That starter, right-hander Zack Wheeler, showed potential in ’14, his first full big league season. He was inconsistent, but he also averaged a strikeout per inning (187 in 185 1/3 innings) before his UCL unraveled. Now that he’s close to returning to a big league mound, he wants to immediately return to his previous role, too: pitching every fifth day.
No bullpen work for him, he says. That’s just not his deal.
“I feel that guys that go to the bullpen get stuck in the bullpen, and I don’t want to do that,” Wheeler, 26, told the New York Post after a pre-spring training workout in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “Because either you are doing bad and you stay in the bullpen because you can’t be a starter or you are doing really good, and they can’t afford to move you out of the bullpen. So you are going to get stuck there, and that’s why I’m trying to let everybody know that I’m not a bullpen guy, I’m a starter.”
Kris Bryant is everything a team could want in a franchise player. He’s big, he’s tall, he’s athletic and he’s not so tough on the eyes either.
And apparently people really like to see his name on the back of their jerseys.
The reigning National League MVP topped the list of MLB jersey sales since the end of the 2016 World Series based on numbers from MLBShop.com released Friday.
Bryant is one of four Cubs in the Top 5 in jersey sales Cheap Jerseys World this season (Anthony Rizzo No.2, Javier Baez No.4, Kyle Schwarber No.5) and one of eight National League players in the Top 10 of the list.
In fact, the first eight players on the list are NL players.