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Not only were the Mets able to get cash for All-Star Beltran, they were able to get the Giants top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
Wheeler, who was drafted sixth overall by the SF Giants in 2009, is said to be a top 50 prospect, and has the potential and the stuff to possibly become a number one starter for the Mets in the upcoming future.
Since arriving to team facilities, the Mets have been raving about his upside. Wheeler has a fastball that hits the mid-90s on the radar gun. According to New York Daily News the movement of his curve ball also impressed Mets minor-league pitching coordinator, Rick Tomlin. "He throws his first curve and it's like hell, right from out of the chute." Tomlin said after Wheeler finished his 32-pitch bullpen session.
This acquisition by the Mets could be huge in a couple of years for their pitching staff, especially if the starting rotation continues to be as inconsistent as it has been in the past few years. Also with an aging ace Johan Santana, the Mets might need to look for a possible successor, and indications say Wheeler might be that guy when he's Major League ready.