FSU’s Luke Weaver Features Finesse, Command and Humility

Luke Weaver

photo by Larry Novey

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Luke Weaver was recently named Preseason All-American (First Team) by Baseball America, and College Baseball Central caught up to the “Dreamweaver” Thursday, where the Florida State University ace said after two weeks of practice the arm is ready.

“My arm is doing well,” Weaver stated. “I am throwing the ball real well.”

Weaver started 15 games in 2013 and appeared in two others while going 7-2 with a 2.29 ERA over 98.1 innings pitched. Weaver held opponents to a .221 batting average and ranked 11th nationally in strikeouts (119) and K/9 (10.89).

“I am going to finesse you to a point,” Weaver stated. “When I get two strikes on you though, I’m thinking you’re gone. I’m going to be in a zone.”

Luke weaver FSU baseball

photo by Phil Kelly.

The nickname “Dreamweaver” is a fitting implication, and one possibly derived from his ability to induce sleep upon the opposing team as he strikes out the lineup. However, if one were to inquire, the opponents would say more like a nightmare.

“Last season was last season,” the former Toronto Blue Jays 19th round pick in 2011 said. “I want to get out there this year with the same type of command I had last year, but it’s really just as simple as going out there and giving my team a chance to win.”

If you haven’t seen this kid pitch, he truly is a sight to behold. Weaver throws from a ¾ to low ¾ arm slot. The slot shows some wrap, but solid three piece delivery nonetheless.

His Fastball is sitting at 91-94 and has touched 95 MPH. He has a two-seam that shows well and sometimes uses a four-seam grip to throw it.

Weaver’s ability to work this pitch is commanding, and he owns the lower half of the strike zone with no doubt. The change up is his way of recompense however, a pitch that can deceive hitters with its depth and fade. He also has a slider in the arsenal that services well against right-handed and left-handed batters equally.

With the 2014 MLB Draft coming up in June, Weavers name is being mentioned with repetitive top 10 forecasts.

“The draft is prestigious,” Weaver admits. “But I just keep the mindset to just go out and play baseball. I’m not trying to put pressure on myself. It’s all just a blessing anyway. I’m out here playing ball while other people have to go through who knows what to make their way. I am just thankful for the fact that I can do all this.”

 

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Matthew Gray
Matthew Gray is a national writer for College Baseball Central and a member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, granting him an official vote annually on which coaches and players will be inducted. Matthew is also a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, which gives him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy (Player of the Year), Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. Matthew is college baseball's go to source for exclusive player, coach, scout and executive interview based articles. He is at the forefront of prospect knowledge in the nation, and owns a strong managerial and professional background which includes over 25 years of experience as an author, scout, coach and athlete. Matthew has two daughters, Shelby, and Michelle. Follow Matthew on Twitter @CBCBaseball95