The TinCaps' August roster turnover continued Friday when right-handed reliever Caleb Boushley became the latest Fort Wayne player to move up to a higher level. Boushley is the third pitcher in the last week to get promoted, following fellow reliever Travis Radke and starter Aaron Leasher. He'll join Leasher at High-A Lake Elsinore, while Radke went to Double-A San Antonio.
Boushley (pronounced BOZ-lee) has been one of the TinCaps' workhorse relievers, appearing in 31 games, all out of the bullpen, and pitching 60 1/3 innings. The latter figure is the highest for any Fort Wayne pitcher that hasn't started a game. He was often a bridge between the TinCaps' excellent starting pitching and Radke and Evan Miller holding down the late innings. The 24-year-old right-hander went 5-3 with a 2.54 ERA and struck out 60 while walking 13. He leaves a hole in the middle of the Fort Wayne bullpen, which has already been depleted by the loss of Radke, the team's closer.
To try to plug that hole, the Padres sent left-handed reliever Danny Sexton to the TinCaps to take Boushley's roster spot. Sexton signed with the Padres as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and struggled in his first stint in organized baseball, posting a 6.75 ERA with the rookie-ball Arizona League Padres. Sexton was better with the AZL Padres this season, compiling a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings while striking out 13 and walking three. He joins Reiss Knehr, Dylan Coleman and Jose Quezada as newcomers to the Fort Wayne bullpen who will have to pitch well if the TinCaps are going to secure a playoff spot in the season's final three weeks.