{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["prospect" ] }

Padres giving Wisler feel for big league setting

|
Padres giving Wisler feel for big league setting play video for Padres giving Wisler feel for big league setting

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Wisler, considered the Padres' No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, has a locker in the team's clubhouse.

But Wisler, 21, won't be pitching this month in games for the Padres.

Just as they did in September 2011 with then-rookies Robbie Erlin, Joe Wieland and Casey Kelly, the Padres are giving Wisler an opportunity to acclimate himself to the big league lifestyle and surroundings for a period of 10 or so days.

"I'll get an idea of how they go about their business," Wisler said.

San Diego manager Bud Black said this situation is a little different from three years ago with Erlin, Kelly and Wieland in that the Padres hadn't seen any of those three pitchers before. They have with Wisler -- who logged 11 1/3 innings in big league Spring Training.

This season, Wisler began at Double-A San Antonio before joining Triple-A El Paso, where he went 9-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 22 starts. He found his slider in the second half and pitched better in a league that's known as a hitter-friendly league, going 4-1 with a 4.02 ERA after the All-Star break.

He was 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts in August.

"I got my command back and my slider felt pretty good," Wisler said.

Wisler will throw a few bullpen sessions in the next 10 days, Black said, under the watchful eyes of the team's pitching coach, Darren Balsley and bullpen coach, Willie Blair. He'll sit in on pitchers meetings, too.

"If his time does come as a Major League pitcher, he'll be better off for this," Black said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["prospect" ] }
{"event":["prospect" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español