January 15, 2014

Syndergaard Is #3 On MLB.com Top Prospects

Noah Syndergaard has long been a highly regarded prospect, even before joining the Mets in the R.A. Dickey trade in 2012. As he improves and nears the major league level, many are taking notice, including MLB.com, who wrote this about Syndergaard while listing him third of the top ten prospects at RHP:

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...the Mets may have gotten a pair of future All-Stars in Syndergaard and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Few prospects can match Syndergaard's combination of stuff and pitchability. He keeps his fastball down in the strike zone and runs it up to 98 mph, and his hard curveball and changeup have the potential to become solid or better pitches.
Obviously, it's always good to see a young pitcher in your favorite team's organization listed toward the top of these rankings, and it's exciting that he has been invited to spring training. However, it will be more exciting to see him produce and make an impact at the major league level, filling out the Mets rotation of young, potent arms.

If we are going to see him this season, I would truly expect Noah to follow the same route Sandy and the front office have used for their other two phenoms, Harvey and Wheeler: a late summer debut followed by an early shutdown, leading into beginning the next season in the big leagues. This has been effective thus far, and makes the most sense in regards to keeping innings limited and keeping the service time in the majors from tacking on an extra year. I'm looking forward to it.

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