The Mets beat the Nationals 5-3 in their Grapefruit league opener this afternoon. But most Met fans didn’t care about the score – they were more interested in getting an eyeful of the Mets’ top prospect, Zack Wheeler. The kid didn’t disappoint.
Wheeler is a man of few words, as those who’ve met him would tell you, but today in sunny Florida, he let his pitching do all the talking and delivered two scoreless innings against the defending NL East champs who won 98 games last season.
The 22-year old righthander got off to an ominous start when we walked the first batter he faced, the ever so dangerous (not really) Steve Lombardozzi, who then quickly advanced to second base after a wild pitch to budding star Bryce Harper that was ruled a passed ball.
But after a meeting on the mound led by new catcher John Buck, Wheeler shook it off and did what he does best – blow batters away.
“I asked him, ‘Are you a little too pumped up?’” said Buck to Wheeler. The youngster laughed and said, “Yeah, ju