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June 8, 2014

Padres pick Weir in draft

Former Kat standout goes in 17th round

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The righty pitcher had an 8-2 record, helping Ball State win the MAC regular-season title. That capped a major upswing for the Cardinals after the squad struggled in the bottom third of the conference in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

With his selection, Weir begins a whirlwind process almost instantly.

"The plan is to head out [today], fly out to Arizona," Weir said. "It's a three-day minicamp. Then, they send the top 25 players they evaluate to a short season, the top A ball team in Eugene, Oregon.

"It's crazy. I didn't expect to have to leave [today], but you can't be mad that you're heading out to play professional baseball. It's a relief that it's all over. It's a thrill. Everything is happening really fast, but it's really exciting."

He has some idea of what the whirlwind is like, and what to expect from minor-league play.

"I've talked to a couple guys, a couple teammates I've played with in summer ball and Ball State, and obviously [former Kokomo teammate] Nolan Sanburn. He's one of my best friends since we played down at UCT," Weir said. Sanburn is currently in the Oakland organization. "It's nice to have somebody to talk to, especially someone like Nolan that I'm close to, to ease into it."

He's not sure yet what the Padres' plan is. As a pitcher, Weir started, relieved and closed during his time with the Cardinals, but was used primarily as a starter as a senior since the Cardinals felt that was his best route to getting a shot at professional ball.

The Padres were the team that had followed him most closely during his senior year.

"I talked to their scout a couple times [during the season], I had a feeling it would be them," Weir said.

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