Prospects in the Carlos Beltran Trade

Prospects in the Carlos Beltran Trade

The New York Mets traded outfielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants, receiving top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in return. Here's a look at him.

 

Zack Wheeler, RHP: The Giants drafted Wheeler in the first round in 2009, from high school in Dallas, Georgia. He was the sixth-overall pick in the draft. The 21-year-old right-hander posted a 3.99 ERA with a 70/38 K/BB in 59 innings last year for Augusta in the Southern League. The Giants have stretched his pitch counts out more this year, but the per-inning results are very similar: a 3.99 ERA in 88 innings for High-A San Jose in the California League, with a 98/47 K/BB, 1.35 GO/AO, and 74 hits allowed. Wheeler has a low-to-mid-90s fastball. His changeup has improved but is still spotty, and reports vary on the quality of his breaking ball. His command needs work as well, but his K/IP ratios point to strong potential going forward. I had him rated as a strong Grade B prospect pre-season and will stick with that for now. He has the potential to be excellent, but still needs refinement.

For a detailed scouting report with particular concentration on Wheeler's breaking ball, check out this post from Alex Nelson at Amazin' Avenue.

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