Zach Mortimer at Baseball Prospectus wrote up Noah Syndergaard based on his first-hand observations today. He likes Thor a lot.
His comments on Syndergaard’s off-speed pitches are most interesting.
Notes: Good shape. Ability to throw early in the count for a strike, and late for the strikeout. …. Arm action allows me to believe the pitch will be a consistent weapon going forward.
Velocity: 87-90; Command: fringe-average;
Movement: arm-side fade with sink.
Notes: Command currently not on par with other two offerings. However, able to manipulate the ball and create deception with plus life. Deceptive arm speed ….
Note both the descriptions and the grades. In Mortimer’s estimation, Syndergaard’s curve is already a plus offering and the changeup is MLB average.
Strength: Fastball is an elite offering with premier velocity and life; curveball ….has sharp break with bat-missing ability; changeup projection; smooth mechanics; ideal frame.
Weakness: Will leave changeup elevated; sequence can be predictable; curveball still has to take a step forward to be a high level weapon.
That, friends, is a glowing scouting report.