Zack Wheeler was strong in his final outing of the season

Yesterday in Lehigh Valley, Zack Wheeler allowed a run on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in five innings.

It was Wheeler’s final outing of the season – he finished the year going 12-8 with a 3.26 ERA, having allowed 59 walks and 115 hits in 149 innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo.

Wheeler went 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA in six starts with the Bisons.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I expect Wheeler to begin the 2013 in Triple-A, although, like Matt Harvey this past Spring, Wheeler is going to garner a lot of attention in camp. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets an invite to big league camp, but I’m not sure he can make the Opening Day roster even if he is lights out during Spring Training. Still, as was the case with Matt Harvey a year ago, Wheeler is close and getting closer, and I expect he will join the big league rotation at some point during next season. He does have to even out his consistency and become more fluid from start-to-start, but his stuff is so¬†good – he’s got better stuff than Matt Harvey – and he has shown an ability to adapt quickly to each level of the minor leagues. I expect it to all come together early for him next season.