Another former Husker saw his dream of playing Major League Baseball come true yesterday when right-handed pitcher Thad Weber was called up by the Detroit Tigers. Weber is the 32nd former Husker to make it to the Majors and is the first Husker to ever make it to the top of the Tigers’ organization.
Drafted by Detroit in the 16th round of the 2008 draft, Weber made it to Triple-A Toledo in 2010 and was with the Mud Hens for the entire 2011 season. In his two starts this season for Toledo, Weber was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12.0 innings of work. He gave up just one run on five hits, while striking out 15 and walking only two.
“He (Weber) has pitched very well for us at AAA,” team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski. “He has been in the organization for quite a while. He has been the best starting pitcher at AAA for us at this time.”
A native of Friend, Neb., Weber transferred to Nebraska for the 2007 season after playing two years at Hutchinson Community College. After serving as a reliever in his first season, Weber was selected in the 35th round of the MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, but chose to return to Nebraska for his senior season. Weber earned a spot in the weekend rotation as a senior in 2008 and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors. Weber was 9-5 on the year in 15 starts to rank third in the Big 12 in wins, while posting 72 strikeouts and 28 walks in 79.0 innings of work.
To make room for Weber, Detroit optioned left-handed pitcher Daneil Schlereth to Toledo.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations