Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NL King - Checking In on Cole & Wheeler

Today's article is taking a look at two of the top 2 pitching prospects not just in the NL but in MLB who are now in the show.

Gerrit Cole:
3 Starts in the big leagues and Cole is 3-0. It's not suppose to be this easy. In 18 1/3 innings Cole has given up 18 Hits but just 1 walk and 1 HR allowed. Cole has faced the Giants, Dodgers & Angels. Cole has pitched into the 7th inning twice & the 6th inning his other start. Cole has only 8K's in 18+ IP but had 5K's in his last start. Cole's K's were way down this year in the minors even though going into this year he was a K per inning guy. Again in terms of being an effective pitcher and pitching deep into games that may not be a bad thing. Cole in 3 starts has a 3.44 ERA with a ratio slightly above 1. His next start will be this weekend at home versus the Brewers. Have to be impressed with Cole so far especially his control.

Zack Wheeler:
His first start was very impressive especially after his first inning where he walked a couple of batters. Wheeler got his 1st major league win in his first ever start at Atlanta last week. He went 6 innings gave up 0 runs, 4 Hits & 5 Walks with 7K's. Wheeler should be a much better option than Cole when it comes to K's but his control is not as good as Cole so he probably will be a higher ratio guy and pitching for the Mets versus the Pirates probably means Cole will be in line for a lot more wins. Wheeler pitches tonight at the White Sox and then at the end of the weekend in his first home start versus the Nationals.

We will keep an eye out on the progress of these two talented youngsters.

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