Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MLB news: Weaver hangs up the spikes



           After 12 major league seasons, RHP Jered Weaver has officially called it quits. He last played this year for the San Diego Padres, before going on the 60-day DL. In 2017, he had a 7.44 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.

           In 2004, Weaver was drafted 12th overall by the Los Angeles Angels. After a couple minor league seasons, Weaver was called up to the Angels in 2006, when ace Bartolo Colon went to the DL. After that, Weaver was only sent to the minors once, which was when Colon returned. But his season ended up being very good, and he ended up fifth in the AL rookie of the year voting.

           The rest of his career, Weaver was an ace. He was a three time all-star from 2010-12, and finished top-5 in the Cy Young voting all three years. But, he started to decline in the 2015 season. After 2016, Weaver became a free agent. He signed a one year, $3 million deal with the Padres in 2017.

             Weaver, now 34, had a career ERA of 3.63, a WHIP of 1.19 and 1621 strikeouts in 2067.1 innings. Though his career K/9 was just 7.1, his career BB/9 was 2.4. He was never a strikeout pitcher.

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