Saturday, April 14, 2012

Zack Wheeler Impresses In Second AA Start

The Mets decision to assign arguably their best prospect, Zack Wheeler, to Double-A Binghamton was one fans should keep their eye on. Its part of the progression. The same progression that Matt Harvey took last season, which was a short stop on the way to Triple-A Buffalo to start this season and with all probability, the Mets later this year. So how has Wheeler fared thus far?

The 22 year old gun slinger admittedly struggled in his first outing last week, going only three innings, while allowing four hits and two runs. The results last night, much better! Wheeler toed the rubber for six innings, allowing five hits, but only one run on the way to striking out nine. This latest appearance lowered his ERA to 3.00.

The most noticeable thing to take away from this start was the fact that he walked no one. One of the knocks on the youngster when he was traded from the Giants last season in exchange for Carlos Beltran was that he needed to improve his command. His strike out to walk ratio improved from 2010 to 2011, and has improved again in 2012 thus far. Good news for sure Mets fans!