Farm Report April 21: Columbine's Weiman A Relief in Pirates System
Left-handed reliever Blake Weiman, a product of Columbine High School and eighth-round draft choice of the Pirates out of the University of Kansas a year ago, is impressing scouts with his impact out of the bullpen for Class A West Virginia of the South Atlantic League.
Weiman gave up a two-run home run to to Sean Bouchard of Asheville in the ninth inning of West Virginia's 6-5 win on Friday, but bounced back to strike out the next three batters The home run is the only blemish on Weiman's 10 2/3 innings with West Virginia. He has struck out 15 and not walked a batter.
Weiman was the 2014 Colorado High School Pitcher of the Year. He started his first two years at Kansas, but moved into the bullpen as a junior. In 30 appearances that year he worked 45 innings, allowing one home run, walking only five, and striking out 55.
Weiman comes from an athletic background. His father J.D., played college football at New Mexico State and Fort Lewis Collegew, and his mother played volleyball at Peru State.
In Friday's Games
Triple A Albuquerque (7-9) won 7-5 at Tacoma. Daniel Castro ran his hitting streak to 14 games, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and RBI. Josh Fuentes was 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Shane Broyles earned the win in relief of David Holmberg. D.J.Johnson retired the final five Tacoma batters, striking out three, for his first save.
Double A Hartford (5-9) won 6-3 against Harrisburg. Brendan Rodgers, the top-ranked prospect in the Rockies system, was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, extending his hitting streak to four games, in which he is 7-for-16. Rodgers has raised his average from .143 to its current .235 in the four-game stretch, in which the Yard Goats have won three times.Jesus Tinoco (2-1) allowed three runs and struck out eight to earn the victory. Jones Mylz was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Five different Yard Goats had a stolen bases.
High A Lancaster (7-9) lost 3-2 at Inland Empire. Vince Fernandez drove in both runs with a bloop single in the first. Rico Garcia (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, in five innings. Colton Welker's slump reached 1-for-13 in four games, dropping his average from .410 to .340.
A Asheville (3-12) lost 6-5 at West Virginia, suffering it's eight loss in nine road games. Will Gaddis (0-1) allowed four runs in three innings. Ramon Marcelino homered in the fourth, and Sean Bouchard added a two-run home run in the ninth.