Not every high school can say that they have a professional sports player among their graduates. But that is one thing East Paulding High School can boast about!
|Zack Wheeler, starting pitcher for the New York Mets and East Paulding High School graduate|
Zack Wheeler graduated from East Paulding High School in 2009. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the 6th overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. Wheeler was traded in 2011 to the New York Mets, where he is currently a starting pitcher. He made his major league debut in a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2013 in Atlanta.
As a way of recognizing Wheeler’s tremendous success in the major leagues, East Paulding High School retired his Raiders baseball jersey at a ceremony on Saturday, January 17th. No one at East Paulding High School will ever wear #45 again.
While at East Paulding High School, Wheeler played both baseball and basketball. In four varsity seasons, Wheeler compiled a 95-36 record. In 2008, his junior year, he went 8-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 127 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings and was named AAAA Region Pitcher of the Year. In 2009, his senior year, Wheeler pitched in 13 games and finished 9-0 with a 0.54 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings. That year he was named the 2009 Gatorade High School Player of the Year for Georgia.