Joe Wieland ready to help deep leaguers 

April, 11, 2012
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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Christopher Hanewinckel/US PresswireJoe Wieland is 33-19 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in his minor league career.
A control pitcher with enough strikeout potential to pique fantasy interest, Wieland will replace Dustin Moseley, who is older, less talented and dealing with major shoulder troubles. It's reasonable to think Wieland won't be pitching in the minor leagues again.