One of the best stories so far this season has been the success and obvious development of Rome right-hander Patrick Weigel, Atlanta’s 7th round pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Houston.
Weigel had yet another strong performance Saturday in Rome’s loss at Lexington. Weigel allowed just one run on two hits in seven innings, with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
For the season, Weigel is 5-3 with an ERA of 2.68 in 15 starts. He has allowed just 65 hits in 87.1 innings, with 26 earned runs, 33 walks and 94 strikeouts. In his last five starts, Weigel has allowed just five earned runs in 32 innings (1.41 ERA), only 23 hits, six walks and 36 strikeouts.
Weigel turns 22 years old this coming Friday. He may have just made his last start in the South Atlantic League, as you wonder if the Braves have seen enough to promote Weigel to the Carolina League for the remainder of the 2016 season.
The 6-foot-6 Weigel is second in the Braves’ farm system with his 94 strikeouts behind Lucas Sims (97).
Weigel has a tremendous fastball that can reach into the upper-90s. He’s more of an under-the-radar prospect, but Weigel is quickly climbing up the charts with his solid work in 2016.
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