Zack Wheeler is a professional baseball pitcher from Smyrna, Georgia who played for the Philadelphia Phillies. Moreover, Zack Wheeler also played in MLB for the New York Mets between 2013 and 2019.
Table of Biography
Zack Wheeler was born in Smyrna, Georgia, the United States on May 30, 1990. His zodiac sign is Gemini by birth and he is currently 31 years old as of 2021. Moreover, his real birth name is Zachary Harrison Wheeler. Additionally, he holds American nationality by birth and follows the Christian religion but his ethnic background is not available.
His father Barry Wheeler was a 15-year amateur baseball player while his mother Elaine Wheeler was a competitive softball player long after he was born. Moreover, his parents moved to Dallas, Georgia from Smyrna, Georgia when he was 13 years old. Additionally, he has two elder brothers Jacob Newman and Adam Newman who also grew up playing baseball.
Zack Wheeler studied at the East Paulding High School and finished his school education. Moreover, he also played basketball and baseball for the East Paulding High School.
Zack Wheeler posted an 8–3 win-loss record, with a 1.31 earned run average (ERA) and 127 strikeouts during his junior year in 2008. Moreover, he was named the Georgia High School Association 4A Region Pitcher of the Year. After that, he set a school record with 149 strikeouts in 76 innings the following season. During his senior year, he had a batting average of .280 as a designated hitter. He pitched his first no-hitter against Mill Creek High School during the second round of the 2009 Class 5A state playoffs.
Moreover, East Paulding retired his No. 45 jersey in 2015. At the 2009 MLB Draft, the San Francisco Giants picked him in the first round and the sixth overall. During that time, he had committed to playing college baseball at Kennesaw State. On August 17, 2009, he decided to sign with the Giants who offered him a $3.3 million signing bonus.
After that, he was sent to the South Atlantic League’s Class A Augusta GreenJackets to begin the 2010 season. Early in the season, he was listed on the injured list with a fingernail injury on his pitching hand’s middle finger. Moreover, he was sent to San Francisco to see the team’s hand specialist after six weeks without play.
Later, he returned to the GreenJackets before re-entering the starting rotation. He posted a 3–3 record and a 3.99 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 21 games with Augusta. Moreover, he also appeared at the 2010 All-Star Futures Game in Anaheim, California. Baseball America named him the number two prospect in the Giants organization prior to the 2011 season. Additionally, he also appeared in the 2011 California League All-Star Games.
New York Mets
The San Francisco Giants traded him to the New York Mets in exchange for veteran Carlos Beltran on July 28, 2011. Moreover, he spent the remainder of the season with the Class A St Lucie Mets. In a 1–0 victory over the Erie SeaWolves on July 14, 2012, he threw his first professional complete-game shutout. The Mets promoted him to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons after he struck out 11 batters in a game against the Harrisburg Senators. On June 18, 2013, he made his major league debut and pitched six shutout innings in the second game against Atlanta Braves. Moreover, he recorded seven strikeouts and gave up four hits in the 6–1 victory.
After that, he struck out a career-high 12 batters in a 4–1 win over the San Diego Padres two months later. Moreover, he became the youngest Mets pitcher to record at least 12 strikeouts in a game since Doc Gooden. However, the Mets shut him down after he experienced shoulder stiffness in his final start. He pitched a complete-game shutout against the Miami Marlins on June 19, 2014. However, the Mets announced that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during spring training on March 16, 2015. Moreover, he played for the Mets from 2017 to 2019.
He signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies for five years worth $118 million US dollars on December 9, 2019. Additionally, he made his debut with a 7–1 victory against the Miami Marlins on July 25, 2020. Moreover, he finished the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with a 4–2 record and 2.92 ERA in 11 games and 71 innings. For the 2021 season, he returned to the Phillies and struck out 10 batters in 7 innings in the first game. Moreover, he became the third pitcher in Phillies history to strike out 10 or more batters in three consecutive starts after he struck out a career-high 14 batters.
Achievements and Net Worth
Baseball America named Zack Wheeler the number two prospect in the Giants organization before the 2011 season. In 2021, he received his first MLB All-Star Game selection and became the NL strikeout leader. Moreover, he has been nominated for the Cy Young awards and MVP award with his teammate Bryce Harper.
Zack Wheeler has garnered a huge amount of money as a professional baseball player. According to online sources, his estimated net worth is around $50 million to $60 million US dollars as a professional baseball player.
Zack Wheeler is married to a woman named Dominique Wheeler. Moreover, the couple has a son named Wesley Wheeler. His son was born shortly before the start of the pandemic-shortened 2020 MLB season on July 20, 2020.
Talking about his rumors and controversy, he’s not a part of them until now. Moreover, he is focusing on his personal life and keeps improving his pitching skills rather than involving in any kind of rumors and controversies.
Body Measurement and Social media
Zack Wheeler has brown eyes and black hair with a height of 6 feet 4 inches. Besides that, there is no further information about Wheeler’s other body measurements and his weight.
Zack Wheeler is pretty active on social media platforms like Instagram. His account @wheelerpro45 has over 37 thousand followers but he has kept his account private. Besides that, Wheeler is not available on other social media platforms.