Zack Wheeler’s 11K performance for Double-A Binghamton last night has earned him a promotion. He’s headed to Triple-A Buffalo, the team announced this afternoon.
Sandy Alderson also told reporters it was unlikely would pitch in the big leagues this season.
The Mets GM said Wheeler has a limit in place of around 150 innings this season, and that will allow him to only pitch through the remainder of the Bisons’ season.
Wheeler went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Binghamton, allowing 92 hits and 43 walks while striking out 117 in 116 innings.
Original Post 7/31
After weighing whether to have Zack Wheeler make his Triple-A debut on the road, or give him one more start with Double-A Binghamton to allow Wheeler to make his Buffalo debut at home, the Mets have opted for the latter, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Wheeler is due to pitch one last time for the B-Mets on Tuesday against Harrisburg, the Nats’ Double-A affiliate.
The top prospect then is expected to move to Buffalo, and make his Bisons debut Sunday against Washington’s Triple-A Syracuse affiliate.
This was expected based on comments made by Sandy Alderson who said Wheeler was very close to a promotion two weeks ago as a guest on WFAN.
The Mets top pitching prospect has been struggling of late and in his last six starts, Wheeler has a 5.97 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched.
Overall this season, the young right-hander is 9-6 with a 3.29 ERA in 18 starts. He’s thrown 109.1 innings and allowed 88 hits and 39 walks, while striking out 106 hitters in that span.
He will be on the mound tonight as the B-Mets take on the Harrisburg Senators at 6:30 PM.