Clemson baseball: Tigers get second Michigan transfer

As roster turnover continues, Clemson baseball gets second transfer from Michigan.

For the second time in the last few days a Michigan baseball player has announced his intention to transfer to Clemson baseball.

Right handed pitcher power pitcher Willie Weiss made the announcement via Twitter.

Weiss arrived at Michigan with substantial fanfare having been named the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year in 2018 as well as the top ranked player in the state per Perfect Game.

The 6’3, 225 pounder from Portland entered this past season as the No. 19 overall MLB Draft prospect in the Big Ten Conference per d1baseball.com.

The veteran pitcher struggled with command in his senior season

The senior pitched 34 innings across 22 appearances and accumulated a 3-2 record with 3 saves and a 5.29 ERA.  Weiss strikes out more than a batter per inning pitched, but walks and hit by pitches have been an issue, especially in 2022, when he hit 13 batters in just 34 innings.

For his career at Michigan, Weiss pitched in 70 games, going 9-6 with a 3.67 ERA, 17 saves and an opponent’s batting average of .196.  However, in 100.2 innings pitched he’s walked 66 and hit 23 batters.

Weiss was also ejected from Michigan’s Big Ten Tournament game against Iowa and suspended four games for using a foreign substance.

“That’s all of us,” Michigan head coach Erik Bakich said of the suspension on Monday. “We made a mistake. He had some pine tar on his glove and that’s not allowable. We have to own it. We apologize for it. That happens in baseball, but that should not happen in our program. It’s a mistake. And I said this yesterday on on TV, going back to parents who have kids who make mistakes, you don’t love them any less. But you do have to admit you made a mistake and do have to learn from it. Willie will have a tough penalty with a four game suspension.”

Weiss made an appearance in the 2019 College World Series, as the Wolverines finished as runners up.