Through October 1, 2000
& Scouting Report
November 28, 1963, Tuxedo , New York
Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round of the 1982 free-agent draft; did not sign ... Selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first round (11th pick overall) of the 1985 free-agent draft.
Re-signed by the Colorado Rockies as a free agent on Dec. 6, 1995.
Played at the University of North Carolina.
Injuries limited Walt Weiss to 192 at-bats last year, his lowest total since 1991. Weiss' strained hamstring in May, sprained thumb in June and strained knee ligament in July and August meant rookie Rafael Furcal saw most of the activity at shortstop for the Braves.
Hitting, Baserunning & Defense
Weiss had difficulty getting into a groove at the plate last year. Despite his minimal power, he remains a capable offensive producer while hitting in the difficult eighth slot in the lineup. His calling card remains his glove, which is one of the steadiest in the majors. He has an uncanny ability to anticipate plays and make strong, accurate throws. Weiss is a smart baserunner who compensates for average speed with his knowledge on the basepaths.
An inability to stay healthy and the loss of a step on defense left Weiss contemplating retirement at the end of last season. He's a free agent, and Atlanta appears set with Furcal at shortstop, provided a high-profile acquisition isn't made. That acquisition will not be Weiss, who should expect nothing more than a part-time role with another team.
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