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Zack Wheeler now one step away

A year after being traded for an All-Star, he's on the verge of the bigs

Updated: August 6, 2012, 8:40 AM ET
By Teddy Mitrosilis | ESPN.com

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- A couple hours before Carlos Beltran would play right field and bat cleanup in St. Louis, another game in a big league career long on accomplishment, Zack Wheeler kept running and touching cones. From the left-field foul line to the first one and back. To the second, a little deeper into the outfield grass, and back. To the third and back, Wheeler ran hard amid the humidity, his damp workout shirt flopping freely outside of his baseball pants. He did this many times.

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