with a matchup against the Netherlands and is in Group A with the Dutch, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Games will be played in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

dsinn@jg.net