Getty Images, USA Today SportsZack Wheeler (right) joins Matt Harvey (left) in the Mets rotation on Tuesday.
Both players, Zack Wheeler and Wil Myers, are highly-touted prospects from the 2009 draft class and both will make their debuts in day-night doubleheaders.
On July 28, 2011, the New York Mets traded outfielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for Wheeler, a minor-league pitching prospect who was the sixth overall pick in 2009. (Wheeler will start the second game of the Mets doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.)
The only players from the 2009 draft class taken higher than Wheeler who have already reached the major leagues are Stephen Strasburg (No. 1 overall pick) and Dustin Ackley (No. 2 pick).
In 38 Double-A and Triple-A starts for the Mets, Wheeler went 16-10 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Wheeler has been pitching better of late after a shaky start.
In his first five starts, Wheeler’s ERA was 5.70 with 15 walks in 23 ⅔ innings pitched. In his last eight starts, Wheeler has a 2.98 ERA and has walked just 12 batters in 45 ⅓ innings.
Wheeler will be trying to accomplish a first for a big-league newcomer:
Visiting starters are 0-7 with three no-decisions when making their major-league debut at Turner Field. In fact, none of the 27 visiting relievers who made their major-league debut won there either.
Myers was acquired in the offseason by the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals.
In 2012 and 2013, Myers has played 163 Triple-A games for the Omaha Storm Chasers and Durham Bulls. He hit .297 with 38 home runs, 136 RBI, and had a .910 OPS.
He also struck out 169 times. However, Myers’ strikeout rate has dropped and the rest of his numbers have increased recently.
In his first 41 games this season, Myers hit .244 with four home runs, and struck out 51 times in 185 plate appearances (27 percent). In his last 23 games, Myers is hitting .354 (with a 1.145 OPS) with 10 home runs and his strikeout rate is just under 20 percent.
Myers has the potential to do something only done once previously in Rays history -- get a base hit in the first game of his career, with that game played at Fenway Park. Only Brent Abernathy in 2001 was able to accomplish that feat.
If Myers happens to hit a homer, he would be the first opposing player to homer at Fenway Park in his MLB debut since Brent Abernathy in 2001.