Zachary Harrison Wheeler is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the United States. He was a member of the New York Mets from 2013 to 2019.
How Old Is Zack Wheeler?
Zack Wheeler was born on May 30, 1990. He is 31 years old
Wheeler was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to a baseball-playing family, but relocated to Dallas, Georgia, soon before starting high school.
He pitched for East Paulding High School, where he led the team to a state tournament appearance in 2009 and threw a no-hitter against Mill Creek.
Wheeler was taken sixth overall in the 2009 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, and he chose to sign with them over his previous collegiate baseball commitment to Kennesaw State.
Wheeler spent 2010 and 2011 with the Giants’ minor league affiliates before being traded to the Mets in July 2011.
Wheeler advanced through the Mets’ farm system after the trade, making his main league debut in 2013.
Wheeler’s progress came to a halt after he tore his ulnar collateral ligament during spring training in 2015, although his performance in 2013 and 2014 was regarded as a highlight of the Mets’ generally poor seasons.
Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery for the injury and was anticipated to return to the mound by the middle of the 2016 season, but a series of setbacks during the rehabilitation process delayed his comeback until 2017.
Wheeler returned to form with the Mets in 2018, posting career highs in strikeouts and innings pitched after being restricted by injury in 2017.
After becoming a free agency at the end of the 2019 season, he signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in December of that year.
Wheeler was sidelined for a portion of the truncated 2020 season due to a fingernail injury, but he came back strong in 2021, becoming only the third pitcher in franchise history to strike out 10 or more hitters in three consecutive starts.