AAA Opening Night: Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud Beastly; Zack Wheeler Wild

AAA: Las Vegas 51s 10, Sacramento River Cats 5

Flores ST Stance (Baron)2B Wilmer Flores, in his first game in AAA as a 21-year old, was 3-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a sacrifice fly to the wall. One of his singles was a fastball away that he stroked crisply through the right side in a really mature piece of hitting.

C Travis d’Arnaud, in his first official game as a Met, was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, and two walks.

Zack Wheeler was throwing hard, because that’s what he does, but his command, on a cool California night after a rainy day, was lacking: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. He threw 51 of his 86 pitches (59%) for strikes. He was sitting 95ish, which is nice. I only caught a little of Wheeler’s outing (after all, it wasn’t very long) and I saw him snap off a few good sliders, and then miss with others. Look, it’s not just money and service time keeping him from the Mets’ big league roster. He still has to improve his command.

It’s fun to stay up late for games and all, but making it to the end of every 51s game at 1 am on school nights is going to be neigh impossible.

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