Ryan Weathers
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Weathers logged a 1.82 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 31:3 K:BB in 24.2 innings over five April starts in the Midwest League. Then he missed three weeks with arm fatigue and had a 4.54 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 59:15 K:BB in 71.1 innings the rest of the way. When Weathers, the son of long-time big-league reliever David Weathers, is on, he attacks hitters with a low-90s fastball that he locates to both sides of the plate and sits hitters down with a plus changeup. However, his velocity wasn't there when he returned and it showed. Conditioning is probably his biggest objective going forward, as at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, he is overweight for an ordinary Joe, let alone a 20-year-old professional athlete. If he takes his diet and conditioning seriously and his average slider improves slightly, he could be a very good mid-rotation starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Padres in July of 2018 that includes a $5.23 million signing bonus.
Returns from IL
PSan Diego Padres  A
May 19, 2019
Weathers (arm) was activated from Low-A Fort Wayne's 7-day injured list Sunday, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
Weathers had been shut down for the past three weeks after experiencing a dead-arm period, but all is apparently sound on the health front now. The lefty was slated to return to the mound for Sunday's game against the Lansing, but he'll have to wait at least another day to pitch after the contest was postponed.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
When the Padres drafted Weathers No. 7 overall in last year's draft, some thought that he would have to settle for an under-slot signing bonus. Weathers ended up getting the full slot value -- $5.23 million. The son of longtime big leaguer David Weathers, Ryan totaled 18.1 innings between rookie ball and Low-A after being drafted. He has flashed plus with his fastball and curveball, and has shown an advanced feel for the changeup. It's an impressive repertoire for a 19-year-old lefty, and the pedigree and command are there, offering hope that he can max out. Chances are, Weathers will head back to A-ball and spend much of the season at the lower levels. If his development proceeds are expected, he will then spend much of 2020 at the upper levels before likely breaking in as a starter in 2021. If the Padres are competitive in 2020, perhaps they will have Weathers get his feet wet in a relief role late in the campaign.
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Lands on injured list
PSan Diego Padres  A
May 5, 2019
Weathers landed on the minor-league injured list with Low-A Fort Wayne due to dead arm Sunday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Dominating early in Midwest League
PSan Diego Padres  A
April 11, 2019
Weathers struck out eight while walking zero and surrendering two earned runs on five hits in six innings in his second start of the year for Low-A Fort Wayne.
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Popped by Padres with No. 7 overall pick
PSan Diego Padres  A
June 4, 2018
The Padres have selected Weathers with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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