Padres Extend Player Development Agreement With Fort Wayne


The Padres are proving they are willing to spend money to keep some of San Diego’s best players in a Padres uniform, something that has lacked in previous years under John Moores.

The Padres have done a terrific job gaining the fans’ trust with the recent contract extensions of Carlos Quentin, Huston Street, Mark Kotsay and Chris Denorfia.

While this spending splurge is nice, the Friars know they don’t have the same bank accounts as the New York Yankees or Texas Rangers, so the emphasis on player development is that much greater.

Today, the Padres showed their commitment to player development by extending their player development contract with Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest league through the 2014 season, according to a press release.

“Continuing our relationship with the TinCaps was a top priority for us,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes in a team relase.

“The winning tradition instilled at Parkview Field and with the city of Fort Wayne makes the environment an ideal place for our players to grow. We look forward to another two successful years with the TinCaps organization.”

The Padres have been affiliated with the Midwest League since 1999; in that span the TinCaps have compiled a 970-973 record, including a 69-71 record this year.

The TinCaps did manage to make it to the playoffs this year for the fourth consecutive year.

Some of the Padres top prospects like Austin Hedges, Jace Peterson and Travis Jankowski have played for Fort Wayne this year.

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