Padres sign deal with Class A Fort Wayne

Padres sign deal with Class A Fort Wayne

Padres sign deal with Class A Fort Wayne
PHOENIX -- No one was happier that the Padres were able to sign their player development contract with the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Tuesday than Randy Smith, the Padres vice president of player development and international scouting.

The Padres deal with Fort Wayne runs through the 2014 season.

"It's probably one of the most desirable spots in all of baseball and not just the Midwest League," Smith said. "We have had a great relationship there. They provide a lot of us and we've provided them a great product."

The TinCaps recently lost in the Midwest League championship series, but have reached the playoffs nine times in 12 years since becoming the Class A affiliate of the Padres.

Smith knows that Fort Wayne and its downtown ballpark, Parkview Field, which opened in 2009, were not only a very attractive option for the Padres, but for other Major League teams looking to potentially move their Class A affiliates as well.

"They could have had their choice of anyone in that league," Smith said. "It's very desirable spot. I'm sure a lot of others were interested."

The 2013 season will mark the 15th-consecutive year of the Padres and TinCaps affiliation. Since the club moved to Parkview Field, the TinCaps have posted a 309-250 (.553) record, second-best in the Midwest League over that span.