Should Zack Wheeler Get a Chance to Pitch in September?

Nick KrapfContributor IIIAugust 21, 2012


In 2011, the New York Mets acquired 21-year-old pitching prospect Zack Wheeler from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Carlos Beltran.

Since being selected in the 2009 MLB draft, Wheeler has been considered one of the best pitching prospects in all of Major League Baseball.

In the Mets' farm system, Wheeler has been promoted from Class-A (2011) to Double-A (May 2012) to Triple-A (current). Three promotions in a little over a year shows how great of a pitcher he is.

While he struggled during his third Triple-A outing, Wheeler was great in his first two starts. During that time, he posted a 2.53 ERA while striking out 11 in close to 11 innings.

Currently, the Mets are very thin at the starting pitching position. Dillon Gee and Mike Pelfrey are both out for the season, while Johan Santana will be having an MRI on his back, which may shut him down for the rest of the season if Terry Collins decides to do so.

With injuries to the pitching staff, the season coming to an end and no playoff berth in sight, the Mets should consider giving Zack Wheeler a shot in the majors.

Not only will the promotion to the majors help him gain valuable experience, it will also give the fans something to buzz about in September, much like they have done with recent call-up Matt Harvey.