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Steve Clevenger, C, Chicago Cubs
Wieland could stick around
Skipper Dale Sveum said the lefty bat could start as much as twice a week in place of Geovany Soto, depending on matchups and schedule, and be used as a late-innings pinch hitter more often. Clevenger, 26, carries a sound history of walk-to-strikeout ratios and, following a common backstop growth path, has shown increasing power in the last few years as he reached the high minors. A consistent pairing with former farm teammate Jeff Samardzija would make sense.
The streaky Soto has had trouble versus right-handed arms; Clevenger's potential PT, considering he matches up favorably with the majority hurler handedness, makes him one of the more attractive second NL-only receivers.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
Joe Wieland, SP, San Diego Padres
The former Texas Rangers farmhand will get the start Saturday in place of DL inhabitant Tim Stauffer (elbow inflammation). Though his heat typically sits in the low 90s, Wieland's 150:21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three farm stops last year speaks to his frequent strike-zone residence. This might wind up making him look too much like Kevin Slowey, but at least he's an NL arm, and his effective pitching to contact is an asset when you call PETCO Park home.
This could be a one-shot deal, but elbow injuries often linger, and if the 22-year-old makes a favorable first impression, San Diego might not rush Stauffer back. Plus, Anthony Bass, another rotation substitute, isn't a lock to stick, even if Dustin Moseley's shoulder injury keeps him out for an extended period. A rotation spot would give Wieland deep-mixed relevance for his starts in America's Finest City.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Tim Heaney
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