Wheeler Dealing With The Hype

By wbng sports

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

The next callup from the Bmets may come from the starting rotation.
Zack Wheeler is one of the best pitchers on the Binghamton Mets staff this season.
And he's only 22 years old.
He is ranked as the 35th best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America.
But the pitcher is blocking out all the hype, and concentrating on getting hitters out.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout has more in this week's Action Sports spotlight.

It's often difficult for a 22 year old to live up to high expectations.
But Binghamton Mets right handed pitcher Zack Wheeler is doing just that.
Wheeler was the Mets main prize in a trade that sent outfielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants last season.

"It's part of baseball. Trades are going to happen and it's a good opportunity for me over here in this organization to develop with all these pitching coaches and coordinators. They're great coaches and they've helped me out a lot."

In his first season at the Double A level in Binghamton, Wheeler has lived up to the hype.
After a slow start, he has won his last 6 starts.
He leads the B-Mets starters in strikeout and earned run average.
His 1.66 ERA ranks him second in the Eastern League.
Wheeler credits his success to better control of his fastball and off speed pitches.

"I think just going out there, just pounding the strike zone early and I mean throwing all my pitches for strikes..fastballs and off-speed pitches and that's helped me tremendously."
While Wheeler has concentrated on getting hitters out, he's also had to block out the hype.
He says he doesn't listen to all the rumors about him pitching in New York someday soon.
But it's something his teammates have definitely noticed.

"He gets phone calls. I get phone calls…everytime he pitches for interviews and stuff and the guys kind of joke with him now like oh Wheeler made SNY again. Everytime he pitches, he's on TV. He's done a great job…most important thing for him…he's got a great head on top of his shoulders."
Wheeler says it would be great to pitch for the big league Mets some day.
But for now, he's taking it one pitch at a time, one hitter at a time, trying to work his way up, one step at a time.
For this week's Action Sports spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.

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