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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Scouts again wowed by Zack Wheeler

By Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
Zack Wheeler pitches during Saturday's minor league intrasquad game.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.

Wheeler was pumping fastballs with a smooth delivery at 96-98 mph, and also was flashing a curveball, slider and an occasional changeup.

"He's got four pitches," one scout observed.

Added another: "And they're all plus, plus, plus, plus."

"So effortless," a third scout said about Wheeler's delivery.

Those with a trained eye who watched Saturday concluded Wheeler is a definite No. 1 starter and ready now, although he is slated to start at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"He's really good ... and we're not getting him," one scout said with a laugh, noting the Mets would never trade the future ace.

About the only thing Wheeler didn't do well Saturday was bunt. Facing Erik Goeddel, Wheeler bunted into a double play.