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Introducing: Ryan Weiss

With the 129th pick of the draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Ryan Weiss, a right-handed pitcher from Wright State University, Ohio.

Name: Ryan Weiss

Date of Birth: 10 December 1996

Height: 6’ 4”

Weight: 205 lbs.

Ryan Weiss is a redshirt sophomore from the smaller school of Wright State University in Ohio. Weiss was the 18th Raider pitcher to be drafted, the 31st WSU player overall and the sixth highest pick in Wright State baseball history.

What Baseball America has to say:

Weiss, a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore, has been Wright State’s ace for two seasons. His surface-level stats this spring (9-2, 3.44) haven’t matched his 2017 season (8-1, 2.13), but he’s striking out more batters and walking fewer. Weiss competes with an aggressive, attacking approach. He mixes an average curve and slurvy slider that often blends with his curveball. His fastball sits 91-93 mph and he can touch 95.

What MLB has to say:

Weiss didn’t become a full-time pitcher until he was an Illinois high school junior in 2014 and missed his entire first season at Wright State after herniating a disc and fracturing a vertebrae in his back while overdoing weightlifting. He made up for his lost year by leading the Horizon League with a 2.13 ERA and winning conference freshman of the year honors in 2017. He also pitched well in the Cape Cod League last summer and has continued to thrive as a redshirt sophomore this spring, cementing his status as the Raiders’ best pitching prospect since Joe Smith was a Mets third-rounder in 2006. The owner of a mid-80s fastball in high school, Weiss now operates at 91-93 mph and can hit 96 with his fastball. His heater can get fairly straight but arrives on a steep downhill plane because he’s 6-foot-4 and employs a nearly overhand delivery. He throws his changeup with the same arm speed and it shows flashes of becoming a solid pitch with some fade and sink. Weiss’ curveball isn’t as reliable as his other offerings but has the makings of an average third pitch. He fills the strike zone but will need to command his pitches better at the next level. Scouts like his mound presence and envision him becoming a No. 4 or 5 starter.

The 129th pick comes with a designated slot bonus of $422,100. Although Weiss has some leverage, being able to return to WSU not once, but twice, it is unlikely he is going to be difficult to sign.