Weiss to Make Olympics Debut for Team Israel
Former UCLA pitcher Zack Weiss (2011-13) has been named to Israel's 24-man roster for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He joins Eric Filia (United States) to give UCLA baseball two alums competing at the 2020 Games.
Israel will be making its Olympic baseball debut this summer after winning the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Africa Qualifier. Weiss helped Team Israel win that five-game tournament, tossing three relief innings and striking out six.
Team Israel has been placed in Group B for the 2020 Olympics and will open up against defending gold medal-winner Korea on Jul. 29. Weiss and Filia are scheduled to face off against each other on Jul. 30.
Over a three-year career at UCLA, Weiss posted a 10-7 win-loss record with a 3.29 ERA over 82 appearances (22 starts). He was a key piece out of the bullpen for the 2013 National Championship squad, crafting a career-best 2.25 ERA over 43 appearances. In 2011, Weiss earned Freshman All-America honors after going 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA over 22 appearances (nine starts). He was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Cincinnati.
Weiss has played parts of seven seasons in professional baseball, culminating in his MLB debut for the Reds on Apr. 12, 2018. Currently a member of the Seattle Mariners organization, he has put together a 3.42 career ERA over seven MiLB seasons. Weiss has three career seasons with an ERA under 3.00, including a career-best 1.98 mark between High-A and Double-A in 2015.
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