Baseball fans really look forward to the month of April. Not just because the weather is starting to get better, but more for the opportunity to see their favorite players and teams take the field to begin a six-month grind unlike any other sport.
The excitement for the sport dubbed “America’s Pastime” is no different for the residents of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as locals enjoy rallying behind their TinCaps. This love for a minor league baseball team all begins with the incredible facility the players of the Padres’ low-A affiliate get to call home every night. In fact, Parkview Field was recognized for having the best overall minor league ballpark experience by Stadium Journey last season.
TinCaps fan support will continue to not be an issue throughout the 2015 season, as the team features an exciting young roster headlined by outfielder Michael Gettys. Currently ranked eighth among San Diego Padres’ prospects by Baseball America, Gettys is looking to build off an excellent showing in the Arizona League in 2014.
Picking up 16 extra base hits, which included eight doubles, five triples, and three home runs for the Padres’ rookie-ball club last season, Gettys showed an excellent blend of power and speed in his first professional season.
Carrying an impressive .310/.353/.437 slash line in rookie-ball showed the kind of dedication Gettys has when it comes to his mechanics in the batter’s box. Standing tall at the plate, Gettys has a quick follow through with his bat that helps him put the ball in play regularly.
Using the same approach in his first month in Fort Wayne, Gettys is continuing to show the signs of why he was such a coveted prospect coming out of high school. Currently sporting an excellent .279/.326/.349 slash line in full season baseball is a great sign for the 19-year old outfielder.
“I feel my plate approach is good right now,” said Gettys. “I know God has a purpose for me and I feel if I stick with my current approach I can make it to the big leagues.”
Joining the San Diego Padres’ organization as the clubs second-round draft choice (51st overall) of the 2014 draft, Gettys was excited to begin his professional career right out of Gainesville High School in Georgia, which was his goal at the time.
“Being drafted by the San Diego Padres was awesome,” he said. “It was great to have an opportunity to take my game to the next level and play baseball every day.
“I was a little surprised I was taken by the Padres. I was in more contact with a couple other teams,” he added. “But I’m happy with the result. I knew I wanted to sign a professional contract out of high school, so I was happy to be given that opportunity.”
The biggest question mark for Gettys coming out of high school was his defensive game. Committing ten errors between the three outfield positions last season is definitely an area the young prospect is looking to improve on throughout the 2015 season.
Feeling completely confident that his outfield play will continue to get better with more repetition, Gettys is looking forward on building off his cannon arm that has been clocked as high as 100 miles per hour.
“I feel my defense is getting better,” explained Gettys. “I work hard on my defensive game every day and I think it’s starting to show. All I can focus on is working hard and everything will fall into place.”
Be sure to follow Michael Gettys as he continues to work hard to achieve his dream of playing in the major leagues in the near future.