#33 Kyle Weiland
Elite closer talent who is expected toreturn to that role full-time in 2008, aftersplitting time in [apos]07 as a starter and reliever… ranked third nationally with 16 saves as afreshman in 2006 … was hampered as asophomore ([apos]07) by the nagging effects of ashoulder injury, suffered in the winter of [apos]06… appears to be fully healed from that injuryand ready to return to form as a dominatingcloser … coming off a quality summer baseballexperience in the Cape Cod League (as amember of the Falmouth Commodores) …also made some key adjustments to hismechanics during 2007 fall workouts, with amore linear approach to the plate and lessthrowing across his body … a classic’gamer’ who delivers in the clutch, witheffortless arm action on his low-90s fastballand hard, biting breaking ball … has outstandingpoise and competitive moxy …knows how to pitch within his abilities … …uses lanky 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame foreffective arm whip … exciting pitcher whocomes right at opposing hitters … a highlyprojectable talent who was rated by BaseballAmerica as BIG EAST[apos]s second-best prospectfor 2008 Major League draft, behind NDclassmate and hard-throwing lefthander SamElam (ranking done prior to 2007 season;update entering the [apos]08 season not publishedin time for media guide) … has goodarm strength and all-around athleticism …enters 2008 with a 3.87 career ERA, 7-7record and 18 saves (in 20 opp.), plus anaverage of nearly 9.0 strikeouts per 9.0innings (8.44; 85 Ks, 90.2 IP) … two shy oftying the ND career saves record (20),shared by John Corbin ([apos]97-[apos]00) and RyanDoherty ([apos]03-[apos]05) … his other career statswith the Irish include 47 walks, 88 hitsallowed, a .263 opp. batting avg., 17 wildpitches and 17 hit batters in 43 appearances… all but six of his appearances have been inrelief … allowed only one home run in hisfirst two seasons with the Irish … his careerstats are skewed by his six starts in 2007(when he compiled a 7.06 ERA and allowed.346 batting) … on the flip side, his careerstats as a reliever include a 2.35 ERA and .218opp. batting avg. (47-for-216, plus 16 earnedruns, 59 Ks, 31 BB, 11 WP, 10 HB and 5-4record in 61.1 IP/37 GP) … surprisingly hasallowed 52% of inherited runners to score(13-of-25) with the Irish but first battersfaced out of the bullpen have hit only 8-for-31 (.258, 7 R, 4 BB, 2 HB, 10 Ks) … his careerhighstrikeout totals: seven in [apos]06 (relief) atUConn (4/30) and vs. College of Charleston(6/2, NCAAs/at Kentucky); six in [apos]07 vs.Georgetown (4/15/07) and Louisville(5/13/07) … his longest career outings:7 IP vs. CoC in 6.0 in [apos]07 vs. WestVirginia (4/21); 5.2 vs. Rutgers (5/22/07,BIG EAST Tournament); and 5.0 in threegames ([apos]06 at UConn; [apos]07 vs. UL and GU)… was one of 36 players invited to late-June tryouts for 2006 U.S. NationalTeam (he was not among the 21-playerfinal roster that included just fourRHPs) … made three middle-reliefappearances in that tryout phase, strikingout five batters in 4.1 total innings(5 runs/3 earned, 6 hits, 4 walks) …saved win for Red squad in U.S. teamscrimmage (1.0 IP, R, H, BB, 2 Ks) beforepitching versus teams from NewEngland Collegiate League: theTorrington (Conn.) Twisters (1.2 IP, 2R/ER, 2 H, 2 BB, K; USA lost 7-2) and theNewport (R.I.) Gulls (1.2 IP, 2 R/ER, 3 H,BB, 2 Ks; U.S. won 8-3) … had solid 2007summer season with Falmouth in theCape Cod League (2.38, 1-2, SV, 14 GP/1GS, 22.2 IP, 16 H, 13 BB, 2 HB, 27 Ks, 3WP), helping Commodores go 22-22before topping western division rivalBourne Braves in the playoffs (7-2, 5-3)but losing to Yarmouth-Dennis Red Soxin championship series (2-8, 0-2) …pitched in second playoff win overBourne (0.2 IP, R, 2 H, B, HB, K) … hisFalmouth teammate Keith Cantwell alsopitches in the BIG EAST, for Seton Hall …pitched sparingly with Great Lakes League[apos]sDelaware (Ohio) Cows in summer of [apos]06 (2GS, 0-1, 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 10 Ks) … hastotaled three saves, 11 career strikeouts andonly two walks in five career Blue-GoldSeries fall intrasquad appearances (10.1 IP, 4R, 11 H, 2 HB, WP, GS) … saved both wins forvictorious Gold squad in 2007 BGS – workingout of his own jam in game-2 (1.1 IP, 2 H, BB,HB, K; 3-1) before logging final inning ingame-3 (H, K; 7-5) … also helped Gold win [apos]06BGS, striking out the side to save game-1 (2-1) before closing 8-3 win in game-3 (2 IP, 3 H,4 Ks) … had no-decision in his [apos]05 start forthe Gold (5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, BB, 2 HB, 4 Ks; Bluewon 6-4) … hails from same high school(Eldorado) as former ND standout ChristianParker ([apos]95-[apos]96), who pitched 10 years in proball … third New Mexico native to monogramwith ND baseball … previous Irishplayers to wear #33 include All-Americacatcher Elmer Kohorst and Ron Reed (wholater played in the major leagues and NBA)… posted a 3.47 GPA in the 2006 springsemester and a 3.33 in the fall of [apos]07.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Eased back intoregular duty, after recovering from offseasonshoulder injury (suffered in the fall of 2007)… failed to rediscover his groove from theprevious season, in large part due to the lin-gering effects of theinjury and his dual rolein 2007 as a closer andstarter … shared teamlead in saves (2) whileranking second in wins(5-3) and fourth in strikeouts(37) … had rare distinctionof ranking fifthon the staff in starts (6)and third in gamesclosed (5) … did notallow a home run in 41.1innings and 205 battersfaced … only five pitchersin the ND recordbook have logged moreinnings in a season withoutserving up a homerun: Darin Schmalz (84.2,in [apos]96), Tim Kraus (62.2,[apos]94), Tom Thornton(54.2, [apos]03), Peter Ogilvie(52.0, [apos]01) and currentsophomore RHP EricMaust (44.1, [apos]07) … hisother season statsincluded a 5.66 ERA in 13 appearances, plus27 walks and 49 hits allowed (.304 opp. avg.,11 WP, 9 HB) … finished third on team with8.1 Ks/9 IP and fourth with a 1.5 flyout-togroundoutratio … situationally, he rankedthird on the staff in low opp. batting withrunners on base (.265), plus fifth in battingby lefthanded hitters (.277) and in 2-outopp. batting average (.186) … his seasonstats revealed possibly a greater comfortlevel pitching out of the bullpen, as hetotaled a 2.25 ERA, 3-0 record and lowly .191opp. batting avg. as a reliever (compared to7.06, 2-3 and .346 as a starter) … his otherbullpen stats (in 12.0 innings) included 11walks and 11 Ks (8 H in 42 ABs, 3 earnedruns, 5 WP, 2 HB) … owned the best bullpenERA of any Irish pitcher in 2007 … allowed 4-of-9 inherited runners to score but shutdown his first batters faced when comingout of the [apos]pen (0-for-5, R, BB, HB, 3 Ks) …his other stats as a starter: 29.1 IP, 23 ER, 41H in 119 ABs, 16 BB, 26 Ks, 6 WP, 7 HB) …made his debut in 13th game of season,pitched final 2.0 innings for spring-breakmakeup game at Webber International (WP,2 Ks; 11-8) … pitched 2.2 innings five dayslater to pick up 5-2 win over Dayton (R, 2 H,2 BB, 2 HB, 2 Ks; at Florida Gulf Coast) …added short relief stints in home opener versusCleveland State (save, IP, 2 BB, WP, 2 Ks;5-3), in series finale with South Florida (IP, 2R, H, 2 BB, WP, K; 1-9) and in 7-3 win overOakland (save, 1.1 IP, H, BB, K) … made firstof four straight starts at Cincinnati (3 IP, 4 R,7 H, 2 BB, HB, WP, 2 Ks; 9-5), followed by twomore no-decisions in home games withGeorgetown (5 IP, UER, 4 H, 3 BB, HB, 6 Ks;11-2) and West Virginia (6 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 3HB, WP, 6 Ks; 17-6) … suffered game-2 loss atRutgers (4.2 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 2 HB, 3 WP, 4Ks; 0-7) … pitched out of bullpen the nextweek versus Seton Hall (3 IP, 3 H, BB, WP, 2Ks; 1-15) and then tookloss as starter in seriesfinale at Louisville (5 IP, 6R/4 ER, 7 H, BB, WP, 6 Ks;3-7) … failed to convertsave but ended up beingpitcher of record, in 5-4win over UConn (IP, 3 BB,WP, K) … suffered toughluckloss in BIG EASTTournament opener toRutgers (3-13), after logging5.0 solid innings butfailing to close out the6th … that game was tied(2-2) entering the 6th andhe then was one outaway from escaping abases-loaded jam, beforea pair of walks ended hisday (the bullpen then letin three more of his runs,for a final line of 5.2 IP, 7R, 9 H, 3 BB, 3 Ks, 101pitches).
AS A FRESHMAN:One of 15 players namedto Baseball America[apos]s elite first teamFreshman All-America list for 2006 (one of16 named first team by Rivals.com) … alsonamed to Collegiate Baseball magazine[apos]sFreshman All-America team while being oneof 36 invited to official tryouts for USABaseball National Team … one of only six(two pitchers) who were BA and RR firstteam Freshman All-Americans while alsobeing named to the CB team and receivingTeam USA invite … fourth Notre Dameplayer ever to be both a BA first team andCB Freshman All-American … named secondteam all-BIG EAST Conference … finishedthird in nation with 16 saves, behindOregon State[apos]s Kevin Gunderson (20) andDon Czyz of Kansas (19) … ended up 13innings shy of NCAA minimum for ERA leaders(his 2.37 would have ranked 36th) …ranked third in BIG EAST with 30 appearances(his ERA would have ranked 3rd, his.224 opp. batting avg. 5th) … blew past NDfreshman saves record (9, by Aaron Heilmanin [apos]98) and bested season record (13) set byJ.P. Gagne in [apos]03 … his ERA ranked 25th inND record book (min. 40 IP) … finished oneshy of Heilman[apos]s ND freshman record (31)for appearances (his 30 are 3rd-most overallin ND history) … his .224 opp. batting avg.ranks third-best ever by ND freshman (13thoverall, since [apos]91) … finished fourth on staffin ERA and opp. batting, fifth in Ks (48) andinnings (49.1) … his other stats included a 2-4 record (6 WP, 8 HB) … second on staff witha 1.71 groundout/flyout ratio (58 GOs) …allowed 9-of-16 inherited runners to score(56%) … opposing batters reached 50% oftime when leading off … allowed .308 battingby first batters in his outings (8-for-26, 3BB, HBP, 6 R, 7 Ks) but held all others to .210(31-for-148) … led staff with lowly .183 opp.batting when runners were on base and .145with 2-outs … his 9-inning averages: 8.8 Ks(3rd on staff), 3.6 BB, 7.1 H (3rd), 10.6 GOs,39.0 batters faced … averaged nearly 20 outs(19.4) per 9.0 IP via Ks or GOs … limitedrighthanded hitters to .198 batting (2nd onstaff; .276 by LH batters) … his impressivesecond half of season included 1.34 ERA and.208 opp. batting in final 20 GP (35 Ks, 8 BB,25 H, 33.2 IP) … his only failed save came inseries finale vs. St. John[apos]s, but Irish rallied (7-5) to give him win (2 IP, 2 R/1 ER, 4 H, BB, K,WP, 2 inher. runners scored) … allowedcostly early home run (pinch-hit blast inextra innings of loss to Memphis) but did notallow a long ball in final 28 GP (40 IP) … hisstats in BIG EAST games included a 2.14 ERA,6 saves and .244 opp. batting (14 GP, 21.0 IP,18 Ks, 9 BB, 19 H, 0 HR, 4 HB, 4 WP) … signatureouting came in NCAA LexingtonRegional, logging season-high 7.0-plusinnings before 5-4 loss to College ofCharleston in 16 innings (R, 4 H, BB, 7 Ks, 9GOs, 103 pitches/60 strikes, 1-for-9 battingwith runners on, 0-for-8 with 2-outs) … hisclutch pitches in that game included 10thinningK with runner on 3rd, 12th-inning Kwith runner on 2nd and groundout to endthe 14th (runner on 3rd) … other extendedouting came in finale at UConn, logging 5.0 IPas game ended 1-1 after 13 innings due totravel curfew (0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) … pickedup wins over St. John[apos]s (2.0 IP, 2 R/1 ER, 4 H,BB, K; 7-5) and IPFW (1.2 IP, K; 4-3) while topsaves included shutout outings vs. #15 TexasA&M (2.0 IP, 4 BB, K; 5-4), Illinois (0.1 IP; 4-2),Central Michigan (2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 Ks; 11-9), BallState (0.2 IP; 6-4), South Florida (1.0 IP, H, 2Ks; 9-6), Rutgers (2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 Ks; 14-12),Purdue (1.0 IP, H; 2-1) and UConn (0.2 IP; 7-6)- plus pair of saves at BIG EAST Tournamentvs. USF (1.1 IP, H, 2 Ks; 3-1 opener) and in 5-3elimination game vs. SJU ( 2 IP, R, 3 H, BB, 3Ks).
PREP & PERSONAL: All-state as a seniorat Eldorado High School (5.20, 4-1, 2 SV,53 Ks, 35 IP) … team MVP for [apos]05 team thatwon conference and regional titles … alsoplayed third base and hit .455 as a senior (31RBI, 8 HR, 8 2B) … rated by Baseball Americaas New Mexico[apos]s top prep prospect in [apos]05(Team One Baseball rated him nation[apos]s #151prospect) … hit two home runs in NewMexico north-south all-star game (alsoplayed in east-west game) … went 6-2 as ajunior (3.43, 48 Ks, 49 IP; hit 5 HR) … had 11Ks in 8-inning complete game ([apos]04 districtplayoffs) … went 8-1 with 1.66 ERA in [apos]04Summer Legion (33 Ks, 38 IP; hit .395, 6 HR)… tossed no-hitter for [apos]04 American Legionstate champs … selected for New Mexicoshowcases in [apos]03-[apos]05 and [apos]04 Best of the West(at Loyola Marymount) … receivedAcademic Excellence Award … nationallyrankedyouth swimmer who swam eighthfastest50-meter butterfly time in U.S. historyfor his age (in [apos]96) … his sister CrystalWeiland is a varsity swimmer at theUniversity of New Mexico … born Sept. 12,1986, in Albuquerque, N.M. … son of Bill andMary Beth Weiland … Kyle Edward Weiland… an anthropology major, in the College ofArts and Letters.
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