Feb 23, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (65) throws in the third inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets Delay Top Prospect Zack Wheeler’s Debut


Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was to debut against the Chicago Cubs on June 14th, but that start will be delayed now after Wheeler struggled in what to be his final start at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Wheeler allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings last night, prompting the New York Mets organization to request that he make at least one more Minor League start before his call-up to the Majors.

Per John Harper:

At Citi Field, Mets’ people now indicating Wheeler will make another Triple-A start before call-up. Looking more like debut in Atlanta.

Wheeler will now be set to make his debut in his hometown of Atlanta, a much tougher task than against the lowly Chicago Cubs as originally intended.

The 22 year old Wheeler now has a 4.14 ERA over 12 starts in the Pacific Coast League.

Rated by Baseball America as the #11 prospect in the game, #8 by MLB.com, Wheeler, despite his recent struggles, is expected to stick in the Majors once he is called-up barring a complete meltdown.

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