Team officials were disappointed in Noah Syndergaard‘s approach on the mound during his first two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, writes reporter Mike Puma (NY Post, Apr. 18).
“Backman told him to be more aggressive and asked him who he wants to become,” a person with knowledge of the conversation told Puma. “Does he want to become a middle-of-the-road starter or top-of-the-line starter?”
Syndergaard pitched five innings and allowed two runs on five hits Monday, improving to 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts in Triple-A this season.
This past off season, Syndergaard was named the league’s third-best right-handed pitching prospect on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect List.
He is expected to stay with Triple-A Las Vegas until June.