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Wieland, 24, has gone 35-22 with a 3.27 ERA in 95 games (86 starts) in seven minor league seasons in the Rangers and Padres organizations from 2008-14. As a minor leaguer, he posted a 5.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averaged nearly a strikeout per inning, with 444 Ks and only 86 walks in 476.2 innings. He made his Major League debut at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Padres on April 14, 2012 and has gone 1-4 with a 5.31 ERA in nine big league games (seven starts) in 2012 and 2014. He missed the second half of the 2012 season and all of the 2013 campaign due to Tommy John surgery.Known as a pitcher with fantastic control, he throws from a three quarters angle and an easily repeatable delivery. Wieland has a two seam and four seam fastball, a curveball and a changeup. His heater is clocked in the low 90's.
Wieland, pronounced WEE-lend, was acquired by San Diego along with Robbie Erlin in exchange for Mike Adams at the trade deadline in 2011, his best professional season. He was selected as a Single-A Carolina League mid-season All-Star and a Double-A Texas League post-season All-Star that year after going a combined 13-4 with a 1.97 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) with Double-A Frisco, Double-A San Antonio and Single-A Myrtle Beach. The Reno, NV, native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
It is likely that he begins 2015 in AAA, and depending on how he performs starting out, will probably be the first call-up when a starter is needed.Three years ago, Wieland was rated the Padres' No. 7 prospect by Baseball America, who also said he had the best control of any pitcher in the system.Wieland has walked a miniscule 4.4 percent of hitters in his minor league career, and in his brief time in the majors has walked 8.1 percent of hitters (7.0 percent without counting intentional walks), roughly matching the National League average of 7.8 percent from 2012-2014.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the acquisitions of catcher Yasmani Grandal, right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland and right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin from San Diego in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and cash considerations.This announcement was then followed with this Dodger press release this morning:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the acquisition of shortstop Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from Philadelphia in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tom Windle and right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin, who was acquired yesterday from San Diego.Whew! As you likely know, a little kink formed in the Padres trade that appeared to have the makings of a deal-killer. It had been reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today that arthritis was found in both hips of Matt Kemp. Soon, rumors were bandied about and screams were heard from all corners.
The deal was completed despite some possible lingering ill will between the Dodgers' front office and Preller because of the belief that Kemp's physical results were leaked to help San Diego pry further concessions out of its NL West foes, sources told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. The Padres did ask for additional compensation from the Dodgers after Kemp's physical, but Los Angeles refused.Yup, it was all just a negotiating ploy, and the Padres were willing to use a player they had desperately wanted as a pinata. Good job, guys! I'm sure Kemp appreciates what you've done.
“I wanted to visit the kids here at CHLA today because it’s almost Christmas, and I thought they might like Dodger gifts from me,” said Valenzuela. “I like this time of year, because it’s a time where you can do more things for the community.The photo above was provided via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014. Go here to check out more pics of Fernando's visit.
“I also want to say I wish all the Dodger fans Merry Christmas, and I hope everyone is able to enjoy time with their families.”
Sure enough, while Vin was unloading the stacks of items, he heard a cry from inside the house. While emptying the ribs, Sandi found the ring at the bottom of the bag.
"I'm still laughing about it," said Vin. "But you know, I think I've been laughing about things all winter."
Scully phoned Costco's Rahhal and wished him Merry Christmas. He phoned the Dodgers' Brener and wished him Merry Christmas.
"This time of year just blows me away," said Vin.
The Dodgers acquired minor-league IF/OF Matt Long from the @Angels to complete the December 9 trade of Drew Butera. (1/2)
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 18, 2014
The Dodgers then traded minor-league IF/OF Matt Long and LHP Jarret Martin to the @Brewers for minor-league C Shawn Zarraga. (2/2)
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 18, 2014
We effectively gain a little bit of catching depth in the minor with the acquisition of Shawn Zarraga. Check out his stats, via Baseball-Reference, here. From what I understand, Zarraga has a nice bat, but is a bit subpar behind the plate.
But, unlike the women immortalized by “A League of Their Own”, Manley wasn’t a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Instead, she made a name for herself in the Negro Leagues. The trailblazer served as co-owner of the Newark Eagles alongside her husband Abe Manley from 1935 to 1946. After he died, she was the team’s sole owner through the 1948 season.