Baseball America has tapped Noah Syndergaard as the highest ranked pitcher (6th player overall) on their list of top prospects who played in the Florida State League in 2013. The list was released today.
Syndergaard, 21, made 12 starts over 63.2 innings this season for Single-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League before being promoted to Double-A Binghamton. In those 63.2 innings with St. Lucie, Syndergaard had an ERA of 3.11 and a 1.21 WHIP. He allowed 61 hits, walked 16, and struck out 64 – a rate of 9.05 per 9 innings pitched.
After being promoted to Binghamton, he put up even more impressive numbers. Syndergaard made 11 starts over 54 innings pitched in Double-A, posting an ERA of 3.00 to go along with a 1.07 WHIP. He allowed 46 hits, walked 12, and struck out 69 (11.5 per 9). His ERA was impressive, and skewed a bit due to one poor start down the stretch.
Syndergaard is regarded by most experts as one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball. With his large frame, blazing fastball, and at times dominant curve, he’s clearly on the fast track.
It’s likely that Syndergaard will open the 2014 season with Triple-A Las Vegas, and a debut with the Mets should come shortly thereafter.