Prior to this afternoon’s game against the Phillies, Josh Edgin was demoted to AA to make room for Shaun Marcum. It’s not surprising that the Mets are opting to steer Edgin away from the ridiculously hitter friendly PCL and AAA Las Vegas. If the Mets are that concerned about a potential above average bullpen piece being adversely affected in AAA, what does that say about their plans for Zack Wheeler?
Wheeler, 22, has struggled in the PCL. However, he has the highest strikeout rate of his career (10.8 per 9 innings). That tells you that the stuff is there. In the PCL, pitchers’ lines will be negatively impacted by an inability to properly grip their secondary offerings, and by would be fly outs that instead sail over outfielders’ heads and often turn into home runs. Here’s what Sandy Alderson had to say yesterday regarding Wheeler’s performance thus far in AAA:
His velocity is good and his mechanics are good. That’s what’s most important. And he threw well for four innings (during his last start). We’re looking for his development as opposed to his line scores. But there’s no question it’s a big adjustment pitching in that league.