New York Mets star prospect pitcher Zack Wheeler was expected to get called up to the big league roster this week, but it looks like the highly anticipated debut will have to wait another weekend as Wheeler is expected to get one more start before joining the team.
Now, it looks like Wheeler will join the Mets when New York hits the road to take on the Atlanta Braves in a series starting June 17-20. Wheeler was expected to get called up for next weekend’s series against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. But after a shaky start Friday night in Triple-A Las Vegas, Wheeler will have to wait.
Friday, Wheeler allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings and even though the shakiness may have been a contributing factor in him getting called up, reports say that the Mets are going to call him up as he nears the Super 2 deadline, which will guarantee him three years of salary arbitration instead of four years.
As far as the matchup that Wheleer will have to deal with, the Braves are a much tougher team than the Cubs and it will be difficult for Wheeler to gain some composure if he does get roughed up by a division rival and a top team in the division.
Wheeler’s start has been much anticipated since he was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Mets for Carlos Beltran. Wheeler is one of the top prospects in the organization, but he will have to try to keep up with how good Matt Harvey has been this season, which is a big task to handle.