Ralph Norman Wheeler
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lbs.
- School University of Houston
Infielder Rocket Wheeler was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1977 amateur draft. He hit .312 for the Florence Blue Jays with a career-high 8 home runs in 1982, his final season as a player. A shortstop, he was known for his scrappiness, aggressive baserunning and capacity to use every drop of his playing talent.
Wheeler started 1985 as a coach for the Kinston Blue Jays, then began his managerial career with the GCL Blue Jays. He was a coach for the Syracuse Chiefs in 1986 and Myrtle Beach Blue Jays in 1987. He managed the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in 1988 and 1989, going a combined 35-104 in the 2 years including the worst record in Pioneer League history in 1988 (12-58). He next was the hitting coach for the Syracuse Chiefs in 1990-1993 and Dunedin Blue Jays in 1994. Wheeler managed the GCL Blue Jays in 1995, moved up to the St. Catharines Stompers in 1996-1997, the Dunedin Blue Jays in 1998-1999, and the Tennessee Smokies in 2000-2002. Wheeler managed the Rome Braves 2003-2005. He then became the manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from 2006 to 2010. In 2011, he managed the Mississippi Braves and in 2012 the GCL Braves.