MLB In Full Bloom - Zack Wheeler Steels Spotlight - 6/20/2014

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On Thursday night, Miami Marlins rookie left-hander Andrew Heaney commanded most of the attention from fantasy owners for his major league debut against the New York Mets, but it was his opponent Zack Wheeler who delivered the gem. One year and one day removed from his major league debut, Wheeler threw his first career shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins in Miami. Wheeler allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. He faced one batter over the minimum with the help of three double-play grounders and needed 111 pitches to finish off the gem. His final pitch was clocked at 96 mph. The Mets spoiled Heaney's MLB debut, but the best left-handed prospect in baseball was impressive for the Marlins. He held the Mets to a run on four hits, walked one and struck out three. His only mistake came in the first inning when he gave up a David Wright homer to center.

MLB NEWS & NOTESĀ 

  • Chris Archer held the Astros scoreless over 6 2/3 innings on Thursday night in a rare Rays win. Archer rebounded nicely after allowing six runs (only one earned) in Saturday's start, also against the Astros. Last night, Archer allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out eight. Archer now owns a 3.14 ERA in 86 innings and is quietly putting together a solid season. Archer will take on the Pirates at home in his next start.
  • Scott Kazmir turned in another gem Thursday night against the Red Sox as he held them to two runs on four hits and no walks over seven innings, while striking out eight. He improved to 9-2 on the season with the victory. Kazmir was cruising until the sixth inning, when he allowed Dustin Pedroia's two-run homer.
  • Jesse Hahn allowed only one unearned run over seven innings as the Padres defeated the Mariners 4-1 on Thursday to earn his second major league victory. Hahn turned in his second consecutive dominant outing. He gave up the one unearned run in the fifth inning after issuing a walk to Brad Miller and then advanced on a throwing error by Everth Cabrera. Hahn will take a 2.16 ERA into next week's start against the Giants in San Francisco.
  • Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Thursday's win over the Nationals. Johnson knocked in two runs with a single in the fourth inning and another with a single in the eighth. It was more than enough for Gavin Floyd and the bullpen. Johnson has had multiple hits in seven of his last 11 games, and is now owns a .278 BA with 20 RBI.
  • Alex Wood may soon be called up to join the Atlanta rotation after Gavin Floyd suffered a fracture in his throwing elbow last night in the Braves victory in Washington against the Nationals. Once Floyd is officially placed on the disabled list, the Braves will recall Wood who was already ready to rejoin the Braves rotation before Floyd got hurt last night. Fantasy owners should expect to see Wood pitch Wednesday night in Houston.
  • Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas has defected from his native country in order to pursue a contract with a major league team. Badler says Tomas "was arguably one of the top 10 or so players left in Cuba in terms of major league potential" and that he his raw power is impressive. It's unlikely Tomas will sign with an MLB club before the end of the season, but he figures to be one of the bigger free agents over the winter.
  • San Rafael Pacifics of the Independent League will be wearing pink dresses for their game on June 27th to honor breast cancer survivors. They are women's baseball uniforms much like the ones worn in the movie A League of Their Own.