Wheeler with the Boston Red Sox
December 10, 1977 |
Providence, Rhode Island
|September 1, 1999, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 13, 2012, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||3.98|
Wheeler attended Pilgrim High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He was drafted in the 1996 Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of Central Arizona College. After the Devil Rays, he played for the New York Mets, who traded him to the Houston Astros for minor leaguer Adam Seuss in 2004.
On October 19, 2005 during the National League Championship Series he recorded the last out at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, a fly ball which was caught by Astro Jason Lane in right field off the bat of Yadier Molina. He played on Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball Classic in the offseason.
On July 28, 2007, Wheeler was traded back to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for third baseman Ty Wigginton.
He is one of four pitchers who have pitched in at least 70 games each of the four seasons from 2004 to 08, the others being Scott Schoeneweis (who has done so for five seasons), Bob Howry, and Chad Qualls.
Wheeler was a non-roster invitee with the Cleveland Indians in 2012. He was added to the opening day roster on April 4, 2012. He struggled early, however, with an 8.76 ERA in 12 games. Wheeler was designated for assignment immediately following the game on May 13, 2012, against the Boston Red Sox in which he gave up six earned runs in one inning. After clearing waivers, Wheeler was outrighted to the triple-A Columbus Clippers on May 16, 2012. He appeared in 36 games for Columbus, posting a 3-3 record and a 2.32 ERA. On October 6, 2012 Wheeler elected free agency.
Wheeler retired in February 2014.
Dan Wheeler is married to long time Rays play-by-play broadcaster Dewayne Staats' daughter Stephanie, further deepening his roots to the St. Petersburg based ball club.