The last time Zack Wheeler pitched on a major league mound was March 9, 2015, in a spring training start in the Grapefruit League. Almost two years later to the day, Wheeler made his return with the Mets, tossing two innings on Friday afternoon against the Braves.
Wheeler’s fastball was a very easy 91-93 mph for most of the outing, topping out at 94 mph. His delivery was effortless and smooth, and he mixed in most of his pitches. His curveball ranged from 75-78 mph, and he threw a nice two-strike curve to strike out the first batter of the game, Jace Peterson.
Here's some video from the game, which was not broadcast on television or MLB.tv.
Wheeler striking out the first batter he faced, Jace Peterson, with a 78 mph curveball:
Wheeler sat a very easy low 90s in the 1st, topped out at 94. Struck out first batter looking with this 78 mph curve pic.twitter.com/WuWgG2BVhP— Timothy Finnegan (@TimFinn521) March 10, 2017
Wheeler getting Nick Markakis to weakly ground out with a 93 mph fastball in on the hands:
Wheeler got Markakis to ground out weakly with this 93 mph fastball in on the hands pic.twitter.com/Xj2k2ruORV— Timothy Finnegan (@TimFinn521) March 10, 2017
The full at-bat for the second to last batter Wheeler faced in the game:
More Zack Wheeler video from today, here's the full at bat of the second to last batter he faced pic.twitter.com/q7zDXzctKT— Timothy Finnegan (@TimFinn521) March 10, 2017
Wheeler told reporters after the game that his main goal was to leave the start healthy, so it appears that the mission was accomplished.
Michael Conforto also continued his hot spring with a double in the first inning, and was then driven in by Dominic Smith.
Conforto loops a double down the line in his first at bat pic.twitter.com/MBIg4EoKqj— Timothy Finnegan (@TimFinn521) March 10, 2017