On the 20-80 scouting scale, Jered Weaver grades out with around an 85 awesome tool. He showed flashes of it last year when the now 29-year-old right-hander signed a below market extension (5/$85MM) to stay with his home team noting, “If $85 million is not enough to take care of my family and other generations of my family, then you’re stupid.”
The former Long Beach State Dirtbag star finally started to get his “ace” status recognized around baseball in 2011 after finishing second to AL MVP, Justin Verlander, in Cy Young voting. But Weaver was already there in value. From his rookie year in 2006 to 2011, he was one of 13 pitchers to accumulate over a 24 bWAR (Baseball-Reference wins above replacement). That list is populated with names like Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia, Verlander, Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez and Tim Lincecum. Rather elite company.
Weaver might have been the number one overall pick in the 2004 draft (good grief, Matt Bush) but bonus concerns scared teams off after Weaver signed on with the ominous Scott Boras. The Angels selected him with the 12th pick in the first round and only had to cough up $4 million (instead if the rumored $10.5 million) for the local kid. He hasn’t disappointed.
As you all know, Weaver threw his first career, 250th ever, no-hitter against the Twins on May 2nd in front of his parents, wife and friends at the Big A. Tuesday night, he celebrated by announcing the Top 10 Signs You’ll Never Throw A No-Hitter on Letterman. Weaver was outstanding again.
A nice little interview before the Top 10 which included Weaver introducing me to the phrase “Texas Bowtie” when he talked about throwing at hitters adding “there are certain guys you don’t like.” That might not go over well with the commissioner’s office but I doubt Weaver cares. My favorites off of the list were…
8. You performed your own Tommy John surgery.
scalpel humor gets me every time
7. Your pitches tend to bounce.
I’d like to submit into evidence John Wall’s first pitch.
2. You’re still not sure if you’re a righty or a lefty.
Meh, Letterman’s writers are still waaaay better than Leno’s.
The only thing missing from Weaver’s TV performance was the opportunity for a Spicoli moment and have a pizza delivered to him before reading the Top 10. It was, after all, “their time.”