Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 6/11/13
Sandy Alderson was tasked with making a difficult decision last winter: Depart with the organization’s number one pitching prospect in Zack Wheeler or look to retain him to be part of the team’s long-term future. As Wheeler readies to make his major league debut next week in Atlanta against Justin Upton’s Braves, the question should be reevaluated more closely. The 23-year-old Wheeler has been dubbed the right-handed Clayton Kershaw by some scouts, but to make the comparison between the two pitchers is unfair. Kershaw cracked the Los Angeles’ Dodgers during his age 20 season and won a Cy Young Award during his age 23 season, or precisely the same age Wheeler is set to debut. While both pitchers have electric arsenals with phenomenal secondaries, they both struggled to grip the strike zone early in their careers. Kershaw had the advantage of striking more batters out during his minor league tenure, but not by a great amount more. The 25-year-old Justin Upton is now playing his seventh major
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