Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tv
Noah Syndergaard struck out five in two innings of work in Thursday’s intrasqaud game.
His curve was devastating, the “hook from hell,” as Terry Collins calls it. Syndergaard said he only threw one changeup all day, moving exclusively between fastballs and curveballs.
Syndergaard’s presence on the mound is something you really have to see in person. In the small minor league park, where you can usually hear chatter from everyone, it was amazing at how quiet it was while he was pitching. There was some light construction going on past the right field fence, and that was the only noise in the park while Syndergaard was working. Everyone was captivated, silently watching the 6-foot-6 pitcher work.
He, by far, got the loudest applause from the couple hundred fans on hand when his innings were over. He told the media that he was impressed with the crowd’s reaction.
Syndergaard told the media that he was pretty pumped up to pitch today and that he’s excited to pitch on Monday against the Braves.
At the end of the day, he did give up a run on a few hits, but even when a player got a hit off him, they didn’t come easy.
“There’s going to be something special about him,” Terry Collins said after the game.
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To hear more of what Syndergaard had to say, here’s his Q&A with the media after his two innings of work…