Upper Minors Thursday: Zack Wheeler’s Third Start

AAA: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 2 

Zack Wheeler’s third AAA start: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He was in the strike zone all afternoon, but his fastball command, was spotty. Sure, some of the hits, including a two-run bloop over shortstop, and a double over Lucas Duda’s head in rightfield might have been caught by more proficient defenders, but the ‘Pigs were still able to put Wheeler’s stuff in play. His velocity – at 94-95 mph – much of the game was fine, and there was still plenty of movement on his fastball. He was just hurt by location.

Bisons’ manager Wally Backman told Bisons.com after the game,

“His velocity was there. Everything was there. He just didn’t have good command today, and good command is key. Those guys were swinging early, and they hurt him (by) swinging early in the count.”

Duda, who’s hitting .262/.319/.400 in 17 games in AAA still looks like Lucas Duda playing leftfield.

AA: @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Binghamton Mets 2

Reese Havens sat gain while 21-year old Wilmer Flores (.297/.343/.434 – 48 games) played second again, going 1-for-4 with a walk.

Greg Peavey took the relatively unusual complete game loss: 8 IP, 9 h, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR – 5.41 ERA.




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