The Dodgers acquired Joe Wieland as part of their Yasmani Grandal / Matt Kemp trade, adding to their major-league-ready starting pitching depth. But the right-hander had a rough first season with his new organization.
What went right
Wieland had 22 strikeouts against only two walks in 20 innings in his first four starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City, earning his first call up to the Dodgers.
He ended his Triple-A season 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his final six starts, averaging 6.5 innings per start during that span, with 30 strikeouts and seven walks.
Wieland's 5.1-percent walk rate ranked fifth among all Oklahoma City pitchers with at least 20 innings in 2015.
Most importantly, after Tommy John surgery and the ensuing recovery limited him to just 87⅓ total innings form 2012-2014, Wieland was healthy in 2015, totaling 122⅓ innings in 24 games, including 23 starts in the minors and majors combined.
What went wrong
Wieland's first start as a Dodger was largely forgettable, allowing two home runs and four runs to the first four batters of the game on May 6 in Milwaukee. The Brewers tagged Wieland for five runs in the first inning, and while he lasted into the fifth inning allowing one more run, the Dodgers were buried pretty much from the start.
Wieland did not last longer than five innings in any of his first 17 starts — 16 with Triple-A, one with Los Angeles — in 2015, with a cumulative 5.79 ERA during that span, before the aforementioned strong finish to his season.
Stats: 8.31 ERA in 2 starts, 4 K, 5 BB in 8⅔ innings, -0.3 rWAR, -0.2 fWAR
Game of the year
Wieland struck out seven against New Orleans in seven scoreless innings in a Triple-A start on August 11, walking none.
Wieland has three years, 27 days of service time, and avoided salary arbitration with a one-year, $590,000 contract on Dec. 1, matching his salary from 2015. The right-hander has one option year remaining, having used options in both 2014 and 2015.