The New York Yankees drafted right-handed pitcher Greg Weissert from the shadow of Yankee Stadium, Fordham University, in the 18th round of the 2016 draft. The Bay Shore, Long Island native skipped his senior season with the Rams and signed with the Yankees for $75,000.
Weissert signed with the Yankees on June 21 and was assigned to the Pulaski Yankees of the short-season Rookie-level Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian League. Though Weissert was a starter with Fordham, the Yankees had him work out of the bullpen in his first season of professional baseball.
In five games with Pulaski, Weissert didn’t allow a run in six and one-third innings, earning two saves while striking out nine batters and allowing only four hits.
That impressive start earned him a promotion to the Charleston RiverDogs of the Low Class-A South Atlantic League on August 19. In 12 games, Weissert posted a 0-1 record with a 4.26 ERA in 12, and two-thirds innings pitched, striking out 16 batters and notching three saves. Weissert had trouble at times finding the strike zone and ended up walking ten batters. He allowed nine runs, but only six of those were earned.
Weissert features a fastball that reaches the low 90s on the radar gun, a slider and a changeup. With his fastball, he needs to make sure he hits his spot as he’s not going to throw it by too many hitters. He has a good slider and is still developing his changeup. He did a good job as a starter in college, but the Yankees had him coming out of the bullpen, often in the closer spot, for his first professional season. Weissert struggled with control when bumped up to Charleston. He would often work himself into trouble by putting batters on with walks. With that said, he also made a lot of hitters miss with the movement on his slider. He needs to get ahead in counts and find better command on the slider. The velocity is there, even though he’s not lighting up the radar gun.
A trip back to Charleston would be the most likely path for Weissert. The Yankees will probably keep working him out of the bullpen, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a shot at starting. If he pitches well, he could end up at Advance A Tampa at some point during the year.