In game one of a double-header against the Syracuse Chiefs, New York Mets prospect Zack Wheeler made his Triple-A debut for the Buffalo Bisons. As is the case with most young pitchers, control seemed to be an issue for Wheeler who walked 4 batters while throwing 61 of his 101 pitches for strikes. The high pitch count limited the 22-year-old to just 4 2/3 innings of work but Wheeler still managed to show why fans in Queens are so excited for his eventual arrival as the franchises #1 pitching prospect tallied seven strikeouts in the short outing.
Wheeler,who reportedly had his fastball clocked regularly at 93-96 mph, left with the Bisons up by a score of 3-2, but the team would eventually fall to Syracuse, leaving the youngster with a no-decision in his debut.
I didn’t get to watch the game but according to ESPN New York’s Mike Mazzeo, Wheeler “was dominant for much of his Triple-A debut.” At one point Zack struck out four straight batters and while it seems likely that Buffalo will be his final stop for 2012, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make one start with the big league club before the season is over. Fans in New York seem supportive of their young prospects and most, with their eyes to the future, had nothing but good things to say to Wheeler on Twitter…..to which he replied.
To read some of Wheeler’s comments about the outing be sure to check out Mike Waters article for the Post-Standard (click here).
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