June 21, 2013

Weiss, Foss Get First Pro Assignments

CORPUS CHRISTI – After being selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi seniors Trevor Foss and Eric Weiss have been assigned to their first professional destinations. Foss will play for the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League, while Weiss is bound for the AZL Angels of the Arizona League.

Both teams have just started their play in short-season rookie league action, beginning their seasons on Thursday, June 21. Neither former Islander appeared in his team's season debut.

Foss and Weiss were both selected by the Los Angeles Angels on the third day of the 2013 MLB Draft. Foss was selected in the 22nd round (667th overall), while Weiss was chosen in the 35th (1057th overall), the fifth and sixth players in the last four years selected from the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team.

Foss had an outstanding senior campaign for the Islanders, earning Third Team All-Southland Conference recognition for his efforts on the mound. He went 8-6 on the year with a 3.09 ERA, posting 103 strikeouts, the fourth-most in Islanders history. He finished third in the league with his total, and he and Oral Roberts' Alex Gonzalez were the only two among the Southland strikeout leaders to post more than one punchout per inning pitched.

The Janesville, Wis., native tossed three complete games on the year, including a shutout of Texas-Pan American where he registered a career-high 15 strikeouts. That effort earned him Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. It also earned him the first of two Southland Pitcher of the Week nods. He earned the second following a three-hit shutout against McNeese State, when he struck out 10. He posted 10 strikeouts or more three times and held his opponents to five hits or fewer in each of his last four starts on the year.

Weiss was a First Team All-Southland selection in his senior campaign after leading the Islanders and placing ninth in the conference with a .327 average. He added 11 doubles, four triples and four home runs, driving in 42 runs. His .406 on-base percentage and .474 slugging average both were tops among A&M-Corpus Christi players. He was also an outstanding leader for the Islanders and played strong defense, going errorless on the season while patrolling centerfield.

Weiss was amazingly consistent, registering a hit in 46 of the Islanders' 57 games on the season. He was also crucial in the clutch, his most notable performance a 4-for-6 outing with three RBI in the Islanders' come-from-behind 17-15 win over Lamar on Senior Day. He posted four games on the season with at least three runs driven in, and had 17 games with at least two hits.

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