Q&A with Jays' 19th Round Pick Luke Weaver

We sat down with Blue Jays' 19th round pick, Luke Weaver, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Deland High School in Florida says about his stuff, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: First of all "Congratulations" on behalf of FutureJays. Were you at all surprised that you were drafted by the Jays?

Luke Weaver: Not so much, we were in contact quite a bit. They were up with a couple other teams who liked me a lot. I went out to their pre-draft workout in Florida and they were all positive and told me they would be in contact. During the draft, when I was watching it, they gave me a call to touch base and solidify everything and they ended up picking me.

FutureJays.com: Do you have any idea what the Blue Jays organization is like or have you spoken with anyone within the organization about their plans for you?

Weaver: I've met with the area scout, the one who called me during the draft, and he's been the one most in contact. I've met with the scouting director, the one who ends up picking draft picks. They believe that, with time and not trying to rush things, I could become something very successful and they feel their organization is the right place to be.

FutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Weaver: Fastball, average during a game would be around 90-92 mph, sometimes slower depending on fatigue. I can go top out at 94 mph, sometimes 95 mph. Changeup that ranges around 78-80 mph, it's probably my best offspeed pitch, it's always been there with me throughout my pitching career and I can always count on it. Curveball that usually ends up being around 74-76 mph. It's been good but I can always improve on that. I'm waiting for the next level so I can tweak my pitches and that's one that I really want to get a grasp on. I wouldn't say I have trouble with it but it's the one out of all my pitches that I want to work on the most.

FutureJays.com: Personally, up to this point in your career, what would you say is your best moment playing ball?

Weaver: It's a mutual thing between getting a scholarship from Florida State University and having a chance to be drafted.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Jays' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Weaver: I like to compare myself to Jered Weaver, kind of because of the name. I've always pitched my own way and when I got more mature I started looking to more Major League players, watching video and games on TV. I actually have almost the exact same type of windup and delivery when he [Jered Weaver] comes way across his body and if you would see me pitch you would see a comparison there. I'd like to get my stuff as good as his and he's my favorite pitcher and who I compare myself to.

FutureJays.com: Like you mentioned you have committed to Florida State but now that you've been drafted, what do you think about signing with the Blue Jays and starting your professional career?

Weaver: My ultimate goal is to get to the Major Leagues. It's been a crazy time but it's a win-win situation both ways. I'm excited either way it goes but I would be ecstatic to go with the Blue Jays and start my professional career there. I love the organization and everything it has to offer, but then on the other hand there's Florida State so it's going to be a tough decision.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: First of all \"Congratulations\" on behalf of FutureJays. Were you at all surprised that you were drafted by the Jays?
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\r\nLuke Weaver: Not so much, we were in contact quite a bit. They were up with a couple other teams who liked me a lot. I went out to their pre-draft workout in Florida and they were all positive and told me they would be in contact. During the draft, when I was watching it, they gave me a call to touch base and solidify everything and they ended up picking me.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you have any idea what the Blue Jays organization is like or have you spoken with anyone within the organization about their plans for you?
\r\n
\r\nWeaver: I've met with the area scout, the one who called me during the draft, and he's been the one most in contact. I've met with the scouting director, the one who ends up picking draft picks. They believe that, with time and not trying to rush things, I could become something very successful and they feel their organization is the right place to be.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?
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\r\nWeaver: Fastball, average during a game would be around 90-92 mph, sometimes slower depending on fatigue. I can go top out at 94 mph, sometimes 95 mph. Changeup that ranges around 78-80 mph, it's probably my best offspeed pitch, it's always been there with me throughout my pitching career and I can always count on it. Curveball that usually ends up being around 74-76 mph. It's been good but I can always improve on that. I'm waiting for the next level so I can tweak my pitches and that's one that I really want to get a grasp on. I wouldn't say I have trouble with it but it's the one out of all my pitches that I want to work on the most.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Personally, up to this point in your career, what would you say is your best moment playing ball?
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\r\nWeaver: It's a mutual thing between getting a scholarship from Florida State University and having a chance to be drafted.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Jays' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?
\r\n
\r\nWeaver: I like to compare myself to Jered Weaver, kind of because of the name. I've always pitched my own way and when I got more mature I started looking to more Major League players, watching video and games on TV. I actually have almost the exact same type of windup and delivery when he [Jered Weaver] comes way across his body and if you would see me pitch you would see a comparison there. I'd like to get my stuff as good as his and he's my favorite pitcher and who I compare myself to.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Like you mentioned you have committed to Florida State but now that you've been drafted, what do you think about signing with the Blue Jays and starting your professional career?
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\r\nWeaver: My ultimate goal is to get to the Major Leagues. It's been a crazy time but it's a win-win situation both ways. I'm excited either way it goes but I would be ecstatic to go with the Blue Jays and start my professional career there. I love the organization and everything it has to offer, but then on the other hand there's Florida State so it's going to be a tough decision.
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