Report: Zack Wheeler to make Mets debut during next homestand
Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is set to make his long-awaited Mets debut during the team's next homestand, according to Rotoworld.
Wheeler, 23, is coming off a solid start for Triple-A Las Vegas in which he gave up three hits and struck out six batters in six innings. Wheeler is slated to make one more start for Las Vegas before receiving a promotion and making his first Major League start during the Mets' home series against the Cubs.
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In 11 Triple-A starts this year Wheeler is 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Rated the Mets' best pitching prospect, Wheeler would be joining ace Matt Harvey in the Mets' rotation. Harvey is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA.
Some thought the Mets should have promoted Wheeler this past weekend to face the Miami Marlins, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
There was some thought the Mets should have promoted Wheeler to pitch Saturday against the Marlins - Collin McHugh was selected instead and struggled - but with the Super-2 arbitration cutoff so close, the organization rightfully wasn't going to chance bringing up the right-hander and then potentially watch him become arbitration eligible after the 2015 season for failure to keep him in the minors a few additional days.