– Paul DePodesta clarified what to expect regarding Noah Syndergaard’s inning limits will be this year with Adam Rubin of ESPNNY, suggesting that 30 innings over his 124.3 from last year is a “rough estimate,” but “A lot of it’s going to be on how he actually racks up those innings — how efficient he is in the pitch counts, how much rest he’s getting between starts, how much side work we do with him.” DePodesta also suggested Syndergaard might take a few turns out of the Las Vegas bullpen to keep his innings down.
– Good stuff from Jeff Paternostro and Jason Parks at Amazin Avenue Audio discussing Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Mets prospects. They focused on Marcos Molina, Amed Rosario, Wilmer Flores and Cesar Puello in the chat.
– Brandon Nimmo added 10 more pounds of muscle over the winter and is now up to 205.
– According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, the Phillies have reported Oregon State LHP Ben Wetzler to the NCAA for using an agent last summer. The Phillies drafted Wetzler in the 5th round, but were unable to come to an agreement on a signing bonus. Just about any player draft in the top 20 rounds is going to use an “advisor” who becomes their agent when they officially sign. Guys don’t sign every year: it happens to the Phillies, Mets, Blue Jays, Rays and every other team occasionally. Unless Wetzler did something really, really underhanded, this looks like just a vindictive, bitter move by the Phillies.
– Bob Egelko in the SF Chronicle reports that three former minor league baseball players are suing their former teams and Major League Baseball for violating “minimum wage and labor laws.”