Joe Wieland Optioned Up To Triple-A El Paso
By David Warren
The Padres number 13 rated prospect, right-hander Joe Wieland was activated from the 60-Day Sunday by the Padres and was immediately optioned to Triple-A El Paso.
Wieland is coming back from Tommy John surgery after sustaining the injury back in July 2012. He has steadily made his way back after making several rehab starts last winter in the Arizona Fall League and two starts for Double-A San Antonio following three appearance with the Arizona Rookie Padres.
In his last rehab start with the Missions, Wieland allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out five over five innings. He has posted 2.00 ERA in his starts in two outings at Double-A.
The club acquired the 24-year old in the deal that sent Mike Adams to the Texas Ranger back in 2011 and six appearances for the Padres before injuries shout him down in 2011.
Wieland is one of many touted Padres young talented pitchers who have encountered arm problems. Right-hander Casey Kelly was shutdown and placed on the 60-Day DL earlier this year and lefty Robbie Erlin is currently rehabbing after suffer arm problems back in May.
Despite Wieland rocky road, he can be one of the more dominant pitchers in the upcoming years if he can stay healthy for the Padres. His mid-nineties fastball, a solid curveball, and change up are effective weapons.
With the recent move by new GM A.J Preller to promote Rymer Liriano this past weekend from El Paso, Wieland could be making the jump to starting rotation in September when Jesse Hahn and perhaps Tyson Ross hit the maximum number of innings that the club has set.