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The Philadelphia Phillies have a new $100 million player to add to their 2020 roster in pitcher Zack Wheeler. A former New York Mets pitcher, the 29-year-old has gone 23-15 with a 3.65 ERA over the past two seasons with 374 strikeouts. He is considered to be one of the most coveted free agents in this years class, according to ESPN.

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According to scouting reports: Wheeler had the second-highest WAR on the Mets pitching staff behind Jacob deGrom last season. He relies on his fastball — he set a career-high for fastball velocity in 2019 — and had a 29.4% strikeout rate on his four-seamer. He used his two-seamer more often, however, allowing a .297 batting average to opposing hitters while accumulating a 17.2% strikeout rate. As for secondary pitches, Wheeler is armed with a very good curveball (37% percent strikeout rate), but he has thrown his slider (22.8% strikeout rate) twice as often in 2019.

He entered the majors in 2013, and will be signed for next 5 seasons with the Phillies. He and Aaron Nola will be the top 2 pitchers in this years rotation. This is one of many moves Phillies fans are hoping for as the Phillies look to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 season after the signing of star Bryce Harper.

 

 

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