Feb 23, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (65) throws in the third inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Is Mets Pitcher Zack Wheeler the Real Deal?

The Mets 22-year-old pitching phenom, Zack Wheeler, made his much-hyped Grapefruit league debut Saturday afternoon, in the third inning, against the Washington Nationals.

Wheeler started off a little shaky, running off of adrenaline, walking the first batter he faced and having a little trouble with his command throwing a wild pitch to Bryce Harper. But then he settled down. And what we witnessed was impressive.

The pitcher regrouped then struck out Tyler Moore and Chad Tracy. His fastball topped off at 96 mph. His slider still needs some obvious work, but he did a nice job in his debut. Wheeler threw 30 pitches, 19 of them were for strikes, during two shutout innings. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered one hit.

The 22-year-old definitely has the tools to be a good pitcher, making the Mets’ decision to add the young pitcher to the rotation a bit more difficult. The Mets don’t want to rush Wheeler to the big leagues, but will continue to watch Wheeler and his progress. But so far so good.

Will Wheeler be playing Triple-A ball, or will the Mets add him to their lineup?

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  • Rich Diaz

    There may not be much of a choice: pitchers like Islanders defense nonexistent

    Or they’ll trade him for another Jason Bay like character.

    Keep at it, JP. Ill have something for you come reg season. And if ur at citified holla. Ill be the dude crying in his beer as the mets find a way to break my heart yet again. Ha!

    • Jonathan Peralta

      I hope they don’t! What they need to do, though, is address their outfield! And I will definitely look for you haha

      • Rich Diaz

        Start spreading the news, Wheeler’s leaving today. Out with muscle pull. Oblique strain to be exact. And how befitting a word… OBLIQUE, as

        in neither parallel nor at a right angle to a specified or implied line; slanting: EX> we sat on the settee oblique to the fireplace.

        Ppppppreeetty much foreshadows and summarizes equally the Mets organization: Slanted; A bit off. Not on a straight line or, say, direction.

        But, I love em. Peaceth