Joey Wendle

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Joseph Patrick Wendle

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Biographical Information[edit]

Second baseman Joey Wendle played in the Cleveland Indians minor league system from 2012 to 2014, then was traded to the Oakland Athletics. He was taken by Cleveland in the 6th round of the 2012 amateur draft and signed for a bonus of $10,000.

Wendle hit .327/.375/.469 with 80 hits in 61 games for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2012. In 2013, he hit .295/.372/.513 with 16 home runs, 64 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 107 games for the Carolina Mudcats and was named a Carolina League Post-Season All-Star and a Organization All-Star. He began 2014 with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks. He played 87 games there, and also made a short rehabilitation stint with the AZL Indians. At Akron, he hit .253/.311/.414 with 46 runs scored and 50 RBIs.

On December 8, 2014, Wendle was traded to the Oakland Athletics in return for 1B/OF Brandon Moss, an established major league regular. He spent 2015 with the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League, where he hit .289 in 137 games, with 42 doubles, 8 triples and 10 homers; he scored 80 runs and drove in 57 as the team's regular second baseman. In spite of his excellent results the previous season, he was back at Nashville for another full season in 2016. He continued to do well as he hit .279 in 125 games, with 31 doubles, 9 triples and 12 homers. He scored 81 runs and drove in 61. He was finally called up to Oakland on August 31st, making his big league debut as the starting second baseman against the Houston Astros. He went 0 for 4 but scored a run as the A's lost, 3-4.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (2021)

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