In the Star-Ledger, Jorge Castillo looks at 15-year-old Zack Wheeler who could not make the East Cobb travel team and his conversations with his brother and family that led up to his MLB debut.
At Minorleagueball, John Sickels named Zack Wheeler his “Prospect of the Day.” His conclusion: “Overall, even if he doesn’t get there right away, Wheeler projects as a number two starter.” Here’s the thing: if Wheeler reaches his full potential, he’s a #1, a legitimate ace – his fastball, slider and curve are that good. There’s nothing wrong with a good #2 and that might be his middle of the road projection, and that’s a marvelous thing.
At NorthJersey.com, Mike Kerwick focuses on Steve Kline, Wheeler’s former pitching coach advice, for his debut: “Don’t look up.”
At ESPN.com, Mark Simon has this ominous fact among many other fun ones: “Visiting starters are 0-7 with three no-decisions when making their major league debut at Turner Field.”
Last week, at the Daily News, Andy Martino wrote about difficulty his coaches and teammates have had trying to understand the naturally quiet, reserved Wheeler. Here’s the important part: the arm is special.
At MLB.com, Anthony DiComo has a chart of other important, Mets pitching prospect debuts.