Zack Wheeler was born on May 30, 1990, in Smyrna, Georgia, and was raised by Barry and Elaine Wheeler in Dallas, Georgia.
Wheeler’s father played amateur baseball for 15 years, and his mother continued to play competitive softball after having children, even putting a playpen in the dugout for weekend tournaments.
Zack was the youngest of three brothers, who all played baseball as a kid. Jacob, his oldest brother, retired from sports after a series of operations for supraventricular tachycardia, while Adam, his middle brother, was a minor league pitcher in the New York Yankees farm system until he tore his glenoid labrum.
Wheeler, on the other hand, elected to sign with the Giants on August 17, 2009, a deal that included a $3.3 million signing bonus.
On January 11, 2017, Wheeler avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Mets. On April 8, he made his first big league start in nearly two years, pitching only four innings against the Miami Marlins, giving five runs and six hits.
Wheeler signed a five-year, $118 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on December 9, 2019. On July 25, 2020, just a week after the birth of his son Wesley, he made his club debut with a 7–1 triumph over the Miami Marlins. In 2022, Wheeler’s base is being paid $26,000,000, with a total income of $26,000,000.