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It’s official: Zack Wheeler to make MLB debut on Tuesday

Jun 14, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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After weeks of speculation, the Mets made it official: they are calling up top prospect Zack Wheeler on Tuesday. The Mets play a day/night double-header against the Braves and will fire a double-barreled shot of young arms, going with Matt Harvey in the afternoon and Wheeler in the evening most likely.

The Mets acquired Wheeler from the Giants in July 2011 in the Carlos Beltran trade. With Triple-A Las Vegas this year, Wheeler posted a 3.93 ERA in 68.2 innings. The ERA may seem unimpressive, but Las Vegas is known as an extremely hitter-friendly environment. Reliever Greg Burke called it “the worst pitching place imaginable”. The good news is that Wheeler is averaging better than a strikeout per inning pitched and has continued to improve his control.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Last year was Harvey, this year Wheeler, next year Montero and then Noah Syndergaard the year after.

    By that point guys like Michael Fulmer and Domingo Tapia will be ready, as well.

    Pitching is not the problem when you consider the staff already has Jon Niese and Dillon Gee.

    Problem is the Mets have no position players on the horizon. Wilmer Flores doesn’t have a position (3rd is his be position) and Cesar Pulleo is raking but on the biogensis list.

  2. mantastic54 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    It’s pathetic that ownership kept wheeler and darnaud in triple a to start the season so that they can save a few million four years down the road.

    • dondada10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      d’Arnaud has been out the last 6 weeks with a broken toe.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      It will seem less pathetic when Wheeler is on a good Mets team 5 years from now.

    • chill1184 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Its called Bud Selig being a hypocritical asshole and not putting his foot down like he happily did with McCourt

  3. sincitybonobo - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    I attended Wheeler’s last start on Thursday. Fastball was consistently at 96 with movement. He mixed in some nasty sliders and consistently threw his curveball for strikes. He held the best-hitting team in the PCL to one hit, albeit a long one. He looked very polished. The Mets appear to have picked the Giants’ pocket on this one, especially since SF missed the playoffs in 2011.

    Wheeler actually took a tough loss in this game. Esmaro Ramirez held a very good hitting 51’s team scoreless for 8 innings (15 total, including his last start). Fastball was 93 and he really mixed his pitches well. Very little solid contact off him all night. He’s from Nicaragua and looks like he could help the M’s soon.

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