Here’s a dose of positive news for Mets fans.
As first reported by CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was officially promoted from Double-A Binghmaton to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday as he continues his steady climb through the Mets’ minor league system.
Wheeler, acquired from the Giants last summer for outfielder Carlos Beltran, registered a superb 3.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 117/43 K/BB ratio across 116 innings this season at the Double-A level. The 22-year-old right-hander from Smyrna, Georgia was a first-round pick (sixth overall) in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft.
If the progress continues, Wheeler could be added to the New York starting rotation by early 2013.
Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters in mid-July that Wheeler won’t make the majors this year.
This is unfortunate: Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John procedure of his career, the first coming back in 2011.
De La Rosa has had elbow issues for his entire career. Last year his UCL was barking again and he underwent stem cell therapy to try to avoid a second surgery, but it obviously hasn’t worked out. He’s pitched in only nine games this year, allowing four earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out 12.
I first saw De La Rosa in spring training in 2011. I thought his stuff was pretty phenomenal and figured he’d be a good one. Great stuff is often a function of heavy strain on an elbow, however, and pitchers breaking is, unfortunately, the rule in baseball far more than the exception.
He’ll miss a year at least. We likely won’t see him until spring of 2019, most likely on a minor league deal.
Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be examined today for what is being described as “tightness” in his right arm.
Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/20 in 47.2 innings. He has 11 saves after regaining the closer’s job from Seung Hwan Oh. Now some combination of Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia will fill in for Rosenthal to the extent he needs to miss time.