ESPN — Zack Wheeler had the most pitches per plate appearance among qualified pitchers in the National League last season at 4.17. His first Grapefruit League attempt to refine his control went poorly.
After a perfect, 10-pitch first inning, Wheeler hit a wall in the second. He hit two batters, walked two others and threw 37 pitches in the frame before Terry Collins pulled him with two outs and the bases loaded. Prospect Chasen Bradford allowed all three inherited runners to score, so Wheeler was charged with six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings
Yeeeeeeeah this one was tough to watch. I know, I know. It was his first outing and I’m overreacting and blah blah blah, but he had control issues last year. That was the biggest problem, even with his really good second half. It would have been cool if he had a deGrom or Harvey-like first start…
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