NEW YORK (WFAN) – Mets fans will get a glimpse of the future next month when right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop/third baseman Wilmer Flores take part in the MLB All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
20-year-old Flores, a native of Venezuela, was signed as an international free agent by the Mets in 2007. This experience won’t be new to the infielder, as he previously participated in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game. The six-foot-three, 190-pounder recently was promoted to Double-A Binghamton, but prior to that he excelled with Class A Advanced St. Lucie. In 64 games in the Florida State League, Flores batted .289 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs.
Wheeler, who has quickly established himself as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acquired the 22-year-old Georgia native from the Giants last season in a deal for Carlos Beltran.
The six-foot-four, 185-pounder has been dominant for Double-A Binghamton this season, going 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 starts. He also has recorded an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio, fanning 73 and walking 29 in 71 2/3 innings pitched.
Right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey and third baseman Jefry Marte represented the Amazins’ at last year’s Futures Game.
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