Showing posts with label Promoted. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Promoted. Show all posts

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Mets Prospect Zach Wheeler's Triple-A Debut Rained Out

Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut on Sunday has been rained out in Buffalo.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, but it will be held in Syracuse. The twinbill will start at 5 p.m.

Wheeler will pitch Game 1 of the doubleheader, with Jenrry Mejia handling Game 2.

The Mets had tried to ensure Wheeler's International League debut was at Buffalo's home ballpark.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mets Top Prospect Zach Wheeler Promoted to Class- AAA Buffalo

The New York Mets promoted top prospect Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Buffalo this past Wednesday. Wheeler has had an outstanding year in Double-A Binghamton, posting a 10-6 record, with 117 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.26. In nineteen games started this year, Wheeler has only allowed two homers, and 43 walks. His fastball is in the mid to upper 90's, and has an underrated curveball and changeup. His first start is expected to be this Sunday against Syracuse, the highest affiliate with the Washington Nationals. Wheeler's last performance before being promoted was stellar, posting 11 strikeouts over 6.2 innings.

The Mets organization is extremely high on this kid, but they are not going to rush him to the big leagues. GM Sandy Alderson said it was "unlikely" for Wheeler to play in the majors this season, partially because he has a pitch count of about 150 innings, and is currently hovering around 115. The Mets haven't had such a highly touted prospect in a while, and fans have every reason to be excited about him. However, it is key that he is not rushed to the majors, and Alderson is aware of that. Wheeler has dominated in every level thus far, but that doesn't mean he will step in and blow everyone away in Triple-A. I am not saying he won't be effective, all I'm saying is nobody knows. If he struggles, that is no reason to panic because there may be some growing pains. If he dominates, then the Mets know they have something special. It will be interesting to see how Wheeler progresses, and how he performs the rest of the summer will show the Mets exactly where he stands.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Roster Moves: Catcher Josh Thole and RHP Elvin Ramirez will be Activated before Tonight's Game

According to the NY Daily News, Mets Catcher Josh Thole was in route to New York Thursday in anticipation of roster moves before Friday’s game.

Thole, who has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a concussion, caught Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo and went 1-for-4. The Mets won’t announce corresponding moves until Friday, but they presumably will not carry three full-time catchers, so either Rob Johnson or Mike Nickeas likely will be demoted.

The Mets also will promote Elvin Ramirez, a righthanded pitcher who has strong numbers in the minors this season at two levels in the Mets’ system and perhaps can help a relief corps that has the worst bullpen ERA in the majors at 5.45. That’s nearly a run worse than that of the Phillies, whose bullpen ERA is second-to-last at 4.64.

Ramirez started the season at Double-A Binghamton, but was promoted to Buffalo after recording a 1.38 ERA in eight games. At Triple-A, he’s been even better — he has not given up a run in 142⁄3 innings over 11 appearances and has a WHIP of 0.41. He has struck out 19 while walking only one. The 24-year-old Dominican did not pitch in 2011 because of a shoulder injury.
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