On Wednesday night in Fresno, Noah Syndergaard turned in another solid performance – likely one of only a handful the top Mets prospect has left in Triple-A before his promotion to the Mets.
In five innings pitched, Syndergaard allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out six. He threw 83 pitches (55 of which went for strikes).
Syndergaard was better than his line looked.
All of the runs he surrendered came in the third inning, when he allowed back to back homers (a two-run shot and a solo shot) to Fresno.
After the blip in the third inning, Syndergaard was untouchable. He retired the last seven batters he faced.
Syndergaard could have come back out for the sixth inning, but the 51s – following directives from the Mets – are being conservative with his innings.
Once the Super Two date passes – likely during the second week of June – the Mets will be able to call up Syndergaard without having to worry that he’ll be awarded an extra year of arbitration.
When Syndergaard arrives, he’ll be the third pitching prospect (and the one with the most upside) to have arrived in Flushing this season. Both Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom joined the Mets rotation last week.