MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Viola talks Syndergaard, Matz and Wheeler

Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard rebounded from a difficult six-game stretch to toss seven innings of one-run ball, while striking out eight, in his most recent start with Triple-A Las Vegas.

More than anything, Syndergaard simply needs time and experience to get better, Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola recently told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.

“We tend to think that he’s been around for a long time, but, in reality, he hasn’t pitched more than 125 innings in a season,” Viola explained. “He has to go out there, he has to get into situations he’s not used to getting into. He has to go deeper into ballgames and work on stuff. … It is a process and hopefully people will give him that time to learn and do it the right way, so that when he does get called up he’s up there for good.”

In late June, Terry Collins told reporters it is possible Syndergaard is not promoted to the big leagues this season, despite starting the season ranked by MLB.com as the third-best right-handed pitching prospect in baseball.


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In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Viola also talks with Brender about LHP prospect Steven Matz, RHP prospect Rafeal Montero, how he’d help Zack Wheeler, and his recovery from heart surgery earlier this year:


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3 comments
C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

A kid that needs to work on his secondary/breaking pitches is forced to do it in the thin, hot air of Las Vegas....smdh at this friggin org.

matt greco
matt greco

i guess someone forgot to tell syndergaard he was already a bust after his last rough stretch...