In a recent scouting report for Baseball Prospectus, Zach Mortimer says Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard is a three-pitch pitcher with an ability to add a slider into his arsenal down the line. He also describes Syndergaard as having “excellent demeanor and mound presence.”
“[Syndergaard's] fastball is an elite offering with premier velocity and life,” Mortimer said in his report. “[His] curveball plays well off of [his] fastball and has sharp break with bat-missing ability.”
Syndergaard was ranked No. 14 on MLB.com’s mid-season Top 100 Prospects List and is currently listed as the team’s top prospect.
“Overall, Syndergaard is a future top-of-the-rotation pitcher with a near elite arsenal,” Mortimer said. “He also has the ideal physical frame for a pitcher. The arsenal is complete with no major weaknesses, and secondary offerings still have room for projection moving forward.”
Syndergaard, 22, went a combined 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA with 133 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 117 2/3 innings between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2013.
Michael Baron, ContributorIt’s really hard to not be excited about Syndergaard’s potential and fantasize about a future rotation consisting of him, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, and Jon Niese. The organization similarly raves about Syndergaard, and they were particularly impressed with his adjustment to Double-A this season, which is considered the toughest transition in the minor leagues..
Syndergaard’s command was been outstanding all year long — especially with his secondary pitches — and it’s getting better. In fact, his ability to command multiple pitches so early in his professional career was one of the things the organization found attractive about him when they traded for him last December. I’m curious as to why Mortimer didn’t discuss Syndergaard’s slider in his report. Syndergaard currently considers that his fourth pitch, and while it’s work in progress, he showed early success with that pitch over the course of the 2013 season.
Nevertheless, these attributes, along with his size and stuff have the team believing they have someone truly special coming up through the system. It’s clear he has wicked stuff — his fastball has late life on it, and he’s not afraid to throw it up and in to a batter. He throws his curveball with hard and heavy movement down in the strike zone, and he has the ability to consistently miss bats (along with all of his other pitches).
For the complete scouting report on Syndergaard, click here (note: you must be a subscriber to Baseball Prospectus).