Noah Syndergaard ranked second best right-handed pitching prospect by MLB.com

By Danny Abriano
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Noah Syndergaard, the top prospect in the Mets organization, has been ranked by MLB.com as the second best right-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball.

The only player ranked ahead of Syndergaard on the list is Lucas Giolito of the Nationals.

Prominent names behind Syndergaard on the list include Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy, Tyler Glasnow, and Jon Gray.

On the 40-to-80 scouting scale, MLB.com graded Syndergaard’s fastball as a 70 while giving his curveball a 60, his changeup a 55, his control a 60, and his overall grade a 65. Like Syndergaard, Giolito also received an overall grade of 65.

Writes Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com:

"A big, strong classic power right-hander, Syndergaard combines plus fastball velocity with outstanding command and control. He can crank his fastball up to 98 mph and will run it in on right-handed hitters. Syndergaard will add and subtract from his curve, giving hitters different looks. His changeup improved in 2014, giving him a third above-average offering. He’s always been around the plate, having walked just 2.6 per nine innings through the 2014 season while striking out 10. He’s a good athlete and repeats his delivery well, throwing downhill consistently from his 6-foot-6 frame."

Syndergaard, 22, had a 4.60 ERA (3.70 FIP) to go along with 9.81 K/9 in 133 innings pitched (26 starts) for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.

While Syndergaard will be in big league camp with the Mets, he’s not expected to make the Opening Day roster. By waiting until at least late-April to promote Syndergaard, the Mets will secure another year of control over him.

Thoughts:

Syndergaard’s ranking on the list and the scouting report that accompanies it makes Ken Rosenthal’s report from a few days ago (the one where some scouts questioned whether Syndergaard might wind up as a reliever) even more laughable.

Syndergaard is and always has been a tremendous starting pitching prospect, and he’ll get a chance to make his mark in the majors this coming season.

How Syndergaard enters the Mets’ crowded big league rotation remains to be seen, but that should become clearer once the club deals Dillon Gee. Come midseason, the team will likely also look to deal Bartolo Colon, who is in the last year of his contract.

The Mets subtracting Gee and Colon would likely leave Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Jon Niese as the incumbents in the starting rotation – giving Syndergaard the opening he needs.

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