More on Snydergaard in a moment, first let's take a look at this potential blockbuster.
The New York Post's Mike Puma shared the details of this deal:
[R.A. Dickey will go] to Toronto for stud catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud. In addition, the Mets would send catcher Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Blue Jays for their top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and another non-elite prospect.
Puma adds that this deal is contingent upon Dickey extending his contract with the Blue Jays. And the Mets should hope he does.
It has to be hard to trade a reigning Cy Young winner, but New York is landing some nice young talent in the form of d'Arnaud and Syndergaard. Let's take a look at Syndergaard.
The 6'5" Syndergaard is a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher. He projects to be a front-of-the-rotation talent.
Syndergaard has a fastball that sits in the mid 90s and has the strikeout numbers to go with that heat. In Single-A Lansing last season he struck out 122 in just 103.2 innings. That is 10.59 batters per nine innings.
What is just as impressive is that he allowed just 31 walks in that body of work, which spanned 27 games. He also posted an ERA of 2.60.
Nineteen of his 27 appearances came in the form of a start, and that will undoubtedly be what the Mets will groom him for should this trade go down.
Syndergaard has a nice breaking ball to go with the heater. It comes in heavy and has a hard break. He throws his breaking pitch in the mid-70s and it is a nice complementary pitch. He will be able to strikeout major league hitters with that breaking ball. He can struggle with his release point and control with this pitch, but that should improve with experience.
Still, he will benefit from an improved changeup to keep hitters off balance, which has been a work in progress. He made some nice strides with that pitch, and with a little more seasoning, he will be able to throw it with confidence.
His biggest drawback to the changeup is maintaining his arm speed. This is too big of a tip off to hitters.
Syndergaard has a nice, compact delivery. He does not yet have the stamina teams look for in a No. 1 starter, but he is just 20 years old. That stamina should improve as he is groomed for the starter's role.
Obviously, with a pitcher, arm injuries can derail a career in the blink of an eye, but barring that, there is nothing to suggest that Syndergaard does not have a long major league career ahead of him.
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