Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Adams trade

Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland, the Double-A pitchers the Padres acquired today from the Rangers, represent a solid or better haul for reliever Mike Adams. At least, that's how one unbiased MLB man put it to this blog..


"I like the Padres' return," said a National League executive from a team outside the West. "Give it a B+."


The lefty Erlin, 20, has gone 8-4 with a 3.34 ERA (45 ER/121.1 IP), a .219 (98-for-448) opponents batting average and 123 strikeouts against 12 walks over 20 games, 19 starts, between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco this season. The lefty was rated as the Rangers’ fourth-best prospect heading into the 2011 season by Baseball America and was recently rated as the 34th-best prospect in all of baseball in Baseball America’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects list. Texas drafted him in the third round out of Scotts Valley High (CA.). Over parts of three minor league seasons in the Rangers organization (2009-11), Erlin has gone 14-7 with a 2.74 ERA (73 ER/240.0 IP) and 257 strikeouts against 30 walks in 51 games, 36 starts.


The righty Wieland, 21, has gone 10-3 with a 1.80 ERA (26 ER/129.2 IP), a .233 (113-for-486) opponents batting average and 132 strikeouts against 15 walks over 21 games, 20 starts, between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco this season. He threw a nine-inning no-hitter Friday against the Padres’ Double-A team at San Antonio. The Rangers drafted him in the fourth round three years ago out of a Nevada high school. Over parts of four minor league seasons in the Rangers organization (2008-11), Wieland has gone 30-17 with a 3.32 ERA (149 ER/404.1 IP) and 379 strikeouts against 72 in 79 games, 70 starts.

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