Posted by: Chris | November 30, 2009

Diamonds In The Rough: Jered Weaver

Jered Weaver has had a pretty bumpy career. He was a highly touted prospect, dominating  in the minors. Naturally, as most successful minor leaguers do, Jered got the call to the Bigs were he was fenomonal. In his first season with the Angels he went 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA and 105 strike outs in 123 innings. Right away, people were beginning to compare Weaver to some of the great pitchers in baseball. Then came 2007. Weaver didn’t do to bad going 13-7, but his ERA inflated to 3.91. 2008 wasn’t any better as his ERA continued to increase, and he finished with a 4.33 ERA and a record of 11-10. The pitcher once destined for Cooperstown was beginning to struggle and suddenly, Weaver was being regarded as a number 3 pitcher at best. Finally, 2009 Jered Weaver pulled it all together at the ripe age of 26. He went 16-8, had an ERA of 3.75, (his best since 2006,) and had 174 strike outs, which is a career high for him. He was also elected to his first All-Star game.

As for his rookie cards, most of them are fairly inexpensive. His most valuable rookie card comes from 2005 Bowman Chrome and can be had for around $25.00 Some cheaper options include 2006 Upper Deck Future Stars auto. Personally, my favorite is the card pictured below. It comes from 2006 UD Exquisite and it features 3 rookie autos’s of some of the most dominant pitchers in the game.

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