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2002 Scouting Report

Fort Wayne Wizards

Major Change

2002 Teams
Cedar Rapids
Fort Wayne
Kane County
Quad City
South Bend
West Michigan
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • Affiliated with the San Diego Padres.

This page profiles the 2002 Fort Wayne Wizards, a Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres and a member of the Midwest League.

  • Manager: Tracy Woodson.
  • Coaches: Tom Tornincasa, Gary Lance (pitching).

End of Season Profile

The Wizards started the season with a pretty strong squad, but the Padres kept replacing the best players. The result wasn't really a bad ballclub, but Fort Wayne's team wasn't competitive in the strong MWL East. On average, the team had an average season; in practice, they had a strong first half and a weak second half. The Wizards had decent pitching and ran the bases well; they played lousy defense.

Outfielder John Knott might have carried this team to the playoffs, but was gone by mid-May. Corner infielders Jon Benick, Greg Sain, and Joe Hastings joined second baseman Josh Barfield as the best of the remaining hitters; they're good talents, but not star players.

A lot of guys started a few games for the Wizards; many of them looked pretty good. Of those who started all summer, only Justin Germano pitched well, though. The Padres sent the usual fine closers--Rusty Tucker (another early promotion) and Anthony Kozol, this time around--and a mostly-decent bullpen staff.

The Wizards used 22 position players and 22 pitchers during the 2002 season. John Puccinelli, a spare infielder on this team, pitched one inning for the Wizards and is included in both counts.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics on this page are through the end of the season.

MWL Fan's Guide

Season Summary

  • Second Half: 30-40, .429 (5th place, 12.0 behind)
  • First Half: 39-28, .582 (3rd place, 1.5 behind)
  • Pitching: 69-68, 3.49, 40 saves, 951 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .256, 567 runs, 76 HR, 133 steals (74% success)
  • Defense: 175 errors (1.28 per game); .693 defensive efficiency
  • April: 13-12 (.520)
  • May: 17-11 (.607)
  • June: 11-14 (.440)
  • July: 14-15 (.483)
  • August & September: 14-16 (.467)

Leading Players

  • Best Player on the Team: Outfielder John Knott

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Cory Stewart (2.39, 6-3, 86 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Rusty Tucker (1.01, 5-1, 13 saves, 50 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Cory Stewart, Javier Martinez, Rusty Tucker, Anthony Kozol, Geoffrey Jones
  • Control Pitchers: Cory Stewart, Javier Martinez, Justin Germano, Rusty Tucker, Anthony Kozol, Geoffrey Jones, Jack Cassel

  • Best Hitter: Jon Benick (.271, 15 HR, 73 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader: Jon Benick (15)
  • High Batting Average: Josh Barfield (.306), John Knott (.333)
  • High On Base Percentage: John Knott (.411)
  • High Slugging Percentage: John Knott (.548)
  • Notable Baserunners: Josh Barfield, Joe Hastings, Nick Trzesniak, Josh Carter, Pedro de los Santos, Doc Brooks
  • Notable Batting Eye: Leonard Biernbaum

July Profile

The Wizards are pretty much an average Midwest League team. Fort Wayne's got a couple star players and a handful of solid contributors; they've little on the bench, though. This team runs well; its defense is below-average. The parent Padres have made a lot of roster changes.

First baseman Jon Benick is a very good hitter, with good power and decent all-around hitting skills. He's supported by outfielder Pedro De los Santos--a good hitter, a terrific baserunner--third baseman Greg Sain, and second baseman Josh Barfield.

Starting pitcher Justin Germano's having a very fine season, and Anthony Kozol's been quite effective and continues the Fort Wayne tradition of fine closing pitchers. The rest of the pitching staff's decent, but no single pitcher stands out.

The Wizards have scored 446 runs; their opponents have scored 459 runs.

June Profile

The Wizards stayed hot through the All-Star break, then completely collapsed after play resumed. This resulted partly because the Padres moved a lot of players around. The offense still has a solid core but no depth; the pitching's been gutted. Unless someone steps up their efforts, Fort Wayne's season promises to be dismal.

Notable Midseason Losses: Outfielder John Knott; Pitchers Blair De Hart, Cory Stewart, & Rusty Tucker.

Worth Watching: Closer Anthony Kozol.

May Profile

The Wizards had a great month, and were in first place for a few days. They did this despite losing their best player, John Knott, to a mid-month callup.

The Wizards don't score many runs, but they're very good at preventing runs. The Fort Wayne offense is probably too weak to maintain this pace, though. This team's defense is a bit better than the MWL average.

The Padres have sent a fine pitching staff. There are no obvious weak links in the rotation or the bullpen. Starter Cory Stewart has given up a lot of hits, but looks like a budding star. Rusty Tucker's the latest in a string of exceptional closers at Fort Wayne.

There's not much to say about the hitters. First baseman Joe Hastings, third baseman Jon Benick, catcher Nick Trzesniak, and outfielder Pedro De los Santos are solid players. No Wizard hitter has shown any power; only De los Santos has proven speed. No one else has contributed much.

April Profile

The Wizards are a good team with a star: Jon Knott's a fine, fine hitter. Manager Tracy Woodson, who goes to his bullpen early and often, is blessed with a very good relief staff.

Pre-Season Profile


This is Tracy Woodson's fifth season as a minor league manager; they've been at a variety of levels in the player development system. He's a very conventional manager in most respects; he rarely lets starting pitchers finish their games.

First Round Draft Selection

  • Nick Trzesniak, 1999; sandwich pick

Team Age Information

  • Average Team Age: 21.9
  • Pitchers: 21.6
  • Hitters: 22.2
  • Oldest Player on the Team: Pitcher Mark Percosky (born December 28, 1977)
  • Youngest Player on the Team: Infielder Jackson Aquino (born February 8, 1982)

The average player in the Midwest League this season is 21.6 years old. Average ages were calculated from the opening day roster; age as of July 1, 2002.

This website has more information about team ages.

Where they played last season

This is a brief portrait of how the team was put together. These summaries are based on the team's opening day roster and will not be revised to reflect roster changes.

This team's different! Eight players for the new Fort Wayne team were recruited from outside the Padres organization. The rest came, about equally, from all three of San Diego's low-minors farms.

Team             League           W/L    Place    Hitters Pitchers
Lake Elsinore    California (A+)  91/49   1(10)      0       0
Fort Wayne       Midwest (A)      54/83  13(14)      2       5
Eugene           Northwest (A-)   32/44   7(8)       6       2
Idaho Falls      Pioneer (R+)     21/54   7(8)       4       3

Many of these players appeared for two teams last season and are counted twice on this table. One new Wizard played in another organization last summer, four played in Independent leagues, and three did not play professionally. One 2002 Wizard appeared in a single Triple-A game in 2001.

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