Zach Wheeler comes out of Atlanta, Georgia and measures in at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds. The New York Mets acquired Wheeler from the San Francisco Giants to help add to their farm system depth, which needly it desperately. This young man can throw the ball with serious speed. His fastball routinely reaches 96 mph and his curveball is another weapon in his arsenal. If he can continue to develop his other pitches to the level of his fastball and curveball, then we could be looking have a potential All Star on our hands.
Wheeler has steadily proved himself at each level he has played at. His strikeouts per nine innings was over 10 at all single A levels he played at. He used to walk a lot of batters, but he has steadily improved at that particular aspect of the position. His strikeout to walk ratio was 2.72 in AA Binghamton and 1.92 at AAA Buffalo; he will need to try to keep improving that ration to get to the big show, but at the AA level he only gave up 46 runs in 116 innings which is impressive and that type of leg work could make him a quality major league starter one day. The Mets shouldn’t rush his development, but we could be watching this young man wearing the blue and orange one day.