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Mets promote top prospect Zack Wheeler to AAA

Aug 1, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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Here’s a dose of positive news for Mets fans.

As first reported by CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was officially promoted from Double-A Binghmaton to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday as he continues his steady climb through the Mets’ minor league system.

Wheeler, acquired from the Giants last summer for outfielder Carlos Beltran, registered a superb 3.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 117/43 K/BB ratio across 116 innings this season at the Double-A level. The 22-year-old right-hander from Smyrna, Georgia was a first-round pick (sixth overall) in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft.

If the progress continues, Wheeler could be added to the New York starting rotation by early 2013.

Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters¬†in mid-July that Wheeler won’t make the majors this year.

  1. skerney - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    The Giants scouted Mike Trout, drafted Wheeler over Trout, traded Wheeler for Beltran, then made no attempt to re-sign Beltran when the outfield consisted of Nate Schierholtz, Andres Torres, and free agents Cody Ross and Beltran, who would both leave via free agency. Thanks Sabean.

    • dtob79 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      24 teams passed on Trout. Thanks 24 other GMs!

  2. mianfr - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Break up the Mets!

  3. keithbangedyermom - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Damn right…thanks Sabean!

  4. DonRSD - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Future is looking bright. It’s about time.
    LET’S GO METS!!!

  5. malowitz - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    I don’t understand why Collins would make an absolute statement that he won’t see the majors this year. Given that the Mets (I’m a fan) aren’t going to be in it, what would it hurt to give him a call up and a chance to face major league hitters?

    • gammagammahey - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Why start his service time/arbitration clock?

    • protius - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      Right now, the kid thinks he’s rolling right along, and doing well. If Collins starts him and he gets his ass kicked by some good major league hitters, his confidence would be damaged, and for no good reason.

      Let him compete at the AAA level for the rest of the season, and then make an evaluation about his future from there.

    • badassleroybrown - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:01 AM

      He said that because Sandy has Wheeler on a pitch limit and he stated he wouldnt join the big club this year.

      You might see Collin McHugh better than Batista! o_O

    • malowitz - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      20 days of service time won’t make a significant impact, especially if you plan on him being on your 25-man roster early next season. Even if he gained 20 days of service time in 2012, he could be called up around late June next year and still not be Super 2 arbitration-eligible.

      As far as his psyche – so what if he get nailed – it will reinforce he needs more time in the minors and has a lot to work on. If he pitches like Harvey, he’ll know he’s ready. Its not like this is a guy for whom this will be his only shot.

      I can’t argue the pitch count point.

      I think the benefits of putting him in a couple of games against major league hitters is great. Wheeler and the team can get a much better handle on where he is.

  6. randygnyc - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    This kid is going to be good. Wish he was on my team.

    • protius - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:47 AM

      David Phelps; need I say more?

  7. baseballisboring - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Saw him pitch against the Fisher Cats earlier this year. Not that I’m a scout, but he was hitting the mid 90’s, good life and his slider looked sharp (I was right behind home). Shut them out over 5 and 2/3 if I remember correctly, it was fun to watch.

  8. badassleroybrown - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Good NEWS?

    Can he make Jason Bay and the Wilpons magically disappear?

  9. exibitsman - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I think he will get a start or two in September.?

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