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Zack Wheeler | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (6) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Mets optioned RHP Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Las Vegas.
While the Mets considered using Wheeler out of the bullpen, he'll remain stretched out at Triple-A in the event of the inevitable injury at the big league level. Wheeler posted an 8.10 ERA, 2.40 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio across 10 innings in Grapefruit League action. Mar 24 - 11:14 AM

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Matt Ehalt of The Bergen record reports that the Mets are "intrigued" by what Zack Wheeler can do out of the bullpen.

Ehalt also mentions that the Mets do not want to use Steven Matz in a relief role, so if he's going to be on the 25-man roster, he's going to be in the rotation. It's much easier to see Wheeler succeeding in a relief role given his swing-and-miss stuff -- while Matz relies more on command than an electric repertoire-- and considering his previous health record, it might be the better fit for the long haul.
Mar 14 - 4:19 PM

Zack Wheeler was shelled for five earned runs over just three innings Tuesday in a Grapefruit League start against the Nationals.

Wheeler looked sharp in his last Grapefruit League appearance, striking out four batters over three scoreless innings versus the Yankees, but he had trouble navigating a lineup of Nationals regulars on Tuesday night in West Palm Beach. The 27-year-old right-hander is battling Steven Matz for the final spot in the Mets' rotation.
Mar 13 - 8:37 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four Wednesday against the Yankees.

That's a definite step forward for Wheeler, who had been limited to one inning in each of his previous two appearances. If everyone remains healthy, it will likely come down to Wheeler and Steven Matz for the fifth spot in the Mets rotation.
Mar 7 - 5:19 PM

Zack Wheeler allowed a run on three hits in an inning of relief Wednesday against the Braves.

It took Wheeler 26 pitches to get through his inning, so he definitely wasn't going back out there for a second inning. He's pitched a total of two innings in his two outings to date, so he's not helping his case for a rotation spot.
Feb 28 - 4:07 PM

Zack Wheeler pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, in a start against the Braves on Friday.

While most starters are penciled in for two innings in their debuts, Wheeler was slated for just one today. The Mets will tread carefully with him after he missed the end of last season with a stress reaction in his arm. He's not necessarily locked into the Mets' rotation after the Jason Vargas acquisition, but, most likely, there will be room for him if he shows he's healthy.
Feb 23 - 4:16 PM

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports that Zack Wheeler has been receiving daily shots of a bone growth drug into his stomach for the past six months.

The drug, Forteo, helps to form new bone, increase bone mineral density, and increase bone strength. It's quite the commitment from Wheeler who is looking to improve his durability. He made just 17 starts in 2017 before suffering a stress reaction in his right arm after missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery.
Feb 11 - 8:44 PM

Zack Wheeler won his arbitration case against the Mets and will earn a $1.9 million salary in 2018.

The Mets' front office filed at $1.5 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Wheeler missed all of 2015 and 2016 due to arm troubles, but he returned to make 17 starts in 2017. The 27-year-old right-hander could have some sneaky fantasy upside this season, though he certainly has some proving to do. This was Wheeler's second time through the arbitration process. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2019.
Feb 8 - 12:54 PM

Zack Wheeler requested $1.9 million and was offered $1.5 million by the Mets when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Wheeler didn't pitch at all in 2015 and 2016 but returned from multiple arm injuries to start 17 games for the Mets in 2017. He went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA, thanks largely to allowing 15 home runs in those 17 games. He did manage to strike out 81 batters in 86 1/3 innings.
Jan 12 - 11:23 PM

Mets activated RHP Zack Wheeler from the 60-day disabled list.

Wheeler had his season come to an end in July due to a stress reaction in his right arm. The 27-year-old registered a 5.21 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 81/40 K/BB ratio across his 86 1/3 innings.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Mets transferred RHP Zack Wheeler from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for Noah Syndergaard's return. Wheeler is done for the season with a stress reaction in his pitching arm.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 08:21:00 AM

Zack Wheeler (arm) has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

Wheeler tried to resume a throwing program last week, but it apparently didn't go well. The 27-year-old right-hander will finish the 2017 season having registered a 5.21 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 81/40 K/BB ratio over 17 starts covering 86 1/3 innings. He went down last month with a stress reaction in his throwing arm.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 10:20:00 AM

Zack Wheeler (arm) has resumed a throwing program.

It sounds like it's only been flat-ground work so far but that Wheeler is nearing a return to a mound. The right-hander is working his way back from a stress reaction in his pitching arm. Wheeler should make it back sometime this season if all goes well, but there's no timetable for his return.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 09:29:00 AM

Mets placed RHP Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23, with a stress reaction in his right arm.

It doesn't sound good given Wheeler's arm injury history, but the good news is he received a CT scan and was told his elbow and shoulder are fine. It's unclear at this point how long the right-hander will be sidelined, but the out-of-contention Mets certainly figure to proceed cautiously. Tyler Pill has replaced Wheeler on the roster and could get some starts.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 04:29:00 PM

Zack Wheeler allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against the A's.

Wheeler also walked four while striking out six and seemed destined for his sixth straight loss before the Mets came back to let him off the hook. Still, it certainly wasn't an encouraging turn for the 27-year-old, who now has a 5.21 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 17 starts. As noted, he's lost every decision dating back to May 20, a dubious streak he'll try to break Thursday at the Padres.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 12:02:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Tomas Nido
4Jose Lobaton
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Dominic Smith
3Phillip Evans
4T.J. Rivera
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Gavin Cecchini
4Ty Kelly
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3Luis Guillorme
3B1Todd Frazier
2David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Juan Lagares
2Brandon Nimmo
3Matt den Dekker
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
Starting Pitcher
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Jason Vargas
6Zack Wheeler
7Robert Gsellman
8Seth Lugo
9Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Hansel Robles
7Gerson Bautista
8Jacob Rhame
9Jamie Callahan
10Matt Purke