Weber Drafted by Tigers in 16th Round

By NU Athletic Communications
Thad Weber was taken in the 16th round by the Detroit Tigers.
Thad Weber was taken in the 16th round by the Detroit Tigers.
Photo by Scott Pulverenti

Lincoln Thad Weber became the fourth Husker pitcher chosen in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft with his selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round (No. 493 overall) on Friday.

It marks the second time Weber has been drafted in his career. He was also a 35th-round selection by the Philadelphia Phillies following the 2007 season. The right-hander is the fifth Husker selected in the 2008 MLB Draft and the third member of this year’s Husker senior class.

Weber earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2008, posting a 9-5 record in 15 appearances, fanning 72 and walking only 28 over 79 innings of work. In his first year in the weekend rotation, he ranked third in the Big 12 in wins, complete games (two) and shutouts (one). Weber went 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA in nine conference starts. Weber’s best performance came against Texas, when he spun a two-hit shutout of the Longhorns in Austin. It was one of six series-clinching wins for Weber during the 2008 season.

Weber, a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2008, received his undergraduate degree in May and was a finalist for Nebraska’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2008.

                                   Weber, Thad
Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT
2007....  .257   10-10     35    3    9    2    0    0    7    2   10    1-3
TOTAL...  .257   10-10     35    3    9    2    0    0    7    2   10    1-3
Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV    IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO
2007....  5.62   1-2    21   1   0   0/1     3  24.0   25   17   15   17   30
2008....  6.15   9-5    15  14   2   1/0     0  79.0   97   61   54   28   72
TOTAL...  6.03  10-7    36  15   2   1/1     3 103.0  122   78   69   45  102

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