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The Mets might call up top prospect Zack Wheeler this year

Jul 14, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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Well, this is a surprise.

Most have assumed that Zack Wheeler’s major league debut will wait until 2013. Odds are it still will, but Mets manager Terry Collins hasn’t ruled out the possibility that it could happen sooner.

According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, Collins told reporters this afternoon that Wheeler is “not out of the mix” for a promotion to the majors this year. Collins made the comments while discussing Matt Harvey as a potential replacement for Dillon Gee, who had surgery Friday to replace a portion of a damaged artery in his throwing shoulder.

Wheeler, who was acquired from the Giants last July for Carlos Beltran, is on the brink of a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo after posting a 2.62 ERA and 88/35 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings over 15 starts at the Double-A level this year. Baseball America recently ranked him as the No. 10 prospect in the game on their midseason list. The 22-year-old right-hander is quickly approaching his career-high of 115 innings from last year and Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that he’s expected to be capped around 150 innings. Obviously Collins would love the help at the major league level, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson could have a different opinion on the matter.

While it would probably take a unique set of circumstances for Wheeler to make his way to the majors this year, Harvey could be up as soon as next week. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Mets manager Terry Collins gave the impression that Harvey’s next start with Triple-A Buffalo on Monday will essentially function as an audition to pitch one week from today against the Dodgers. No pressure, kid.

  1. chill1184 - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Way too risky but its Collins making these statements not Alderson. Alderson is not going to gamble the future for a risky shot at the present.

  2. exibitsman - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    The Mets capped him at 150 linings he’s at 115 right now he’s only has 35 left this year.!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jeremy T - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      There are not nearly enough exclamation points in this comment

  3. 49ersgiants4life - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Giants got robbed in that trade Carlos had to wait till this year….

  4. randygnyc - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    I’m excited to see if Wheeler is a dealer. I just hope they don’t stunt his progression with an accelerated promotion. This kid is/will be very effective.

  5. siknasty - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    With only 35 innings remaining on this so called cap, I don’t see any shot Wheeler gets a taste of the bigs in 2012.

    Harvey is 23 and has shown continued progression at the AAA level. I understand Alderson being extra careful with his young arms, but I think it’s time to give Harvey a shot.

    Let’s hope these young studs pan out for the NY Metros., certainly would be nice for NY baseball! Wheeler’s stuff is siknasssty!

    • bamphsports - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Harvey could see time in a Relief Role to improve the Mets Bullpen and keep close to his inning cap.

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