Weiss back on path to Majors
Repeating a level in the minor leagues is never ideal, but after what he's been through Zack Weiss is glad to be back in Pensacola, and he's delivering for the Wahoos once again.
Weiss grew up in California as a big Angels fan; going to games with his dad. His own big league dreams were on the cusp of coming true in 2016. \
Weiss was coming off a very impressive season with the Wahoos.
"I think he was number one on the list as far as going to the Big Leagues as a reliever", said Wahoos Manager Pat Kelly.
But shortly after big league camp started Weiss went down with an elbow injury. At first it wasn't thought to be that serious.
"I would feel good for a little bit, but when we started putting pressure on it, it would flare up again," said Weiss.
He missed the entire 2016 season. They finally decided surgery was necessary in December.
The nerve transportation procedure has done the trick. After six months of rehab he was back on the mound in June.
Weiss started off at Single A Daytona, quickly earning the promotion back up to Pensacola. While he continues to fine tune the physical tools, it's also been a readjustment mentally.
Kelly said if things progress as expected Weiss should be back in Major League camp next year with a chance to make the team.