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Noah Syndergaard looks good in Spring debut

In his Grapefruit League debut, Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard gave up one hit in two scoreless innings against the Braves in Orlando on Monday.

Syndergaard tossed 30 pitches and struck out two batters.

“I walked out there and heard the fans. That was an unbelievable feeling,” Syndergaard said after his appearance (ESPN NY, Mar. 3). “Normally I’m pretty good at tuning outside influences off, but I definitely heard that one. I just heard a lot of cheering.”

Syndergaard was recently named the league’s third-best right-handed pitching prospect on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect List.

He is expected to begin the year in Triple-A, followed by a mid-season promotion, similar to Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey before their debuts.




45 comments
Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i was always saying more time in the minors can only help. In rare occassions i can say not. I believe he will go down but if the kid is ready why not keep him up. I think maturity which was the only reason this could go down to get more time in the minors but i believe this kid is serious. I think it would not be the worse thing for him to make the team as the fifth starter. . If i had any pull i would. I do not care so much or not about control can he get major leauers out and the answer is yes. He carries himself. I rather see him on the team then Dice K.

eric88
eric88

Why are the Mets spending 3 times what they usually spend in promotion money, if they think they will win 90 games? Our current payroll is 79.5 million. It is listed at almost 85 million because Sandy admiitted to reporters questions that the 5 million in concerts, T-Shirt Fridays and other promotions are added in with the payroll figure.

Their ability to restructure their 600 million in debt next winter will be based almost solely on attendance. That is how the bank predicts future income. Also, for the life of the loan the payroll will be capped so the banks can predict future expenses. In other words 2014 is our make or break year. Go to Citi and you get 10 more years of Wilpons and low payroll. Stay home, and the Wilpons will be forced to sell their majority holding in order to satisfy their debt. It is imperitive that you stay home this year and tell EVERY MET FAN you know to do so as well, and tell them to tell their friends. That is how we can end this nightmare. Billionare Einhorn is waiting in the wings. How does a 200 million dollar payroll sound to you?

Daniel Hernandez
Daniel Hernandez

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the PCL and Noah. I mean, no way he pitches to a low 3.00 ERA there. Easy way to crush his confidence level. Why not keep him in AA till June...no one is really questioning his ability...it's more about the super 2 than anything else

L.a. Henry
L.a. Henry

If the young pitching is this good, you have to start the season by singing DREW!!!!How can you have this kind of talented pitching and allow Tejada to be your shortstop??? It does not serve your pitching well, not to mention your offence, to have a under achiever at such a vital position. The upgrade in attitude alone with Drew is worth the money. SIGN DREW NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mets2891
mets2891

It would seem to me, with all of this young pitching coming in, that the Mets would really be best served to just to bite the bullet and sign Drew.  Do they really want to go into the season without a shortstop?  The Mets talked all about payroll flexibility, well last time I checked their payroll in 7th from the bottom, and this is an immediate area of need where those available funds would be of use.

nolrog
nolrog

It's just incredible that he won't be ready until the day after the Super 2 deadline passes. 

Ramon Saurez
Ramon Saurez

There once was a Syndergaard

Who thew the ball so very hard

With ace front line stuff

He had more than enough

To help the Mets win the Wild Card!

davidus1
davidus1

Syndergaard will never be great if he averages 15 pitches per inning. Really disappointed.

lindro88
lindro88

Please hold off on the "Bring Noah North" comments until he throws more than 2 innings in the first week of March. Forgetting all the reasons he won't start the season in NY, at least lets see how spring training goes.

sayhey24
sayhey24

Love his stuff and he could be an ace in the making, but have been around way too long to get overly excited. I have seen many guys with similar or better weapons that were not able to handle the show. I hope we give him space to grow and prepare for the lows that everyone faces and that we dont put undue pressure on him by placing him at the mercy of an underwhelming offense.

Jeff Tinsman
Jeff Tinsman

The kid is going to be on a innings limit so why start him off in the big leagues? Give him the call mid season. Besides, in my eyes, any logical mets fan should be more worried about what they are going to do about adding pieces to this lineup. Its pretty weak, and there doesn't project to be any better of a free agent pool next season.

Christopher Durcan
Christopher Durcan

If I care about the mets winning 90 games this year he's in my rotation, If I care about them winning 95 games in 2015 he goes to Vegas until July 1... Send him to Vegas

bklyndude
bklyndude

If the Mets are serious about 90 wins,  this guy belongs in the major leagues right now.

Starz31
Starz31

@Daniel Hernandez  There's not a huge bearing on his results in the PCL. The team is aware of what he can do and what he brings. The time in AAA should be spent working on his off-speed pitches and being consistent. Wheeler struggled at first there but then settled down and worked on his game. That's what the team will be watching, not his record. 

edk9
edk9

@Daniel Hernandez  PCL is probably easier than MLB...  and I hope MLB doesn't crush him.  Challenges are good, he'll just need to pitch that much smarter than if in a pitchers park.   


Btw, Montero was able to pull a 3.05 era in PCL last year.  Better than wheeler in pcl, and better than harvey (3.68) in more pitcher friendly buffalo.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

The PCL doesn't seem like it effected Wheeler and Montero last year so I think Syndergaard will be fine, he doesn't seem to be a fragile pitcher who can't handle so hard times.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Sign Drew to a 1 or 2 year deal with reasonable money sure, but nothing close to what Boras wants right now.

javy180
javy180

@L.a. Henry  Dude u not going to win 20 more games with Drew, He's overrated and asking for to much money.


lindro88
lindro88

That's either sarcastic, or a really silly comment.

edk9
edk9

@Victor Triguero  absolutely not!  For 1yr of cabrera??  


That is closer to th trade with toronto for RA DIckey coming off a cy young.


Getting cabrera for 1 yr;  is he even a top 10 ss ? is he better than drew?  um, No.  


Fulmer, if healthy is the next syndergaard/wheeler.  He's not a throw in just because he is young.  If so throw him in a package for Tulo, or some elite player.  Not for some average soon to be overpaid SS..  


might be as dumb as the kazmir trade.


I mean how many wins better is cabrera than flores straight up; 4 wins?  You dump duda and fulmer for 4 wins in 2014??  good grief.

jamets
jamets

I would not give up that much for Cabrera.  Duda, Flores and a lesser prospect, yes, but not Fulmer.

Considering (a) Cabrera is coming off a bad year, and (b) he can walk after this season, that price is too steep. 

Jeff Tinsman
Jeff Tinsman

@Victor Triguero Cabrera has seemed to be more of a flash in the pan to me after his 11' season. In 12', he still hit .270s but his power and RBI dropped significantly. Then last season, his avg. dropped 30 points as well, WITHOUT gaining any power back. As unhappy as I am with Duda, I don't know if I would pull the trigger on this, especially with an expiring contract. I don't know if we have given up on Flores quite yet, either.

lindro88
lindro88

He's going to Vegas. The one thing that can't be disputed is the way the Mets have brought Harvey and Wheeler along.

lindro88
lindro88

Starting pitching won't be the reason if they fail to play above .500. The ability of the pen to finish games, infield defense, and of course the ability to score runs will determine that. Banging the drum for NS after 2 innings in early march sounds like that moron Carton on WFAN.

Who-LeeOh Zee
Who-LeeOh Zee

@javy180 @L.a. Henry  I agree and Tejada is not terrible in the field. It's just he doesn't have much of a bat, which we need to help Granderson and Wright.

eric88
eric88

@javy180 @L.a. Henry   You are conditioned to always think money first, so I know you are a true METS . 

It shouldn't be that way, especially with our measly payroll. Do you think a Yankees fan gives a s#^t how much a player signs for? We need to stop thinking that way and hold ownership accountable, loudly and clearly.

James
James

@javy180 @L.a. Henry  It really just depends on his price, he isn't worth a 3 year deal, hopefully he signs a reasonable deal for the year or two and we go from there.

lindro88
lindro88

If he wasn't, he is now. Lol

strake
strake

That was idiotic

mustang66
mustang66

yeah Tommy John surgery after one season that's really the way to go

Who-LeeOh Zee
Who-LeeOh Zee

@lindro88  I agree completely, this was my train of thought going into this season.  I like the Granderson move..but after that we haven't improved much offensively.

mrxman
mrxman

@lindro88 great points and the mets are lacking in all three of those areas

James
James

@Opti-Mets-tic @bklyndude  I don't know if Noah belongs in the ML right now, he likely needs more seasoning, but the Mets are STILL more worried about the Super-2 status than WINNING GAMES, and that is not the mentality of a team looking to win 90 games.  If winning is our priority, our best 5 pitchers should be going north, if that includes Montero and/or Thor then it should.  My problem is that that won't be the case.

jose_who
jose_who

@mustang66 It happened to Strassburg on the Nats too. It happens all the time. Just stop.

lindro88
lindro88

Infield defense for sure. They have enough good arms if they are open minded to put a decent pen together. Plenty of excellent bullpens are made up of a mix of vets and young hard throwers who may project as starters down the line. The Mets need to be open to the idea of bringing the best arms north. Excluding Noah S of course. Not putting him in the pen unless it's in the playoffs. As for the offense, they will have to get good years from guys like Ike or Duda, d'Arnaud and Young, as well as do the little things right. Move runners, get them in with less than two outs. They really need one of those years where the breaks go our way.