In 2013, prior to being promoted to the Mets, Zack Wheeler was 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA through 13 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas.
In 2012, prior to his promotion, Matt Harvey was 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo.
This season in Triple-A, as he waits for his call to the Mets, the team’s top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, is 9-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 25 starts.
“Me and Harvey both said, being down there [after awhile] you get bored,’’ Wheeler told Kevin Kernan, when asked about being in Syndergaard’s position (NY Post, Aug. 28). “Last year, I caught myself sleeping a little bit.”
The Mets have still not decided whether to add Syndergaard to their 40-man roster and promote him in September, Sandy Alderson said earlier this week.
Wheeler told Kernan he had not yet called Syndergaard, because he doesn’t to be another voice in the young man’s head. That said, if he were to talk with him, he’d tell him to not just think of himself making ho-hum starts in Triple-A, but to use the opportunity to work on making his game better.
“He’s got to go out there and work his way up to the big leagues,” Wheeler said.