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Report: Zack Wheeler expected to make 2-3 starts in minors before joining Mets

May 23, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

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It’s been expected all along that the Mets would keep prospect right-hander Zack Wheeler in the minors until June, in part to delay his service time, but here we are. Mike Puma of the New York Post was told by a “high-ranking team official” that Wheeler is expected to make 2-3 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before joining the Mets. This would place his major league debut somewhere in the range of June 6 or 11.

Wheeler recently had a minor scare due to some soreness in the AC joint in his right shoulder, but everything checked out OK. For what it’s worth, the team official told Puma that Wheeler may have already been in the majors it wasn’t for the minor setback. It ends up making for a convenient excuse in the end, as the Mets won’t have to worry about his Super Two status by early June.

Wheeler, 22, allowed three runs in five innings in his return to action Wednesday and owns a 3.91 ERA and 49/20 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings over eight starts this season in Triple-A. Matt Harvey‘s early success has set the bar pretty high, but the Mets are hoping Wheeler can be the next core piece in their rebuilding effort.

  1. neoshweaty - May 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    This season is going to stink to high heaven for the team as a whole but if Wheeler can build on some of the stuff he’s done in the minors and stay healthy, then I’m really excited about the 1-2 punch the mets should have for the next decade or more (which assumes everything breaking right). Still too early for anything though. At least it will mean less Hefner or Gee or Marcum. Those guys suck.

    • chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Im bullish on Gee but I agree with Marcum and Hefner. Hefner however would fit best in long relief

      • neoshweaty - May 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        I agree about Gee. He’s definitely someone who I could see turning it around and being serviceable at the 4 or 5 spot. He’s just not been the same since the surgery last year. Part of that is due to a high BABIP, but his K/9 is up while BB/9 and WHIP is up. Not the greatest start for him but he’ll have plenty of time to work through it. Not like the mets are going anywhere.

      • neoshweaty - May 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Meant to say K/9 is down for him this year but last year could have just been a fluke given his career rate.

  2. chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    FYI Alderson said this on Tuesday evening against the Reds

    http://metsminorleagueblog.com/uncategorized/sandy-aldersons-latest-thoughts-on-zack-wheeler/

  3. dondada10 - May 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Caesar Puello is the next guy the Mets should promote. He’s already on the 40 man and has been tearing up AA. He’s a speedy outfielder who is starting to show power.

  4. randygnyc - May 23, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Anyone want to refresh my memory (its admittedly terrible today), how did the mets get wheeler?

    • biasedhomer - May 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Beltran trade

    • sonoco - May 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Scott Cousins took out Buster Posey in 2011 and the Giants needed to replace his production to compete. Sabean dealt Wheeler for Beltran. It didn’t work.

      How good Wheeler would look good in a Giant uniform about now has been a frequent topic in the Bay Area lately. That deal is the only real wart on the last three years, but it’s an ugly one.

      • biasedhomer - May 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        How did that deal not work out? Did they make the palyoffs? No.
        But Beltran did more than you could have hoped for. Look at his numbers with the Giants:
        44 Games .323/.369/.551/.920, OPS+ 159

        I’m not sure what you exactly were looking for from Beltran. For him to bat .400, smashing in a HR every other at bat?

        It was not his fault the rest of the lineup outside of Sandavol was below average.

      • chill1184 - May 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Didnt Beltran want to come back to the Giants but Sabean tried to lowball him or something to that affect?

      • sonoco - May 24, 2013 at 1:41 AM

        biasedhomer – May 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        I agree. I’m not saying Beltran failed (although he missed several games). Beltran wasn’t enough to save the 2011 season and many Giants fans felt that way at the time. That’s why so many fans hate the deal

    • ohuetter - May 24, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      It would have been the Beltran=Wheeler deal. As a Giants fan I’m still grossed out. I hope he’s a super star. SMH.

  5. randygnyc - May 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I read that wheeler topped out at 100mph in his last start. Pretty good for a starter. Between Harvey and wheeler, the mets are off to a good start. Unless they spend money, these two kids are enough.

  6. randygnyc - May 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Edit function please.
    Harvey and wheeler are NOT enough.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - May 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    No question: Wheeler should wear 18 wherever he plays.

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