Mets Notes: Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Ramon Ramirez

ANAHEIM CA - JULY 11: U.S. Futures All-Star Zack Wheeler #45 of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 11 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Zack Wheeler, the number one prospect of the Mets organization, reported today in St. Lucie. Andy Martino notes the young right-hander is working on his changeup, and Adam Rubin suggests Wheeler feels no extra burden being the highly-sought savior to an ailing club.

Remember -- Wheeler was the return for the Mets shipping Carlos Beltran to the San Franciso Giants, so if he's not feeling "the burden," that's because he doesn't understand what exactly he means to the Mets. He should have some time for it to sink in, though. He won't be expected at the big league level this season.

In other Mets notes, Jon Niese had a nose job and is breathing better, which some are suggesting might lead to improved performance. I say don't hold your breath. Check out a great review of Ramon Ramirez over at Amazin' Avenue, which notes that Ram-Ram could be trade bait when the deadline rolls around:

  • NY Mets pitcher Jon Niese hopes offseason nose job will lead to more success in 2012 - NY Daily News
    "The Mets believe that Niese’s left arm stores the staff’s best pure stuff, but many coaches and teammates wonder about the 25-year-old’s work ethic. In each of his three major league seasons, Niese has visited the disabled list, and offered the Mets inconsistent performances."
  • 2012 Mets Player Profile: Ramon Ramirez - Amazin' Avenue
    "While Ramirez ‘s career splits show he’s most effective against right-handed opponents, he’s not a disaster against left-handed hitters and should be able to get outs in most situations. Ramirez is slated to be a free agent at the end of the season, which means there will undoubtedly be trade rumors involving his name as the trade deadline approaches in July."
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