a sit down with ryan weiss
Maybe you're one of his thousands of viewers on TikTok but there is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to Ryan Weiss. A native of Illinois, Ryan has been playing the game of baseball since he learned how to throw. He has found a way to use is hardships as fuel in his constant pursuit within the game which has landed him as a pitcher for The Reno Ace, a AAA Diamondbacks Affiliate.
He's passionate not only about the game of baseball and pursuing his professional career, but inspiring and coaching others to go after their dreams in the sports, mental health advocacy, and his faith. We sat down with Ryan to learn more about his journey and maybe even a tip or two on how to make the perfect TikTok.
We hear your a player for the Reno Aces, the AAA affiliate of the Diamondbacks. Can you give us some details on your background in baseball and how you go to where you are now?
I started playing baseball when I was really young, for the teams that my dad coached. When I was just 14, my dad made the decision to end his life but I did not let that stop me from pursuing my dreams. Although I was only throwing 80-84 mph my junior year of high school, I put everything I had into the game and worked hard until I earned the opportunity to play Division 1 baseball–this is really where I really bloomed. At Wright State University I was proud to be a:
2x Horizon League League Champion
2x 1st Team All-Conference Selection
Horizon League All-Tournament Team Pick
Conference Freshman of the Year
Cape Cod League All-Star Selection
Top 10 highest draft pick from WSU in history
As Ryan found his footing playing collegiate baseball and continued the journey towards his dream of becoming pro, he was hit with another devastating loss. In 2018, his mother passed away during his junior season. In a moment when it may have been easier to shut down, Ryan used his grief as full to reach his fullest potential.
In my first full season with the Diamondbacks, I was able to move up from Low A to High A and was even the July 2019 Organizational Pitcher of the Month. My High A team then went on to be 2019 California League Champions before COVID-19 set in. Before COVID struck, I was averaging 91.4 mph and only had 2 solid pitches, during Spring training 2021, I averaged 95.4 mph and had 4 solid pitches. I started this season on the DBacks AA affiliate, the Amarillo Sod Poodles where I was named MILB AA Central pitcher of the week in 2 consecutive weeks. I am now on the AAA Diamondbacks Affiliate, The Reno Aces.
What position do you play?
What’s the toughest part about being a baseball player?
The uncertainty of it all. You could be cut any day or moved up any day.
How did you get into TikTok?
I was scrolling through my phone and saw tons of videos and just decided to make them into TikToks!
What’s your favorite part about making videos?
Being able to help and inspire young kids.
If you could give one tip to any aspiring baseball players out there, what would it be?
Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t stop working!
How often are you doing your own workouts versus workouts provided to you by trainers with the Aces?
During season it’s really up to you how much you work out. The trainers are there if you need them but you have to remain accountable on your own.
When you aren’t working out or at practice, what do you like to do?
I really enjoy active games like Pickleball, volleyball, etc!
Favorite item of Rhone gear?
The Reign Long Sleeve but I love everything I have! I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with you all.
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