Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WEBER BACK WITH VENADOS FOR 2010-11 SEASON

Longtime minor league outfielder Jon Weber is coming back to Mazatlan for another season. Weber has played pro baseball since 1999, when he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech by the Cincinnati Reds. During his 12-year career he played in the 2005 Southern League All-Star Game and was selected to the 2009 International League All-Star Team after hitting .302 for the league champion Durham Bulls.

Weber nearly made the New York Yankees this year after hitting a torrid .452 as a non-roster invitee during Spring Training, but was shipped to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre instead. He was later dealt to Detroit’s AAA affiliate in Toledo, but the 32-year-old Weber retired July 17 after Minor League Baseball handed down a 100-game suspension for a third positive drug test. The suspension does not apply to the Mexican Pacific League, which is not officially under the MiLB umbrella.

Weber batted .396 with 7 homers in just 40 games for the Venados last winter.