Wheeler Gets Tabbed Mets #1 Prospect, Then Gets Knocked Around In St. Lucie Debut

bill whitehead/special to treasure coast newspapersNew St. Lucie pitcher Zack Wheeler, obtained in a trade for Carlos Beltran, arrived in Port St. Lucie on Friday and expects to make his Florida State League debut on Monday at Dunedin.

Early Monday, Jim Callis of Baseball America updated the Mets top prospects and jumping to the top of the list to #1 is Zack Wheeler, the RHP the Mets obtained from San Francisco in the Carlos Beltran trade.

Wheeler, the former #6 overall pick in the 2009 draft jumped past RHP Matt Harvey who was the #7 overall pick in the 2010 draft who has already been promoted to Double-A Binghamton after a dominating performance in Single-A.

The new No. 1 Mets Prospect made his organizational debut for the Mets on Monday night, pitching for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets where he was greeted to a three-run outburst in his first inning by the Dunedin Blue Jays who won the game 9-1.

Wheeler allowed four runs on seven hits and was removed from the game after four innings. He struck out four batters, walked none and threw one wild pitch while facing 19 batters.

He is slated to make his next start for St. Lucie on Saturday.

Before the game, Wheeler spoke to SNY about the trade, his feelings about joining the Mets, and what things he needs to work on toward in his development.