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Giants Sign Top Pick Zack Wheeler

August 18, 2009

The Giants agreed to terms with Right-Hander Zack Wheeler last night, who was their first pick (sixth overall selection) in the 2009 draft.  Wheeler signed for $3.3 million.  He will not pitch this year, as he is under contract for 2010 and beyond.

Here’s Alex Eisenberg’s scouting report on Wheeler.  And here’s what I had to say about Wheeler after we drafted him:

Wheeler offers the Giants an extremely projectable frame with already dominating stuff—if he can tighten up the spin on his breaking pitch and develop a sound change, it’ll make his mid-90’s sinker all the more unhittable. What I love most about Wheeler is his room for growth; he already throws so hard while having a frame that’s yet to fill out. His mechanics are a bit awkward for me (the way he moves his hands before he begins to drift through the balance point) and he reminds me some of Atlanta’s Javier Vazquez. Wheeler projects to be a front-of-the-rotation starter, and he certainly looks the part already.

A good signing by the Giants.  Wheeler adds a potential top-of-the-rotation starter in a system that could use some more pitching depth.

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