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Mets expected to call up Zack Wheeler next week

Jun 10, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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Last week there was speculation that the Mets would call up top prospect Zack Wheeler to make his big-league debut this Friday, but apparently his arrival will wait a few extra days.

Nothing official yet, but general manager Sandy Alderson all but confirmed during a radio interview with WFAN in New York that Wheeler is scheduled to make his debut on June 18, which would be next Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.

Wheeler, who was acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran and rated 11th on Baseball America‘s annual prospect list, has a 4.14 ERA and 66/25 K/BB ratio in 63 innings at Triple-A. Those numbers don’t look great at first glance, but the Pacific Coast League and specifically Las Vegas are extremely hitter-friendly environments. The PCL has a 4.52 ERA as a league and Las Vegas has a 4.90 team ERA.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Against the Braves, he might strike out 12. Or give up 4 homers. Heck, it’s possible he could do both given the Braves’ history so far this season.

  2. ctt1966 - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Played high school just outside of Atlanta, so may have been a personal request as well, to make MLB debut in front of family and friends.

  3. richyballgame - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Matt Harvey starts the 2nd game of that double header. Fans who pay are going to have a blast!

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