Former GreenJackets star ready for MLB debut

By: Staff Reporter
By: Staff Reporter

Monday, June 17, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- Zack Wheeler is excited about his big league debut with the New York Mets, especially since he'll be pitching not far from where he grew up.

Wheeler is a native of suburban Atlanta and will have plenty of family and friends in the stands at Turner Field on Tuesday night, when he pitches the second game of a doubleheader against the Braves.

The 23-year-old right-hander is one of baseball's top pitching prospects. He's joining a Mets team that is far back in the NL East standings but has hope for the future with a rotation that already includes a dominant young pitcher, Matt Harvey.

For now, Wheeler says he just wants to throw more strikes than he did in the minors and not put too much pressure on himself.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press


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