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Zelous Wheeler called up; joining Yankees in Minnesota

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 02, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Zealous Wheeler

A team source just confirmed a report from Donnie Collins that Zelous Wheeler has in fact been promoted and will join the Yankees tomorrow in Minnesota.

Not word yet on the corresponding move. My guess would be Yangervis Solarte optioned to Triple-A, but I’m not sure.

The Yankees will have to make a 40-man move to add Wheeler. Again, just speculating, but I suppose they could DFA Scott Sizemore. Not that Sizemore hasn’t played well — he’s hit lefties in Triple-A, which is exactly what he’s supposed to do — but if Wheeler has basically surpassed him for a big league call-up, Sizemore could be the one to go. The Yankees could also keep Solarte and DFA struggling outfielder Alfonso Soriano, but that just doesn’t seem likely to me.

Whatever the corresponding move, the Yankees will have now carried Solarte, Wheeler, Sizemore and Dean Anna as infielders at various points before the All-Star break. Who would have guessed that on the first day of spring training?

I’m guessing Eduardo Nunez would not have.

Wheeler joined the Yankees as a minor league free agent this offseason, made a bit of a name for himself in big league camp, and he’s continued to hit in Triple-A. Wheeler has a .299/.367/.467 slash line while spending time at second, third, shortstop and right field with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He had an .861 OPS in the month of June.

Why Wheeler over Jose Pirela? Again, I don’t know, but I would point out that Wheeler is hitting .348/.400/.522 against lefties while Pirela actually has reverse splits this season and is hitting just .277/.333/.373 against lefties. If most of this playing time is going to come against left-handers, Wheeler’s actually done significantly more this season (against righties, Wheeler has an .800 OPS while Pirela has an .856).

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45 Responses to “Zelous Wheeler called up; joining Yankees in Minnesota”

  1. wanzies222 July 2nd, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    As always, I get caught on the shift change…

    Repost:

    sammie – I haven’t heard yet. Because he’s not on the 40 man, it’s complicated.

    Dan – Almost right. Draft day was significant…. very significant.

    I’ll channel my best “dan”…from June 8:

    wanzies222 June 8th, 2014 at 8:04 pm
    Back in for a couple more, whilst the g’kids soak a bit more….

    Scott, no argument that the IF is playing old. Very, very old. But from a baseball perspective, there is still enough there for this one last go. If not, some changes will be made. It’s still about #28 first and foremost, not #2.

    Maybe I wasn’t succinct enough re: the plan:

    Last OS – obvious, right?
    Draft – stock up on college arms, fill in corner IF
    July 2 – blow up the int’l FA market
    Trade deadline – always on the lookout
    Next OS – Add at least one SP, maybe one SS

    Steve

  2. bigdan22 July 2nd, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Color me unimpressed with this move. Unless they cut Soriano, which I think will eventually happen but I don’t think it is connected to this promotion.

    I just don’t see Wheeler playing much. Maybe if he hits really well as the platoon 3b they’ll find him ABs elsewhere, but until Soriano goes and the Yanks totally re-cast RF, there can be no measurable improvement to the lineup.

  3. NYY_Girl_Penny July 2nd, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Girardi, “We put long at bats at people but we didn’t get the big hits”

    What team is he watching? All I see is us going 0-2 after 2 pitches dang near every batter!

  4. sammiejohnson July 2nd, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Mike Axisa ?@mikeaxisa 2m
    Wonder if NYY will pull the release and re-sign trick with Slade Heathcott to clear a 40-man spot for Zelous. Heathcott’s out for the year.

  5. wanzies222 July 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    As Ben Badler has been saying for weeks (there is no one better at this than Ben):

    Ben Badler ?@BenBadler 1m
    The Yankees got 8 of the Top 30 international prospects today. Pretty nice little Wednesday: http://bit.ly/1iWWp2F

  6. NYY_Girl_Penny July 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve been saying it for awhile now, Arod will never play a game in a NYY uniform unless its old timers day.

    The only chance he has is if the yanks brass are so desperate they’ll do/try anything but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  7. Cashmoney July 2nd, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    just reading some the names, Yankees hauled in a bunch of SS prospects along with some ranked prospects like Nelson Gomez… hopefully this Hyo Park kid can get his feet wet in Greensboro…excited about the raw talents they pulled in which simply isn’t available in domestic draft. If it is a deep draft then it is as good time as any do the deeds.

  8. SweetSpot July 2nd, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    When confronted with the usual tripe about Cashman et al not having a plan, both short term and long term, I said months ago that was not the case. My observations were as follows which bear some similarity to what was posted above.

    Change draft philosophy to target more experienced ballplayers from college programs as opposed to high-risk and reward high schoolers.

    With the understanding that the international free-agent signing protocols will likely change to more closely mirror the domestic draft; plan on using their financial might to milk the current crop of prospects as much as possible.

    Improve and add to their scouting department which they have done.

    Avoid long-term deals in the future unless you’re talking about a superstar in their twenties.

    Intently work the phones and other general managers, as always, to see if a trade can be put together that makes sense.

    When a free agent makes sense go after them with the checkbook.

    Most importantly, no panic. No knee-jerk reactions to a mediocre season to date. No giving away the farm for some short term help. Stick to the plan.

  9. Cashmoney July 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    The Yankees got 8 of the Top 30 international prospects today. Pretty nice little Wednesday:
    ======
    It is but it is like watching nature channel… a new born turtling making mad dash into the ocean.. navigating its way thru myriads of predators… a long journey but then not having that hatchling at all.

    then there lurks the AA beast.

  10. Triple Short of a Cycle July 2nd, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Avoid long-term deals in the future unless you’re talking about a superstar in their twenties.

    ———————————-

    Ellsbury and McCann are not superstars

  11. Cashmoney July 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Dermis Garcia and Nelson Gomez, two big kids, can’t really tell much from some BA videos but I am impressed with their power and bat speed.

  12. tucker July 2nd, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Zealous seems like a nice guy, a quadruple A type bat. At least Sterling can have some fun should the Big Z connect: Who’s Jealous? Not Zealous!

  13. Cashmoney July 2nd, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    but when Sizemore connects…John can always go with Scott says nevermore nevermore!

  14. Cashmoney July 2nd, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    though I must admit Waldman is best part of that tandem… always an emotional ride.

  15. SweetSpot July 2nd, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle July 2nd, 2014 at 11:35 pm
    Avoid long-term deals in the future unless you’re talking about a superstar in their twenties.
    ———————————-
    Ellsbury and McCann are not superstars
    __________________

    I don’t consider Ellsbury and McCann to fit that definition. You have to deal with market realities and 5 and 7 year deals for 30 year all-star ballplayers that will solidify the team up the middle for years to come are good signings.

    I am talking about A-Rod and Sabathia deals and extensions and Cano’s demands.

  16. PhiltheThrill July 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Yanks are getting a few more guys in IFA. This was really necessary, and when you combine it with the draft, the draft makes more sense.

  17. tucker July 2nd, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    The Yankees fans need to hunt for sources of entertainment this year because the fun stuff isn’t happening between the chalk lines. If that means guessing Sterling’s kitschy homerun calls (few as they are this year), so be it.

  18. Sean.Balboa July 2nd, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Sweat Spot? Really? What kind of children inhabit this forum? I’ve never seen Sweet Spot be anything but polite in his posts but I’ve seen extremely immature posters treat him with contempt because they don’t like his baseball stance. Sweet Spot stick to your guns and don’t let the turkeys get you down.

  19. UnKnown July 2nd, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Stick to the plan
    ————-

    HAHAHAHA SweetSpot thinks there is a plan. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!

    I needed that.

  20. sammiejohnson July 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I always laugh a little when I see someone say that the Yankees did a good job not giving into “Cano’s demands”. Then tell us what a great deal Ellsbury is.

  21. UnKnown July 2nd, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I like this move. Got to try something.

    Girardi sarcastically said, “What I’m I supposed to do walk around the clubhouse on my hands”

    Well Joe maybe. I mean we are right on the definition of insanity – trying the same thing and expecting a different result.

    Let’s TURN UP at Target Field!!

  22. SweetSpot July 2nd, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Sean.Balboa July 2nd, 2014 at 11:53 pm
    Sweat Spot? Really? What kind of children inhabit this forum? I’ve never seen Sweet Spot be anything but polite in his posts but I’ve seen extremely immature posters treat him with contempt because they don’t like his baseball stance. Sweet Spot stick to your guns and don’t let the turkeys get you down.
    ___________

    Thanks for the comment Sean. I am a Yankee fan and stick to baseball and the day I care about what some anonymous people on a blog say about me will not be a good day in my life. I just express my opinions, I am not saying I’m right, I’m often wrong but I won’t refrain from posting what I believe.

  23. UnKnown July 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Yeah sammie that is also another good one. I mean all these Pollyanna’s could go put their material together and rock the local comedy clubs. :lol:

  24. UnKnown July 3rd, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Big series starting tomorrow. Laterz all!

  25. SweetSpot July 3rd, 2014 at 12:02 am

    sammiejohnson July 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 pm
    I always laugh a little when I see someone say that the Yankees did a good job not giving into “Cano’s demands”. Then tell us what a great deal Ellsbury is.
    ____________

    Where is the quid pro quo betwen Cano and Ellsbury? There was no either or proposition there.
    The Yankees were burned on 10-year deals before; 38-year-old A-Rod had $86 million and four years left on his contract at the time.

  26. Sean.Balboa July 3rd, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Sweet Spot that’s the kind of hubris I’m talking about. You’re termed a Pollyanna and made fun of because you stay positive? It’s very easy to separate the mature respectful posters from the juvenile here. Keep up the good fight my man. Stick to your beliefs, whatever they are.

  27. G. Love July 3rd, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Sweat Spot,

    I’m with you. Keep fighting the good fight. There’s never been another poster here like you…oh wait…

  28. pete22 July 3rd, 2014 at 12:10 am

    NYY_Girl_Penny July 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve been saying it for awhile now, Arod will never play a game in a NYY uniform unless its old timers day.

    The only chance he has is if the yanks brass are so desperate they’ll do/try anything but I wouldn’t bet on it.
    ======================

    That TUE leak has me thinking.

    If his application was approved in 2007 for testosterone, why not in subsequent years since thats a chronic condition. If MLB goes back and investigates and finds Arod obtained the exemption fraudulently (notice how they claimed not to know who receives these exemption), then Arod could be suspended for another year if not life.

    I do agree with you and have said it several times before. I don’t believe Arod will ever play another game in MLB, let alone for the Yankees.

    Alternatively, Arod and the Yankees can claim his chronic condition renders him unfit to play MLB with w/o a TUE, and violating the ban as he did in the past is no longer an option. Arod gets paid, Yankees collect insurance and get his AAV off the books for the next 3 years.

    I do think people are underestimating the magnitude of this story. MLB leaked this for a reason.

  29. pete22 July 3rd, 2014 at 12:18 am

    SweetSpot July 3rd, 2014 at 12:02 am

    sammiejohnson July 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 pm
    I always laugh a little when I see someone say that the Yankees did a good job not giving into “Cano’s demands”. Then tell us what a great deal Ellsbury is.
    ____________

    Where is the quid pro quo betwen Cano and Ellsbury? There was no either or proposition there.
    The Yankees were burned on 10-year deals before; 38-year-old A-Rod had $86 million and four years left on his contract at the time.
    ============================

    Arod helped them win a World Series after signing, their only one this century, Perhaps Cano would have done the same. Also, Arods contract only became an issue when the Yankees changed their policy and tried to get under 189 instead of going over by 50 million every year.

    Furthermore, Arods deal dwarfed Cano’s. Taking into account salary inflation, Arods deal was about 37 million AAV, or 50% greater than Canos deal. Chump change by comparison.

  30. SweetSpot July 3rd, 2014 at 12:21 am

    AAV and speculation on salary inflation have nothing to do with it Pete. In short, the Yankee do not want to commit anymore to $240 million dollar ten year deals with ballplayers taking them into their forties. It’s as simple as that.

  31. Sean.Balboa July 3rd, 2014 at 12:24 am

    SweetSpot, you continue to ignore the immature taunts cast in your direction. I give you credit. Your feet are firmly planted no question. Have a good evening.

  32. rocketfish July 3rd, 2014 at 12:27 am

    How does not signing Cano look now? Without his bat the losses just keep on coming. Even when the pitching is decent they still lose. Does it matter how much $$ he wanted? He is helping Seattle a LOT. McCann and Beltran have yet to earn their money, if they EVER do.Cano was a proven hitter. BAD BAD BAD decision to let him walk and the Yankees look exposed now.

  33. SweetSpot July 3rd, 2014 at 12:30 am

    You have a good evening as well Sean.

  34. pete22 July 3rd, 2014 at 12:47 am

    SweetSpot July 3rd, 2014 at 12:21 am

    AAV and speculation on salary inflation have nothing to do with it Pete. In short, the Yankee do not want to commit anymore to $240 million dollar ten year deals with ballplayers taking them into their forties. It’s as simple as that.
    ===========================

    Yes, that’s what the Yankees want that is the problem. They have a defacto legal monopoly in the largest baseball market in baseball (well sharing it with the hapless Mets), and have a tax payer funded stadium that has been a cash cow and almost doubled revenues, and they are pinching pennies. Hey, if your ok with that, fine, I am not.

    I am willing to overlook the incompetence which led to the dearth of cost controlled players, but compounding their failures there by pinching pennies is too much.

    And if they are going to pinch pennies, do it wisely. Don’t buy the most expensive toys when their are cheaper options available (Ellsbury and McCann). I was fine with both signings on a 230 million budget, but not a 200 million budget

  35. NYY_Girl_Penny July 3rd, 2014 at 12:51 am

    G. Love July 3rd, 2014 at 12:10 am
    Sweat Spot,

    I’m with you. Keep fighting the good fight. There’s never been another poster here like you…oh wait…

    —-

    ROTF – so obvious.. it was real funny when the sock puppet was posting at the same time as her original name.. but the brightsy’s here couldn’t put it together.

    she’ll deny it of course, but whatevs! LOL

  36. Giuseppe Franco July 3rd, 2014 at 12:57 am

    SweetSpot July 2nd, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    When confronted with the usual tripe about Cashman et al not having a plan, both short term and long term, I said months ago that was not the case. My observations were as follows which bear some similarity to what was posted above.

    Change draft philosophy to target more experienced ballplayers from college programs as opposed to high-risk and reward high schoolers.

    With the understanding that the international free-agent signing protocols will likely change to more closely mirror the domestic draft; plan on using their financial might to milk the current crop of prospects as much as possible.

    Improve and add to their scouting department which they have done.

    Avoid long-term deals in the future unless you’re talking about a superstar in their twenties.

    Intently work the phones and other general managers, as always, to see if a trade can be put together that makes sense.

    When a free agent makes sense go after them with the checkbook.

    Most importantly, no panic. No knee-jerk reactions to a mediocre season to date. No giving away the farm for some short term help. Stick to the plan.

    —–

    Getting aggressive in the IFA market was a no brainer like 6 years ago, but sadly, they just now figured out it is a good idea. Duh.

    How do you know they’ve added and improved their scouting department? What evidence do you have to support that claim?

    Whether it meets your definition or not, 7 yrs is a long term deal by everyone else’s defintion.

  37. nicholas July 3rd, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Solarte confirmed he’s leaving via Instagram…

  38. PittsburghYankees1 July 3rd, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Feel bad about that. Maybe with the pressure off he’ll find his stroke again.

  39. LordD99 July 3rd, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I couldn’t see it being anyone else but Solarte since Wheeler plays third, second and short. He’s Solarte’s replacement. Now that clears who is leaving the 25 man roster, but there is still the issue of the 40 man. It’s one of two players, either Sizemore or Anna.

  40. pete22 July 3rd, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I think they gave up on Solarte too quick. Never did understand the platoon business given he is better as a LHB.. Maybe getting him some regular AB down at Scranton and he will be back. Wheeler is a better platoon partner for Johnson. Should give up on Roberts and bring up Ref or play Solarte there, but what do I know.

    Soriano should have his bags packed if he is not going to get regular AB. Hit 25 HR last year after July 1 despite a 8:1 K:BB ratio

  41. Hankflorida July 3rd, 2014 at 2:41 am

    There are fans who always have pipe dreams and are always hoping for the best. More power to them as I am unable to go that route. I have seen “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” and it is hard for me to remain optimistic when I see that moves from the top go against the grain of what made this team champions. I would like to see this team restore the power outage and make Betances a starter to go with Tanaka for next year. As long as there is a 2nd Wildcard, a few changes can keep the Yankees in the game.

  42. pete22 July 3rd, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Hank, the only room for optimism is in change, in other words play better or get better players, or both. :lol: If not for the weak division, even that would probably not be enough

    However, I have seen too many crazy things in my short 50 years of fandom to give up at the halfway point. Not in my DNA. Usually the last to wave the white flag. Not too many tomorrows left so I dont look to the future like some of the youngsters here, although I may be just a kid to you

  43. pete22 July 3rd, 2014 at 3:29 am

    LordD99 July 3rd, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I couldn’t see it being anyone else but Solarte since Wheeler plays third, second and short
    =====================

    Guy named Brendan Ryan with a serious case of bench rust who could be DFA. Totally useless from what I see if Solarte and Wheeler can spell Jeter at SS from time to time.

    But wait, he may be Jeters replacement next year. Hals budget you know may preclude anyone more expensive with Arod coming back (and even if he does not his salary will unless he is suspended again or gets a medical retirement)

  44. austinmac July 3rd, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Wheeler looks to be the platoon 3B. He hits better against lefties than Solarte. This move really doesn’t change anything, but why not? It does suggest, no Headley, perhaps.

  45. RMS July 3rd, 2014 at 11:39 am

    This team looks dead. Hard to watch them.

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