The Padres jumped on the bus for their “second” road game today (first away from the Peoria Sports Complex). Tim Stauffer started, making his Spring debut with 2.0 innings of one-run ball. He allowed two-hits, throwing 24 pitches (16 strikes) during his outing this afternoon. Last year’s Opening Day starter, Stauffer had a strong year in 2011, setting career highs in wins, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and quality starts.
Following Stauffer was newcomer Robbie Erlin. A highly-touted lefty prospect, he was acquired as part of the deal that sent Mike Adams to Texas at the 2011 trade deadline.
Robbie Erlin fires a strike during his outing today in Surprise.
Erlin enters the season rated by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the Padres organization, having gone 9-4 with a 2.99 ERA (49 ER/147.1 IP) in 26 minor league games last year, including a 1-0 record and 1.38 ERA (4 ER/26.0 IP) in six starts after joining Double-A San Antonio. Like Stauffer, he also worked 2.0 innings in his Spring debut today.
Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland, acquired from Texas in exchange for Mike Adams, have each made one start for the Padres’ Double-A San Antonio affiliate, helping the Missions to a three-game sweep over Corpus Christi. Erlin is set to make his second start today.
In their first starts, the two newest Padres combined to allow one run over 12.0 innings, surrendering just eight hits and one walk while striking out 13. Erlin tossed 6.0 shutout frames with six K’s while Wieland worked 6.0 innings of one-run ball with seven K’s.
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.
Click here for Robbie Erlin’s career minor league stats.
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.
Click here for Joe Wieland’s career minor league stats.
ESPN.com Q&A with Joe Wieland following his no-hitter.