Zachary Harrison Wheeler… Married Dominique Rizzo (12/31/19)… 2009 graduate of East Paulding High School (GA)… Was named the Gatorade Georgia High School Player of the Year for the 2008-2009 season after posting a 9-0 record with a 0.54 ERA… Had his East Paulding No. 45 jersey retired on January 17, 2014… Hobbies: Spending time with family and his dog… Signed by: Sean O'Connor.
Set career highs in strikeouts (195) and innings (195.1)..Had four double-digit strikeout performances, including three in his first eight starts... Posted a 3.04 ERA (34 ER, 100.2 IP) from 6/22 through the end of the season and a 1.80 ERA (8 ER, 40.0 IP) over his final six starts...His 3.04 ERA from 6/22 on was the 7th-best among qualifying NL starters in that span...On the IL with right shoulder fatigue, 7/12-25...Had a 15.0-inning scoreless streak, 8/1-6, and a 13.0-inning streak, 9/21-26...Finished the season with 726 career strikeouts, 12th-most all-time by a NYM pitcher.
Won a career-high 12 games...Posted a 3.31 ERA, the lowest mark of his career and also set a new career-best in WHIP (1.12)...His 2.7 walks per 9.0 innings ratio was also the best of his career...Was 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA in 11 starts after the All-Star break...His nine second-half victories were tied for the most in the majors and his 1.68 ERA was the lowest in the majors after the break (min. 75.0 innings)...Won a career-best seven-straight decisions from July 14-August 25...Wheeler's nine second-half wins were tied for the seventh-most second half wins in Mets history...Had a career-best 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings from July 24-August 10...It was the eighth longest by any pitcher in 2018...In 14 road starts, was 7-2 with a 3.49 ERA (33 earned runs/85.0 innings)...The Mets won nine of his 14 road starts...In 50-career road starts, Wheeler is 20-10 with a 3.23 ERA (105 earned runs/293.0 innings)...His 3.23 career road ERA is the ninth-best in the NL since 2013 (min. 45 road starts)...Fanned seven or more batters 17 times, the most such games in a season in his career...Only three NL pitchers (Max Scherzer, 26, Jacob deGrom, 25 and Patrick Corbin, 24) had more such games...Ranked third in the majors and third in the NL with a 23.4 percent soft contact rate...Had the lowest rate of hard contact in the majors with a 24.8 percent hard-hit rate...Had the eighthhighest WAR (4.1) among qualifying NL pitchers according to Fangraphs...Is one of five Mets pitchers to record at least one strikeout in each of his first 95-career games (also Matt Harvey, Dwight Gooden, Dillon Gee and Jacob deGrom)...Joined Harvey, Gooden, deGrom, Sid Fernandez and Noah Syndergaard as the only pitchers in franchise history to record 500 or more strikeouts in their first 91-career games...Began a career-high 62.1 percent of his opponents' plate appearances with a first pitch strike...From 2013-2017, threw a first-pitch strike to 55.2 percent of the batters he faced...His first-pitch strike percentage has risen every season in his career (52.0 in 2013, 54.4 in 2014, 60.6 in 2017 and 62.1 in 2018)...His 11 hits were a career-high and tied for the fifth-most among all pitchers.
Returned to game action after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery... Made his second career Opening Day roster...Allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his 17 starts...The six such starts were second-most on the team behind Jacob deGrom's 12 starts where he allowed one earned run or fewer...Was placed on the 10-Day Disabled List on June 21, retroactive to June 20, with biceps tendinitis...Activated from the DL on July 1...Placed on the 10-Day DL on July 24, retroactive to July 23, with a stress reaction in his right arm...Transferred to the 60-Day Disabled List on September 23...Made his final start of the season on July 22 vs. Oakland...Following his first outing of the season, Wheeler went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA (19 earned runs/58.2 innings) in his next 10 starts from April 12-June 7...His 2.91 ERA in that time was fifth-best in the National League (min 50.0 innings pitched)...The Mets were 5-5 in those 10 starts...Earned the win on April 12 at Philadelphia, his first win in the majors since September 19, 2014 at Atlanta...In his 55th career start on May 9 against San Francisco, Wheeler struck out the 300th batter of his career and became the seventh pitcher in club history to record 300 or more strikeouts in 55 or fewer starts...Joined Dwight Gooden, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Sid Fernandez and Nolan Ryan...Was used as a pinch-hitter April 21 vs. Washington and doubled down the right-field line...It was the first hit recorded by a Mets pitcher as a pinch-hitter since Jonathon Niese tripled on May 16, 2011 vs. Florida...It was also the third extra-base hit by a Mets pitcher serving as a pinch-hitter...In addition to Wheeler and Niese, Dwight Gooden recorded an extra-base hit (a triple) on October 3, 1993 at Florida...That hit marked Wheeler's third double of his career.
Did not pitch at the major league level while recovering from Tommy John Surgery...Underwent a internal suture removal procedure on April 12...Made one major league rehabilitation start for St. Lucie (A) on August 6 vs. Bradenton...Worked 1.0 inning and allowed one unearned run while walking one batter.
Missed the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery...Surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery on March 24.
Set a career-high in innings pitched (185.1), wins (11), starts (32), and strikeouts (187), leading the Mets in the latter two categories...Threw a three-hit shutout in the Mets' 1-0 victory over the Marlins on June 19 at Marlins Park...It marked the first complete game of Wheeler's career...The last Mets pitcher to throw a shutout was Jonathon Niese against the Phillies on August 27, 2013 at Citi Field...R.A. Dickey was the last pitcher to throw a 1-0 shutout when he beat the Phillies on August 13, 2010 at Citi Field...Became the first Mets pitcher to follow a shutout with a start pitching two innings or less while allowing six earned runs or more since Jason Isringhausen did so in 1996...Isringhausen pitched a six-hit shutout against the Marlins on June 9, 1996, and then allowed six earned runs in 1.0 inning pitched against the Cardinals on June 14, 1996...At 24 years and 20 days old, became the youngest Mets pitcher to throw a 1-0 shutout since Dwight Gooden threw two of them in 1985 at age 20 years and 240 days old...Since 1997 the only Met as young as Wheeler to throw a shutout by any score was Jonathon Niese at age 23 on June 10, 2010 against the Padres in a 3-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader...The last Mets pitcher to throw a 1-0 shutout on the road was Al Leiter against the Expos on April 18, 2002 at Olympic Stadium...Wheeler became the youngest Met pitcher with a 1-0 shutout, allowing three hits or less since Jon Matlack on August 8, 1973 against the Dodgers (23 years old) and the third Met to face 28 batters or less in a complete game of at least 9.0 innings...The last pitcher to do it was Chris Capuano on July 26, 2011 at Citi Field against Atlanta...There have been seven other Mets pitchers to accomplish this, twice by Tom Seaver. Became the sixth starter in Mets history to have 180 or more strikeouts in a single season and less than 200.0 innings in a single season...The last Mets pitcher to accomplish the feat was Matt Harvey in 2013 (191 strikeouts, 178.1 innings)...Finished with 21 quality starts, tied for the team lead with Jonathon Niese...Over his final 16 starts of the season, dating to June 30, went 8-3 with a 2.71 ERA (29 earned runs/96.1 innings)...Went 10 consecutive starts without a loss from June 30-August 20, going 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA (15 earned runs/63.2 innings)...The streak was the longest in a single season by a Mets starter since Matt Harvey went 13 consecutive starts without a loss in 2013...Fanned a season high-tying 10 on August 15 vs. the Cubs at Citi Field, this third career double-digit strikeout game and second of the season...Also struck out 10 on April 25 vs. Miami...Fanned a career-best 12 on August 15, 2013 at San Diego...Went seven consecutive starts pitching at least 6.0 innings and allowing two runs or less...Went 4-0, posting a 1.59 ERA (eight earned runs/45.1 innings) during the stretch...It was the longest such single-season streak since Masato Yoshii went eight consecutive starts in 1999 (August 18-September 30)...Snapped a career-high four-game losing streak, dating to September 6, 2013, in his first win of the season on April 14 at Arizona...Finished the season with a 9.08 K/9 (187 strikeouts/185.1 innings), the sixth-highest among qualified NL pitchers...Struck out 187 batters total, 10th-most in the NL...After the All-Star break, struck out 9.58 batters per nine (82 strikeouts/77.0 innings), which ranked eighth-highest among all qualified starters, and one spot behind teammate Jacob deGrom (9.7)...Did not allow more than one home run in a start in his last 42 appearances dating to July 30, 2013, the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Detroit's Anibal Sanchez, who has not allowed more than one homer in his last 54 appearances...After allowing six home runs from August 15, 2013-June 19, 2014 (22 starts, 130.0 innings), Wheeler allowed nine homers in his final 17 starts from June 25-September 25, 2014 (98.1 innings)...Went a career-high 32.1 innings pitched without allowing a homer this season from April 9 to May 7, the second-longest homerless streak of his career...Finished the month of July 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA (six earned runs/32.1 innings) in five starts, the fourth-lowest ERA among qualified NL starters...It was his second consecutive July with zero losses...Is 6-0 in 10 July starts for his career...Went 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA (20 earned runs/84.2 innings) in his last 14 road starts, dating to May 29...Struck out 91 and walked 32 in those starts, while allowing 63 hits...Allowed one earned run or less in nine of those starts, and three earned runs or less in 13 of them...Finished the season 7-5 with a 3.09 ERA (40 earned runs/116.1 innings) on the road...Went 2-0 with a 1.11 ERA (four earned runs/32.1 innings) in five starts against the Marlins this season, allowing two earned runs or less in all five and one run or less in four of them...Threw a three-hit shutout notching eight strikeouts on June 19 in Miami to win, 1-0...Wheeler's 1.37 career ERA against Miami is his lowest against any team he has faced more than twice...Posted a 4.50 ERA (16 earned runs/32.0 innings) in the first inning and opposing batters hit .225 (27-120) with 11 walks and six home runs against him in the first frame...According to Fangraphs.com, averaged 95.0 mph with his fastball, the fifth-highest mark among qualified major league starters...Kansas City's Yordano Ventura was first at 97.0...Went 2-1 with a 6.87 ERA (14 earned runs/18.1 innings) in four starts against the American League, allowing four runs or more in three of those starts.
Made his major league debut on June 18 at Atlanta after beginning the year at Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Became the third pitcher in team history to earn a victory while throwing 6.0 or more shutout innings in his major league debut (June 18 at Atlanta)...Joining Masato Yoshii on April 5, 1998 vs. Pittsburgh and Dick Rusteck on June 10, 1966 vs. Cincinnati. Notched seven strikeouts in his debut to tie four others for the fifth-most in a major league debut in franchise history...Matt Harvey (11), Collin McHugh (9), Bill Denehy (8) and Tom Seaver (8) had more. Became the 31st pitcher since 1916 to not allow a run and strike out at least seven in his major league debut...Collin McHugh struck out nine in 7.0 shutout innings on August 23, 2012 in his debut against the Rockies at Citi Field...Four weeks earlier, Matt Harvey struck out 11 in 5.1 shutout innings in his debut on July 26, 2012 at Arizona. Among rookies, was tied for the 10th in the majors in wins...From his debut through the end of the season, Wheeler was tied for seventh in wins, was eighth in innings (100.0), tied for fifth in strikeouts (84) and was seventh in ERA (3.42). Won seven of his first 17 major league star s, tied for the seventh highest total in franchise history with Matt Harvey and Rick Aguilera...Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Octavio Dotel and Gary Gentry are tied for third with eight wins, Dillon Gee is second with nine and Jason Isringhausen is first with 10...The club also went 7-3 in his first 10 starts, tied for the most wins in a starter's first 10 appearances with Jason Isringhausen and Octavio Dotel in franchise history. In his first two starts, opposing batters were 0 for 19 with men on base against him, which matched the longest streak of hitless atbats with runners on base to start a career since 1977...For the season with men on, the opposition hit .208 (31-149). Allowed 14 hits in 81 at-bats with runners in scoring position (.173)...That mark was the third-best mark in the National League from June 18 through the end of the season...With runners in scoring position and two outs, he compiled a .128 (5-39) batting average against, which was the fifth-lowest total in the NL (minimum 39 at-bats against with runners in scoring position). Was the only NL pitcher with at least five July starts and no losses in the month, as he went 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA (nine earned runs/29.2 innings)...The Mets went 5-0 in his July starts. In nine starts away from Citi Field, he went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA (14 earned runs/54.1 innings)...He was only the second rookie in team history to win five consecutive road decisions in one season...Jerry Koosman won his first six road decisions in 1968. On July 30 at Miami took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before Ed Lucas singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh…His no-hit bid was the third-longest by a rookie in franchise history...Randy Tate went 7.1 innings against Montreal at Shea Stadium on August 4, 1975 (broken up by a Jim Lyttle single) and Dwight Gooden threw 7.0 hitless innings at Pittsburgh on June 6, 1984 (Doug Frobel single). Became the eighth rookie in team history to strikeout at least 12 in a game on August 15 at San Diego and the first since Dwight Gooden fanned 16 at Philadelphia on September 17, 1984...He became the 37th pitcher since 1916 and the fourth in franchise history to record 12 strikeouts in one of his first 11 career games...Dwight Gooden, Nolan Ryan and Dick Selma are the other Mets...He joined Pedro Martinez (April 4, 2005 at Cincinnati) and Nolan Ryan (August 31, 1971 at St. Louis) as the only pitchers in team history to notch 12 or more strikeouts in 6.0 innings or less. He allowed one home run over his last seven starts, a span of 43.0 innings...For the season, he compiled a 0.90 home runs/nine innings mark, giving up 10 total. Went 7-3 with a 2.98 ERA (28 earned runs/84.2 innings) in 14 starts against the National League...In comparison, went 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA (10 earned runs/15.1 innings) in interleague play. Surrendered no more than seven hits in each of his first 15 starts, the third-longest streak of its kind to begin a career for a Mets pitcher...Nolan Ryan (32 starts) and John Pacella (18) are the only others with longer streaks. Collected his first major league hit, single, on July 5 at Milwaukee...Notched his first major league RBI, July 10 at San Francisco. Made 13 starts for Las Vegas, going 4-2 and notching 73 strikeouts in 68.2 innings.
Spent the majority of the year with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League...Promoted to Buffalo (AAA) of theInternational League on August 1...Despite his promotion, finished tied for eighth in the EL in wins (10) and strikeouts(117)...He was ninth in ERA (3.26)...Named the eighth-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com...Travis d'Arnaud was sixth...Was the Sterling Award recipient at Binghamton...Led all Mets minor leaguers with 148 strikeouts and was tied for themost wins with 12...Posted a 4-0 record and a 2.00 ERA (six earned runs/27.0 innings) in four May starts...Allowed 13 hits, seven walk and30 strikeouts...Won six straight starts from April 29-June 7...Compiled a 1.59 ERA (seven earned run/39.2 innings)...Allowed 17 hits,seven walks and 43 strikeouts...Named to the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 11, but did not pitch...Selected to play in the Futures All-Star Game July 8 in Kansas City...Pitched 0.2 hitless innings for the United States teamin their 17-5 victory...While pitching for Binghamton, righthanded batters compiled a .188 (42-224) batting average against him...Struck out a season-high 11 batters in 6.2 innings in his last start vs. Harrisburg on July 31...Made his first start for Buffalo (AAA) on August 6 at Syracuse...Took a no-decision...Went 4.2 innings and allowed threehits, two runs, earned, with four walks...Struck out seven...Set back Rochester and Lehigh High Valley in his last two starts for the Bisons...In 12.0 innings, he gave up one earnedrun on five hits, with six walks and 12 strikeouts...On August 26, he pitched 7.0 shutout innings to defeat Rochester to earn his first Triple-A win.
Named to the California (A) League mid-season All-Star Game...Was 10th in the league with a .231 batting average against and fourth with 10.02 strikeouts per nine innings.
In his first year of professional baseball, he struck out 70 in 58.2 innings with Augusta (A) of the South Atlantic League...Was selected to pitch in Major League Baseball's Futures Game and earned a hold with a scoreless inning.