AA Tuesday: Thor Back on Track

AA: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Reading Fightin’ Phils 3

Syndergaard Stl HeadAfter a rough one last time out, Noah Syndergaard got back on track for Binghamton: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP. He threw 62.5% of his pitches for strikes (60 of 96) and induced five groundball outs against one in the air.

After the game, he told Lynn Worthy in the Press and Sun Bulletin:

“Those six days in between starts I really hounded on my mechanics and got back on my program and went out there every day with 110 percent mentality to get better. I didn’t like how my last start went, and I was going to do my best to change that. I feel like I did a pretty good job tonight. I was still a little erratic at times, but I think my mechanics were a lot better.”

Syndergaard is focused on becoming more efficient and keeping his pitch count down. Again, as told to Worthy:

“I think right now the struggle is going deep into counts, putting guys away once I get two strikes. I feel like a lot of the guys get at me when they start fouling pitches off. … I feel like I’ve got to work on putting guys away, but my curveball was pretty solid tonight so that’s always a plus.

You know what will help pick up some early count outs? A better changeup. Also, I have this theory that in the minors, the hard-throwing guys don’t work as many short counts because many batters do not want to swing at 94+ heat.

CF Darrell Ceciliani was 2-for-4 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 16 straight games, the longest active streak in the AA Eastern League. In those 16 games, he’s hit .460/.507/.730 with eight extra-base hits, six walks and seven strikeouts. For the year, the 23-year-old is up to .294/.344/.430 in 85 games. At the start of his streak, while putting him “In the Team Photo” on their July 12 “Hot Sheet” Baseball America wrote that his run, began “to remind everybody why he has a chance to develop into a fourth outfielder. All the same, he’ll need to sharply reduce his strikeout rate (26 percent of plate appearances) to avoid becoming Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2.0.” At this writing, he’s fanned in 23.5% of his plate appearances, so yeah, that’s still an issue.

 

RHP Jeff Walters continued a really nice year out of the Binghamton ‘pen, getting out a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before working an uneventful ninth for his 27th save, one off the B-Mets’ team record. He’s fanned 46 and walked 12 in his 42.1 innings of work, while yielding just 33 hits. He’s a fastball slider guy who used to be 92-93, but has added velocity this year, and is getting to 94 regularly and touching higher. He will absolutely be a Mets’ bullpen candidate in the next year.