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Zack Wheeler, New York Mets
Wheeler ranked No. 11 in Baseball America‘s annual list of the Top 100 prospects after a strong 2012 campaign across Double- and Triple-A. Wheeler throws a fastball in the mid-90s with good movement and a strong curveball.
In his way: Right now, Wheeler’s control is likely the biggest obstacle preventing him from the Majors. He has allowed 28 free passes in only 51 1/3 Triple-A innings across 2012 and 2013. Mets manager Terry Collins recently told reporters that high-walk outings from Wheeler in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League are “a red flag.” With Johan Santana likely out for the season after a second shoulder surgery, the Mets have used righty Jeremy Hefner and lefty Aaron Laffey in the back of their rotation. Both pitchers have ERAs over 7.00.
Trivia: The Mets got Wheeler in a July, 2011 trade that sent Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants. Beltran’s contract came with the clause that he could not be offered arbitration after its final year, meaning the acquiring Giants did not receive draft-pick compensation when Beltran signed with the Cardinals in the offseason — foreshadowing a new feature of the league’s latest collective bargaining agreement.
Random Internet find: Wheeler does not lack for control with his pumpkin-carving knife:
Posted: April 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM | 46 comment(s)
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