Noah Syndergaard made a terrific first impression in his first spring game, giving up one hit in two scoreless innings Monday, while simultaneously impressing the Braves.
“I didn’t know anything about the kid coming into today, but I sure won’t forget his name now,” Braves C Ryan Doumit told reporters. “You can add that guy to the list of young power arms that they have coming up. It’s pretty impressive. He obviously came in ready to compete.”
Syndergaard is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. Similar to how Sandy Alderson handled Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, Syndergaard will likely be promoted this summer after the estimated Super 2 deadline, which will keep him from reaching salary arbitration after two full seasons.
“He takes stuff seriously,” Terry Collins said after the game (Daily News, Mar. 4). “He is not joking around. He didn’t joke around even when he came out of the game.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Look, you know the drill, we’ve been through it with Harvey and we’ve been through it with Wheeler. You know this front office and how they view value today as opposed to value tomorrow. Syndergaard is going to go through the same. He’s not going to make the team out of spring training. Yet, there will still be fans and media that insist Syndergaard should be on the Opening Day roster.
For what it’s worth, pretty much every team in baseball is doing the same with their top, can’t-miss prospects. In the last few years, the Rays delayed Evan Longoria, the Reds did it with Jay Bruce, the Giants held back Buster Posey, and the Nationals held back Bryce Harper, not to mention Alderson with Wheeler and Harvey. Basically, it guarantees the player is under team control longer and it puts off their eventual pay day, which means more financial flexibility in the short term. I’m sure the Yankees would do the same… if they had any top prospects worth promoting.
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