Zack Wheeler: I’ve written about Wheeler and you’ve read about Wheeler and by now, you are eagerly anticipating buying your very own Wheeler Met jersey some time during the 2013 or 2014 season. First, before I get into talking about all the good things he’s doing, let me mention that he’s not YET ready for the majors. He still has hit-or-miss days with control and the Mets will likely need to start him in AAA for 2013 no matter what. This isn’t supposed to get you folks feeling down on his prospect status, technically he’s a season or a season and a half ahead of where I thought he’d be, so just wait patiently and sometime in 2013 be ready for his promotion.
Zack Wheeler had a start for AAA Buffalo on Sunday that is reason for us to start murmuring now… even if we know it’s best for him to wait until 2013. Wheeler pitched 7 strong innings of no run baseball. He only gave up 3 hits and 2 walks in the outing and struck out 7. He’s been averaging a very healthy 9-ish K/9 for the entire year but it’s still very important for those numbers not to take a hit if he’s going to progress as quickly as we fans are hoping.
Wheeler may be called up to the majors next month as part of the expansion of rosters, but I don’t think it’s the wisest choice. Let’s keep Wheeler’s head where it should be for now. He needs to finish mastering AAA but… it’s looking good.
Wilmer Flores: In the past 10 games that Wilmer Flores has played in Binghamton, he’s had his OPS over 1.000 5 times. He’s had 4 multi-hit games and only 1 game without a hit. He’s struck out 5 times… and walked 5 times. He’s blasted 6 doubles and 2 homers. That’s pretty darned impressive.
More interesting to watch is the daily shuffle of where will Wilmer play. He’s been swapped into and out of 3B, 2B and DH and at this point it is the answer to “Where does he play with the Mets?” that is holding him from being on my roster card for the 2013 MLB team. He needs to hone his craft at a position but it does seem like that position is most likely going to be 3rd or 1st. So… the Mets will have an interesting time this offseason deciding the future of David Wright, Wilmer Flores and the ball-club.