Zack Weiss

Zack Weiss
Free agent
Born: (1992-06-16) June 16, 1992
Irvine, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 2018, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–0
Strikeouts 0

Zachary Daniel Weiss (born June 16, 1992) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher who is a free agent. He has played for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has four pitches; he mostly throws his 93-95 mph fastball and a slider, and also throws a curveball and a changeup.[1][2]

Weiss was a 2015 Southern League All Star, and a 2015 Cincinnati Organization All Star, after a season in which his 30 saves were second-most in the minor leagues. The Cincinnati Reds added Weiss to their active roster for Opening Day 2018.[3]

Early life

Weiss was born in Irvine, California, to Ernest and Nancy Weiss, and is Jewish.[2][4][5] He was bar mitzvah at Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin, California.[6] He has a younger sister, Ariana.[4]

Weiss played baseball for Northwood High School in Irvine, where as a senior he was second-team All-California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division II and second-team All-Sea View League.[4] Academically, he had a 4.0 GPA.[7]

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He did not sign, and instead attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to major in geography and environmental studies and play college baseball for the UCLA Bruins baseball team.[2] In his junior year of college in 2013, he switched from being a starter to pitching as a reliever, had a 2.25 earned run average, and helped the Bruins win their first national baseball championship.[1][6] He was a 2013 Jewish Sports Review Division I College Baseball All-American, along with Alex Bregman and Brad Goldberg.[5]

Minor leagues

He was then drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.[8] Weiss signed with the Reds and made his professional debut with the Arizona League Reds, and also played for the Billings Mustangs that year. Weiss spent 2014 with the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League, for whom he was 2-4 with a 2.42 ERA, with 80 strikeouts in 63.1 innings.[9]

Weiss spent 2015 with the Daytona Tortugas of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Class AA Southern League.[10] He had a Pensacola-record 25 saves (leading the league; in 27 opportunities; 11.8 K/9, 2.5 BB/9), and 30 saves (second in the minor leagues; in 32 opportunities) in total between the two teams.[11][12][1][13] In 63 2/3 innings, he had a 1.98 ERA and gave up 42 hits and 15 walks, while striking out 90 batters (averaging 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings).[1][14] He was a 2015 Southern League All Star, and a 2015 Cincinnati Organization All Star.[12] After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League. He suffered an elbow injury in early 2016 while in major league spring training, did not pitch in 2016, and underwent surgery to transpose the ulnar nerve and to remove scar tissue in his pitching elbow in December 2016.[15][16][14][17][18]

In 2017, Weiss was 2-1 with one save and a 2.08 ERA, and 19 strikeouts in 13 innings, for Daytona, and 2-4 with nine saves (tied for 7th in the league) and a 2.89 ERA, and 37 strikeouts in 28 innings, for Pensacola.[9] Between the two teams, he averaged 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings.[19] The Reds added him to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[20] Reds manager Bryan Price said in spring training in 2018: "if he doesn't make the team I imagine we'll see him at some point during the year."[18]

Major leagues

The Cincinnati Reds added Weiss to their active roster on their Opening Day, March 30, 2018,[3] and he made his major league debut on April 12, 2018 at Great American Ball Park against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Weiss was released by the Reds on September 1, 2018.

See also


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  2. 1 2 3 Freking, Grant (August 4, 2015). "Q&A with Double-A Pensacola reliever Zack Weiss". Redleg Nation. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  3. 1 2 "Active Roster". Cincinnati Reds. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
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  5. 1 2 "Berman Named JSR First Team All-American," Official Site of Western Michigan Athletics, July 25, 2013.
  6. 1 2 Justin Berg (September 29, 2017). "Mysterious injury temporarily derailed pitcher’s dream," American Israelite.
  7. Eric Sondheimer (June 27, 2009). "Neuheisel gets chance at Loyola," Los Angeles Times.
  8. Katz, Michael (July 30, 2013). "Former Northwood star begins professional baseball career". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
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  10. Duwayne Escobedo (August 25, 2015). "Zack Weiss Running on Adrenaline; Pensacola closer ties franchise record with 22 saves this season". Pensacola Blue Wahoos News. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. Bill Vilona (August 25, 2015). "Weiss sets team save record as Blue Wahoos get 1-0 win". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  12. 1 2 "Zack Weiss Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  13. J.J. Cooper (December 6, 2016). "Rule 5 Draft Expanded Preview". Baseball America. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  14. 1 2 "Update on Zack Weiss and other notes from the system". April 26, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  15. Doug Gray (June 26, 2017). "Reds Zack Weiss is back and pitching well,"
  16. Doug Gray (January 9, 2017). "Reds RHP Zack Weiss undergoes surgery". Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  17. 6:41 p.m. ET August 21, 2017 (August 21, 2017). ""Reds AA pitching coach sees promise in youngsters,"". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  18. 1 2 ""Reds manager Price on the return of Zack Weiss: 'Who knows? He could make our club',"". March 8, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  19. ""Bar: A Cincinnati Reds prospect stock watch,"". September 18, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  20. ""Cincinnati Reds protect Shed Long, Jose Siri and four others from the Rule 5 Draft,"". November 20, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
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