Jordan Weems’ Cinderella story at end with Oakland A’s
By David Hill
Jordan Weems had been one of the great stories for the Oakland A’s last season. A former third round pick by the Red Sox as a catcher in 2011, he converted to the mound in 2016. Within two seasons, he had made his way to Triple-A, but was allowed to leave as a minor league free agent following the 2019 season. He signed in Oakland, and finally made his major league debut in 2020.
But that story has come to an end. Weems was designated for assignment as part of a series of roster moves on Saturday, with Sam Moll heading back to the majors.
Jordan Weems may see his time in Oakland A’s organization come to an end
Weems had done a solid job for the A’s as a middle reliever in 2020. Although he only appeared in nine games, he posted a 3.21 ERA and a 1.214 WHiP over his 14 innings, striking out 18 batters with seven walks. With more time to develop, it was possible that he could even become an option in the latter innings.
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That was not to happen. Weems struggled this season, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks in his 4.1 innings this season, striking out four batters. He has not fared much better in Triple-A, posting a 7.36 ERA and a 1.568 WHiP in his 14.2 innings, striking out 17 batters with six walks.
Those numbers do need to be taken in context. Triple-A West has been an offensive playground this year, and Las Vegas is a launching pad. It is difficult to find many pitchers that thrive in such an environment. However, the A’s were clearly expecting more from Weems, both in the majors and the minors this season.
It is entirely possible that the A’s will find a taker for his services. His solid showing in 2020, as well as his live arm and high octane fastball, could lead to another team taking a chance. He is not likely to cost much on the trade market, potentially allowing a rebuilding team to take a chance on him at almost no cost.
The Oakland A’s have designated Jordan Weems for assignment. The promise of his 2020 campaign has already faded away.