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Harvey and Wheeler were bored in Triple-A. Is Syndergaard?

In 2013, prior to being promoted to the Mets, Zack Wheeler was 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA through 13 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas.

In 2012, prior to his promotion, Matt Harvey was 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo.

This season in Triple-A, as he waits for his call to the Mets, the team’s top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, is 9-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 25 starts.

“Me and Harvey both said, being down there [after awhile] you get bored,’’ Wheeler told Kevin Kernan, when asked about being in Syndergaard’s position (NY Post, Aug. 28). “Last year, I caught myself sleeping a little bit.”

The Mets have still not decided whether to add Syndergaard to their 40-man roster and promote him in September, Sandy Alderson said earlier this week.

Wheeler told Kernan he had not yet called Syndergaard, because he doesn’t to be another voice in the young man’s head. That said, if he were to talk with him, he’d tell him to not just think of himself making ho-hum starts in Triple-A, but to use the opportunity to work on making his game better.

“He’s got to go out there and work his way up to the big leagues,” Wheeler said.




84 comments
Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones

Syndergaard will get a full season and have a good shot at rookie of the year 2015.

grillruben
grillruben

Just bring him up!! This team has been so bad for so long, he's pitching in a horrible place to pitch. Why not?!

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

I have been bored with this team the last 3 years

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

If Syndegaard is bored in Vegas, he will be apoplectic playing for Terry Collins. Don't worry. Terry will be back next year to pile up more losses on his "impressive" record.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

While ERA was better, both had a lot of walks and decent won/lost, but not lights out. It would be hard to fault Thor when we so desperately needed good news at (Harvey and Wheeler) entry in the majors. Great observation...bring Thor up, we need something positive.

Donny Cordero
Donny Cordero

Just to think a pitching staff of Harvey, Wheeler, Syndegaard, Degrom and Niese...not in that specific order will be scary stuff

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Sometimes you get to a point where any further time at Triple A is simply redundant. Sure, the guy has been underwhelming but give him a shot. It's not like the team is playing for anything. Anybody else wanna see Dice-K and John Lannan starting any games in September?

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Bored or extremely sleepy, Syndergaard is not coming up to pitch one or two games when they could still hold him until after the Super Two cutoff next season.

The theme of the Wilpons - Penny wise and foolish with plenty of pounds...er...pound foolish.

Gregory Schreiber
Gregory Schreiber

I am bored too but I am not being paid millions to play baseball.

brmets
brmets

With the number of young pitchers going down with serious arm injuries, why would you "waste" innings in AAA? 

hashburry
hashburry

So just being bored gets you to the big leagues? Sign me up, I'm more bored!

Harry Opitz
Harry Opitz

Bored and Vegas shouldn't be in the same sentence! Smiles

Paul LeBarron
Paul LeBarron

That's where leadership is supposed to come in. Where is Wally. Plus time for these youngins to grow up. SHow up every day to do your work. Not when you want.

bromancer
bromancer

You think he's bored on the PCL's best team?  Wait till he gets to "the bigs".

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Syndergaard has an opportunity that neither Harvey or Wheeler had (after they were promoted mid-season). He gets to pitch in the PCL postseason. It would be good experience for him, and that's why he shouldn't be brought up now with no obvious need at this point in the season.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

You think darno will tell any of the hitters what Thor is going to throw? Maybe the first HR he gives up will need a stewardess on it.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

I would rather see Thor pitch and get experience in the playoffs. After that I don't care. He has to be on the 40 man roster soon anyway.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

September in Metville will be boring for everybody. Lets turn Thor into Nuke Laloosh and bring him to the SHOW. You win some. You lose some and sometimes it rains.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I was depressed, despondent and annoyed that we didn't sign Jose Abreu, but got over it as soon as I heard they'd scheduled Boyz ii Men.  I have total confidence in the brains trust that runs this team. 

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Michael Conforto was supposed to be the most advanced hitter of the entire draft, and Carlos Rodon the most advanced pitcher. Right now Conforto has been raking in low A Brooklyn so that the Wilpon's secondary investment in the Cyclones can get better tix sales. While Rodon has throw 19 professional innings and is currently at triple A. Money unfortunately takes priority on this team long before development does.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Poor kids. They got board doing their job. Syndergaard, you want to be called up? Perform better.

nagel100
nagel100

i'd like to see him pitch a few innings out of the pen.  just get a taste.  September will be very boring as it is.   would 10 innings really hold him back?

George W. Spafford
George W. Spafford

I don't think this is too early to bring him up and right now the games the Mets are playing are just as meaningless as the ones being played in LV. Still a chance at the big show is reason enough to get excited and who knows? Maybe a chance at the big time is what he needs to show his stuff

Daniel Gaffney
Daniel Gaffney

The Mets are going to screw this up. They are already screwing with Montero.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Salary aside, I'd rather play on Wally's team than Terry's.  If these guys were bored in Vegas, they must be downright suicidal in Flushing.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

The Mets can easily bring up Syndergaard if they want to. Its time to start clearing the roster of the non-performing minimal talent. .  If I was excelling in LV I would be bored too but Noah is not exceptional. Lets him get his control in-line and convince the FO to add him to the 40 man roster.

Brian P. Mangan
Brian P. Mangan

Guys, don't panic. This is all very natural. It's human nature, and they're all humans.

There may be a little "boredom" but you would never tell watching them pitch. Baseball is complex -- you see how Harvey elevated his game when he got to the Show. 

There may be a 0.01% part of Syndergaard's brain that's bored down there.  We'll see.

truth77
truth77

@Ed He is down in Vegas. Prospect Catcher Plaweicki is red hot 4-4 last night batting over three hundred after a slow start down there getting most of the playing time.Bring them all up see what they got, nothing like the real thing.Bring up Plaweicki,Reynolds ,Thor.Bowman and Puello

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Paul LeBarron  There really isn't anything to suggest that Thor is actually bored. Mets Blog is merely asking if he could be bored.

Paul LeBarron
Paul LeBarron

@Zach Goeringer  I was at the game last Saturday trust me half the stadium was empty so conforto isn't doing jack for tickets sales.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@drmetfan He's pitching in a coors field like environment hurt half the season what do you expect? Vegas is no place for young pitchers.

Paul LeBarron
Paul LeBarron

@George W. Spafford  I wish people would stop saying stupid things like these games are meaningless. these guys get paid very well to do a job no game is meaningless and people pay a lot of money to go see them so please stop

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Daniel Gaffney You mean all pitchers are like Harvey? They all come up and they're an instant success? Answer, no. Most have to take their lumps against the best hitters in the world.

Brian P. Mangan
Brian P. Mangan

@Paul LeBarron I've been to two Cyclones games this year because of Conforto rather than zero ... so ... that's like 4 extra tickets sold.

drmetfan
drmetfan

@Zach Goeringer @drmetfan What do I expect? For Syndergaard and every other Mets prospect playing in Vegas to adjust to the environment, learn how to play under adversity and succeed. Enough with excuses about Vegas.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Paul LeBarron @George W. Spafford We are not making the playoffs, it's more important to develop our young players and get them exposed. I'm a lot more concerned with building our future than our yearly epic fight for 4th place. If you actually pay money to see the Mets in late August then that's your problem.

Joe Boko
Joe Boko

You beat me to it, I'd love an explanation too. Montero has shown that he still has a lot he needs to work on. Kid had 7 starts and is 0-3 with a 5.23ERA...the fact he has those 4 no decisions is a miracle given the number of runs he gives up a game.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@drmetfan @Zach Goeringer It's not an excuse it's a fact. Don't complain about your top prospects high era in a place that is absolutely nothing like citi field. Each minor league level should be a stepping stone, Vegas is much harder to pitch in than New York so its backwards and leads to writers making BS statements like "he's bored" give me a break.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@Zach Goeringer @drmetfan  yeah but we had pitchers, incluiding Vic Black, with low, LOW ERA's all season, or all during their time in Vegas...im not discounting that Vegas is tough to pitch in, but it's not like every single pitcher there has an ERA up over 4.50

fhc1224
fhc1224

@Zach Goeringer @drmetfan  I do not care if he is bored or not, he is not ready and has not earned a call up.  Harvey & Wheeler may say they were bored but each had an era a run lower then Noah does now.  He is in AAA at a younger age then each of them were by more then a year.  Let him finish the season there then take a nice break to recover and think about next season.