Barbara Barker of Newsday caught up with Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson who had some nice things to say about Zack Wheeler, but also pointed out what the young right-hander’s main problem is.
“You’ve got to like his arm,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “He has a good fastball and breaking stuff. But it’s command. It’s always going to be command up here. No matter how hard you throw, you have to locate. That’s been a little bit of his problem.”
“It’s unfair to compare anyone to Harvey,” he said. “He’s exceptional. He’s got the stuff and he has command. This kid has the stuff. He just doesn’t have his location down pat.”
A couple of the Nats players also weighed in on Wheeler including Adam LaRoche who crushed one of his fastballs for a second-deck home run. He thought the comparisons to Matt Harvey are unfair and unfounded. LaRoche says Harvey is the best pitcher he’s ever faced in his career.
Ryan Zimmerman offered this advice for Wheeler:
“He had trou