Noah Syndergaard hopes Mets fans are not losing faith in him as a top prospect, he told MetsBlog’s Rob Brender after Tuesday’s game for Triple-A Las Vegas.
In his last five starts for Triple-A, Syndergaard is 1-2 with a 10.42 ERA, during which opponents are batting .372 against him.
He entered the season ranked by MLB.com as the team’s best prospect, as well as the third-best right-handed pitching prospect in baseball.
“I’m still young, I’m just 21 years old, I hope Mets fans still have a little faith in me and have not given up on me quite just yet,” he said. “I’m still a baby here, I still have lots to learn.”
Syndergaard said he needs to continue to work on being more unpredictable.
“A lot of times I get fastball happy, and you can’t really sneak a fastball past these hitters,” he explained to Brender. “The key for me is to be pitcher not a thrower. I need to locate my off-speed pitches when they start timing up my fastball. I need to try to make the hitter uncomfortable in the box, that’s always an advantage.”
Terry Collins told reporters it is possible Syndergaard is not promoted to the big leagues this season.
“There’s a possibility you might not see him” Collins said. “Right now, we’ve got bigger issues on the table.”
To listen to Brender’s exclusive Q&A with Syndergaard, who also talks about pitching in Vegas and working with Frank Viola, click play here: