Zack Wheeler wants to make the Mets’ rotation next Spring

Yesterday at Citi Field, RHP Zack Wheeler received the Sterling Award for his performance at Double-A Binghamton this season.

“I’ve still got some work to do,” Wheeler told reporters before yesterday’s game. “I have to work on the mental part a little bit more.”

Wheeler went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts, having walked 43 batters with 117 strikeouts in 116 innings while with Binghamton – he went 12-8 with a 3.26 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo this season.

“[Making the big league rotation next Spring is] sort of a long shot, but I just want to push myself, try to get that job,” Wheeler explained.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Wheeler is likely to be the talk of camp come February, but as was the case with Matt Harvey this past Spring, the odds are long he will make the team out of camp. Even if Wheeler is perfect in his Grapefruit League appearances, he still needs more seasoning at Triple-A, as he said. Still, he is close and getting closer and I expect him to join the Mets sometime during the season.

The thing is, we have all seen how electrifying Harvey is – Wheeler’s stuff is that much better. It’s an exciting prospect to have those two young and electric arms at the top of the rotation in the years to come. Hopefully both can harness their talents and fulfill their potential.