Saturday, March 23, 2013
Scouts again wowed by Zack Wheeler
By Adam Rubin
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.
Zack Wheeler pitches during Saturday's minor league intrasquad game.
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.