Zack Wheeler may have already been called up if not for injury setbacks in spring and early in his minor league season. He still may have been left to wait for a time when the New York Mets were ready even if he were 100 percent healthy, though. Regardless, the Mets appear poised to call up the young righty prospect soon.
Mike Puma of the New York Post says a "high-ranking" official within the organization has told him that Wheeler is slated for two or three more starts in the minors, then the team should call him up. This official also commented on Wheeler's injury setback that occurred recently, saying it may have prevented Wheeler from being called up sooner.
"If not for the minor setback with the shoulder, he might already be here," the club official said. "We are at the point where you can say it's probably two or three more starts [for Las Vegas]."
Wheeler is an exciting young pitcher that Mets fans have been waiting a long time to see. Ever since the team traded Carlos Beltran to the Giants in exchange for Wheeler, fans in New York have been curious about what the kid could do. His prospect ranking each year only further the excitement. Prior to the start of this season, Baseball America ranked Wheeler as the 11th best prospect in baseball.
Wheeler is just 22 years old but he has spent four seasons in the minors. That should be enough time to prepare him for the jump to the Majors, but the Mets will not truly know how well-prepared he is until they bring him up. In his minor league career, Wheeler is 27-19 with a 3.54 ERA.
This spring, Wheeler was shut down because of an oblique strain and a finger issue. Most recently, he was feeling some pain in his clavicle area. Ultimately, Wheeler missed just one start as he met with a doctor in New York who diagnosed him with AC joint soreness.
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