The Mets finally promoted Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Buffalo this afternoon. He will make his first start on Sunday.
Wheeler, 22, has dominated for Double-A Binghamton this season. He has a record of 10-6 to go along with a 3.26 ERA. He also has 117 strikeouts in 116 innings.
Wheeler has shot to the top of baseball prospect ranking this season, after refining his delivery and improving on his control. In his first pro season in 2010, Wheeler walked a ridiculous 5.8 batters per nine. Last year, he walked 4.1 per nine, still not a great rate. However, this season he has it down to a very respectable 3.3. Plus his strikeout rate is still very high, which is a very good sign.
He definitely deserved this promotion. He had a few rough starts last week, but bounced back and struck out 11 over 6.2 innings, allowing just two runs. He’s ready.
Don’t expect to see Wheeler up in the big leagues this season. With the Mets out of it, there really is no point in bringing him up. It would not only start his service time clock and make him a free agent much earlier, but it’s also a big risk. The Mets shouldn’t take that risk for a team four games under .500.
Here is a highlight video of Wheeler’s start last night: