Zack Wheeler enjoying the tweet life
The Mets' top four pitching prospects are all present and accounted for after Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia arrived Monday at the team's spring training complex.
Wheeler, the top-rated pitching prospect in the organization, already is becoming one of the most popular Mets on Twitter even though he hasn't advanced above Class A St. Lucie.
"I just like what people have to say about stuff," said Wheeler, who as @wheelerpro45 currently has 9,429 followers. "I just like the reactions, so I just try to get people riled up. It's funny."
Despite an active Twitter life, Wheeler did have time to squeeze in some work this offseason on his changeup, which he called his best pitch, to go along with a fastball, slider and curve. As for the pressure of being part of what is billed as the Mets' next generation of young pitching stars, Wheeler shrugged.
"It might be pressure to some other people, but not me," he said. "I haven't always been good. So I think not always being good has sort of made me humble and fortunate for what I have right now. I'm just trying to pursue that and do the best I can."
As for Mejia, he's still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery but will try to throw off a mound in the near future. Mejia was on the list of pitchers scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday but could be pushed back until later in camp. When he might return to game action is almost impossible to predict at this point.
"I have to take it slow,'' Mejia said, "and that's hard."