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Bradley Michael Wieck (born October 14, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Diego Padres.

Brad Wieck
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Wieck with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014
Chicago Cubs – No. 38
Pitcher
Born: (1991-10-14) October 14, 1991 (age 27)
Amarillo, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 14, 2018, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2019)
Win–loss record2-2
Earned run average4.97
Strikeouts59
Teams

CareerEdit

New York MetsEdit

Wieck attended San Jacinto Christian Academy in Amarillo, Texas. After high school he attended Frank Phillips College and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 29th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.[1] He did not sign with the Phillies and transferred to Cisco College. After one year at Cisco, he transferred to Oklahoma City University and was drafted by the New York Mets in the seventh round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[2]

Wieck signed and spent 2014 with the Brooklyn Cyclones, posting a 1-1 record and 1.40 ERA in 16 relief appearances. He started 2015 with the Savannah Sand Gnats.[3]

San Diego PadresEdit

In June, he was acquired by the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later in an earlier trade for Alex Torres.[4] The Padres assigned him to the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps and later promoted him to the Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm. In 23 total games started between Savannah, Fort Wayne, and Lake Elsinore, he pitched to a 7-11 record, 4.09 ERA, and 1.40 WHIP.

Whereas Wieck had been working as a starter in 2015, starting all 23 games he pitched in and averaging 5​13 innings, he began work as a reliever in 2016 and recovered a mid-90s fastball that had lost in the rotation.[5] Wieck pitched 2016 with Lake Elsinore, where he was named an All-Star, and the Double-A San Antonio Missions.[6] In 41 total relief appearances between the two teams, he was 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA along with 93 strikeouts in 61.1 innings. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League.[7] Wieck began 2017 with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, but after posting a 10.29 ERA in his first seven games, was reassigned to San Antonio, where he finished the season, going 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 31 appearances out of the bullpen.[8]

After the 2017 season, the Padres added Wieck to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[9]

Wieck began 2018 with San Antonio, but was promoted to El Paso in late June after putting up a 1.93 ERA with the Missions.[10] He had a 3.44 ERA in El Paso and struck out 34 batters in 18​13 innings. Wieck was promoted to the Major Leagues in September 2018.[11] He made it into five games in September, striking out 10 while allowing 1 earned run in 7 innings.

Wieck had cancer surgery in January 2019, but returned to the Major League camp in February and worked towards being at full strength by the end of Spring Training.[12]

Chicago CubsEdit

Wieck was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 31, 2019, in exchange for Carl Edwards Jr.[13]

Scouting ReportEdit

Brad Wieck is a 6'9" left-hander with a fastball, slider, and change-up. He averaged 92.8 mph with his fastball in the minors in 2018, which was down from the 95 mph speed he had earlier, but all the pitches play faster because of his height.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Phillies draft San Jac grad Wieck". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "SJCA grad Wieck drafted by Mets". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mets prospect coming up big in Brooklyn". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Game canceled on day TinCaps get new pitcher - Sports - Journal Gazette". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Cassavell, AJ (March 7, 2017). "Reliever Wieck getting job done in spring". MLB.com. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "San Jac's Wieck making strong impression in AA". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Sanders, Jeff. "Offseason: Padres relievers off to strong start in Arizona Fall League". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Brad Wieck Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Padres add Brad Wieck, Jose Castillo to 40-man roster". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Passmore, Lee (June 24, 2018). "Wieck promoted to El Paso". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "San Diego Padres: Brad Wieck and Javy Guerra Join The Club". Friars on Base. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  12. ^ Acee, Kevin (February 13, 2019). "Padres pitcher Brad Wieck in camp after cancer surgery". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  13. ^ "Padres get Edwards Jr. from Cubs for Wieck". MLB.com. July 31, 2019.
  14. ^ Sanders, Jeff (January 25, 2019). "Padres roster review: Brad Wieck". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 28, 2019.

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