Mets future on display as Zach Wheeler prepares for season debut

Saying that this has been a difficult season for Mets fans would be the understatement of the year.  While most fans expected the New York Mets to struggle this season, the overall consensus coming out of Spring Training was positive.  Many fans expected the club to finish somewhere around .500, while playing a highly entertaining brand of baseball that would feature some of the clubs future stars.

It hasn’t really happened that way.

Besides Matt Harvey, who has proved to be a front of the rotation powerhouse who should have a long and successful career in Flushing, not much has gone as planned.  Ike Davis, who recently was sent to the minors to try to work out his swing, showed many that he may not be the hitter that most fans thought he could be.  Really other than Matt Harvey, the pitching staff as a whole has been downright awful.

Good news Mets fans – That may all be about to change.

Pitching phenom Zack Wheeler, who has spent year in AAA Las Vegas, is set to make his debut Tuesday night in the second game of a double header against the Atlanta Braves. Ultimately it’s difficult to project how talent will translate from AAA to the Majors but that did not stop Mets players who have faced off against Wheeler to offer up their opinions on the young prospects future:

Marlon Byrd:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis:

David Wright:

Many expect that Wheeler will take some time to adjust to pitching to big league lineups, while still showcasing the potential that has made him a Mets star before even taking the field.  If Wheeler can somehow show the dominance that many expect of him, the dreams of a Harvey/Wheeler 1-2 punch in Flushing for years to come will be enough to make the 2013 season a whole lot more intriguing for Mets fans.

Now it’s time to see if  this dream can become a reality.

Tags: Citi Field David Wright Ike Davis Kirk Nieuwenhuis Marlon Byrd Mayy Harvey New York Mets Sports Illustrated Zack Wheeler Zack Wheeler Debut

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