Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 6/22/12

On off days like yesterday I get to catching up on how some of the Mets more promising prospects are moving along.  Atop the list is 22-year-old Zack Wheeler, who was recently selected to compete for the World Team in this year’s Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game.

Wheeler, who Keith Law of ESPN recently ranked the #16 overall prospect in all of baseball, is following in Matt Harvey‘s footsteps from a year ago as the then top pitching prospect for the Mets pitched and earned a save for the World Team.  Up more than 1o spots from #27 on his preseason list, Law had the following to say of Wheeler:

The only thing between him and potential No. 1-starterdom is just throwing more strikes. The raw stuff is there.”

The prize of the Carlos Beltran trade of a year ago has been on fire for Double-A Binghamton, going 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA on the year.

Wheeler currently ranks third in the Eastern League in both ERA and strikeouts and is living up tot he hype that made him the organization’s #1 prospect heading into the season according to Baseball America.  For now the plan seems to be to let Wheeler develop a bit more at Binghamton and he may see some time at Triple-A Buffalo once the rosters are expanded in September and guys like Harvey and/or Familia get a cup of coffee with the big league club.  The Mets starters are pitching so well that there’ s just no need for them to rush anyone at any level but Zack’s got a lot of fans excited about what he can do for t his staff in the not-so-distant future.

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