History may not repeat itself, but it can rhyme. And in 2020, we may see David Peterson play a role closely resembling what Noah Syndergaard did for the New York Mets in 2015.
Five years ago, the name Noah Syndergaard was on the radar of only the most dedicated New York Mets fans. Prior to his MLB debut, he was nothing more than a prospect the fans hoped would become a star in the big leagues.
In the seasons since, Syndergaard has done a nice job for the Mets with some varying results. At his best, Thor looks like a potential MLB ace. At his worst, he’s a little more reckless on the mound than most would prefer.
The Mets will be without Syndergaard in 2020. However, they do have another prospect they can turn to for some help if indeed.
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History doesn’t always repeat itself. As the saying now goes, history often rhymes. If true, we may see David Peterson as the midseason asset the Mets add to the roster.
Peterson stands at a towering 6’6 just as Syndergaard does on the mound. This imposing stature gives him an obvious connection with Thor.
The most obvious difference from a physical standpoint is the fact that Peterson throws his lightning bolts with his left arm. Syndergaard does so with his right.
Before the league went into a standstill, it looked like Peterson would begin 2020 in Triple-A with the Syracuse Mets. I still think this is the case, but his stay there may not be long.
If Major League Baseball expands the rosters, for instance, the Mets may view Peterson as a candidate to crack the big league club at some point. A shorter season means every game counts a bit more. As a club is now down one arm, it’s even more likely they will need to dip into their starting pitching depth.
Peterson happens to be one of those chips that can help out.
Back in 2015, Syndergaard did something similar. His debut was in mid-May after a strong early start in Triple-A. He helped carry the wave of excellence by the 2015 club all the way to the World Series. As you may even recall, he was the only pitcher to win a game against the Kansas City Royals in the finals.
Peterson won’t have nearly as much time to pitch in a big league uniform this year. Depending on how the rules are set up for rookie and if there are changes to when their big league clock begins, the Mets may choose to hold off on promoting him too early. After all, he is one of the last notable pitching prospects on the farm anywhere near big-league ready.
I’m still not sold on Peterson becoming a huge impact player anytime soon. He didn’t perform at a high level in 2019, but things change quickly. Plenty of superstar minor leaguers fizzle out fast just as some unknowns seem to drop from the sky.
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If there’s any chance for some rhyming history with the 2020 Mets when placed in prose along with the 2015 season, it could mean we see Peterson as this year’s version of Syndergaard.