The contract of York Revolution right-handed pitcher Zac Grotz has been purchased by the New York Mets, Revs manager Mark Mason announced Saturday.
Grotz becomes the second Revs player this season and the second in just more than a week to have his contract purchased by a major league organization.
In his first seven appearances (four starts) with York in 2018, Grotz was 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA, which ranks fifth in the Atlantic League. He allowed 24 hits in 32 innings for a .207 opponents’ average and has walked 10 while striking out 33.
After allowing a run in his first appearance of the season, Grotz strung together a 21 2/3-inning scoreless streak from April 27 to May 30. His streak established the fourth -longest in Revs history, third longest by a starter and longest by a starter since 2012. That included the fifth nine-inning complete-game shutout in Revs history, a six-hitter on May 24 at Lancaster, in which he walked one and struck out nine in the fifth start of his pro career. It is the only nine-inning complete-game shutout to have been thrown in the Atlantic League in 2018.
The 25-year-old Grotz, in his fourth pro season, joins major league veteran left-hander Ross Detwiler as the Revs to have their contracts purchased in 2018. Detwiler joined the Seattle Mariners organization on June 1 and was assigned to Triple-A Tacoma.
“We are all very happy for Zac,” Mason said in a news release. “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.”
Grotz was acquired by the Revs after pitching in relief for Bridgeport in 2017, going 4-3 with a 3.77 ERA and a pair of saves in a league-high-tying 67 appearances. His 80 strikeouts led Atlantic League relievers.
The San Mateo, California, native was originally a 28th-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 2015 out of Embry-Riddle University and also pitched in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2016 after his contract was purchased from the Frontier League. Grotz owns a career 19-9 record with a 2.62 ERA and 18 saves in 127 appearances (seven starts).
Grotz becomes the 40th player in Revs history to have his contract purchased in-season by a major league club and the third by the New York Mets.
Information for this story was provided by the York Revolution.