Zack Wheeler will be a major piece for the Mets going foward

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Future Mets, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Scouts and critics alike have ridiculed the Mets farm system for years. The Mets have been able to produce solid role players like Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Josh Thole however they have failed to produce a true superstar since David Wright. That is all about to change however as the Mets appear have a gem in Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler was acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran and has thrived as a member of the Mets organization since coming over from San Francisco in July of 2011. After dealing with a fingernail issue last season, Wheeler pitched very well in Double AA Binghamton and Triple AAA Buffalo. Wheeler went 12-8 with a 3.26 earned run average in 148 innings this season.

Mlb.com’s Jonathan Mayo does a yearly prospect ranking and has Wheeler 7th out of the 100. For the record Wheeler is the only Mets prospect on the Top 100 list. Most scouts like Mayo believe Wheeler is a future ace and a top ten prospect in the game right now. “This kid’s got it,” a major league scout told ESPNNY’s Adam Rubin about Wheeler, while comparing his free-and-easy delivery to Rays left-hander Matt Moore.

It’s difficult to find a scout that doesn’t think Wheeler will be the best pitcher on the Mets two years from now. Wheeler just turned 22 at the end of May, and will likely begin 2013 in Triple AAA again to work on a few command related issues. That being said it would be considered a surprise if Wheeler wasn’t in the Mets Major League rotation by the end of June. The idea that the Mets got a top 10 prospect for an aging rental player in Beltran will make this one of the best trades GM Sandy Alderson makes as General Manager of the Mets.

The Mets farm system may be considered subpar but the future is bright in Queens with a rotation that includes R.A. Dickey, Matt Harvey, Jon Niese and last but certainly not least Zack Wheeler. Now they just need to find some offense.

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