Found May 05, 2013 on Mets360.com:
Mets prized right-handed pitching prospect Zack Wheeler has had some trouble early this season. Wheeler is currently pitching at Triple-A Las Vegas and it’s a bit of a concern to see the Mets prospect struggle at the level that supposed to get him ready for the Majors. However, just because he’s had a bad start to the season doesn’t mean he’s going to be a bust. Wheeler has been doing what he’s known for doing — getting strikeouts. He has posted a 10.80 K/9 this season. However, it’s Wheeler’s control that has been a concern, as he has a 4.80 BB/9. This isn’t exactly surprising high strikeout pitchers, who tend to have higher walk rates because they’re trying to get hitters to chase outside the zone. There are a number of potential reasons why Wheeler is having trouble with walks. One reason could be his below-average LOB percentage of 66.2%, indicating that maybe he has some anxiety when guys get on base and then starts giving up walks. Another factor could be the environment. Th...
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