Zack Wheeler made two starts in the last seven days after missing a start with a sore shoulder. He returned in Iowa and lasted five innings, walking two and striking out two. In his subsequent start at hom against Salt Lake, he allowed five runs, three earned on three walks, four hits and two homers in four innings.
His combined line in his last two starts: 9 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 HR, 1 HBP, 5 BB, 6 K. It’s the PCL and all, but that’s not good. It’s not the kind of thing that says, “Hey, this top prospect is ready for the big leagues.” And that’s fine. He was coming off a down period. In Iowa, he threw like one slider in the first inning, and did not use his curveball until the second inning.
And yet, as quoted by Andy Martino in the Daily News, a Mets person said Wheeler was “ready.”
Howard Megdal uses Kevin Gausman’s MLB debut to remind everyone that most pitching prospects do struggle and thus, “it is important to temper expectations when [Wheeler] gets here.”
Also, the New York Post claimed Wheeler big-timed a Las Vegas reporter. That surely could have been handled better.