MMO Fair Or Foul: Forget Triple-A, Promote Zack Wheeler To The Mets Now

An article by posted on June 11, 2012

Hey, I haven’t done of these in a while, but after I read something over at ESPN New York this morning, I just knew it was time for a new edition of MMO Fair or Foul…

Each week, ESPN senior baseball editor Matt Meyers and Mets blogger Mark Simon convene to discuss the upcoming week for the Mets. I think you’re going to find today’s discussion kind of interesting. Check it out:

Is there a move the Mets could make to stem the bleeding?

Meyers: If the Mets really believe they can contend, calling up Zack Wheeler is the one move that could really stir things up. There is a decent chance that he will be as good as he will ever be between now and 2016 or so — unlike hitters, many pitchers peak in their early 20s — and the club should try to maximize that window. His secondary stuff might not really be ready, but his fastball is good enough to make him effective while his stuff develops. If nothing else, he’s proven he should be in Triple-A.

Do you agree?

As a matter of fact, two different scouts from two rival teams have already gone on record as saying that Wheeler can pitch and succeed in the majors right now.

Those of you who read our site regularly, know how high we are on Wheeler and how impressed we’ve been from going to the games to see him pitch and even talking to him first hand. He exudes confidence and if anyone in our system was up for the challenge, it’s him.

Right now, Wheeler has nothing left to prove in Double-A Binghamton. He’s 6-2 with a 1.66 ERA. In 59.2 innings pitched he has allowed just 32 hits and 25 walks while striking out 67 batters. He has a 0.950 WHIP and the league is batting .159 against him.

Wheeler just turned 22, do you agree with Meyers who says that many pitchers peak in their early 20′s?

Lets talk about this… What are you thinking?

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