SW Oregon's Weidman drafted by Pittsburg Pirates
Weidman looks forward to living his dream
Story Published: Jun 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM PDT
By KCBY News Staff
NORTH BEND, Ore. -What a difference a year makes, at least it has made quite a difference in the life of Bryce Weidman. Last year his dreams of pitching in the Big Leagues were dashed after he went undrafted and now, the sky's the limit.
Weidman was seemingly a pretty hot prospect after his Senior year pitching for the North Bend Bulldogs. But after going undrafted, he didn't give up on his dream. Instead he headed to Southwestern Oregon Community College to pitch for the Lakers.
And on Tuesday, that determination paid off as he was drafted with the second pick of the fourteenth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"I told Coach Esposito, when I get to SOCC that I wanted to be one year and get drafted," said Weidman. "Ever since I was playing t-ball, I always said that I would get drafted and my parents always just kind of said, yeah, you will. And now that it happened, it's kind of nice."
But what changed in just one year? Weidman credits his college and high school coaches for helping him get leaner and meaner. Which helped him get his velocity up, leading to a 2.2 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 82 innings.
"After last year not getting it, I really worked a lot harder to get it," said Weidman. "I'm really excited. I've heard a lot of good things about their organization and thy seem proud to have me, so I'm pretty proud to get to play for them and see what happens."
As often happens when dreams are achieved, the reality and the realization seem to overlap. Weidman now must deal with contract talks and a two week trip to Florida for orientation with the Pirates.