Wahoos Welcome Two New Players, Welcome Back Another

by Justin Raley, Intern for ESPN Pensacola 94.5

We are into the third month of Major League Baseball, and with that comes plenty of roster movement.  The Minnesota Twins announced three roster moves, directly impacting the Blue Wahoos, early Tuesday morning. Right Handed Pitcher, Zack Weiss has been transferred to Pensacola from AAA Rochester. Infielder, Michael Davis has been promoted to Pensacola from Low A Cedar Rapids. First baseman, Ryan Costello has also been promoted to Pensacola from High A Fort Myers. They will join a Wahoos team who is coming off a thrilling, walk-off win against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Monday.

Zack Weiss was drafted by the Reds in the 13th round of 2013 MLB Draft. Weiss made his major league debut last season, but it didn’t go as he planned. He didn’t record an out and allowed 4 earned runs on 2 hits. He then finished his season in Pensacola (when the Wahoos were still the Red’s AA affiliate). After being released by the Red’s at the end of last season, he signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. Weiss started the 2019 season in AAA Rochester where he made 6 appearances, allowing 19 hits and 11 runs. In his return to Pensacola, hopefully he can provide some solid help out of the bullpen.

Michael Davis was drafted in the 24th round of the 2018 draft by the Twins. In Low A ball, Davis played in 22 games, slashing .284/.380/.403. Throughout his 2 seasons in the Minors, Davis boasts a career .873 OPS (on base plus slugging) which highlights his ability to get extra bases and get on base at any account. While he may not possess the power that thrills everyone in today’s league Davis looks to be a consistent hitter, who can be counted on to get the job done.

Ryan Costello was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB draft. He was then traded in 2018 to the Minnesota Twins. In 41 games at the High A level, Costello has been struggling lately with a .189 average and a .640. Aside from the recent struggles, Costello usually brings good plate discipline and solid gap to gap power with him. If he can keep the strikeouts down, look for him to provide a solid utility piece for the Wahoos.