The TinCaps' pitching rotation continues to experience significant turnover. Earlier in the week, left-handers Osvaldo Hernandez and MacKenzie Gore went on the disabled list on back-to-back days. Today, fellow left-hander Ben Sheckler was promoted from Fort Wayne to Lake Elsinore, leaving another hole in the TinCap rotation. To fill that spot, the Padres promoted hard-throwing right-hander Henry Henry from short-season Tri-City.
Sheckler ended his time in Fort Wayne on a sour note, giving up nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday. Otherwise, however, the 6-foot-8 left-hander was mostly solid. He spent the majority of the season pitching as a long reliever (making 26 appearances out of the bullpen) before moving to the rotation in July. The 23-year-old went 1-5 with a 4.29 ERA and was a durable pitcher capable of throwing in almost any situation.
The delightfully-named Henry Henry spent the first few weeks of the season pitching out of the Fort Wayne bullpen and struggled mightily. He threw hard, but his command was lackluster and he was sent to extended spring training April 23 with a 19.89 ERA (not a typo). He has been in the Tri-City rotation since the Dust Devils' season began on June 15 and has been much better, going 4-3 with a 3.32 ERA. He's also walked just 1.66 batter per nine innings, one of the best marks in that league for a starter. His command has been especially good recently, as he's given out just one free pass total in his last four starts, all of which have gone at least five innings. It remains to be seen whether these improvements will carry over to the Midwest League, but Henry will start an important game Sunday, so the organization seems to have some faith in him.
The TinCaps take on the South Bend Cubs at 7 p.m. tonight, looking to snap a six-game losing streak.