Mets rumors: Zack Wheeler to be promoted after 2-3 more Triple-A starts

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New York's top pitching prospect is expected to join the big-league club in early June.

Barring any setbacks, the New York Mets will likely promote top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler after two or three more starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, a top official has told Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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If that timeline is accurate, and Wheeler pitches on normal rest between now and then, the young right-hander should make his big-league debut sometime in the first or second week of June.

Wheeler, soon to be 23, is rated the No. 11 prospect in the game by Baseball America and is No. 8 on MLB.com's list. Acquired from the San Francisco Giants in the 2011 Carlos Beltran trade, Wheeler (along with Matt Harvey) could give the Mets a young, fearsome 1-2 punch if he lives up to the hype. He hasn't quite blown away the competition at Triple-A this year, but his 3.91 ERA and 9.1 K/9 over nine starts is still very good for someone as young as he is.

The official also expressed to Puma that Wheeler would have likely made his Mets debut a little sooner if it weren't for the shoulder soreness that kept him from his start last Friday. The right-hander was experiencing discomfort in the AC joint of his shoulder, but retook the hill Wednesday with seemingly no discomfort.

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