The St. Louis Cardinals have signed left-handed pitcher Bob Wheatley to a minor league contract, reports Baseball America.
Currently just two days away from his 24th birthday, Wheatley had been released by the Toronto Blue Jays in October. Toronto’s 24th-round pick in the 2014 Draft from the University of Southern California opened his professional career in the Gulf Coast League before a promotion to the short-season Class-A Northwest League in 2015. The comparable level in the Cardinals system is the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League.
In his most recent season, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound left-hander pitched in relief for Vancouver, posting a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings over 23 outings. Wheatley fanned 27, but issued 17 free passes.
Wheatley shares his alma mater with Cardinals new amateur scouting director Randy Flores.
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