With El Paso’s season ending after losing a deciding game 5 against the Fresno Grizzlies, the Padres plucked a few players from the Chihuahuas roster to fill in their expanded September bench.
Among the names mentioned in today’s callup notice is an intriguing lefty who may factor himself into next year’s bullpen picture.
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- Recalled INF Javy Guerra from AAA El Paso.
You might remember (or not, don’t blame you) oft-maligned Javy Guerra making his MLB debut while the Padres were in Monterrey. He’ll return and most likely spell 2nd base to give Luis Urias a breather here or there since Freddy Galvis will most likely never take a break from shortshop ever this season.
- Recalled RHP Kazuhisa Makita from AAA El Paso
Look, I gotta be honest with you. I really wanted Kaz to be successful. I really did. He’s an interesting pitcher with a cool pitching action and he had prior success in Japan. Turns out he hasn’t had much success in a Padres uniform though he was notably better in a Chihuahuas jersey. Guess it’s all about the flamethrower arm these days...
- Recalled Colten Brewer from AAA El Paso
In 5 games and 3.2 innings pitched Colten has a 4.91 ERA. He wasn’t much better in El Paso.
- Recalled LHP Brad Wieck from AAA El Paso. He will wear no. 57. When he enters the game, he will be making his MLB debut.
Most intriguing of the callups is 6’9” lefty Brad Wieck. In split time between San Antonio and El Paso Brad has accumulated a 2.53 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a .206 batting average against. Much the same as his performance last season Brad performed much better in San Antonio (1.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .190 BAA in 28 innings) than he has in El Paso (3.44 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .229 BAA in 18.1 IP). Since coming off a disabled list stint with the Chihuahuas the lefty has been effective throughout El Paso’s playoff run, allowing only one earned run in 12.1 innings pitched with a 0.73 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Brad will have to work on limiting his free passes while with the major league squad.
With these callups to the main roster the Padres now have 33 of their allotted 40 spots filled.