It difficult not to get caught up in the short sample sizes of spring training, but Zack Wheeler continued his thus far impressive campaign yesterday against the Atlanta Braves. Wheeler pitched three innings for the second time this spring. Although Sunday's outing was not as economical as his first (50 pitches vs. 40 pitches), Wheeler is yet to give up a run this spring. More importantly, he hasn't hurt himself, walking just one batter to date.
This was an area of concern in Wheeler's freshman campaign, with 4.1 walks per nine innings pitched. He was often able to limit the damage last year, but a high number of walks will eventually catch up to him. The Mets would like to see Wheeler improve his command in 2014, as there is no denying his arsenal of pitches. Wheeler will have the hype to himself for the first half of the season, with Matt Harvey out of the lineup and Noah Syndergaard awaiting promotion. That will be his time to shine. So far..so good!