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Ranger prospect Joe Wieland pitches no-hitter for Frisco

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Frisco righthander Joe Wieland has made history, pitching a 9 inning no-hitter for the Roughriders. Wieland faced the minimum 27 batters, allowing just one walk during the game, to a San Antonio hitter who was promptly caught stealing.

Wieland, a 4th round draft pick in the 2008 draft, put himself on the prospect map this season with an incredible run at high-A Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League, where he had a 96:4 K:BB ratio in 85 2/3 innings pitched while posting a 2.10 ERA prior to being promoted to AA Frisco.

Coming into tonight's game, Wieland had posted a 1.54 ERA in 35 innings over 6 starts for Frisco, striking out 29, walking 10, and allowing 2 home runs.

Wieland's name has been bandied about lately, as well, as a potential trade chip in the Rangers' ongoing pursuit of bullpen help for the stretch run this season. We shall see if tonight's performance makes him more attractive to suitors, and should Wieland be dealt, we will no doubt get an uproar from casual fans who want to know why the Rangers just traded a pitcher who threw a no-hitter.