Wendle was a member of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League’s Carolina Mudcats in 2013.
A 16-homer, 64-RBI powerhouse, he slugged .295/.372/.513. He was named the minor league player of the year by the Cleveland Indians. The Akron RubberDucks of the Class AA Eastern League were his initial stop in 2014.
The Indians dealt Wendle to the Oakland Athletics on December 8th, 2014 in exchange for Brandon Moss.
Oakland Athletics Triple-A affiliate the Nashville Sounds’ Tyler Wendle hit the first home run at First Tennessee Park on April 21, 2015. After the season, he was added to the Athletics’ 40-man roster.
For the 2016 season, Wendle made his debut with the Nashville Predators. On August 31, 2016, the Athletics called up Wendle to the major leagues.
That was his big league debut. Wendle played in 36 games for the Athletics over the next two seasons and a half, accumulating 29 hits in 109 at-bats.
Wendle was designated for assignment on December 7th, 2017, following the 2017 season’s finish.
When the Oakland Athletics traded Wendle to the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Jonah Heim on December 11, 2017, the deal was a success.
Wendle competed for the starting second base position with Micah Johnson and Daniel Robertson in spring training in 2018.
Rays manager Kevin Cash revealed that Wendle had made the team’s Opening Day roster after he hit.327 in 52 spring training at-bats, platooning with Robertson at second base.
Is Joey Wendle Injured?
With a right hamstring injury, Wendle has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, and he is not expected to return until late June.