February 4, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #19 Blayne Weller

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #19 | Blayne Weller

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

Born | January 30, 1990 (Key West, Florida)

| Key West High School

| 6'5''

| 220 lbs.

2009 Ranking | Not Ranked

Drafted straight out of Key West High School in 2008, Blayne Weller was given a $100,000 signing bonus by the Twins to sign instead of accepting a baseball scholarship to either Jacksonville State University or St. Petersburg College. The 14th round pick signed a day before the deadline, which limited him to just one inning in 2008.

He began the 2009 season in Extended Spring Training before being assigned to the Gulf Coast League. From that point, Weller stunned hitters and impressed coaches with a staggering 1.58 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts). Weller went on to win five games with the GCL Twins and finally had the chance to showcase the great control that caught the eye of the Twins when he was still in High School. In 57 innings, Weller walked just eight batters while striking out 49.

At 6'5'' and 220 lbs., Weller is a very sound and projectable pitcher. He has great mechanics and can consistently hit his spots. Despite his size, he doesn't throw very hard, but it's important to acknowledge that he is only 20 years old and his control is ahead of most of the pitchers in the system.

2009 Statistics
          Level      W     L     ERA     IP     K     BB     WHIP     FIP
          R (GCL)    5     1    1.58   57.0    49      8     0.95    2.34

2010 Outlook

Weller's most likely destination this season will be Elizabethton after a few months of Extended Spring Training.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball (87-90)
  • Curveball
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival