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45 Zack Wheeler SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/196 | Birthdate: 5/30/1990 | Birthplace: Smyrna, GA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 88/56 | Average Draft Position: 100.58
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Mets leaning toward starting Zack Wheeler on opening day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Spring training just started, but the Mets are already looking ahead to the start of the regular season. 

Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the Mets are leaning toward starting Zack Wheeler on the mound for the season opener at the Nationals.

Wheeler went 11-11, with a 3.54 ERA in 32 starts for the Mets last year. 


Mets SP Zack Wheeler skips first workout due to illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler missed the team's first workout on Saturday because of an illness, reports ESPN. The ailment is not expected to keep the 24-year-old right-hander sidelined for much longer during camp.

Wheeler went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a 187:79 K:BB ratio over 185 1/3 innings in 2014.


Report: Dillon Gee 'could be traded' by Mets in spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Mets RHP Dillon Gee was the subject of offseason trade rumors. That's understandable, since he arrived at spring training as one of six established starting pitchers on the Mets' staff. 

The other candidates for the Mets' rotation are: LHP Zack Wheeler, 41-year-old RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Jon Niese , RHP Jacob deGrom, who won last season's NL Rookie of the Year award and RHP Matt Harvey, returning after missing last year with arm surgery.

A source told ESPN New York that, although there wasn't much trade talk on the first day of camp, Gee "could be traded" during the spring, if the right deal came along.

Colon is also a candidate to be traded to clear the logjam in the starting rotation.  

If the team keeps all six pitchers, Gee is the leading candidate to be sent to the bullpen for long relief and the occasional spot start. 

Gee was 7-8, with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last year. In his five MLB seasons, all with the Mets, he's 40-34, 3.91. His last relief appearance was in 2011. 


Mets SP Zack Wheeler aiming to lower pitch count in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler is making lower pitch counts and going deeper into starts his main goal in 2015, the New York Daily News reports.

"I think the biggest thing is just being consistent in the (strike) zone,” Wheeler said Wednesday from the team's spring-training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "I’m a power pitcher, so I can afford to get away with some walks. But I think it’s cutting down the pitches and the innings. I think it’s a little bit hard for me, just because I throw a little bit harder, so guys foul more stuff off and some things you can’t help like that. I think it’s just that I have to learn how to adjust to that and maybe throw it more in the strike zone. If I start getting hit, maybe just back off of that a little bit. It may take a bit of a hard learning experience to sort of accept that and try it out. But at the same time, that’s what we’re down here for at spring training and we’ll see how it goes over the next few months and go from there."

Wheeler is at the team's spring-training facility early in order to work on achieving his goal in the upcoming season. Pitchers and catchers aren't required to report until Feb. 19. Wheeler went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA and 187:79 K:BB ratio in 185 1/3 innings in 2014.


Zack Wheeler drops back to .500 in final outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler dropped back to .500 in his final start of the season Thursday night against the Nationals. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over five innings of a 3-0 defeat. Of his 107 pitches, 61 were strikes.

Wheeler finishes his 2014 campaign 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a 187:79 K:BB ratio over 185 1/3 innings.


Zack Wheeler jumps one game over .500 Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in a gem Friday night against the Braves in Atlanta, improving to 11-10 on the year. The right-hander permitted five hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings of a 5-0 victory.

Wheeler has permitted just one earned run over his last two starts away from home (12 innings). He owns a 3.49 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 31 starts (180 1/3 innings). His final start of the season will come Thursday at Washington.

Zack Wheeler gets clobbered by Nationals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler got clobbered Saturday night at home against the Nationals, dropping to 10-10 on the season. He was shelled for six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 14 2/3 innings, Wheeler has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.61 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 30 starts (174 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Atlanta.

Mets monitoring Zack Wheeler's pitch counts


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) The Mets removed starting pitcher Zack Wheeler after only 99 pitches Sunday at Cincinnati, the fewest he had thrown in 13 starts. According to the New York Post the Mets try to limit Wheeler to 110 pitches or so per start, but he had topped that in four of his previous five. In particular, the 335 pitches he threw over his final three starts in August caught the attention of the front office.

Wheeler is now at 170 1/3 innings, 1 2/3 more than he threw last season. As of now, the Mets have no plans to shut him down, but they may be extra cognizant of his pitch count going forward.

"We're trying to keep a close eye on him," manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to finish the season with this guy healthy. He's shown way too much promise here and we cannot go into (next) season with a sore shoulder or sore elbow."

Wheeler has indeed shown great promise this year, particularly in his last 13 starts. He has a 2.21 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings during that stretch.


Mets push back starting five


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) With Rafael Montero expected to make a spot start Wednesday against the Rockies, the rest of the Mets starting rotation gets pushed back a day. Jonathon Niese, who will start Monday's game against the Rockies, won't start again until Sunday against the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, who will start Tuesday's game, won't start again until Sept. 15.

Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler will start the other three games of this weekend's series against the Nationals, with Colon going on Thursday, Gee going on Friday and Wheeler going on Saturday.


Zack Wheeler reaches double-digit wins


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) In his first full year in the majors, Zack Wheeler has recorded his first 10-win season, and he seized his 10th win on Sunday in the Mets' 4-3 victory over the Reds. Wheeler allowed five hits -- four singles and a double -- over six innings of one-run ball.

With six strikeouts, Wheeler has increased his strikeout total for the season to 169 in 170 1/3 innings. He walked only two batters in the outing.

Wheeler's next start will come Saturday against the Nationals.


Zack Wheeler gets roughed up in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was roughed up in a no-decision Monday afternoon against the Marlins in Miami. The right-hander coughed up five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 24 innings, Wheeler has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 3.45 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 28 starts (164 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Sunday at Cincinnati.

Zack Wheeler strikes out seven in loss vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler took a loss Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in seven innings and striking out seven in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Braves.

Wheeler (9-9) has been on a roll since late June, surrendering three earned runs or less in each of his last 11 outings (and two earned runs or less 10 times during that stretch). He surrendered a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning, his only home run allowed in the last three starts. Wheeler owns a 3.44 ERA and 155:68 K:BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Marlins Monday.


Zack Wheeler hopes to remain with Mets through rebuild


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler knows his name has been brought up in trade rumors with the Mets eyeing a blockbuster deal this offseason, but he told the New York Daily News Friday he would prefer to stay put.

"I know it's the business, it's part of the game," Wheeler said. "I know that all these young pitchers can be used as trade bait, but I've been part of the rebuilding here. I'd like to see what happens."

Wheeler has been solid in his second major-league season with the Mets, posting a 3.48 ERA with 148 strikeouts and 65 walks in 152 2/3 innings of work. 


Zack Wheeler picks up win vs. A's Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler picked up a win Wednesday, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 8-5 victory over the A's.

Wheeler (9-8) surrendered a pair of runs in the third inning then watched two more come home on a fourth-inning error. He hasn't taken a loss since June 25, going 6-0 during that stretch. Wheeler owns a 3.48 ERA and 148:65 K:BB ratio in 152 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves next Wednesday.


Zack Wheeler strikes out 10 Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler struck out 10 hitters Friday against the Cubs.

Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out 10 and walked four during the outing. Wheeler had to pitch out of jams occasionally during the start. After putting two men on to open the second inning, Wheeler managed to strike out the side. He wasn't so fortunate the following frame. Wheeler allowed two runs to score on two singles, a walk and a groundout. Walks continued to plague Wheeler over the rest of the start, but he was able to work around base-runners.

With the win, Wheeler improved to 8-8. He'll take on the Athletics in his next start. 


Zack Wheeler settles for no-decision vs. Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler wasn't a factor into the decision Sunday against the Phillies. The right-hander permitted three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings of a 7-6 defeat.

Wheeler was in line for the win before closer Jenrry Mejia surrendered two runs in the ninth. He owns a 3.53 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 24 starts (140 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against the Cubs. He is 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA in nine starts at home this season.

Zack Wheeler picks up win Tuesday vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler earned a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 6-1 victory over the Nationals.

Wheeler (7-8) has pitched exactly 6 2/3 innings in three straight starts, and he's held the opposition to two runs or fewer in seven straight outings, helping to overcome the effects of a two-inning, six-run dud in late June. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 130:55 K:BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. Wheeler is scheduled to face the Phillies Sunday.


Zack Wheeler gets plenty of support for third straight win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler continued his solid run Wednesday, in an 11-2 win over the Phillies.

Wheeler racked up big pitch counts earlier and actually fell behind 1-0 in the fifth inning, but the offense picked him up in a big way. Wheeler ended up allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks on 112 pitches as he cruised to victory.

Wheeler has won three straight decisions, and has not lost in six starts, as he improved his record to 6-8. He has a 3.60 ERA heading into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Nationals. 


Zack Wheeler looks sharp in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler put together a quality start in a no-decision Friday night against the Brewers in Milwaukee. The right-hander gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory.

Over his last five starts covering 32 innings, Wheeler has permitted only five earned runs. He owns a 3.64 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 21 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Philadelphia.

Zack Wheeler settles for no-decision despite quality start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was hit with a no-decision Sunday afternoon against the Padres in San Diego. The right-hander yielded one run on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over six innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Wheeler has allowed only one earned run in each of his last four starts. He owns a 3.78 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 20 starts (114 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Milwaukee.

Post-break rotation plans starting to take shape for Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) After announcing Bartolo Colon the starter for the first game after the All-Star break, Mets manager Terry Collins said Dillon Gee will pitch the second game at San Diego and Zack Wheeler will close out the three-game series. Collins added Sunday the last two spots in the rotation will be determined by health considerations, according to The Star-Ledger.

Zack Wheeler turns in strong start against the Marlins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in an excellent start against the Marlins Friday.

Wheeler allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six during the appearance. Wheeler’s only blemish came in the fifth inning. After putting two men on, Wheeler allowed a run-scoring single to Christian Yelich. He was able to work out of the inning without giving up any more damage. Wheeler threw 114 pitches during the start.

The win moves Wheeler to 5-8 on the year. His next start should come shortly after the All-Star break.


Zack Wheeler gets back on track


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Rangers. He improved to 4-8 while lowering his ERA to 4.07.

After walking five in his previous start, Wheeler walked two Sunday and struck out four. The only run he allowed came on Robinson Chirinos' fourth-inning solo homer. Wheeler will face the Marlins at home Friday.


Zack Wheeler walks five in no-decision vs. Braves Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler didn't factor into the decision Monday after giving up just one earned run on four hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 5-3 loss to the Braves.

Wheeler was able to work around the wildness during the first four innings before the Braves scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but it would be all the offense the Mets pitcher would allow before the bullpen blew the lead in the eighth inning. He owns a 4.25 ERA and 95:42 K:BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings. Wheeler is on track to face the Rangers Sunday.


Time to give up on Zack Wheeler?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler had another rough start Wednesday against the A's, adding to his disappointing season. Though, Wheeler's start Wednesday was really disappointing because he had just come off a great start at Miami.

At one point during Wednesday's start Wheeler asked catcher Travis d'Arnaud to change up signs because he felt maybe the A's were a little too much on top of his pitches. Though, after the game Wheeler just called it "a bad outing." Well, he's had more than one of those this season.

It really seems Wheeler is still just having to deal with a little bit of bad luck. His groundball rate is up significantly (from 43.2 percent in 2013 to 53.5 percent in 2014, per FanGraphs.com), so it's no surprise his BABIP is at .332, which is well above the league average for starters (.296). It's really the only explanation because his hits per nine innings is barely up, he's giving up less home runs, his walk rate is down and his strikeout rate is up compared to last season. 

Given Wheeler's upside, I'd bench him over dropping him in the majority of Fantasy leagues. Shallow-league owners have a greater luxury of dropping Wheeler given what's on waivers, but if you're in a 12-team or deeper format, I'd still keep him on my roster.