Last night in Bradenton, Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs and four hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings for the St. Lucie Mets.
Syndergaard has pitched to a 2.00 ERA over his first two starts, having allowed two runs on seven hits with five walks and 13 strikeouts over nine innings.
Michael Baron, ContributorI was in attendance for his start last night, and his stuff was extremely impressive. Scouts watching the game told me Syndergaard was throwing his fastball between 93-95 mph, his change-up was between 84-85 mph, and his power-curveball was in the low 70s. He staggered in the fourth and fifth innings, and while he told me he was putting some extra pressure on himself to get out of those jams, he could also have been dealing with some stamina problems. Remember, his camp was shortened due to a pulled side muscle, so he might be a little behind schedule in terms of the number of innings and pitch counts for this time of year. Right now, the organization is looking for him to build that stamina and repeat his delivery consistently during his outings. In talking to Syndergaard, he came off as a quiet personality, much like Zack Wheeler. But, like Wheeler, Syndergaard is focused and has intense concentration to himself, and is determined to refine his game and get to the big leagues.
One thing is for sure – Syndergaard has wicked stuff, and has outstanding command of the three pitches in his repertoire. His fastball has late life on it, and he’s not afraid to come up and in with it either. He throws his curveball with hard and heavy movement down in the strike zone, and has the ability to consistently miss bats with it (along with all of his other pitches as well). I’m looking forward to seeing how he refines those pitches going forward and how he develops more into a pitcher as he grows within the organization and it’s philosophies.
Here is a photo gallery from Syndergaard’s outing last night. A brief Q&A with Syndergaard will follow later this week:
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