The San Diego Padres announced on July 1 that they agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Ryan Weathers
He was the No. 7 pick in the 2018 MLB First Year Player Draft.
With Weathers signing, the Padres now have signed 26 of the 41 players they drafted in this year’s draft.
The left-handed Weathers and the Padres agreed with less than a week before the deadline to sign draft picks, which is July 6.
The 18-year-old Weathers went 10-0 last season at Loretto High School in Loretto, Tennessee.
He posted a 0.09 ERA over 76 innings, striking out 148 batters. Weathers was named the Gatorade National High School Baseball Player of the Year. The Padres’ 2017 first round draft selection, MacKenzie Gore, received the award last year. With Weathers signing, the Padres now have the two most recent recipients of the award.
Before agreeing to terms with the Padres, Weathers was left to make a decision to go professional, or accept a scholarship to play collegiate baseball with the Vanderbilt Commodores of the Southeastern Conference. Weathers is the seventh high school player signed by the Padres this year and the biggest addition to the team.
The #Padres on Monday will introduce Ryan Weathers, the No. 7 overall pick from last month’s draft. They believe he has the pedigree and stuff to join Gore, Morejon and Logan Allen as premier lefties in the system. https://t.co/79ePMKXA8d pic.twitter.com/GCBfcTWLU8
— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) July 2, 2018
Now that he has agreed to sign with the Padres, Weathers joins the top farm system in the majors, and one that is loaded with talented left-handed pitchers.
The assigned value from MLB for the No. 7 pick is $5,226,500. The Padres and Weathers agreed to the full slot value, as reported by A.J. Cassavell for mlb.com.
Mike is the sports editor for the Fayette Advertiser, and has been with East Village Times since 2015. His work has appeared on Bleacher Report. He is an avid Padres fan who is keeping the faith and trusting the process.