Since joining the Mets in late 2011, Zack Wheeler’s development has been intertwined with that of future teammate Matt Harvey. After all, both young right-handers represent the next wave of talent to come up through the system, not to mention the future of the organization.
While Harvey began the 2012 season in Triple-A, Wheeler made his mark in Double-A. And when Harvey was called up to the major leagues in late July, the organization followed a similar course of development with Wheeler, promoting him to Triple-A.
Unfortunately, Mets' fans will have to wait a little longer to get their first glimpse of both pitchers in the starting rotation. As usual, Harvey has been dominant this spring, seemingly picking up where he left off last season. Meanwhile, Wheeler made only one outing in big-league camp before a strained oblique sidelined him for most the spring. However, Wheeler’s one outing supported the belief that his stuff is nearly ready for the majors, and that it will be only a matter of time until the right-hander joins Harvey in the team’s starting rotation.
Here is a look a three reasons why Zack Wheeler should have a better career than Matt Harvey.