Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
My hunch is that we’ll see top pitching prospect Noah 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.
Also, Syndergaard still needs work, Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola recently told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.
“We tend to think that he’s been around for a long time, but, in reality, he hasn’t pitched more than 125 innings in a season,” Viola explained. “He has to go out there, he has to get into situations he’s not used to getting into. He has to go deeper into ballgames and work on stuff. … It is a process and hopefully people will give him that time to learn and do it the right way, so that when he does get called up he’s up there for good.”
That said, Syndergaard has around 10-12 starts left this year, given the innings limit the team set for him in Spring Training. I’m sure someone in the current rotation will get injured, maybe get traded or need to miss a start or two, because that’s just the nature of baseball.
Add it all up, plus knowing it will help Sandy Alderson this winter to know what Syndergaard is capable of doing as a big leaguer next year, and I trust that he’ll find his way on to the roster later in the second half, despite what the team says in public.
In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Viola talked about Syndergaard, as well as LHP prospect Steven Matz, RHP prospect Rafael Montero, how he’d help Zack Wheeler, and his recovery from heart surgery earlier this year: