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April 16, 2012 posted by Paul Greco

Minor League Call-Ups 4/16/2012

Minor League Call-Ups 4/16/2012
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Joe Wieland, SP, San Diego Padres

A major injury in Boston, an opportunity in San Diego, a “promotion” that we all knew about, and one major demotion worth mentioning highlight this week’s MLB transaction list.

Jason Repko (OF, BOS) – After Jacoby Ellsbury hit the disabled list with a shoulder injury, the Red Sox called up Che-Hsuan Lin from Pawtucket (AAA- IL) on Saturday.  Lin’s stay was short lived, however, as he was sent back to the PawSox on Sunday in favor of Repko. 

The 31-year-old recorded over 100 AB with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 and 2006 and went on to do the same with the Minnesota Twins in 2010 and 2011.  Repko is light on power and has never managed to hit for a respectable average in the Majors.  He does possess respectable speed, however, and is reliable in the outfield on a day-to-day basis. 

Boston’s other options appear to be either starting Darnell McDonald or shifting Mike Aviles to the outfield and Nick Punto to shortstop.  No matter how we slice and dice it, Boston’s line-up takes a major hit without Ellsbury.

Outlook: Monitor what Bobby Valentine does before making a move.  Repko ended 0-3 on his first day in the Red Sox line-up.  If he plays enough, he’s worth an addition in AL-only formats.  For now, though, wait for this mess to sort itself out by monitoring the playing time given to Repko and McDonald.  

Joe Wieland (SP, SD) – A native of Reno, NV, Wieland’s “head was spinning” after being dealt by the Texas Rangers to the San Diego Padres at the 2011 Trade Deadline.  It didn’t seem to affect his performance on the rubber, though, as the 22-year-old posted a 13-4 record and a 1.97 ERA between A+ and AA ball last year.  With 150 SO to only 21 BB in 155.2 innings, Wieland earned a spot on Tucson’s roster (AAA-PCL) to begin 2012. 

After the trade last season, Keith Law characterized Wieland as a fly ball pitcher who throws a lot of strikes.  His Major League debut against the Dodgers on Saturday ended after 5 innings.  He surrendered 6 runs (all earned) on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out one.  Of concern, he gave up 3 home runs (Matt Kemp x2 and Andre Ethier, mind you) at Dodger Stadium. 

Wieland chalked his struggles up to nerves, saying, “But the whole surroundings, the whole atmosphere, that was the reason for the jitters. It wasn’t like I was nervous. It was just excitement. But at the same time, I needed to control my emotions a little bit better.”   

Outlook: Wieland projects to be a mid to back-end rotation guy in the Majors.  He will be aided by the cavernous confines of Petco Park and hampered by the awful Padres offense.  With Dustin Moseley and Tim Stauffer dealing with injuries, Wieland is well worth the gamble in NL-only leagues and deep mixed leagues.  

Drew Pomeranz (SP, COL) – The major piece in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, Pomeranz began the year with Tulsa (AA-TL) because the Rockies were off on 4/10/12 and didn’t require a 5th starter in the rotation until 4/15/12.  Pomeranz, whose has the upside of a #2 starter, throws a plus fastball and a plus curveball.  Last season, he posted a 1.78 ERA with 119 SO and 38 BB in 101 IP.  Unless he struggles mightily, he will stick with the Rockies all season.  It’s to be expected that the organization will hold him to about 160 innings although nothing official has been released from Jim Tracy or Dan O’Dowd to back this up.

Outlook: Between a lack of depth in the rotation and his upside, Pomeranz should be owned in NL-only leagues and deep mixed leagues if he isn’t already.

Ben Revere (OF, MIN) – During the preseason, I wrote about Ben Revere and slammed his plate approach.  It was obvious after about 5 games in Rochester (AAA-IL) last year that he lacked patience at the plate.  He’s far too anxious and is unwilling to get deep into counts and draw walks.  In 11 at bats for the Twins to begin 2012, Revere had 2 hits and hadn’t struck out or drawn a walk.  8 of his 11 balls in play were on the ground, 2 were fly balls, and 1 was a line drive.   He didn’t spend enough time in Rochester last year because the Twins were riddled with injuries.  This should be a good opportunity for him to play every day and gain some confidence at the plate.  His speed, after all, is only useful if he can get on base to use it.

Outlook: The decision of whether or not to dump rests solely on league format and how long he actually spends in Rochester.  Give it a week before making a decision unless you’re desperate to clear roster space.

Paul finished the 2011-2012 Fantasy Football season as the #1 Weekly Rankings & Projections winner of the 411Fantasy Expert Challenge. He also finished 2nd in the FantasyPros.com Expert Draft Accuracy Challenge in 2011. Top 10 Finisher in the FSWA Fantasy Football Draft Projections. Paul is also apart of baseballs elite as a member of Tout Wars. You can follow me on Twitter @PaulGreco
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