Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard says each of his gloves has a “name,” according to the Press & Sun Bulletin.
Last weekend, according to reports, he wore a glove with “LION” written in cursive letters on it.
“Lion is just the mentality on the mound,” Syndergaard said. “King of the jungle. King of the mound, I guess.”
His other gloves are named “Heisenberg” for the character in the television show “Breaking Bad,” “Rick Grimes” for a character in “The Walking Dead” and “Drago,” in honor of Ivan Drago, in “Rocky IV.”
Syndergaard is 6-0 with a 1.59 ERA, with 64 strike outs in 51 innings, in his 10 starts for Double-A Binghamton this season. He pitched five shutout innings, while striking out 10, in his last start.
He is expected to finish his season in Double-A, pitching no more than five innings per start, he recently told Dave Caldwell of the Wall Street Journal.
Syndergaard was recently ranked No. 14 on MLB.com’s mid-season Top 100 Prospects List.
“His combination of stuff, pitchability and aggressiveness on the mound point to a possible future as a frontline starter,”MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo wrote in the report.
Syndergaard pitched a scoreless inning in the MLB Futures Game on July 14 at Citi Field and says he hopes to make his first big push for the Mets next spring.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Drago? That’s awesome. “Whatever he hits, he destroys.”
Anyway, I really hope he doesn’t get traded this winter. I don’t think he will. I know it takes a pitcher like Noah to bring back a significant bat, but I’m so enamored with how people talk about this kid. Syndergaard is talked about with words like ‘workhorse,’ ‘strong,’ ‘healthy,’ and ‘fundamentally sound.’ Mayo speaks about Noah’s aggressiveness and determination, which I’ve heard is similar to Matt Harvey.
It is beginning to really feel like Harvey, Wheeler and Syndergaard could be something very, very special, and the team is letting them develop in a way that can help make that happen (unlike the organization did with Generation K, who were all rushed to the big leagues).