With the 7th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres have selected Ryan Weathers a left-handed pitcher from Loretto HS in Tennessee.
Weathers has risen up draft boards as of late. While he lacks a true out pitch he does possess three solid pitches and mixes them extremely well. He has a fastball that sits in the 90-93 MPH range and can reach 95 mph. The fastball has a deceptive riding life due to its high spin rate. His curveball sits in the upper 70s and features good depth. He also has an advanced changeup.
— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) June 4, 2018
The ratings on Weathers on the 20-80 grade scale are constant throughout. With a 55 grade for his fastball, curveball, changeup, and control.
Weathers is a tremendous athlete who does the little things very well. He does have a commitment to play college baseball at power house Vanderbilt University. But I see no reason the Padres should have any problem signing the high school lefty to a deal.
Weathers will join a Padres system that took the best prep lefty in last years draft in Mackenzie Gore. While Weathers will not be included in the MLB Pipeline top 100 he should slot nicely into the spot right after Anderson Espinoza which would make him 9th in the system.