The top prospect in the Mets’ farm system heading into 2014 is Noah Syndergaard, according to MLB.com. A critical piece of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays last winter, he has the potential to be just as good as Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.
Syndergaard’s fastball can consistently reach the upper 90s, and he’s made significant strides with his curveball and changeup. At 6’6” and 240 pounds, he’s able to get on top of his pitches to throw downhill toward the plate.
A native of Texas, the right-hander started the year in High-A with the St. Lucie Mets. He was then promoted to Double-A following an appearance in the Florida State League All-Star game. He combined to throw 117.2 innings and 23 starts in 2013, going 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Syndergaard also continued to show control of the strike zone in his age-20 season. He put together a 10.1 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 last year.
If he stays healthy, there isn’t much of a question as to whether or not Syndergaard will see time in the big leagues in 2014. When he will is the better question.
New York is hoping to put him on the same path as Harvey and Wheeler. If that’s the case, he’ll likely be in the big leagues sometime in June or July.
Like Montero, there was an outside chance he could’ve made the major league roster out of spring training before Matsuzaka and Lannan were signed. Without any Triple-A experience, the Mets would likely prefer putting the final touches on his development in Las Vegas before a promotion.
Syndergaard earned an invite to big league camp because he’s on the cusp of the majors, barring any unexpected issues. It will give d’Arnaud a chance to get to know him as a pitcher more, limiting the adjustment period this summer.
Odds Syndergaard makes the Opening Day Roster: 30-1
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