Wheeler is a power pitcher with tons of potential. He averages around 95 mph on his fastball from a high 3/4 arm slot. His ball gets some run and can be tough to square up. The right-hander owns an excellent 1 to 7 curveball that misses bats and collects strikeouts. Wheeler throws a short slider with very little depth that needs work. Zack’s fourth pitch is a changeup that gets good sink and run. Wheeler is tall and gets plenty of whip action with his arm. He currently struggles with his control but should be able to improve that as he ages. Sometimes it looks like he has the mechanics of a 15-year-old kid. Wheeler reminds me of AJ Burnett, which isn’t a good thing.
Wheeler was the 6th overall pick out of high school in 2009, selected by the San Francisco Giants. The Mets acquired him in trade for Carlos Beltran at the July deadline in 2011. Wheeler made his MLB debut as the starting pitcher in Game 2 of a doubleheader that featured Matt Harvey as the Game 1 starter. Both Wheeler and Harvey earned Wins that day in Atlanta, ushering in a new era of Mets baseball. 1/13/15 CSJ
- fastball (92-98)
- curve (77-83)
- slider (87-93)
- changeup (85-91)