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Joe Wieland ready to help deep leaguers

Updated: April 11, 2012, 3:50 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The San Diego Padres seem destined for a repeat last-place finish in the National League West, but good news came in the form of a late Tuesday tweet: Here comes Joe Wieland!

Weiland, whom ESPN Insider Keith Law rates as the No. 8 prospect in the Padres' organization, is a right-handed pitcher with terrific minor league numbers and a bright future, and his big league future appears slated to begin Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His tweet said, "My dream has finally come true!!!" I assume he wasn't talking about gas prices in Tucson, Ariz., going down, or a pending appearance on "American Idol."

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