We’ll do a few topics for each affiliate, starting in AA.
Noah Syndergaard is Dominating AA
Noah Syndergaard was terrific again on Sunday: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He hit 96 a handful of times. The Mets are keeping the big Texan on a very short leash these days as he threw just 66 pitches Sunday after 59 in his previous start. His total AA line: 41 IP, 32 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 49 K, 1.98 ERA. In terms of key ratios, that’s a 5.4 K/BB, a 31% strikeout rate and a 5.7% walk rate. That’s all just outstanding stuff from Thor. Even better, he’s started referring to himself as Thor on Twitter, which is hilarious. Syndergaard threw 103.2 innings last year for Lansing in the Midwest League and is sitting at 104.2 right now between St. Lucie and Binghamton. If the BMets keep his pitch count down in his next few outings, he should be clear to finish strong in the Eastern League Playoffs.
After the game, Travis d’Arnaud told MiLB.com that Syndergaard’s stuff was great:
“What can I say about an outing like that? … He had an absolutely electric fastball, his curveball was pretty devastating and his changeup — I didn’t even know he had a changeup like that. It just made his fastball look so much quicker and harder. The whole thing was effective.”
After throwing just one changeup in his previous start, which was hit out for a home run, Syndergaard used the pitch more regularly Sunday. Again, d’Arnaud:
“I think he threw it eight or 10 times today, and used it pretty effectively each time. If he’s having any trouble with it, I couldn’t tell. It works really well with the fastball and the curveball.”
Cesar Puello Has Not Played Since Thursday
MLB is planning on announcing the Biogenesis suspensions today, Monday, at 3 pm. However, according to Mets VP of Amateur Scouting and Player Development, Paul dePodesta, Puello’s sitting Friday-Sunday is unrelated to any forthcoming suspension. As he told Adam Rubin at ESPNNY, “Manager’s decision. Just giving him a break. He’s active and available.”
The New York Post claims that only one other player of the Biogenesis group, outside of Alex Rodriguez, is expected to appeal.
d’Arnaud At the Plate
In four games in AA, d’Arnaud is hitting .222/.263/.444 (4-for-18) with a double, a homer (Saturday) and a walk against six strikeouts.
Syndergaard photo courtesy Gordon Donovan.