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Mets Promote Wheeler To AAA Buffalo

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 08: Pitcher Zack Wheeler during warm-ups prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Mets have promoted one of the team’s top pitching prospects, Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Buffalo.

Wheeler, the 22-year-old righty acquired last season from the San Francisco Giants for Carlos Beltran, had a 10-6 record with Double-A Binghamton this summer to go along with a 3.26 ERA and 117 K’s over 116 innings.

While the step up is welcome news for Mets fans, it isn’t likely that Wheeler will see the bigs this season, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.

Newsday has reported: “There are a couple of reasons ,” Alderson said. “The primary one may be that he pitched 115 innings last year. We probably don’t want him to go much past 150 this year. If you look at what he has left, he’s probably got enough left to get him through August in Buffalo. But I’m not sure there are going to be any innings left at the end of August. So I think it’s unlikely we’ll see him.”

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