One of the San Diego Padres’ top prospects, pitcher Matt Wisler was recently called-up to the big club this past Tuesday. Rosters expanded, where each team can carry up to 40 players at the big league level throughout the month of September. It’s rare that a team maximizes that limit, but to expand by 8 to 10 players is extremely common. For the Friars, one of their promotions went to Wisler.
The 21-year-old will be doing more on the job observation, participating in meetings with the pitching staff, reviewing scouting reports, charting pitches, and throwing with Padres’ pitching coach Darren Balsley and bullpen coach Willie Blair, learning the ropes of The Show before heading into the off-season. Some believe that Wisler will be ready to debut at the big league level at some point next season. He will most likely be in spring training with the big club, and at least get an audition to see where he’s at compared to this season.
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In his stops this season, Wisler pitched in the Texas League to the tune of a 1-0 record, and a 2.10 ERA in half a dozen starts before getting promoted to Triple-A El Paso. Wisler struggled upon arriving in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, getting knocked around and having an ERA of almost 6. He’s improved over his last few starts, with an ERA of just over four, but posting a 4-1 record and striking out 51 hitters in just over 50 innings. What he learns now from Balsley, should go a long way towards the soon to be 22-year-old’s development and success rate with the Padres once he arrives to stay in San Diego.