21-year-old Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard will remember 2014 as the year he learned to pitch, he told reporter Jared Diamond (Wall Street Journal, July 18).
“I feel like my stuff is there from the physical part of the game,” Syndergaard said, according to Diamond. “It’s just all about the mental aspect.”
He is 7-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas. He has thrown 84 2/3 innings, leaving him to make around 10-12 starts this year, given the innings limit the team set for him in Spring Training.
Syndergaard dropped from being the third best right-handed pitching prospect down to fifth on MLB.com’s recent mid-season top prospect list.
He said he was constantly thinking about the Super Two cut-off date earlier this summer, since it may have indicated a promotion to Queens sooner than later. However, so far, Syndergaard is still pitching in Las Vegas, unlike Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, who were promoted almost immediately during their first summer’s in Triple-A.
“They were older and more polished pitchers,” Syndergaard told Diamond. “They were ready at that point. And right now, I don’t think I’m ready.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
July 17: My hunch is that we’ll see Syndergaard starting for the Mets some time in August. I realize that in late June, Terry Collins told reporters it is possible Syndergaard may not see big-league action this year, despite starting the season ranked by MLB.com as the third-best right-handed pitching prospect in baseball >> Read more.