Brian McCann says Zack Wheeler will be an ace.ATLANTA -- Count Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann among the fans of Zack Wheeler after going 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout against the debuting Mets prospect on Tuesday night.
"He's going to be a No. 1 for a long time," McCann said. "They've got him and [Matt] Harvey -- and you throw [Dillon] Gee and [Jon] Niese in the mix -- they're headed in the right direction. That's for sure. You throw two power arms like that at the top of your rotation -- the sky's the limit for those two guys."
"Facing him last night, his fastball is obviously electric," McCann said. "He also threw some really good changeups in there. He threw a good slider, a good curveball. I think once he realizes the situations -- what he can and can't do -- he's going to be a top-of-the-rotation guy for a long time."
McCann excused Wheeler's five walks as jitters. McCann, like Wheeler, grew up in Georgia and made his major league debut at Turner Field.
Said McCann: "When you, your whole life, have wanted to get to the big leagues, and all of a sudden you're here pitching in your home state -- it seemed like everyone yesterday was here to see him -- there's going to be nerves. But he settled down, made his pitches when he had to, went six scoreless. You can't ask for much more than he did in his debut."