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Rain delays debut of TinCaps pitcher

– Fort Wayne’s newest pitching addition, Walker Weickel, was set for his first start in a TinCaps uniform Tuesday at West Michigan after joining the team that morning.

Then, the rain came.

The TinCaps’ second game against the Whitecaps was postponed because of the weather. The game will be made up at a later date in a doubleheader, although the details of that make-up game are yet to be determined.

Weickel, who was selected 55th overall in the 2012 MLB supplemental draft and took part in an extended spring training before joining the TinCaps, replaced 23-year-old infielder Felix Cabrera on the Fort Wayne roster. Cabrera moved on to the Padres’ Short Season A affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds.

Weickel, a 19-year-old right-hander, joins a TinCaps rotation stocked with young talent. He is the fourth pitcher on the current roster who was selected among the top-55 picks in the past two drafts.

Weickel posted a 4.50 ERA in a rookie league stint with the Arizona League Padres. He is scheduled to start today’s game, with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.