Mets ink Grotz to minor league deal

 After an excellent start to his season with the independent Atlantic League's York Revolution, right-hander Zac Grotz has been signed to a minor league deal by the New York Mets. Photo Credit: York Revolution

After an excellent start to his season with the independent Atlantic League's York Revolution, right-hander Zac Grotz has been signed to a minor league deal by the New York Mets. Photo Credit: York Revolution

By Devon Teeple

The GM's Perspective

Seven games and 32 innings was all it took before the New York Mets signed Zac Grotz to a minor league deal. When I said it would only be a matter of time before he got another shot, I didn’t realize it would only be a couple of weeks.

The last time we saw Grotz, he had just come off a nine-inning complete game shutout and put together 21 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Since, Grotz hasn’t seen the same amount of success (1-1, 6.55 ERA, six BB, 12 SO), but still ranks fifth in league in ERA and ninth in strikeouts with 33.

This will be the second time Grotz joins the affiliated ranks. His first two professional seasons were spent in the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.

“We are all very happy for Zac,” said York Revolution manager Mark Mason. “He has worked extremely hard and has been very focused on getting better. We wish him the best and hopefully he will take full advantage of this great opportunity.”

It’s unknown where he’ll begin the next step in this journey, but for someone with a career 19-9 record and an impressive 2.62 ERA, success is one thing you can be certain off.

Congrats to Grotz on this amazing accomplishment, and kudos again to the Independent Leagues for making these deals possible.

Devon Teeple

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com