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Zack Wheeler has essentially become the poster boy for the Sandy Alderson era. He represents what Alderson has done best, and that is transition the franchise from Omar Minaya's "add water" approach to a fundamental philosophy change centered around pitching and defense.
The 22-year-old is back on track after struggling through five starts with a 5.79 ERA. Many speculations ensued, ranging from the heat of Las Vegas, the small ballpark and even the pressure he is facing.
Nevertheless, his last two starts have been spectacular, and he is on par for a promotion very soon. His ERA is down to a respectable 4.00 ERA for the difficult Pacific Coast League. Most importantly, he is flashing brilliant command.
Of course, the Mets will look to delay the promotion so they can avoid the Super 2 cutoff date. As Chris Walendin of MetsBlog pointed out earlier in the week, the date is not official yet. It could be as late as June 4.
With the state of their rotation, the sooner he could help out the better it would be. Even last year, the rotation was in better shape because Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese were all throwing well at this point.
Wheeler has the highest ceiling of any pitching prospect, and he is capable of being a frontline starter due to his intimidating arsenal of pitches.