Joe Wieland, one of the Double-A Frisco pitching prospects the Rangers sent to San Diego as part of the Mike Adams deal, is in the unusual position of simply switching dugouts for tonight's game.
The RoughRiders are in San Antonio to face the Missions, the Padres' Double-A affiliate. And when you consider that Wieland just threw a no-hitter against the Missions on Friday, it's even more odd. His Frisco teammate Robbie Erlin will also switch dugouts.
Wieland said Scott Servais, the Rangers' director of player development, called him to let him know what was going on.
"He said, 'You probably understand what goes on here at the trade deadline and we've traded you to San Diego with Erlin for Mike Adams,' " Wieland said. "My head is still kind of spinning. But for me looking at it, it’s a win-win. If I was staying in this organization, that would be great. But I get to go into San Diego’s system and it’s a new start and it's a little closer to home."
Wieland is from Reno, Nevada. He said he's scheduled to pitch Thursday and Erlin is expected to go Tuesday for their new team.
He said he was told the no-hitter had little to do with the trade.
"They said they had been following me for my last five starts," Wieland said. "They said they wished I'd thrown it for them. But wasn’t like the no-hitter put it over the edge."
Wieland was 10-3 with a 1.80 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Myrtle Beach and Frisco this season after getting promoted to Frisco in late June.