Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 16, 2012
So, that’s clear enough. Lets go to the internet for a few more scouting reports. Part 1 is here.
Again, d’Arnaud and Syndergaard immediately become two of the Mets’ top three prospects. I have the top three ranked d’Arnaud, Wheeler and Syndergaard.
BA ranked d’Arnaud as the Jays’ #1 prospect after the 2012 baseball season. Nathan Rode wrote in part:
D’Arnaud has the tools to become a big league all-star if he can stay healthy. He’s a rare catcher with the potential to be an above-average hitter with plus power. He doesn’t walk much but makes consistent hard contact, getting hits even when his timing is off or he gets off balance. He has the bat speed and strength to hit plenty of homers and lets his power come naturally, employing a short stroke and all-fields approach. …. D’Arnaud made good strides with his defense in 2011 by working with then-New Hampshire manager Sal Butera, who caught in the majors for nine seasons. ….He has average to plus arm strength and has refined his footwork and throwing accuracy. He’s a solid receiver who moves well behind the plate, and he’s a good leader who works well with his pitching staffs.
Keith Law had d’Arnaud as his 5th-best prospect in baseball in his midseason update, writing:
It’s possible, even likely, he is always going to be an injury-prone player, one who is great when he plays but won’t average 140 games a year the way you’d want.
Before the season, while ranking d’Arnaud, his top Blue Jays prospect, and #6 overall in baseball, Law wrote:
a plus defensive catcher who produces across the board on offense.
The two big keys for d’Arnaud in 2011 were staying healthy — which he did until he tore a thumb ligament while playing for Team USA in October’s World Cup — and starting to grow into his power, which projects as plus, 25-30 homers in a full season of catching down the road.
In reference to Law’s comment, d’Arnaud’s injury list includes:
2010 – Lower back ailment (held him to just 71 games)
2011 – torn ligament left thumb Team USA (surgery 10/11)
2012 – torn posterior cruciate ligament left knee (held him to just 67 games)
Their scouting report:
Syndergaard’s big frame gives him an imposing presence on the mound, and his fastball only adds to it. His heater ranges from 92-98 mph with excellent downward angle and armside run. His curveball has gained velocity since he signed and now sits in the mid-70s with downward action. It’s inconsistent and eventually may develop into a slider, but it gets outs and features good spin. He maintains his arm speed well on his mid-80s changeup. He has very good body control for his size, which leads to quality command and control.
Note that Baseball America’s report is not consistent with Lansing pitching coach Vince Horsman who told Jaysprospects.com that Syndergaard was working on both a slider and a curveball in 2012.
“At the beginning of the season, Noah was a fastball, change-up guy. We implemented the curveball into his game and that was okay, but then around the halfway point we added a slider and the slider helped his curveball. So developing one pitch turned into two pitches so now he has a very good curveball and a very good slider to compliment his change-up.
“Thus, he has now gone from a two-pitch pitcher to a four-pitch pitcher. This was unexpected. I can’t wait to see what else the future has in store for him