Reds Zack Weiss is back and pitching well Doug Gray June 26, 2017 11 Comments Zack Weiss finished the 2015 season as the top relief prospect in the organization. He began that season with the Cincinnati Reds Advanced-A affiliate in Daytona. Things went so well that he wasn’t around long. After just nine games he was promoted to Double-A after posting a 0.00 ERA with a walk and 22 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched. Things didn’t go quite as well in Double-A Pensacola, but he was still dominant as the closer. Zack Weiss picked up another 25 saves after arriving in Pensacola. In 52.0 innings he posted a 2.42 ERA for the Blue Wahoos. That went along with 14 walks and 68 strikeouts. For the season, between the two levels he had a 1.98 ERA in 53.2 innings. The numbers were about as good as could be. His performance in 2015 was so good that he was invited to big league camp with the Reds as a non-roster invitee. However, he only appeared in two games before being shut down with elbow discomfort. When I spoke with him in April of 2016 he had said that his rehab was coming along and that he was hoping it wasn’t going to be much longer before he could return. Unfortunately that didn’t turn out to be the case. Weiss never pitched during the 2016 season. In December of 2016 Zack Weiss would undergo ulnar nerve transportation surgery in his pitching elbow. The recover time for that turned out to be about 5-6 months and when June rolled around, the right hander returned to the mound for the Daytona Tortugas. Things have gone quite well for Zack Weiss in Daytona. He’s certainly old for the level at 25-years-old. However, this is essentially a rehab assignment for him after missing so much time. He’s thrown 12.0 innings over nine games. He’s allowed just eight hits and walked one batter. Weiss has also struck out 17 of the 44 batters that he’s faced on the season. That’s good for a 38.6% strikeout rate. While I have no seen Zack Weiss throw in person this season, the reports on his stuff have been good. The velocity is back to where it was pre-surgery, sitting in the 92-94 MPH range and touching higher. I’d be surprised if he were in Daytona much longer before being bumped up to Pensacola. The numbers have been outstanding thus far and the stuff, at least according to the reports I’ve heard, has been there. 11 Responses Steve June 26, 2017 Thought Weiss was going to Pensacola in the recent flurry of promotions. He, along with Rainey, Hunter and now Hendrix should be able to contain opponents in the latter innings most every game. Maybe after Broussard blew McGuire’s strong effort, Weiss will get a chance of assuming the closer duties in Pensacola. Kap June 26, 2017 Can Vincej be seen as a viable option at short? I think he brings more value than Peraza does. Very good glove and decent offensive numbers throughout his minor league career. Don’t think he’ll ever be a hitter first but there is value there. Worth a shot in my opinion. This is a season of sorting after all Kap June 26, 2017 Meant to put this on the Peraza post but I wasn’t paying attention. Sorry The Duke June 26, 2017 I think Vincej at the very least deserves a shot to show if he can be a cheap backup middle infielder over the next 3-5 years. He’s a plus defender at SS whom I would think could be good at 2B if he needed to fill in, and over the last 12 months his bat has been significantly better than it was early on in his minor league career. Once Cozart is back healthy, the Reds should think about sending Peraza down to work on his plate discipline and pitch selection so that he can hit more balls that he can drive, and roll with Gennett at 2B, Cozart at SS, and Vincej backing up both of them with maybe a chance to start once a week at one of those positions. Once Cozart is traded they can insert Peraza back in there at SS, or possibly give Vincej a shot in a year that’s not about winning games. HavaKlu June 26, 2017 I like this approach. Vincej deserves a shot and Peraza’s lack of plate discipline is negating his speed a la Billy Hamilton. I also think it’s time to give Shackelford a bull pen look—-he deserves it based on his last 2 years of performance. The Duke June 26, 2017 Weiss has looked good so far, it seems like he’s ready to move onto Pensacola and see how his stuff plays there. In what will be a very crowded 40 man roster this offseason, we need to know if Weiss is worth protecting, because I think he is a prime candidate to get taken this winter as long as he is healthy if we don’t. He could likely help some MLB bullpens today. Matthew O'Neal June 26, 2017 In my eyes, to be protected, in no order, should be Long, LaValley, Mahle, Blandino, and Weiss. That’s 5 roster spots that need opened, along with Travieso, Disco, and Finnegan coming off the 60 day DL. That’s 8 spots that need taken care of. Arroyo, Feldman, and Storen will definitely be off the books come off season. Bonilla and Buchanan getting DFA’d wouldn’t hurt anybody’s hearts. That’s 5 pitchers removed for 5 added. As for LaValley, Blandino, and Long … Blandino could conceivably replace Alcantara off the bench as utility. Assuming Cozart is out, then that’s Long’s spot. They may have to get creative to protect LaValley. donny June 26, 2017 Some of these players in Arizona rookie league are off to a good start and playing better than i expected. I know its early, but really nice to see. The Duke June 26, 2017 Defintely nice to see, but we can’t get too excited about AZL numbers, it’s a very hitter friendly environment. That said, it’s nice to see production regardless vs the alternative. donny June 26, 2017 I am seeing some good competition going on with the Dominican Republic players. In which i have noticed more so , so far this year than i have seen in years past. When it comes to the Dominican Republic players i have noticed it at Billings as well. donny June 26, 2017 I can careless that its a hitter friendly park. I base what i see from players with there age in a accordance to league, to past players who started and played in the past and from what i see so far its been refreshing to see with these group of kids.