Giants sign No. 1 pick Wheeler
NEW YORK — The Giants approached Monday’s signing deadline for the second year in a row and ended the drama by signing right-hander Zack Wheeler, their No. 1 selection in June’s First-Year Player Draft, to a reported $3.3 million bonus.
Wheeler, the sixth player taken in the Draft, received the second-largest bonus in Giants history. Catcher Buster Posey commanded a $6.2 million bonus last year. In both cases, the agreements weren’t officially announced until shortly before the midnight deadline.
With Wheeler in the fold, the Giants signed each of their top 17 picks and 34 of 50 overall.
Since Wheeler signed a 2010 contract, he won’t play for any of the Giants’ Minor League affiliates in the season’s final weeks. Bobby Evans, the Giants’ vice president of baseball operations, said via text message that Wheeler will work out at the club’s Scottsdale, Ariz., training headquarters until the Minor League season ends, then will return later in September to participate in instructional league.
Wheeler posted a 9-0 record with a 0.54 ERA in 13 games for East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., this season. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder struck out 151 and walked 20 in 77 2/3 innings. He allowed 31 hits as opponents batted .118 against him. Named 2009 Gatorade High School Player of the Year for Georgia, Wheeler compiled a 95-36 record in four varsity seasons.
– Chris Haft