CHUCK WEAVER JOINS THE MIAMI MARLINS ORGANIZATION

Freedom pitcher was with club since 2013…

(Florence, KY) – The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, are proud to announce that RHP Chuck Weaver’s contract was purchased by the Miami Marlins on Friday.

Weaver, 24, becomes the first Freedom player in 2015 to have his contract purchased by a MLB organization.

“We are very excited for Chuck,” Freedom manager Dennis Pelfrey said. “He has worked very hard with pitching coach Chad Rhoades on the mental toughness side of his game. This was really no surprise to us as we knew it would happen, it was just a matter of time.”

A 2014 Frontier League Mid-Season All-Star, Weaver finishes his 2015 season with the Freedom with a 6-4 record and an ERA of 3.22 in 18 appearances, 16 starts. Weaver dominated down the stretch this year, giving up two or fewer runs in his last four starts in a row.

Weaver shined in 2014 as he finished the season with a 2.65 ERA, good for first on the team and fifth in the Frontier League. His notable outings included a career high eight innings of one-run ball against Southern Illinois on June 14, seven innings of one run ball on June 28 against River City, seven innings of shutout ball against Gateway on July 3 and seven innings of shutout ball against Traverse City on August 13. In 17 starts, Weaver went six or more innings 13 times.

Weaver was signed by the Freedom in June 2013 after he finished up his collegiate career at IPFW. He had a solid rookie season, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.70 ERA in 14 appearances, 12 starts. The Ft. Wayne, Ind. native started 13 games as a senior for the Mastadons, posting a 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA. Weaver threw two complete games as a senior and pitched 70.2 innings. He played two years for IPFW after transferring from Vincennes University where he was named to the NJCAA All-Academic team.

Weaver becomes the 31st player in franchise history to sign a contract with a MLB organization. He will be assigned to a specific Marlins’ affiliate on Saturday. For a complete list of Freedom players signed to MLB organizations fans can go to http://florencefreedom.com/affiliated.php.

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The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, are members of the Frontier League of Professional Baseball. The Frontier League is the oldest continuously operating independent professional league, entering its 23rd season in 2015. For more information about the Frontier League visit www.frontierleague.com.