The Mets have still not decided whether to add RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard to their 40-man roster and promote him in September, Sandy Alderson said before Tuesday’s game.
Alderson said Syndergaard could benefit from being around the team, and seeing the big leagues, even if he only makes an occasional in-game appearance. However, he added, “We don’t have 40-man roster spots readily available for everybody we potentially want to see in September.”
The team’s current 40-man roster is at 37, according to Alderson.
Syndergaard will need to be added before this offseason to protect him from being taken by another team during the Rule 5 draft.
Brian P. Mangan: Syndergaard has been unlucky this year with a .380 BABIP, a figure which is almost unheard of over as many innings as he’s thrown this year (124 1/3 innings). It is the fifth-highest figure out of the 28 pitchers that have taken the mound for his team this season. The rest of Syndergaard’s profile is extraordinarily strong. His K/9 is 9.77, good for third in the entire league. He’s been a little wild, but his K/BB ratio is still ninth best in his league among 39 qualified starters. Overall, his FIP (fielding independent pitching) is good for third in the league at 3.79.
Perhaps the best part of all of Syndergaard’s success is the relatively young age at which he is achieving it…
Syndergaard turns 22 on August 29. When Zack Wheeler was 22, he was pitching well in Double-A before pitching in pitcher-friendly Triple-A Buffalo (his low ERA hid his poor peripherals, 33-16 K-BB). Matt Harvey was in Single- and Double-A when 22-years-old, dominating, but doing so in a lower level of the minors. The Mets are lucky to have had success recently in developing Harvey and Wheeler, and should know that Syndergaard had proven capable of following in their footsteps.
If Wheeler was ready, then Syndergaard is ready. Wheeler neither struck out as many (his K/9 was a strong 9.2) or walked as few (his BB/9 was 3.8) as Syndergaard has, despite being 15 months his senior. Syndergaard has pitched even better recently, with a 2.95 ERA and massive 10.9 K/9 over his last 39 2/3 innings (seven starts).
As the Mets’ season winds down, calling up Syndergaard – who must be added to the 40 man roster this offseason anyway – can serve multiple purposes: 1) It can give him a taste of the majors, a reward for a season pitching in the punishing Las Vegas desert; 2) it can allow Syndergaard to acclimate himself and perhaps be more prepared to contribute out of the gate in 2015; and 3) it can reward loyal fans with another glimpse of the future as the Mets finish up yet another dreary season.