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?