Fort Wayne TinCaps Notebook I

Fort Wayne TinCaps manager Doug Dascenzo had a message for his kids after an All-Star break that saw the San Diego Padres Low-A affiliate win the first half division crowd.

"Play the second half with as much hustle, desire, passion and fun as you did in the first half," Dascenzo said.

  • Justin Baum was sitting in the Chicago airport next to Yefri Carvajal waiting for a connecting flight to Fort Wayne. They were both products of the massive movement within the system on Thursday that saw many a name promoted.

    Baum, for his part, was excited, despite the demotion. With Logan Forsythe and James Darnell moving up the ladder, Baum is essentially on his own in Fort Wayne.

    "I get to play everyday," Baum noted. And in his first at-bat, the third baseman produced a double into the gap that scored a run.

    "Justin Baum played terrific defense today," Dascenzo added.

  • Parkview Field reminds of a Camden Yards style ball park with its brick façade in right field and its picturesque backdrop of downtown Fort Wayne.

    There were several players who thought the field played pretty even for hitters and pitchers.

    One thing all of the hitters noted was the ball carries more to left than to right. The pitchers, on the other hand, said the ball went out to right with more carry. In this instance, the hitters likely have the right of way.

    "The infield plays really nice," shortstop Drew Cumberland said. "Last year, the grass was so tall that there was no way of sneaking a ball through the infield. The ball travels out to left better than out to right."

    Blake Tekotte was more concerned with the way the ball carries into the gaps, and Allan Dykstra was worried about his own game rather than how the park played.

  • Minor league field coordinator Tom Gamboa is in town after just coming from Peoria, Arizona where he ran a camp and Eugene, Oregon before that.

    From the Arizona Rookie League, Gamboa cited the athleticism of Wande Olabisi and Cameron Monger.

    "Those guys can fly and Olabisi plays a terrific outfield."

    He noted that both did not get regular at-bats in college but was eager to see what they could do with regular playing time.

    In Eugene, Gamboa was impressed with first baseman Nate Freiman and outfielder Matt Vern.

    "Freiman has a line drive swing that is a Dave Winfield-type and with his 6-foot-8 frame he has the power to get it out," Gamboa said. "Matt Vern has raw power and runs extremely well."

  • Jaff Decker was out sick on Thursday with flu-like symptoms. He is currently on the disabled list with back spasms.

    Among the moves made on Thursday was the addition of draftee Chadd Hartman from the 2009 draft class. Hartman was taken in the 43rd round and went 2-for-7 with a homer, two runs scored and an RBI. Hartman is expected to be on the field on Friday.

    Also of note is the six-man staff currently in San Antonio. Word is one of those pitchers will move to the bullpen to make room for Cory Luebke.

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