Sage advice for Zack Wheeler: cut down on the walks

The perpetually thought-provoking site Fangraphs came out with a statistical analysis today regarding Zack Wheeler, and what he needs to do to improve in his first full big league season. The piece focused a good deal on Wheeler’s need — naturally — to keep his shoulder healthy. But it also focused on his walk rate.

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Simply put, Wheeler’s middling strikeout rate (7.6) and high walk rate (4.1) put him among a group of highly-touted young pitchers with divergent career paths. Some, such as Sean Gallagher, never sorted out their control problems and suffered because of it. Others, such as David Price, cut down on the walks and turned superhuman.

It’s not rocket science, but it’s certainly worth noting: Wheeler’s future will depend in large part upon how well he pounds the strike zone.

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