Potent offensive player who is hoping for full-time return to action after playing just four games in 2004 and missing all of '03 season due to shoulder surgery in winter of '02 ... able to drive the ball with force ... DH candidate who will be looking to lower his strikeout ratio and improve his two-strike hitting ... has endured nagging problems with both shoulders, dating back to high school career ... was expected to play key power-hitting role in '03, as Irish looked to replace top home-run hitters Brian Stavisky and Paul O'Toole from `02 College World Series team ... showed glimpses of his ability to impact games in '02, including pair of grand-slams ... likely would be used as DH on '05 team ... strong all-around hitter with power to all fields ... boasts classic combination of power and speed (8 home runs, 29 stolen bases as a prep senior) ... has solid 6-1, 190-pound frame ... played with Maryland Orioles in summer of 2002 ... had impressive showing in 19-8 Blue win at 2001 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series, batting 3-for-5 with two-run single and two-run blast (he hit 1-for-4 and scored a run in the '04 Blue-Gold game) ... one of 12 all-time Notre Dame baseball letterwinners from Maryland ... inherited No. 18 jersey worn by All-America catcher Walt Osgood (`60-'62) ... carries 3.34 cumulative GPA as a finance major, including four Dean's List semesters (3.81 in spring of `04, 4.00 in fall of `04).
AS A JUNIOR: Played sparingly in '04 (4 GP) while making return from '03 surgery ... saw all his game action in early April (2 GS, 2-for-6, 2 R, 2 BB, HBP) ... played first college game in 22 months during 10-2 win over Hillsdale (April 1), sending sharp single to center field in first official at-bat before adding a walk and single while scoring two runs (2-for-4) ... also played in wins over Chicago State (0-for-1, BB; 15-5), Valparaiso (HBP; 9-3) and Oakland (0-for-1; 17-5).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Missed entire 2003 season while recovering from preseason shoulder surgery.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 21 games (4 GS) mostly as pinch-runner and reserve outfielder/catcher ... hit 6-for-30 (.200) with pair of grand slams (9 RBI), 7 runs scored, a triple, double, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts ... did not make an error in 34 fielding attempts ... had deceiving 0-for-21 start - over 17 games, with just 3 starts and 5 games with multiple ABs - before closing 6-for-9 ... erupted for first hits as starting catcher vs. Rochester College (3 H, R, 2B; 10-3) ... kept rolling later that day, drawing pinch-hit walk vs. Detroit before launching first-pitch grand slam to dead-center (23-1) ... played role in record-setting NCAA win over South Alabama (25-1), with pinch-hit double before blasting 1-0 pitch over leftfield fence to cap scoring (second grand slam in 11 days) ... made first start (as DH) in opening week vs. Southern Illinois at UNO Classic (BB) ... had pair of starts at Homestead (Fla.) Challenge, starting in left field vs. Fairfield (R, 6-4) before hitting cleanup as DH vs. Sacred Heart (4-1) ... entered second game at West Virginia as pinch-runner, drawing walk to load bases in 4-run top of 10th (10-6) ... scored as pinch-runner and added sac. fly vs. Ball State (10-1) ... scored tying run on bizarre ending vs. Rutgers (7-6), as Steve Sollmann's bases-loaded single led to three runs (the centerfielder lost track of the score and walked away from the ball).
PREP & PERSONAL: All-city, all-county and all-metro as senior at St. Paul's High School (.450, 8 HRs) ... split time at catcher and outfield, setting team records for HRs in season (9, in '99) and career (26, besting Justin Singleton's 17), plus career RBI ... named to '01 National High School All-District 2 team ... all-state as junior, three times all-conference and all-metro ... senior captain on nationally-ranked team ... led metro area as senior in runs (41), walks (30), SBs (school-record 29), 2Bs (10), HRs (8) ... helped team claim conference runner-up finish as senior ... invited to '01 all-state game ... played with '01 Maryland All-Star Team at Camden Yards ... led metro area as junior ('00) in batting (.439, 36-for-82), RBI (31), SBs (21), 2Bs (10) and HRs (8) ... received St. Paul's Athletic Award for baseball in 2000, with advanced placement in engineering design ... played for Oriolanders summer team in '00, with 3-for-3 game (3 R, 2 RBI) helping beat Livonia (Mich.) in nationals (13-3) ... served mostly at DH as a junior, returning to catcher in '00 ... hit .452 as a sophomore (23 RBI) ... called pitches for Bryan Perkins' no-hitter vs. Loyola ('01) ... played for Maryland Orioles in summer of '01, batting 3-for-4 (4 R) in AAABA national tournament game ... played with General Die club in '99 ... St. Paul's Assembly Cup Winner ('99-'00) ... lettered in football as a freshman linebacker and running back, twice lettering as basketball forward ... member of National Merit Scholarship Program ('99) ... inducted into National Foreign Language Honor Society ... his father Paul Weiss was All-America lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins ... born July 25, 1982, in Baltimore ... son of Paul Weiss and Andrea Schneider ... full name is Brent Mitchell Weiss ... finance major in Mendoza College of Business.
Weiss' Career Stats - DNP in 2003 due to injury.