Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: New York Mets
FEB 9, 11:01a ET | Adam Meyer
Rotowire: Feb 22 / 7:38a ET
News: Wheeler, who missed Saturday's workout with strep throat, was back at Mets camp Sunday, ESPN New York reports.
Impact: Wheeler enters camp looking to build off his impressive second half and improve his control. In his first 16 starts last season, Wheeler went 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA. In his 16 starts to close the season, he was 8-3 with a 2.71 ERA, a performance he believes was due to not overthrowing, as he did when he was fresh to start the year. Wheeler's 4.17 pitches per plate appearance was second among 88 qualified pitchers a year ago, just behind Jake Odorizzi. If Wheeler can reduce that pitch count while still remaining effective, he should take a big leap forward in 2015.
Rotowire: Feb 21 / 8:09a ET
News: Wheeler (illness) will miss Saturday's workout, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.
Impact: This shouldn't be a major concern for Wheeler, who is coming off a solid season (3.54 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 32 starts). He should return to action soon.
Rotowire: Feb 7 / 10:53a ET
News: Wheeler reported to St. Lucie ahead of spring training with the hope of becoming more efficient with his pitch counts and getting deeper into his starts this season, according to the NY Daily News.
Impact: Control is also a potential area of improvement for Wheeler, but he has the raw tools to take a big step forward if he's able to make progress locating his pitches more consistently. Wheeler issued walks at a 3.8 BB/9 clip last season, showing marginal improvement from his 4.1 BB/9 mark as a rookie in 2013.