- Full name Tyler M. Weeden
- Born 09/26/1987 in Edmond, OK
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Edmond Santa Fe
Drafted in the 16th round (493rd overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2006 (signed for $420,000).
View Draft ReportWeeden's brother Brandon was the Yankees' top pick (second round) in the 2002 draft and was part of the Kevin Brown trade with the Dodgers. Though Ty can throw 90-92 mph off the mound, he won't follow in his brother's footsteps as a pitcher. Scouts still talk about the batting-practice show he put on at the Area Code Games last summer, displaying tremendous power to all fields. If scouts believed he could play catcher, he'd go in the first two rounds. But they're skeptical because he doesn't have the agility or receiving skills to match his arm strength. He's probably destined for first base, where much more offense is required, because he may lack the athleticism to handle an outfield corner. Nevertheless, his righthanded power is a valuable commodity, and he'll be a decent draft pick if he's considered signable away from Arkansas.
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Weeden would have gone in the first five rounds of the 2006 draft has clubs been convinced that he definitely could stay at catcher and would turn down a scholarship from Arkansas. As part of their efforts to add raw power to the system, the Red Sox took him in the 16th round and signed him for $420,000. His older brother Brandon was the Yankees' first pick (second round) in the 2002 draft and was part of the Kevin Brown trade with the Dodgers. Ty first made a name for himself at the 2005 Area Code Games, where he put on one of the best shows in batting practice. Weeden has a lot of work to do behind the plate, but Boston was pleasantly surprised by his arm strength and the life in his lower half when they saw him in instructional league. He did throw 90-92 off the mound in high school. He'll need to get stronger and lose weight, but he has agility and even shows fringe-average speed coming out of the batter's box. If Weeden has to move to first base, his big righthanded power still would allow him to project as a regular. He'll compete for a spot in low Class A, but Jonathan Egan figures to be the starting catcher in Greenville to open 2007.