According to John Harper of the Daily News, a scout who watched Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard this past summer described him as: “Harvey-Wheeler good.”
This past winter, MiLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo listed Syndergaard at number 10 on his Top 10 Right-Handed Pitching Prospects for 2013.
Philip D, a reader of MetsBlog:
If the Mets need a starting pitcher, why is Syndergaard being ignored? It would seem he’d be the likely candidate to step in to the rotation to replace Matt Harvey next Spring?
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets were in a similar situation each of the last two years, yet let Harvey and then Zack Wheeler start the year in Triple-A. They did this, 1) to let them get more innings and to get in to a rhythm before being thrown in to the big leagues, but 2) because it pushed back their arbitration clock by waiting to promote them after June. I expect the same will be the case with Syndergaard. He’ll be all the rage in Spring Training, he’ll start next year in the minors, pressure to promote him will mount, we’ll talk endlessly about arbitration status and cut-off dates, and then I bet we see him around June or July… you know the drill, because you’ve seen it twice before.
By the way, the Blue Jays almost certainly regret trading Syndergaard to the Mets, more than one MLB insider has told me over the last few weeks. The buzz around Noah continues to be about his strength, stamina and ability to repeat his delivery.
In a video last Spring for SNY.TV, Mets minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick likened Syndergaard to Aaron Harang, in terms of his delivery and size on the mound. In his younger days, Harang was praised for his stature, durability and solid structure on the mound. Syndergaard is often described in the same way.
“He has to be as low a risk for an arm injury as any major starter prospect in baseball,” Keith Law said Thursday in a chat for ESPN.com.
This makes me feel slightly better, since Harvey’s injury and Zack Wheeler’s mechanics often give me anxiety from memories of Generation K. Hopefully, talk of Syndergaard’s size and strength can help calm those fears…