In what has been one of the worst keep secrets in professional sports the last few weeks, New York Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will make his Major League debut Tuesday night in his hometown of Atlanta.
The rumored start had been widely expected for a week or two after the Mets opted to keep Wheeler in the minors after he was shellacked in a start. That start would have come against the lowly Chicago Cubs, a much easier task than the National League East leading Braves. Still, for Wheeler, making his Major League debut in his hometown will be a pretty special moment.
Per the New York Mets Twitter account:
WHEELZ UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! Zack Wheeler was just officially told he will be starting Tuesday in Atlanta!
Wheeler was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in 2011 for Carlos Beltran and has shot up the MLB.com and Baseball America prospect ranking charts, coming in at #8 and #11 respectively.
The 23 year old right hander will leave Triple-A Las Vegas with a 3.93 ERA in 68.2 innings.