Sep 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is presented with his Sterling Award before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Sterling Awards go to the Mets

Noah Syndergaard Ranked #3 on MLB.Com Top RHP Prospects List

MLB.com is currently unveiling their top ten prospects by position, and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard landed at number 3 on the list of best right handed starting pitching prospects in the game.

Ahead of Syndergaard on the list were Archie Bradley of the Diamondbacks (who isn’t expected to make an impact until 2015), and Taijuan Walker of Seattle, who made his big league debut last season.

Here’s what MLB.com had to say about Syndergaard:

After being dealt to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal in December 2012, Syndergaard made a splash in his first season in his new organization. He reached Double-A Binghamton and started the Futures Game at Citi Field for the U.S. team.

Syndergaard is a classic power right-hander and uses his big frame to throw downhill and induce ground balls. His fastball regularly reaches 98 mph and runs inside on right-handed hitters. His 12-to-6 curveball is his best secondary pitch, though his changeup has the potential to be a third plus pitch in his arsenal. He has excellent command and posted a 4.75 K-to-BB ratio in 2013.

Snydergaard has the potential to be a frontline starter in the Major Leagues and is on track to follow the path Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler blazed to Queens as soon as this summer.

Thoughts:

Syndergaard was at times a man among boys last year during his stops with High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. One disastrous late season start in Binghamton skewed his numbers (which were still fantastic), but it’s clear that Syndergaard is very close to contributing in the majors.

Barring something odd happening, he’ll open the 2014 campaign with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Matt Harvey is out for most, if not all of 2014, but it’s tantalizing to think about a 2015 (or late 2014) rotation that includes Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and Jonathon Niese.

Much like with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, if all goes to plan, it’s expected that Syndergaard will make his debut with the Mets shortly after the Super Two deadline.

There are always some who say that keeping a player down until this deadline passes is “cheap.”  In actuality, it’s simply smart business.

By keeping a player in the minors until the Super Two deadline passes, a club can guarantee an extra year of team control.

Fans will be thirsting for Syndergaard, but waiting until mid-June or so won’t be the end of the World.

 

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