Wally Backman told ESPN Radio in Las Vegas that Zack Wheeler’s promotion to the Mets could be two weeks away.
“Personally, I think if he has a couple of more starts like his last start, he’ll be headed to the big leagues, and rightfully so,” Backman explained.
However, Mike Puma of the New York Post said on Twitter that it’s extremely unlikely Wheeler will be promoted in that time frame, because they continue to eye the Super Two cutoff date for his promotion.
According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, the Mets continue to monitor Wheeler’s progress, with a club source saying he has “accelerated a lot.”
In early March, a major league executive told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that the Super 2 cutoff date may be around June 15. In other words, as Rubin wrote, “We may not see Wheeler (in the big leagues) until after that date.”
Wheeler is 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA with 17 walks and 40 strikeouts in 36 innings over seven starts this season with Triple-A Las Vegas. However, he is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA over his last two starts, allowing one earned run on eight hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings.
To learn more about the impact Super Two status has on a young player’s contract and promotion, check out this post from MetsBlog by Chris Walendin.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The way I understand, if the Mets were playing well, Wheeler had been pitching well all year and there was a dire need in the rotation, Wheeler would be promoted, regardless of the Super Two situation. However, with the team under .500, Wheeler’s early-season struggles and mostly stable rotation, he’s staying put… for now.
Michael Baron, Contributor
I get the sense that if Wheeler had pitched well early on in Vegas, the Mets could have overlooked the Super Two cutoff and promoted Wheeler after he became ineligible to accrue a full year of service time (which was on April 20). But, his performance didn’t warrant promotion, anyway. While he’s been stellar over his last two starts, 12 good innings doesn’t warrant a promotion, either. But if Wheeler can put together a few more starts like these, where he has command of all of his pitches, he’s limiting the number of walks allowed, and being efficient with his pitches, the results should warrant a promotion. That puts him about a month or so away which, as of now, is going to be close to the Super Two cutoff.