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Top 100 Angels: Jered WEAVER #60

With 35 wins in just three seasons, Jered Weaver ranks 25th All-Time as an Angel pitcher. For comparisons, Ken Forsch ranks 24th with 36 and pitched 130+ more innings than “Lil Weave.”

A first round draft pick out of Cal State Long Beach, Weaver fell in the draft over signability issues with his agent, Scott Boras. The Angels got him with the 12th pick but took a year to sign him, making Boras blink in the process. Weaver was up and down as the fifth starter in 2006, but the roller coaster was kind to him – he won his first 9 major league decisions, tying the major league mark held by Whitey Ford.

In addition to a respectable Walks/9 rate and K-9 numbers (his 2.81 K-BB Ratio in 2008 was 12th all time single Angels season and his 7.74 K/9 was 9th in the AL), Weaver ranks 27th in franchise history with 327 strikeouts. If he has an Achilles heel beyond the foul body language toward erroring teammates that he picked up from his brother Jeff, it is the longball – surrendering 52 in 460+ IP in his career (Kelvim Escobar, in contrast, has given up 53 as an Angel in 653 innings pitched).

At present, Jered Weaver is the answer to a trivia question: Name the last Angel to get a win in the playoffs, his stellar 2 innings of relief in an extra inning ALDS affair in Fenway Park was the 101st and final win of the great 2008 Angels club. Let’s hope that if that title is maintained, it is in Game 7 of the 2009 World Series.