Time to Give Zack Wheeler a Chance
Before last night’s 11-5 loss in Arizona, the buzz around Chase Field was about Matt Harvey’s impressive start on Thursday night, leaving other to question, When will ZackWheeler be given a chance?
It is exactly one year ago today, the Mets shipped outfielder Carlos Beltran to San Francisco for the rookie phenom Zack Wheeler and has been the most anticipated player in the system since Lastings Milledge. However the Mets are hoping that the rookie will not be a disappointment like Milledge was in 2006.
Wheeler is 9-6 with a 3.29 ERA for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, but was shelled in his last two starts going a combined 6 2/3 innings and giving up a total of 13 runs in the last two starts.
Earlier in the month Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that there was “no chance” that the Mets will call up Wheeler and the highest he would go was Triple-A, but according to sources, the organization is constantly re-evaluating whether or not to eventually call up the 22 year old to the show.
It has seemed to be a common place in General Manager’s mind that the calling up a young player too early and exposing him to failure can be very detrimental for the growth of the player. However, just like in real-life, a player just like a person has to learn how to cope with failure in hopes that they can break through the face of adversity and become stronger than before. This case, Wheeler.
It would be nice to see Wheeler’s name at Citi Field come the September when teams expand their rosters to 40 players, and finally get a chance to see exactly what the young pitcher is worth. By September, starting pitcher Matt Harvey would have several starts under his belt, great valuable big league experience and give a ery disgruntled fan base a reason to hope again, a way to show the fan base that the team is making great strides in the right direction and has a plan for the future in their quest of the franchise’s third championship.