Zack Wheeler P
MLB Parent Club: NY Mets
Full Name: Zachary Harrison Wheeler
Birthplace: Smyrna, GA
Height: 6' 4"
Thanks to Minor-League baseball for the stats and profile
According to the NY Times, the Mets researched Wheeler extensively........
They knew he dominated during his senior year at East Paulding High School in Georgia, knew he was drafted sixth over all by the Giants in 2009 and knew that he struck out 98 batters in 88 innings with a 3.98 earned run average for Class A San Jose this season, a team that plays in the hitter-friendly California League.
They also knew he came from a baseball family. Barry played in an amateur men’s league for 15 years, and his wife, Elaine, was a competitive softball player, often bringing a playpen into the dugout at weekend tournaments so she could keep an eye on her children during games. Wheeler’s older brother, Adam, was drafted by the Yankees in 2001 and played four seasons in their minor-league system before developing shoulder problems.
Unlike his brother, however, Wheeler’s path to professional baseball was not always clear. As recently as age 15, Wheeler was not selected by any of the teams at the elite East Cobb Baseball summer program near his family home in Dallas, Ga. As he said Thursday, “No one wanted me until I was 16.”
That was when everything changed. Tony Boyd, the head coach at East Paulding, said there was a marked difference in Wheeler during his junior year, when his lanky frame filled out and his pitching repertory deepened.
I hope Zach Wheeler develops into a Ace we can be proud of in the future and beyond.