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45 Zack Wheeler SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/185 | Birthdate: 5/30/1990 | Birthplace: Smyrna, GA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 91/63 | Average Draft Position: 149.16
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Zack Wheeler earns win with quality start Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler picked up a win Monday, giving up two earned runs on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Wheeler (1-2) finally notched one in the win column in his second quality start, giving up a run in the first inning and another in the third. After getting the first batter of the seventh inning out, he gave up a double and a walk before being lifted.

Wheeler owns a 4.67 ERA and 15:5 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings. He's slated to take on the Braves Sunday.


Zack Wheeler gives up four runs vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was saddled with the loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out six and walking none in his team's 4-3 loss to the Braves Wednesday.

Wheeler (0-2) has flashed great strikeout potential over two starts, but he's had trouble keeping runs off the board. The Braves scored one on a Jason Heyward home run in the first inning and another three runs in fifth. Wheeler brings a 5.73 ERA and 12:2 K:BB ratio into Monday's start in Arizona.


Zack Wheeler drops to 0-1 Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler picked up the loss in his season debut Thursday against the Nationals.

Wheeler didn't pitch all that poorly, but was destroyed by Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman accounted for three hits against Wheeler, including a solo home run in the second inning. Other than that, Wheeler seemed to have some good stuff working. He struck out six batters in his first three innings.

Wheeler also cruised through the fourth relatively unscathed, but ran into some issues in the fifth. Singles by Denard Span and Jayson Werth put the Nationals ahead 3-2. Wheeler was able to pitch around two hits in the sixth, and was pulled following the inning. He was allowed to throw 114 pitches in his first start. 

Wheeler allowed seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six and gave up three earned runs. Wheeler's next start will come against the Braves.


One bad inning sends Zack Wheeler to second spring loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler ran into trouble in the third inning Tuesday against the Nationals, and it ended up costing him in a 7-3 loss. The right-handed hurler allowed five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out one in 2 2/3 innings.

Wheeler (1-2) opened with two scoreless innings and held a 3-0 lead before the Nationals posted five runs in the bottom of the third inning. Ryan Zimmerman plated two runs with a one-out single and Bryce Harper immediately followed with a three-run homer. 

Wheeler's ERA jumped from 1.69 to 3.86. He had allowed just three runs in 16 innings coming into Tuesday's start.


Zack Wheeler rolls through Braves after rocky first


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Zack Wheeler has emerged as the most effective starting pitcher this spring for the Mets with another strong outing Thursday, this time against a Braves team using several starters.

Wheeler struck out just two in 5 1/3 innings and yielded five hits, including a first inning home run by Ernesto Mejia. He gave up both of his runs in the first inning, then blanked Atlanta over the next 3 1/3. He will likely start the second game of the season for the Mets.


Terry Collins to name opening day starter this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Terry Collins has a message for those seemingly jumping the gun on Dillon Gee replacing  the injured Jonathon Niese as the Mets opening day starter: Not so fast.

Collins told the New York Daily News that his decision will be made this weekend. Among the candidates could be impressive 23-year-old southpaw Zack Wheeler, who boasts a sparkling 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this spring.


Zack Wheeler surrenders one run vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 1-0 loss to the Marlins Friday.

The only run of the game came on a second-inning home run by Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Wheeler was able to bounce back from the long ball and cruise the rest of the way. He pitched six scoreless innings in two games leading into Friday's loss.


Zack Wheeler tosses three scoreless innings Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler tossed three scoreless innings Sunday against the Braves.

Wheeler got off to an up and down start, giving up two hits, but getting two strikeouts in the first inning. He allowed another hit in the second inning, but that was it. Wheeler walked one, and struck out three during the appearance. 

Wheeler posted a 3.42 ERA in 100 innings last year.


Zack Wheeler tosses three shutout innings in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Making his spring debut Tuesday, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed two hits while striking out three in three scoreless innings in his team's 6-2 win over the Astros.

Wheeler, who is set to open the season as the team's No. 4 starter, went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 84:46 K:BB ratio in 100 innings last season.


Report: Mets set rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Mets' insiders told ESPN the team has tentatively aligned its pitching rotation for the start of the season. Jonathon Niese will get the opening day start, March 31 against the Nationals, which would be his second straight opening day start.

Niese will be followed by Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee in the opening series. Zack Wheeler is then expected to open the second series against Cincinnati, and he will be followed by whoever wins the final spot in the team's rotation this spring.

The sources added the rotation alignment is subject to change, but for now this is how the team intends to open the season.


Zack Wheeler happy to fly under the radar


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler is happy to be flying under the radar this year, according to ESPN.

Wheeler got his introduction to the majors last season, posting a 3.42 ERA over 100 innings. Despite his success, Wheeler is being overshadowed by other young pitchers. Wheeler doesn't seem concerned about the lack of hype, though. "That's fine with me," Wheeler said. "I don't have to have all the attention." 

Wheeler enters camp looking to solidify his role in the team's rotation. He recently said he's aiming to start opening day. With Matt Harvey sidelined for most of the year, Wheeler could be the most exciting player in the team's rotation this time around. 


Zack Wheeler eyes opening day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler has one goal in mind when he shows up for spring training.

"I’m going into spring training trying to win that opening day job," Wheeler told The New York Post. "That is my mindset going in, no doubt about it. I feel really good right now and I am really confident going into camp."

Mets manager Terry Collins said Wheeler is in the running to start opening day, despite having just 17 MLB starts under his belt. Wheeler added he's ready to build off the lessons he learned as a rookie.

"The biggest thing I learned last year is what it takes to be successful at the big league level," he said. "Not having to do too much, just relying on all your stuff, mentally and physically. What I want to do is control my body. Sometimes last year on like a 1-2 count, I wasn’t trying too hard, but my body would just take over. Now in those situations, just think about how you are going to attack it."


Mets' skipper expects 200 innings from Zack Wheeler


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/11/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Daily News he is looking for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler to exceed 200 innings in his first full major league season. Collins said, "He had [168 2/3 innings] last year, so he should get over 200 if he goes out there 30-something times."

With the absence of Matt Harvey due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Mets will need Wheeler, who made his major league debut in June, to play a more prominent role in the rotation.


Mets settled on four players entering next season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) The Mets will approach the offseason with only four players guaranteed prominent roles, according to the New York Daily News

Team COO Jeff Wilpon said the team is "in transition," and that there are only four players projected for the lineup right now. Wilpon cited Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and David Wright as the only players who currently have a spot next year. It's safe to assume Matt Harvey is also in that group, but his recent surgery means he'll likely miss most of the year. The team will likely entertain trades for any player not included in that list. 


Zack Wheeler shut down with normal shoulder stiffness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2013) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler has been shut down for the season due to what the team is referring to as regular stiffness in his right shoulder

"He will not be making any more starts," Terry Collins told the New York Daily News. "After the last start his shoulder was a little stiff. We gave him a couple extra days, he was still stiff yesterday, so we are gonna shut him down."

The team has not involved their medical staff in the decision, and any treatment he has received has been part of his normal regimen. The Mets might be guilty of being overly cautious at this point after Matt Harvey's season came to an end with an elbow injury.

"With what happened with Matt, it's not time to take chances right now," Collins added. 

Wheeler made 17 starts for the Mets, posting a 7-5 record and 3.42 ERA in 100 innings. 


Zack Wheeler shut down by Mets


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2013) The Mets will shut down Zack Wheeler for the season, MLB.com reports. The Mets say that Wheeler is completely healthy.

The 23-year-old Wheeler made his first 17 career starts this season and went 7-5 with a solid 3.42 ERA. He struck out 84 over 100 innings and finished with a 1.36 WHIP. He will almost definitely be in the rotation for the Mets next season.


Zack Wheeler may only have one start left


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler may have just one start left, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Wheeler, who currently has thrown 168 2/3 innings, will not exceed 180 innings. His next start is scheduled to be Monday against the Reds. If Wheeler pitches deep into that game, the team may opt to shut him down. "He's right on the borderline of where we want him to be," manager Terry Collins said. "If he goes out his next start and gets seven or eight, that could be it."

Wheeler has a 3.42 ERA in 100 innings. 


Zack Wheeler to start twice more


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler likely has two starts remaining before the Mets shut him down for the season, according to MLB.com. The team does not want him to increased his total from last season by more than 30; Wheeler is at 168 2/3 for the season, 19 2/3 more than a year ago.

Wheeler's next start is set to take place Monday in Cincinnati. 


Zack Wheeler hit hard in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler endured a rough outing but escaped with a no-decision Tuesday night against the Giants. The right-hander yielded four runs on three hits and six walks while striking out three over five innings of an 8-5 victory.

Wheeler has allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- over his last 17 innings pitched. He is scheduled to make his next start Monday at Cincinnati.

Zach Wheeler takes hard-luck loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was saddled with his fifth loss Wednesday despite surrendering just one earned run on eight hits and one walk while striking out six in seven innings in his team's 3-0 loss to the Nationals.

Wheeler's lone mistake came in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Ryan Zimmerman, and it was enough to hang a loss on his night. He takes a 7-5 record, 3.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 81:40 K:BB ratio into Tuesday's scheduled start against the Giants.


Zack Wheeler suffers fourth loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Mets rookie starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (7-4) did not receive enough run support as he took the loss Friday night against the Indians. The right-hander yielded three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and five walks while striking out e over five innings of an 8-1 defeat.

Wheeler has allowed two earned runs in each of his last three starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against the Nationals. He is 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts against Washington this season.

Zack Wheeler down to 28 innings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) Mets rookie starting pitcher Zack Wheeler only has approximately 28 innings remaining this season, according to ESPN New York. He has logged 151 2/3 innings between the majors and minors. The Mets don't want him to exceed 180 innings.

If the Mets use a five-man rotation, Wheeler would be scheduled to start five times in September. He would have to average less than six innings per start to last the remainder of the season.

Zack Wheeler might pitch through end of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday rookie starting pitcher Zack Wheeler should be able to get through the season without being shut down, per ESPN.

Wheeler is at 151 2/3 innings after logging 149 innings last season. Increases of 30 to 35 innings from the previous year are generally considered safe.

"If he's spaced out and we keep track of him, we should be able to get him to where we'd like him to without a problem," Collins said. "But, you know, he's pitching pretty good."


Zack Wheeler beats Nationals in quality start


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) Mets starter Zack Wheeler moved to 7-3 with a win Saturday over Washington.

Wheeler allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings. He wasn't at his most unhittable -- he struck out three and induced just six swinging strikes -- but he kept the ball in the yard and used eight ground balls to complete the quality start. Wheeler now owns a 3.36 ERA.

Zack Wheeler becoming reliable


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/27/2013) On the same day the Mets found out burgeoning ace Matt Harvey likely needs Tommy John surgery, they got some good news with possible next-in-line Zack Wheeler taking another step forward. He issued just one walk while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings against the Phillies Monday. He has now issued 1.8 walks per nine innings over his last four starts after issuing 5.0 per nine over his first nine. And yet his strikeout rate has only improved.

He's realizing he has good enough stuff to go right after hitters even at the big-league level. Once Harvey came to that realization, it was off to the races. People like to harp on Wheeler's 4.0 walks per nine innings over his minor-league career, but let's not forget Harvey issued 3.9 walks per nine innings in 20 starts at Triple-A Buffalo before his promotion last year.

With Wheeler, the stuff is too good and the scouting reports too favorable for you to get hung up on the details. He'll figure it out, and if his last four starts are any indication, it's already happening. I'm comfortable ranking him 54th among starting pitchers the rest of the way.