The New York Mets have been amongst the bottom of the NL East for the past five years. During that time, they have built their farm system up with prospects who have been recently called up. Zack Wheeler has been one of those prospects.
Wheeler was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and immediately became a big-name prospect. He was dealt to the Mets in the Carlos Beltran trade in 2011. Wheeler improved through the minors and made the major league roster in only two seasons. His ability to strike out hitters while also in control of his pitches impressed his coaches.
Now Wheeler is a back of the rotation starter, but he is just into his career. At the age of 24, Wheeler has improved since his MLB debut last season. With Matt Harvey resting this season from his Tommy John surgery, the Mets’ plan will begin next year as they become more competitive. Wheeler will pitch alongside Harvey to make a dynamic tandem.
The Mets’ top prospects are all starting pitchers. They will need to acquire hitters either through free agency or trade their pitching prospects to receive the hitters that will put them on the map in the NL East.
I don’t see Wheeler being traded because they have worked him into the starting rotation, and in order to be competitive, you would not trade any pitcher from your current starting rotation. Therefore, Wheeler will pitch alongside Harvey and grow together to become two of the best young pitchers in baseball.