Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Fort Wayne TinCaps will be well represented at the Midwest League All-Star Game, as the San Diego Padres Low-A Affiliate will be sending Luis Campusano, Aaron Leasher, Nick Margevicius and Travis Radke to the All-Star Game.
Radke was the only member of the group not to be selected in the 2017 MLB Draft by A.J. Preller, instead he was selected in the 2014.
Campusano, 19, was a 2nd round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft. He has a batting line of .297/.359/.391 with three home runs and 22 RBI. He has done a good job of selecting his pitches, walking 13 times while striking out in 20 at-bats. The young catcher has also thrown out six would-be base stealers.
Margevicius, 21, was selected in the 7th round of the 2017 MLB Draft and has been one of the headlines of the Fort Wayne rotation. The left-hander has a 2.65 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 51 innings pitched while starting nine games. Margevicius has struck out 53 batters while walking only nine batters and has surrendered 15 runs. Margevicius told EVT it was “an honor to be selected to the All-Star team to represent the TinCaps and the Padres” while giving thanks to his coaches, teammates and family for the lessons and support they have given him throughout the year.
Leasher, 22, was the 6th round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and has also been a mainstay in the Fort Wayne rotation, tossing 52 2/3 innings while compiling a 3.02 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Leasher has struck out 54 batters while walking 19 batters. Leasher has started in nine games and should continue to start in the future.
Radke, 25, was selected in the 25th round of the 2014 MLB Draft and has acted primarily as a reliever. The lefty has thrown in 18 games, collecting eight saves in 11 opportunities. He packs a 1.97 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP, striking out 50 batters while walking a mere six. The Padres seem content keeping him as a reliever for the time being.
With three of the four players playing in only their first season of full-season pro ball, credit must be given to A.J. Preller and the San Diego scouting department for finding such talented young men to fill the system with. Fort Wayne will be well represented at All-Star games in both the present and future.