NEW YORK -- In the nearly 11 months since the Mets acquired him in exchange for Carlos Beltran, Zack Wheeler has transformed himself from a promising young talent to one of the preeminent pitching prospects in baseball.
It's time for him to showcase that skill set to the world.
Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores will represent the Mets at next month's Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, providing glimpses into the organization's rapidly improving Minor League system.
The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Wheeler, 22, is 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA in his debut season at Double-A Binghamton, establishing himself as one of the top starting pitching prospects in all of baseball -- despite playing against mostly older competition. MLB.com slotted him 22nd amongst all prospects prior to this season, ahead of much-hyped Mets teammates Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia.
In the Futures Game, Wheeler will share a U.S. dugout with blue-chip pitching prospects such as Trevor Bauer of the D-backs, Dylan Bundy of the Orioles and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates.
Joining Wheeler in Kansas City will be Flores, now in his fifth Minor League season, but still just 20 years old. Also a Futures Game participant in 2009, Flores recently earned a promotion to Binghamton after breaking out at Class A Advanced St. Lucie, hitting .289 with 10 home runs in 64 games. MLB.com ranked him the Mets' sixth-best prospect and the 10th-best third-base prospect in baseball prior to this season, according to MLB.com.
Flores will share an infield with World team members including Francisco Lindor of the Indians, Jurickson Profar of the Rangers and Jean Segura of the Angels.
Harvey and third baseman Jefry Marte represented the Mets at last year's Futures Game in Phoenix.