Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, who the Mets acquired from Toronto as part of the R.A. Dickey trade, has been promoted from High-A St. Lucie to AA Binghamton. He’ll make his AA debut tomorrow at 1:05 PM.
The right handed Syndergaard, 20, was 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 63.2 innings pitched while with St. Lucie. He struck out 64 and walked 16.
Ranked as the #54 prospect by Baseball America entering the 2013 season, the 6’5″, 200 pound Syndergaard works off his 92-98 MPH fastball and plus changeup. He also features a 12-6 curveball. Here’s an excerpt from Fangraphs on Syndergaard:
Due to his size and high three-quarter delivery, Syndergaard’s fastball is thrown on a steep downward plane with moderate sinking action. While he is subject to youthful inconsistency, Syndergaard has good command of the pitch and pounds the bottom of the strike zone. Due to these attributes, it’s easy to project the 20-year-old to be a ground-ball machine at higher levels. He couples his fastball with an above-average-or-better change-up that features both sink and fade.
Syndergaard and Rafael Montero are the next two exciting young arms the Mets are expecting big things from. While Montero may get a cup of coffee with the Mets later this year and compete for a spot in next year’s big league rotation, Syndergaard will likely be spending the remainder of this season with AA Binghamton.
If Syndergaard remains in AA through the end of the season and excels, he’d likely make his way to AAA Las Vegas by June of 2014. There’s a chance he can reach the majors by late next season, but it’s more likely that his big league debut will come in early 2015.
Here’s a video of Syndergaard pitching this season for St. Lucie: