Standing between the Bradenton Marauders and elimination is one of the best prospects in baseball and the centerpiece to one of this season's biggest trades.
Zack Wheeler goes for the St. Lucie Mets in Game 2 of tonight's South Division Championship Series at Digital Domain Park. The Mets beat the Marauders 4-2 on Tuesday in Game 1 and lead the best-of-three series 1-0.
Wheeler, 21, was the San Francisco Giants' first pick in 2009. Ranked the 55th-best prospect by Baseball America, Wheeler was dealt to the New York Mets at the trade deadline in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Wheeler went 2-2 in six starts with St. Lucie but recorded a 2.00 ERA, allowing six earned runs and striking out 31 in 27 innings and walking five. He was 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two starts this year against the Marauders.
Prior to the trade, Wheeler went 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA with the Giants' high Single-A affiliate in San Jose.
"The advantage he has is his overall stuff," Mets manager Pedro Lopez told tcpalm.com. "Whenever you have a guy with that kind of repertoire, it'll make it difficult for any club."
The Marauders will counter with Brett Lorin, who went 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA en route to making the FSL South's All-Star team.
First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.