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04:39 PM ET 05.13 | Currently sitting at 14-20, good for fourth in the National League East, the New York Mets could use a shot in the arm -- one that top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler could potentially deliver. And he might, but it won't be for another month at the minimum, this according to a source close to the Mets organization. Wheeler, who was the key piece acquired from the San Francisco Giants in a 2011 trade for Carlos Beltran, has struggled at times with his command, but is still widely considered one of the best prospects in baseball - ranked as high as eighth by MLB.com earlier this year. There's no doubt the Mets could use his electric arm and use it right now, but thanks to his arbitrational clock, it's going to be a waiting game.

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May 14, 2013  06:37 AM ET

He has a 3.74 ERA with a 1.338 WHIP in the minors. Why would you bring him up now to be shelled in the majors?

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May 14, 2013  07:44 AM ET
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He has a 3.74 ERA with a 1.338 WHIP in the minors. Why would you bring him up now to be shelled in the majors?

Meet the Mets.

May 14, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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He has a 3.74 ERA with a 1.338 WHIP in the minors. Why would you bring him up now to be shelled in the majors?

Exactly.

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May 14, 2013  05:58 PM ET
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Also you need to consider he is pitching in the Pacific Coast League - known for having inflated offensive numbers.

That's good news because the Cardinals have several pitchers in that league with sub 2.00 ERAs and sub 1.000 WHIP.

They are taking their time with this kid, why not? The Mets aren't going anywhere this year. Harvey is an outlier. Most pitchers see their numbers suffer when promoted to the major leagues.

May 14, 2013  06:43 PM ET

He's got arm trouble!!!

May 14, 2013  07:52 PM ET
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He has a 3.74 ERA with a 1.338 WHIP in the minors. Why would you bring him up now to be shelled in the majors?

Some guys just get bored pitching in AAA....it's either you have it or you don't......stats don't mean doodly squat.....

May 14, 2013  08:08 PM ET
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Mets need hitters badly. Ellsbury?

That would be nice.....

May 14, 2013  08:31 PM ET
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That's good news because the Cardinals have several pitchers in that league with sub 2.00 ERAs and sub 1.000 WHIP. They are taking their time with this kid, why not? The Mets aren't going anywhere this year. Harvey is an outlier. Most pitchers see their numbers suffer when promoted to the major leagues.

Only see 2 Whiting and Wacha....so several is pushing it a bit no...they also have quite a few in the high 4 ERA to high 7 ERA........

 
May 14, 2013  10:45 PM ET
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Only see 2 Whiting and Wacha....so several is pushing it a bit no...they also have quite a few in the high 4 ERA to high 7 ERA........

You're right Gast had a whip of 1.06 and he got called up so he doesn't count.

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