Should Wheeler be an option to replace Gee?

Prior to Saturday night’s 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets manager Terry Collins narrowed his options of replacing Dillon Gee to Miguel Batista and Matt HarveyAcording to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Terry Collins said Chris Young should be fine for Wednesday’s start in Washington, and that the choice for Saturday against the Dodgers is pretty much down to Harvey and Miguel Batista. 

Harvey’s next start will come Monday night and it may determine if he is ready for a promotion.

“Well, we’re going to have some people there watching it,” Collins said, according to Rubin. “Monday night we might get the reports back, ‘He’s the guy. He’s ready.’”

While he is not in consideration for a start Saturday versus the Dodgers, Collins did say Zack Wheeler could be called up to the Major Leagues at some point this season:

“I’ve heard wonderful, wonderful things about him,” Collins said, according to Teddy Cahil of MLB.com. “Getting better, getting better, getting better. He’s not out of the mix.”

Maybe that call-up should come sooner, rather than later.


ZACK WHEELER six-hit, nine-inning shutout of Erie today. TC says he’s not really a consideration for next Saturday. He ought to be.
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Scout says Zack Wheeler better than Josh Beckett at same age. Can he get major league hitters out now? “Yeah. That’s a clown question”
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According to the Binghamton Mets twitter feed, Wheeler touched 97 MPH multiple times:


For those asking, Wheeler hit 97 on the gun multiple times. #Bmets
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Wheeler faced just three over the minimum, according to Tim Heiman of MiLB.com, scattering six hits while striking out seven during his first career complete game shut-out:


T1: 1-2-3 inning for Wheeler who was helped by a double play.
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End of 3. Nothing doing. The game is scoreless. #Bmets have 0 hits. #Seawolves have 1 hit.
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T6: Wheeler gets out of a jam thanks to a great play by Reese Havens. We are still scoreless #bmets.
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T7: Wheeler with another 1-2-3 inning. So far: 7ip 3H 0R 1BB 7K. #Bmets lead 1-0.
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Wheeler works a scoreless 8th. #Bmets lead 1-0.
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Zack Wheeler finished the complete game shut out. #Bmets win 1-0. Wheeler: 9IP 6H 0R 1BB 7K. CG SO.
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Look. I’m not saying Wheeler should definitely get the nod over Harvey; or Batista for that matter. And  I realize he is close to his innings limit for the year and that could be an issue in the second half. That said, he should, at the very least, be in consideration.  He is the organizations top pitching prospect.  And, he is pitching as such.  As Rubin tweeted: “Plenty of times prospects jump straight from AA to majors.”


Plenty of times prospects jump straight from AA to majors. I covered Birmingham Barons in 2000 when Mark Buehrle did it with White Sox.
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Over his 16 starts for Double-A Binghamton, the 22-year-old right-hander has struck out 95 batters to only 36 walks, while boasting a very impressive 2.39 ERA over 101 2/3 innings of work:

 

 

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