Zack Weiss

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Biographical Information[edit]

For over four years, Zack Weiss was part of the small fraternity of pitchers who had never recorded an out in their major league career. In his first game for the Cincinnati Reds on April 12, 2018, he faced the St. Louis Cardinals with his team trailing 5-4 in the 7th and allowed homers to both José Martínez and Yadier Molina to start things off. He then issued walks to the next two batters, Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong, before being replaced by Tanner Rainey, who issued three walks of his own and allowed both of the inherited baserunners to score. As a result, Weiss's season ERA was infinite.

He plugged on in the minor leagues for the next three-plus years until given a second chance by the Los Angeles Angels on September 2, 2022. Facing the Houston Astros, far from an easy opponent, things went a lot better than in his long-before debut, as he retired all four batters he faced after coming into the game in the top of the 6th in relief of starter Reid Detmers and reliever José Marté, with the Angels trailing, 4-0. He got Martin Maldonado and José Altuve on ground-outs and Jeremy Peña on a fly out, before starting the 7th by getting Alex Bregman to pop out. Lefty Aaron Loup then replaced him as the next two batters were lefthanders. In between the two appearances, he had pitched in the Minnesota Twins system and in the Atlantic League in 2019, in the temporary Constellation Energy League in 2020, in the American Association and in the Seattle Mariners system in 2021 before signing with the Angels in 2022. He had also played for the Israeli national team in various competitions, including the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. He was 2-3, 4.50 with 3 saves in 43 appearances for the Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League before his call-up to Los Angeles.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Sarah Valenzuela (Los Angeles Times): "Four years after his MLB debut, reliever Zack Weiss makes second big league appearance", Yahoo! News, September 3, 2022. [1]

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