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Friday, July 29, 2011
Rangers prospect Joe Wieland throws no-no

By Richard Durrett

Rangers Double-A Frisco pitcher Joe Wieland tossed a no-hitter Friday night in a 3-0 win in San Antonio against the Missions. Wieland, 21, faced the minimum, allowing just a lone walk (which was later erased on a steal attempt). Click here for the box score.

It was the fourth no-hitter in RoughRiders history, but the first by one pitcher in a nine-inning game. Martin Perez posted a rain-shortened perfect game April 19 at Arkansas.

The right-handed Wieland threw a season-high 109 pitches and struck out seven.

I was told by a few folks that were in attendance that Wieland's fastball command was the best it's been all year, hitting both sides of the plate with good movement. His curve was also an important pitch, keeping hitters off-balance.

The scouting report on Wieland this year is that he has pretty consistent command, throws between 88-93 mph and has a good curve. He's learning to throw his change better too. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus said the velocity has been consistently in the 90s, a few ticks higher than last year.

Wieland is one of those trade chips we've heard about the past few weeks. I'm sure there were some scouts watching that no-hitter. It may make Wieland more valuable to the Rangers too.

Click here to read a recent Q&A session I had with Wieland.