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There was once a time where Zack Wheeler was the hottest pitching prospect in baseball.
The Mets seemingly fleeced the Giants for Wheeler for half a season of Carlos Beltran and he joined a Mets system absolutely loaded with pitching talent.
Eight years and one UCL tear later and a lot has changed.
After several injury-plagued seasons, Wheeler finally seemed to get every together in 2018. Pitching to a 3.31 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 29 starts, he looked dominant down the stretch. He also led the league in giving up the lowest percentage of hard-hit balls at 24.6 percent. He looked like one of the better pitchers in the MLB and it's continued into spring training this season.
Wheeler is currently ranked as the 26th starting pitcher and 112th overall player in fantasy on ESPN, which means you could probably snag him around the 11th or 12th round. Given his upside right now, he's firmly in sleeper territory. Wheeler could finally make the jump to become the pitcher the Giants thought he would be when they drafted him sixth overall. That's Top 10 value available outside the Top 100.
He's also getting hype from a pretty knowledgeable source.
If Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez believes in Zack Wheeler, there's no reason we shouldn't.
Now don't overdraft Wheeler just because he's positioned to have a great year in 2018, but just make sure you're ready to take the Mets starter when the 10th round rolls around. It might just win you your fantasy league.
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