Luke Weaver’s first full season as a professional baseball player did not begin well.
St. Louis’ first-round draft pick, taken 27th overall in 2014, suffered shoulder discomfort and opened the season on the disabled list of Class A-Advanced Palm Beach. Weaver did not make his 2015 debut until May 14.
That turned out to be a blessing in disguise. By missing that first month and a half, Weaver tossed just 105 1/3 innings during the Florida State League schedule, from where he earned The Cardinal Nation’s nod as Palm Beach Starting Pitcher of the Year.
As a result of the lower than expected workload, the Cardinals assigned the 22-year-old to the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase. There, he performed well against advanced competition, both starting and relieving.
Weaver made two starts in seven fall league appearances, holding opposing batters to a .171 batting average overall. His 3.72 ERA was due in part to two inopportune home runs and hit batsmen. Overall, the right-hander was ranked 17th in the top 20 Post-AFL Top Prospect list from MLB.com. You can read more about Weaver’s AFL stint here.
From the AFL, Weaver recapped his eventful 2015.
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