Alderson: Performance is primary consideration to promote Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler 1 LV polaroidSandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York Zack Wheeler’s performance at Triple-A Las Vegas is the primary consideration for him to be promoted to the big leagues.

“Super Two status is a consideration. But his level of performance is probably the major consideration. He pitched at Triple-A last year. He’s pitching at Triple-A this year. His last outing was excellent. Let’s see how it goes,” Alderson told Rubin.

Wheeler allowed three runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his last start against Colorado Springs. He struggled in his first two starts of the season, and is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA, having allowed six earned runs on nine hits with six walks and 17 strikeouts in 14 innings.

“If he pitches extremely well over the next several starts, that will indicate one thing. If he doesn’t, that might indicate something else,” Alderson explained to Rubin. “And, of course, we’d have to have input from our player-development people as well as [Las Vegas manager] Wally [Backman] and [pitching coach] Randy St. Claire and so forth.”


For more from Alderson, check out ESPN New York.

For Andrew Vazzano’s and Michael Baron’s thoughts on Wheeler, check out this post to MetsBlog from earlier today.