Weaver Reflects on Remarkable Season

Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver is likely to be the number one overall pick by the San Diego Padres in next month's MLB Draft.

Jered Weaver is 14-0 in 16 starts with a 1.25 ERA with 182 strikeouts and 14 walks in 122 innings. Opponents are batting .151 against the 6-foot-7 right-hander.

"This year has been an exiciting year," Weaver said. "When I was a freshman there was no telling what my career would be like. I am a lot more mature now."

He is the all-time leader at Long Beach State in strikeouts (400), wins (36), and by season's end he is expected to be the leader in innings pitched.

Weaver has a career 2.35 ERA with a record of 36-8 and have held opponents to a .185 average.

"My biggest thing is that I just go out and keep my team in ball games. I don't think about anything else as far as numbers. I just go out and pitch hoping to help out my team."

His primary pitch is his fastball in the low to mid 90's. When looking for a strikeout he will drop a slider on the hitter. He also throws a changeup, but uses it more against lefties than righties. A few times a game Weaver will throw a curve as a first pitch strike.

This year he has 12 games of 10 strikeouts or more.

"It is not something I think about. I just try to locate my pitches and the strikeouts just happen."

Weaver has been proud of this year's Long Beach State squad.

"We struggled at the beginning of the season, but then we were able to get back in the groove. We got swept last weekend by Cal-State Fullerton, but the guys have a good attitude about it. They weren't too down when we started practicing again."

Abe Alvarez, 2003 2nd round pick by Boston, was the team's ace the first two years in Weaver's career.

"He helped me a lot. He gave me some pointers on what I needed help with even though he was a lefty. We hung out a lot. We were the best of friends and we still keep in touch now."

Jeff Weaver, Jered's older brother, also has helped Jered develop into a solid pitcher.

"He has played a major role in my career. We talk all the time and now its nice to just take a trip on the freeway to go see him play. He is able to see me play too so that is nice."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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