Wheeler Placed On Baseball America’s Hot Sheet
One of, if not the, most respected baseball magazine has added Tulsa Drillers centerfielder to its Hot Sheet for the week of July 1 through July 8. Baseball America is widely known as being the Holy Grail for those who seek baseball knowledge. The magazine reports from high school baseball, to the major leagues and anything in between.
Baseball America publishes a weekly report ranking the top minor league players from the previous week in their eyes. The rankings are determined not only be statistical information the players produce over the week but also how Baseball America ranks them as a future MLB prospect.
The magazine had this to say about Wheeler:
Wheeler’s breakout season keeps rolling. The 2009 first-round pick out of Sacramento State hit .252/.338/.383 with 17 home runs in his first season and a half, and this year his power outburst has produced one of the best offensive seasons in the minors. Wheeler has 22 homers in 82 games, with a .316/.398/.602 line that gives him a pretty 1.000 OPS. He has always had plus raw power, but there were questions about how usable it would be. Wheeler is answering those questions with a home run total that ties him for fourth in the minors, just three behind minor league leader Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks.
Wheeler increased his Texas League home run total Thursday night against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Not only did he hit two home runs on Thursday, Wheeler showed his power to all fields as his home run to left field was an impressive display of opposite field power.
Baseball America writer J.J. Cooper talked about the centerfielder earlier Friday in an open chat session with fans, “I did a personal Top 100 before we put together out Top 50 and I had him at No. 53 on that list. If he keeps this up over the second half of the season he’s a sure-fire Top 100 Prospect next February.”