Weiman earns spot on AFL Fall Stars roster
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Major League Baseball (MLB) announced Monday that former Kansas hurler Blake Weiman earned a spot on the Arizona Fall League’s (AFL) West Fall Stars roster and will play in the Fall Stars Game Saturday, Nov. 3 at 6:08 p.m. (CT) inside Surprise Stadium.
The East and the West rosters each feature 25 players, with Weiman earning the nod in his first full professional season.
“It’s an honor to be representing the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the Arizona Fall League,” Weiman said. “Going into the AFL my mindset was to not do too much. A lot of times when you get put around players with a lot of talent you feel like you have to do more and be more. The Pirates talk a lot about knowing yourself and loving yourself, so realizing the type of pitcher I am and trusting my abilities has taken me a long way.”
Weiman finished his first full season of professional baseball with the Double-A Altoona Curve. Combined in 2018, he pitched in 39 games and struck out 78 batters in 67 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .234 off him while he compiled a 2.40 ERA to earn an invitation to the AFL.
In the AFL, Weiman has thrown 10 innings for the Surprise Saguaros where he has struck out nine batters and allowed just one earned run for a 0.90 ERA.
“I really try to focus just one day at a time,” Weiman said. “It is really easy to get caught up in your performance, good or bad, and start to play mind games with yourself. Focusing on what I need to accomplish for that day and attacking that, instead of worrying about the future, is how I have managed to be successful.”
Weiman and the rest of the Fall Stars will be showcased Saturday, Nov. 3 with a live broadcast of the game on the MLB Network and MLB.com.
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