The Braves have signed 22nd round draft pick Ryan Weber to a contract. The right-handed pitcher has reported to the Gulf Coast League Braves team at Disney.
Weber was taken by the Braves out of St. Petersburg Junior College. He was a member of the FCCAA Suncoast 1st Team All-Conference team after going 8-4 in 15 games, with 83 hits allowed in 82.2 innings, 36 earned runs, 16 walks, and 71 strikeouts.
The Braves really like Weber, who has a sinker, slider, and good curveball. He sits at 88-92 mph and really does a good job of painting the corners.
Weber is 6'1", 170 pounds. He was drafted last year by the Phillies in the 12th round out of Clearwater Central High School in Florida. Weber was originally signed by Florida, but after not signing decided to pitch JUCO ball so he could be eligible for the draft again this year.
Last summer on USA Baseball's 18 and under National Team, Weber started two games and did not give up an earned run in 17 innings. He allowed one unearned run on 12 hits, with only two walks, and 19 strikeouts.
The Braves have now signed 23 draft picks. They are still negotiating with first round pick Mike Minor from Vanderbilt.
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Braves sign 22nd rounder Ryan Weber
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