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Zack Wheeler | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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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Zack Wheeler overcame a difficult first inning on Sunday to give the Mets seven strong innings of four-run ball against the Nationals.
Wheeler was behind from the get-go in this one, grazing Adam Eaton with a pitch to lead off the game before allowing an infield single to Trea Turner and a single to Bryce Harper. After getting Ryan Zimmerman on strikes, Daniel Murphy unloaded the bases with one mighty swing. Wheeler didn't lose his composure though, allowing just two additional hits and one walk through the seventh inning, striking out six in the process. While his 5.40 ERA looks troublesome at a glance, he owns a 1.11 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Expect better results in a rematch against these Nationals in Washington on Saturday. Apr 23 - 10:55 PM

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Zack Wheeler pitched five innings of one-run ball and struck out seven Tuesday against the Phillies.

It took Wheeler 99 pitches to get through five, so efficiency was an issue. Still, it's his best outing in three tries. He has a 5.52 ERA and a 15/4 K/BB ratio in 14 2/4 innings. His next start will come Sunday against the Nationals.
Apr 19 - 12:36 AM

Zack Wheeler gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn a win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

He gave up four hits and walked one while striking out four. Wheeler was unscored upon through five frames, but was relieved in the sixth inning after he loaded the bases with two outs. The bullpen let him down as Hansel Robles promptly allowed a grand slam home run with three of those runs being charged to Wheeler. He came up one out short of a quality start but took home the win. He now owns a 7.45 ERA with eight strikeouts and two walks through 9 2/3 innings. Wheeler squeaked into the last spot in the Mets' starting rotation but is going to have to show some improvement if he wants to stick there when Steven Matz and Seth Lugo return from the disabled list.
Apr 12 - 11:26 PM

In his first start since 2014, Zack Wheeler allowed five runs over four innings Friday in a loss to the Marlins.

Wheeler had a strong first inning, but he struggled from there. He gave up six hits in all, including a homer to Christian Yelich. His velocity — which was comfortably in the mid-90s in the first inning — also faded a bit as the game moved along, but the good news is that he walked just one batter while striking out four. Wheeler is bound to have some peaks and valleys as he shakes the rust, so he remains a risky play in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 7 - 10:28 PM

Zack Wheeler will start the Mets' fourth regular season game.

And he'll be followed in the Mets' sixth regular-season game by Robert Gsellman, after Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard returns to handle the fifth game. Wheeler experienced some tenderness in his surgically-repaired left elbow at the start of spring training, but he went five shutout innings in his final Grapefruit League outing Monday against the Marlins. The former top prospect could make a for a decent streaming option in the early part of 2017, but he'll probably have some workload limitations.
Mar 30 - 10:27 AM

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that Zack Wheeler will have a yet-to-be-determined innings limit during the coming season.

"There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is," Ricco said, later adding an awkward metaphor in saying that "[t]here’s no sleep chamber that you can put him in and then wake up in Mars." Wheeler has missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made 32 starts (185 1/3 innings) with a 3.54 ERA and 187/79 K/BB ratio in 2014. The Mets could potentially add Wheeler to the Opening Day rotation now that Steven Matz (elbow) has officially been ruled out for the start of the campaign. Seth Lugo is also in play to take the spot vacated by Matz.
Source: Newsday
Mar 29 - 7:09 PM

Zack Wheeler shut out the Marlins for five innings Monday as a Mets split-squad won 5-0.

Wheeler allowed two hits, walked two and struck out three in easily his best outing of the spring. It might just be enough to put him in the season-opening rotation with Steven Matz seemingly likely to land on the disabled list. We're still not high on him for this year, but he's more interesting in NL-only leagues now.
Mar 27 - 5:13 PM

Zack Wheeler surrendered four runs and walked three in three innings of relief Wednesday against the Marlins.

If there was still any doubt, Wheeler should be officially out of the rotation mix after this. Either he'll open up in the pen or in extended spring training. We'd say the latter scenario is more likely.
Mar 22 - 5:06 PM

Zack Wheeler yielded two runs in 2 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.

Wheeler's velocity was excellent, as he was in the mid-90s consistently. That and health are more important than results right now. Wheeler still figures to open 2017 in the bullpen or perhaps on the disabled list. It will be interesting to see how the Mets utilize him if they do start him off as a reliever.
Mar 16 - 3:52 PM

Zack Wheeler's next scheduled start has been pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.

Fortunately, the change has nothing to do with injury. The Mets simply want to make sure that Wheeler and Steven Matz are both starting instead of piggybacking each other in a game.
Mar 15 - 9:51 AM

Zack Wheeler made his spring debut Friday, allowing one run over two innings in a start against the Braves.

Wheeler, who had a mild setback with his elbow at the beginning of camp, was working in the low-90s today and had no complaints afterwards. Technically, there's probably still time for him to work his way into the rotation battle. However, expectations are that the Mets will use him out of the bullpen initially. He could also be stashed on the DL if he needs more time to build up arm strength.
Mar 10 - 4:14 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) had a successful live batting practice session Sunday.

It's the first time this spring that Wheeler has faced hitters, and he's scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. Wheeler has bounced back nicely since feeling elbow soreness during a bullpen session early on this spring, but the expectation is that he'll begin the season in extended spring training.
Mar 5 - 11:49 AM

Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that Zack Wheeler (elbow) is expected to begin the season in extended spring training.

The Mets entered spring training with an open mind on what they'd get out of Wheeler, but it never seemed terribly likely that he'd break camp in the rotation following essentially two full missed years due to injury. When he felt more soreness in his elbow a couple weeks ago, that pretty much cemented his spot on the disabled list to begin the year. Wheeler has resumed throwing without issues and could still make an impact at some point in 2017, but for now it's expected to be Robert Gsellman as the Mets' fifth starter, with Seth Lugo perhaps next in line.
Mar 3 - 10:34 AM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10.

The Mets gave him the go-ahead after he completed his first live batting practice session of the spring on Wednesday. Wheeler felt some tenderness in his elbow at the start of camp, but he got over it relatively quickly. The big test will be how he responds to pitching in game action again. He missed the entire 2015 season and threw just one inning on a rehab assignment last year. Wheeler could make things interesting with some strong performances, but Robert Gsellman still appears to the favorite for the final spot in the rotation.
Mar 1 - 12:33 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw his first live batting practice session of the spring on Wednesday.

It wasn't a full-fledged BP session, as the batters were mostly tracking pitches, but it was a step in the right direction. One scout told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News that Wheeler looked "really good." Game action probably isn't far off at this point -- March 8 and 10 have been floated for a possible spring debut date-- but Robert Gsellman is beginning to look like the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Mar 1 - 10:11 AM

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2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
3T.J. Rivera
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
3Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
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3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Josh Smoker
7Josh Edgin
8Seth Lugo
9Sean Gilmartin