Time to get the wheels spinning.
The right-hander was acquired in the 2011 trade with the Giants that sent outfielder and 2006 NLCS scapegoat Carlos Beltran to the Bay Area. He has spent the last two seasons in the Mets' farm system playing for the Binghamton Mets (AA), Buffalo Bisons (AAA) and the Las Vegas 51's (AAA). Before this season, he was ranked the No. 8 on MLB's top prospects list.
He will be joining a hapless Metropolitan squad that is well out of first place at this juncture. Some scouts were saying that his stuff in spring training was better than that of Matt Harvey. If that assessment holds true in regular-season play, then New York has a lot to look forward to in the near future.
In terms of the current season, however, Wheeler's arrival means nothing. Fans still won't fill the perpetually empty Citi Field; they won't finish anywhere near the top of the division. Wheeler won't help the offense produce runs, something that the Mets have had trouble doing so far this season.
What his presence will do is provide hope for the future. Being hopelessly hopeless is something Mets fans have grown accustomed to as the Amazin's continue to falter and disappoint with poor play and questionable offseason actions.
How many wins will Zack Wheeler have by the end of the 2013 season?
Prospects like Wheeler can change all that. All he has to do is take the hill every fifth day and pitch the lights out. This is merely a tune-up for future seasons when Wheeler and others will be mainstays on the big league stage competing for world championships.