Zack Wheeler threw a formal bullpen session, was very impressive

Michael Baron, Contributor

This morning at Tradition Field, Zack Wheeler threw his first formal bullpen session, lightly tossing 40 or so pitches.

He threw his fastball, breaking pitches, and his change-up in the session…

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Everything that comes out of this kid’s hand is electric. He throws very hard and has wicked movement on his fastball, and both his slider and change-up seemingly disappear out of the strikezone with hard and heavy, downward movement…

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I’ve watched him a lot since he came to the organization. His mechanics are quieter now, and the off-speed stuff is much more refined than when he first arrived.

He has talked to me a lot about consistently using the mechanics he used in High School. From what I can see, every delivery is now the same and he hides the ball consistently with each pitch…

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Wheeler is very quiet, and very unassuming… almost the exact opposite of what Matt Harvey is from a personality perspective. However, he is a tremendous and exciting talent, and already fun to watch.

He told me last week he is intent on making the team out of camp. But, realistically, it’s not going to happen immediately. The Mets have five starters in their rotation right now, and it’s important not to delay Wheeler’s free agency for an extra year by keeping him down, not to mention him building a strong relationship with Travis d’Arnaud out of the spotlight in Flushing.