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Robbie Erlin is being promoted to the majors

A former Rangers prospect is getting called up to the majors by his new team

Robbie Erlin
Robbie Erlin

Former Ranger lefthanded pitcher Robbie Erlin is now a major leaguer.

According to reports on Twitter, the San Diego Padres, who acquired Erlin and pitcher Joe Wieland in the summer of 2011 in a deal that brought reliever Mike Adams to the Rangers, are adding Erlin to the major league roster.

Erlin, 22, was a third round draft pick of the Rangers in the 2009 draft. He impressed early on, putting up very impressive K and BB rates in A ball in 2010 and 2011, and getting great marks for his makeup and pitchability, which allowed him to succeed despite not having great stuff.

Erlin put up a 1.38 ERA in 26 innings for the Padres' AA club in San Antonio in 2011 after the trade, but was plagued by injuries in 2012 and only pitched 60.2 innings. He has a 4.72 ERA in 13.1 innings for the Padres' AAA affiliate in Tucson this season.

A lot of folks who follow the Rangers' minor league system liked Erlin and were sad to see him traded, although the consensus seemed to be that it was a good move for Erlin's career, as he has the sort of low-walk, high-HR pitcher that often excels in San Diego's home park.