Wahl with the Oakland Athletics
|New York Mets – No. 61|
Born: March 21, 1992|
|May 3, 2017, for the Oakland Athletics|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Earned run average||6.92|
Robert Martin Wahl (born March 21, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut for the Oakland Athletics in 2017, and was traded to the Mets in 2018. Wahl played college baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels.
Wahl attended West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. When he enrolled at West Springfield, he began training with Brian Snyder, a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. As a senior, he pitched his high school's baseball team into the state championship game, finishing his high school career with a 28–1 win–loss record and 284 strikeouts. He was named the Virginia Class AAA Northern Region Player of the Year. The Cleveland Indians selected Wahl in the 39th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but he did not sign.
Wahl enrolled at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), where he played college baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels baseball team. Wahl suffered elbow tendinitis during his freshman season. Though he began his career as a starting pitcher, he returned from injury as a relief pitcher, and finished the season as the Rebels' closer. After his freshman year at Ole Miss, Wahl played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League as a closer, where he was named an All-Star. After his sophomore year, he joined the United States national collegiate baseball team, recording two saves in a five-game series against the Cuban national baseball team.
In his junior year, Wahl shared the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week Award on April 22, 2013, with Aaron Nola of the Louisiana State Tigers after recording his first career shutout in a game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Wahl finished the season with a 10–0 record and a 2.03 earned run average. He was named a second-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and was projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming MLB draft by Baseball America and MLB.com.
The Oakland Athletics selected Wahl in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft, with the 161st overall selection. Wahl signed with the Athletics for a $500,000 signing bonus, almost double the recommended bonus for the draft position. In 2014, Wahl began the year with the Beloit Snappers of the Class A Midwest League, and was their Opening Day starting pitcher. Later in the season, the Snappers shifted Wahl to the bullpen. The Athletics promoted Wahl to the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League later in the season, and assigned him to the Midland RockHounds of the Double-A Texas League in 2015.
Wahl began the 2016 season with Stockton, and received promotions to Midland and the Nashville Sounds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. He led all Athletics' minor leaguers with 14 saves. After the 2016 season, the Athletics added him to their 40-man roster. He began the 2017 season with Nashville, earning three saves and posting a 1.93 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 9 1⁄3 innings pitched. On May 3, the Athletics promoted Wahl to the major leagues. He made his major league debut that night, pitching in relief against the Minnesota Twins. He pitched 7 2⁄3 innings for Oakland before suffering a shoulder injury. He had surgery in August to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. The Athletics sent him outright to Triple-A after the season.
New York Mets
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