Throughout the R.A. Dickey trade saga, General Manager Sandy Alderson said on several occasions that he was looking for “difference makers” in any trade for the Cy Young winning knuckleballer. The Mets appeared to have acquired that difference maker in prized catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud. But should not overlook the second piece of the deal, pitcher Noah Syndergaard. D’Arnaud has been in the Dickey deal for over ten days and Alderson would not accept a deal unless Syndergaard was included. Sandy got his man. The 20-year old righty has only pitched in Single-A, but is oozing with potential and has the chance to win a spot in the Mets rotation down the road. We here at Mets 101 have prepared a Bio Blast for you to get to know the newest piece of the Mets farm system, Noah Syndergaard.
Name: Noah Syndergaard
DOB: August 29, 1992 (Age 20)
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Drafted: By the Toronto Blue Jays, First Round (38th Overall) in 2010.
Acquired: December 17th, 2012 via trade from Toronto Blue Jays
Vitals: 6’5, 200 lb., Throws Right, Bats Left
Prior to the trade, Syndergaard was considered the best pitcher in the Blue Jays’ farm system. He has hit 100 MPH as a starter and routinely works comfortably in the 92-97 MPH range. ESPN’s Keith Law writes that, Syndergaard has an “above average” changeup and is working to add a breaking pitch to his repertoire. His ability to improve and master his second and third pitches will determine whether Syndergaard’s major league future is in the bullpen, or as a middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.
Syndergaard will be considered the top pitching prospect in the Mets system once Zach Wheeler graduates to the majors. He is developing into a nasty strikeout pitcher, registering a 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings ratio over his 27 appearances (19 starts) for Single-A Lansing last season. Syndergaard is still a few years away and Met fans can be patient with his development. In a few years he could be the next big-named rookie to join the Mets’ rotation right as pitchers like Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Jon Niese are hitting their primes.
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