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Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:29 pm

Notebook: TinCaps' rotation receiving boost

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

The San Diego Padres traded their closer, Fernando Rodney, on Thursday, and the Single-A pitcher the Padres received in return is being assigned to the TinCaps.

The 20-year-old Chris Paddack went 2-0 with an 0.95 ERA in six starts this year for Greensboro, the low-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Fort Wayne is the Padres' low-A affiliate.

"That'll be cool to see," TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras said. "I watched a little video on him and saw his numbers. They're pretty impressive."

Paddack, though not included in MLB.com's ranking of the top 30 Miami prospects, appears to be one on the rise. In 28 1/3 innings this year, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound righty has 48 strikeouts compared to two walks and only nine hits given up.

“The results speak for themselves,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s a big body, 90-95 mph. He pitches with his fastball – a ton of strikes – and the changeup is a good pitch. The breaking ball continues to develop. We were looking at an opportunity to add somebody that our scouts think a lot of."

Paddack replaces J.C. Cosme, who is going to the bullpen, as the TinCaps will stay with a five-man rotation.

"Cosme's going to go to the pen to kind of limit his innings," Contreras said. "Just to give him a blow because he's been going hard all year."

Community outreach: One addition to the earlier note on the TinCaps' partnership with city officials to better the facilities for the Elmhurst Little League: The TinCaps actually had staffers out at Mason Park on Thursday afternoon putting up new green screens and pitch guards.

“We’re honored to take part in a fun project to enhance experiences for baseball players as we want to encourage positive growth and sportsmanship in a competitive learning environment,” TinCaps president Mike Nutter said in a statement issued by the city. “We’re fortunate to be part of a community that values baseball and helping others.”

Career milestones: Ex-TinCap Franchy Cordero was promoted today to Double-A San Antonio. He hit .286 with five homers and 35 RBI for high-A Lake Elsinore. Another ex-TinCap, Hunter Renfore, was selected for the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be held July 13 in North Carolina. Renfore is hitting .325 with 18 homers and 69 RBI.

Up next: The TinCaps open a three-game series at Lake County on Friday night with Jake Nix pitching against the Captains' Brock Hartson.