Manager Weiss' son drafted in 22nd round by Rox
DENVER -- Brody Weiss has already played on the Coors Field diamond twice, taking part in the Rockies Futures game each of the past two years. But his next appearance in Denver might be a bit different, as the Rockies, the club his father, Walt Weiss, manages drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Brody, who plays shortstop like his father did, has committed to play for University of California Santa Barbara, and it would be a major surprise if he signed with the Rockies. As a senior in high school, Brody hit .371 with 26 hits and drove in 23 runs as a senior for Aurora's Regis Jesuit High School (Col.).
"He got a few calls [from Major League teams]," said Weiss, a rookie manager. "The Rockies knew him best, because he's been running around here. He was down there all spring. They got to see him up close and personal. It's exciting. … I guess I'll have to negotiate with the Rockies the next couple weeks."
Walt played 14 years in the big leagues with the A's, Marlins, Rockies and Braves, winning Rookie of the Year in 1988 and making the All-Star team in 1998. He was a first-round pick (11th overall) by Oakland in the 1985 Draft.
But the Rockies manager won't be in the negotiating room talking numbers with the executives that he works with regularly.
"That's his mom. I'm not negotiating with [Rockies assistant general manager Bill] Geivett," Weiss joked.