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June 8, 2014

Padres pick Weir in draft

Former Kat standout goes in 17th round

Kokomo native T.J. Weir had two summer plans after graduating Ball State last month.

One was to take his degree in finance and head to Carmel to begin working for WestPoint Financial. That was the secure option, but also the secondary option.

The other, primary option, was completely up in the air.

Weir's primary option came knocking late Friday night with a phone call from a San Diego Padres scout, and half a day later, it presented itself officially as the former Wildkat and Cardinal standout was selected by the Padres in the 17th round of the MLB draft.

"The area scout for the Padres called me [Friday] night around 11 o'clock and asked if I was ready to sign and ready to go," Weir said. It was his first solid indication he'd get drafted. "I asked, 'What round are we looking at?' He said, '17th, maybe 20th.'"

So on Saturday, Weir camped out at home in Kokomo with his parents to monitor the draft.

"A couple of my friends and my girlfriend were over here hanging out [on Saturday] ... just listening to a feed online and heard my name, ended up hugging each other," the former KHS three-sport standout said. "[The scout] ended up calling two minutes later and started talking details."

Given his uncertainty, getting picked at all was a thrill, and getting picked up so early was a bonus.

"It was earlier than I expected," he said. "It was a surprise that it was that early but it was obviously awesome. It's a great feeling to go in the top half of the draft and I went 17th."

He was the 507th overall selection. The draft is 40 rounds.

Weir just wrapped up his senior season at Ball State. After splitting time as a pitcher and position player for three seasons, Weir was primarily used as a starting pitcher as a senior. He made 19 appearances, including 15 starts, and logged a team-high 99 2/3 innings. He struck out 117 with just 39 walks. He earned all-Mid-American Conference honors.

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