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tincaps players profiles

Brian Adams

Position: Outfielder

Height/weight: 6-4/215

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 19

Hometown: Gainesville, Ga.

Scouting report: Played both baseball and football (wide receiver) at the University of Kentucky. … Drafted in eighth round in 2012.

Corey Adamson

Position: Outfielder

Height/weight: 6-2/185

Bats/throws: L/R

Age: 21

Hometown: Bullsbrook, Australia

Scouting report: Took 18 at-bats with the TinCaps in ’11, picking up three hits and one RBI. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on July 2, 2008.

Jeremy Baltz

Position: Outfielder

Height/weight: 6-3/195

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Vestal, N.Y.

Scouting report: Made TinCaps debut in the 2012 postseason, appearing in five games. ... Selected by the Padres in the second round of the 2012 draft.

Erik Cabrera

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-1/180

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Nizao, Dominican Republic

Scouting report: Made TinCaps debut on Aug. 6, 2012. … Started five games for TinCaps and went 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 1/3 innings. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on May 27, 2011.

Felix Cabrera

Position: Infielder

Height/weight: 6-0/170

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 23

Hometown: Nizao, Dominican Republic

Scouting report: Played for four clubs in 2012. … Joined the TinCaps in June, batting .209 in 43 at-bats. … Finished ’12 in Eugene. … Signed by the Padres as an undrafted free agent on April 24, 2009.

Leonel Campos

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-3/185

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 25

Hometown: Valera, Venezuela

Scouting report: Played in the Venezuelan Winter League in 2010. ... Did not play in 2012 due to injury. … Signed by the Padres as an undrafted free agent on Dec. 21, 2010.

Stephen Carmon

Position: Infielder

Height/weight: 5-7/155

Bats/throws: L/R

Age: 23

Hometown: Eagle Lake, Fla.

Scouting report: Debuted in 2012 with Eugene. … Selected by the Padres in the 10th round of the 2012 draft.

Rodney Daal

Position: Catcher

Height/weight: 5-11/190

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 19

Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Scouting report: Split time in 2012 between the Arizona League Padres and Eugene. … In 85 at-bats in Arizona, produced a .306 average, hitting 2 HR and 11 RBI. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on Aug. 16, 2010.

Zach Eflin

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-4/200

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 18

Hometown: Chuluota, Fla.

Scouting report: Debuted with the Arizona League Padres in 2012. … Pitched seven innings over four games, starting three, giving up six earned runs on nine hits. ... Selected by the Padres in the supplemental first round (33rd overall) in the 2012 draft.

Max Fried

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-4/185

Bats/throws: L/L

Age: 19

Hometown: Van Nuys, Calif.

Scouting report: Pitched for the Arizona League Padres in 2012. … Threw 17 2/3 innings over 10 games (9 starts) … Struck out 17, while giving up 14 hits and six walks. … Posted a 3.57 ERA. … Rawlings Preseason All-American (2012). ... Selected by the Padres in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2012 draft.

Diego Goris

Position: Infielder

Height/weight: 6-2/165

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Santiago, Dominican Republic

Scouting report: Traded to Kansas City by Pittsburgh after the 2011 season. … Selected by the Padres from Kansas City in the minor league phase of the 2012 Rule Five draft on Dec. 6, 2012.

Tayron Guerrero

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-7/189

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Boca Chica, Colombia

Scouting report: Started 2012 with the Arizona League Padres. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on Dec. 18, 2009.

Justin Hancock

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-4/185

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Defiance, Ohio

Scouting report: Began 2012 campaign with TinCaps. … Went 0-4 with a 6.95 ERA. … Started two games and came out of bullpen 11 times, tossing 33 2/3 innings. … Fanned 23 batters and walked 20. … Pitched 72 2/3 innings for Eugene, posting a 5-2 record with a 1.61 ERA. … Selected by the Padres in the ninth round of the 2011 draft.

Roman Madrid

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-0/185

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Hobbs, N.M.

Scouting report: Appeared in 31 games out of the bullpen in 2012 for Eugene, saving 31 games. … In 37 1/3 innings, had a 7-0 record with a 2.89 ERA. … Selected by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.

Alberth Martinez

Position: Outfielder

Height/weight: 6-1/170

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: San Felix, Venezuela

Scouting report: In 2012, spent April with TinCaps. … Hit .129 in 62 at-bats with four doubles and three RBI. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on Nov. 26, 2009.

Ruben Mejia

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-1/175

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 21

Scouting report: Pitched for the TinCaps in 2012. … Had a 2-6 record and 4.29 ERA over 79 2/3 innings in 15 starts and seven relief outings. … Obtained by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on July 2, 2008.

Chris Nunn

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-5/200

Bats/throws: L/L

Age: 22

Hometown: Cordova, Tenn.

Scouting report: Threw 31 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for Eugene in 2012 and gave up two runs (0.57 ERA). … Selected by the Padres in the 24th round of the 2012 draft.

Dane Phillips

Position: Catcher

Height/weight: 6-1/195

Bats/throws: L/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Nacogdoches, Texas

Scouting report: Appeared in 69 games with Eugene in 2012. … Hit .226 in 234 at bats, with 17 doubles, four home runs and 30 RBI. … Selected by the Padres in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft.

Gabriel Quintana

Position: Infield

Height/weight: 6-2/190

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 20

Hometown: Azua, Dominican Republic

Scouting report: Began 2012 season in the Arizona League and finished in Eugene. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on Nov. 2, 2009.

Genison Reyes

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-5/190

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 21

Hometown: Villas Rivas, Dominican Republic

Scouting report: Spent 2012 in Eugene. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on Aug. 12, 2010.

Joe Ross

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-3/185

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 19

Hometown: Oakland, Calif.

Scouting report: Ranked No. 9 Padres prospect by Baseball America prior to 2012 season. ... Began 2012 with TinCaps. … Started six games with a 6.26 ERA in 27 1/3 innings. … Struck out 27 batters and walked 11. … Selected by the Padres in the first round (25th overall) of the 2011 draft.

Matthew Shepherd

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-3/185

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 22

Hometown: Bluff City, Tenn.

Scouting report: Pitched for Eugene in 2012. … Selected by the Padres in the 31st round of the 2012 draft.

Mallex Smith

Position: Outfielder

Height/weight: 5-9/155

Bats/throws: L/R

Age: 19

Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.

Scouting report: First appeared with the Arizona League Padres in 2012. … Swiped 13 bases in 16 attempts. … Selected by the Padres in the fifth round of the 2012 draft.

Luis Tejada

Position: Outfielder

Height/weight: 6-3/175

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 20

Hometown: Constanza, Dominican Republic

Scouting report: Played for the Arizona League Padres in 2012. … Signed by the Padres as a nondrafted free agent on Jan. 16, 2010.

Maxx Tissenbaum

Position: Infielder

Height/weight: 5-10/185

Bats/throws: S/R

Age: 21

Hometown: Toronto

Scouting report: Selected by the Padres in the 11th round of the 2012 draft. … Played three seasons at Stony Brook University where he was a teammate of 2012 TinCaps OF Travis Jankowski.

Walker Weickel

Position: Pitcher

Height/weight: 6-6/195

Bats/throws: R/R

Age: 19

Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Scouting report: Pitched for the Arizona League Padres in 2012. … Member of 2011 Team USA U-18 team that played for Pan-America Championship in Colombia. … Selected by the Padres in the supplemental first round of the 2012 draft.

Coaching staff

MANAGER

Jose Valentin

Age: 44

Hometown: Manati, Puerto Rico

Bio: Second season as TinCaps manager; in 2012 led Fort Wayne to the Midwest League Championship Series; played 16 seasons in the major leagues for four teams.

PITCHING COACH

Burt Hooton

Age: 63

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Bio: A veteran of 15 major league seasons, Hooton, a native of Greenville, Texas, spent his career with the Chicago Cubs (1971-75), Los Angeles Dodgers (1975-84) and Texas Rangers (1985); threw a no-hitter for the Cubs in his fourth major league start on April 16, 1972; finished his career with a 151-136 (.526) record.

HITTING COACH

Morgan Burkhart

Age: 40

Hometown: St. Louis

Bio: First year as a minor league coach; played for Boston in 2000 and 2001, and for Kansas City in 2003; managerial experience includes stints with the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League and the independent Calgary Vipers.

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