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Jason Wheeler

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This is the 3rd year I have been writing about the big lefty from California. Wheeler has steadily moved through the organization from Beloit to Fort Meyers to now...Fort Meyers? Ok I get it. He doesn't throw as hard as the sexy guys, Meyers, Berrios, Stewart etc. All he does is go out every few days and give you 5 to 6 solid innings. He is the very capable Kenny Jay of organization. Maybe, just maybe this year he could be bringing big Sexy Back to the Miracle and beyond.

Jason has been working on getting his velocity up as reported by Seth Stohs earlier here on Twins Daily, "Jason Wheeler altered some mechanical things last year with the Miracle and is now throwing harder. Hes certainly one to watch." Jason has always been able to work his sinker well and induced plenty of ground outs while limiting home runs. Has struck out 210 versus walking 103 in 304 innings, so he tends not to hurt himself. And I don't believe he has missed a start due to injury in his pro career, which for a Twins pitcher might be deserving of a award of some kind. Plus he is left handed.

He has won 25 games while dropping 10. He has kept his ERA under 4, granted in some fairly pitcher friendly leagues and led the FSL in wins last year. So Jason finds himself back in Fort Meyers. Now I am sure that Fort Meyers in April has a few things going for it compared to New Britian, but I do think the young Mr. Wheeler is deserving of a spot in the Rock Cats rotation fairly soon.

All Jason needs to do is show some improvement with the fastball and keep on doing what he has always done, pitch the ball.

His first test would be opening day for the Miracle. Final line for Jason, 5.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 K's, and 1 earned run in the victory. (3 of the 4 K's were swinging.) 8 Ground outs vs. 4 in the air. And for the fun of it he picked off former teammate Angel Morales, Angel should know that Jason has a fairly decent move to first. Final score Miracle 5 and Jupiter 1.

So good first step towards AA for Jason. He should be starting this week against Charlotte, he needs to keep consistent as the Twins lower minors are looking pretty stacked with arms pushing hard.

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  1. MWLFan's Avatar
    4 games into the season and Jason sits at 1 and 1 with a 3.86 ERA, 30 hits, 11 k's and 7 BB's in 21 innings. Not how to get to AA. Two of his starts have gone less then 5 innings. This in a league he is repeating. He goes again tonight. Hopefully we will have a imporved set of numbers to talk to tomorrow.
  2. MWLFan's Avatar
    Jason followed up a couple of clunkers with a good start and a dominating one. Last night Mr. Wheeler was nasty, eight innings with no runs scored, 2 hits, 1 walk and 7 strike outs. Ok. Can't be much better then that. So in 10 starts Jason has given up 6 runs twice (one of these was 5 unearned) and then shut out the other team twice. Right handed hitters are having the best success against the Miracle lefty, hitting .309 off him, while the guys on the left side are only hitting .233. Both homers have been hit by righties. Jason is showing glimpses of what he can do, and hopefully we can see that continue into June.
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