Jordan Weems had been an amazing story for the Oakland A’s. A former third round selection as a catcher, the Red Sox had converted Weems to the mound where he showed a live fastball even with his questionable command. Oakland signed him as a minor league free agent prior to the 2020 season, likely hoping that he would spend time honing his craft in Triple-A before potentially getting a look in the A’s bullpen.
The pandemic shortened season changed those plans, but Weems was still able to make an impact. He was a surprising part of the A’s Opening Day roster, and although he missed time, was still solid when he pitched. He allowed just five runs on ten hits and seven walks over his 14 innings, striking out 17 batters as he appeared ready to be a piece for the future.
Jordan Weems getting another chance with Washington Nationals
His success did not follow to 2021. Weems struggled during his five outings with the A’s before being placed on waivers where he was selected by the Diamondbacks. He was even worse there, lasting just two games at the major league level before spending the rest of the year in Triple-A.
But that live arm is leading to another chance. The Washington Nationals have signed Weems to a minor league deal, presumably giving him a chance to crack the major league roster. He is also another pitcher with major league experience that they have brought in recently, joining the likes of Carl Edwards Jr. and Luis Avilan, amongst others.
The Nationals definitely need help in the bullpen. Their relief corps has been their Achilles’ Heel for years, with the Nationals needing to rebuild their bullpen on the fly. While that worked in 2019, they have not had the same results since. As unlikely as it may seem, Weems could be a part of the answer.
Former Oakland A’s reliever Jordan Weems is getting another chance. He has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.