Jered Weaver joins Angels

Jered Weaver joins Angels

On Friday, the Angels designated righthanded pitcher Esteban Yan for assignment. To replace Yan on the club' s 25-man roster, the Angels purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jered Weaver, brother of Angels starter Jeff.

Jered Weaver will make his major league debut on Saturday, May 27 vs. Baltimore at Angel Stadium. Ervin Santana (4-2) will now start tonight against the Orioles, replacing Kevin Gregg who will move to the bullpen.

Esteban Yan, 30, was 0-0 with a 6.85 ERA (22.1 IP - 17 ER) in 13 games with the Angels this season. He allowed 19 hits (4 HR), walked 13 and struck out 16 in that span. Yan signed a two-year contract with the Angels, Dec. 13, 2004, and posted a 1-1 record with a 5.16 ERA (89 IP - 51 ER) in 62 games with the club during that time.

Originally signed by Atlanta as a non-drafted free agent, Nov. 21, 1990, Yan owns a career record of 32-39 with 50 saves and a 4.78 ERA (680.1 IP - 362 ER) in 458 games (23 starts). He has appeared in the major leagues with Baltimore (1996-97), Tampa Bay (1998-2002), Texas (2003), St. Louis (2003), Detroit (2004) and the Angels (2005-06).

Weaver, 23, was 4-1 with one complete game shutout and a 1.89 ERA (57 IP - 12 ER) in nine starts at triple-A Salt Lake. He allowed 44 hits (4 HR), walked eight and struck out 66 in 57 innings pitched. Weaver owns a current consecutive scoreless innings streak of 27.1, tying the franchise record set by Kevin Gregg. Among Pacific Coast League leaders, Weaver ranks second in ERA, first in strikeouts and fifth in innings pitched.

In 2005, Weaver finished a combined 7-4 with a 3.91 ERA (76 IP - 33 ER) in 15 starts at Rancho Cucamonga and Arkansas. He was named California League Pitcher of the Month for July (4-0, 1.52 ERA) and received Pitcher of the Week honors for July 11-17 & July 18-24. Weaver was also named to the Regional Olympic Qualifying Team roster. Overall in his brief minor league career, he was 11-5 with one complete game shutout and a 3.05 ERA (133 IP - 45 ER) in 24 starts.

Selected by Angels in first-round (12th pick overall) of 2004 Free Agent Amateur Draft, Weaver finished his collegiate career with 37-9 record and 2.43 ERA (100 ER - 370 IP) in three seasons at Long Beach State University (CA). He allowed 248 hits and 73 walks while posting school-record 431 career strikeouts. Weaver is the career leader for the Big West Conference and 49ers in victories and is a two-time first team All-American and co-Big West Player of the Year (along with teammate Abe Alvarez in 2003 and Cal State Fullerton' s Jason Windsor in 2004).

A native of Simi Valley, Weaver led Long Beach State (40-21) to the NCAA Division I Super Regional in 2004. He won a record six Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Player of the Week Awards and 13 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. Weaver also won eight National Player of the Year Awards (Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Award, Roger Clemens Award, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, NCBWA, ABCA and Collegebaseballinsider.com in 2004.

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