The Padres pulled the trigger on a trade this morning, sending Mike Adams to the Rangers in exchange for two of Texas’ top pitching prospects, LHP Robbie Erlin and RHP Joe Wieland.
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 southpaw 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. He was selected by Texas in the third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Scotts Valley High School (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.
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. The right-hander recently tossed a 9.0-inning no-hitter on Friday, July 29, against the Padres’ Double-A affiliate at San Antonio. He was selected by Texas in the fourth-round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Manogue High School (NV). 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.