Onto Lake Elsinore are pitching studs Luis Patino and Mackenzie Gore, but the Padres farm system just keeps rolling out top prospects.
Drafted 8th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft, Ryan Weathers, son of long-time Major Leaguer David Weathers, will take the hill for the TinCaps on Opening Day Thursday night.
Weathers has heard plenty of advice on how to handle big starts.
“Just enjoy it, savor the moment, not everyone gets to experience, like having a big crowd behind you,” Weathers said Monday afternoon, during the TinCaps Media Day.
“First game with a new team, just embrace it.”
TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras has seen some of the top young arms in the game over the last few years and is confident his first-night starter can lead this year’s club.
“The mentality of this kid is that of a 30-year-old, almost,” Contreras said at media day.
“He can be one of the best guys in the league, if he can just pitch his game.”
The TinCaps open up their season April 4 at home against the Lugnuts at 7:05 p.m.