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Mets reassign Zack Wheeler to minor league camp

Mar 10, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

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It’s official: Zack Wheeler will open 2013 in Triple-A.

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the top pitching prospect was formally reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday morning in Port St. Lucie. He made one appearance in the Grapefruit League, striking out two batters over two scoreless innings.

Wheeler, ranked 11th on Baseball America‘s most recent Top 100 prospect listing, posted a 3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 148/59 K/BB ratio over 149 innings last season between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo. He was acquired from the Giants in the summer of 2011 for outfielder Carlos Beltran.

The 22-year-old righty is expected to make his major league debut before the All-Star break.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Even if Santana starts the year on the DL, and Marcum isn’t 100 percent ready, this is the right move.

    The last piece of the puzzle that Wheeler needs to work on his throwing his secondary stuff for strikes.

  2. DonRSD - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    The future looks bright….LETS GO METS!!!

  3. jjpileggi - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    It is good to know that sanity reigns. Wheeler needs some more innings that are confidence building. To come up too early and perhaps either sit around or get hammered while he is learning will be an impediment to his development. We Met fans all dream of Dwight Gooden in 1984 and that was probably a once in a lifetime event. Zach Wheeler is going to be an outstanding major league hurler. Patience is a good thing.

    • jwbiii - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Please. This isn’t about building confidence or player development. It’s about limiting his service time and giving the Mets one more year of control. Which is fine.

  4. dalucks - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I agree with all above comments. The goals of the Mets this season is to be competitive and finish north of .500.
    I still wonder if they will sign P Matt Capps or P Jose Valverde or P Brian Wilson for some bullpen help.

  5. mrznyc - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Agreed, he has to start the year in AAA – and the best AAA team in the Mets organization will be playing in Queens this season.

  6. whereslelie - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Be honest Mets fans…he starts in AAA to save Major League calendar days, buying the Mets an extra year of control before Free Agency. Period.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Right……which is different than, oh yeah, no other MLB teams.

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