RHP Noah Syndergaard, a key piece of the Mets’ trade with the Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey has been promoted from advanced-A St. Lucie to AA Binghamton. Thor as we like to call him around here leaves the Florida State League 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA, the 9th-best ERA in the League. His strikeout rate of 24.8% was second in the FSL and his 6.2 % walk rate is very solid.
Syndergaard, who will not turn 21 until the end of August, is listed at 6’5″, 200lbs, although I think he’s closer to 6’6″. He throws hard – in the mid 90s, which has downward plane that has helped him to the sixth-best groundball rate in the FSL among pitchers with 50+ innings (52%). and has a curve, slider and changeup. I was told this week that he was again using his curveball as his primary breaking pitch. When it’s good, it has a short, tight break.
He is a very good young pitching prospect. Syndergaard is extremely unlikely to make his big league debut in 2013, but with continued development and success in AA and AAA, June/July 2014 just as Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey did before him in 2012 and 2013 is very much in play.
Tweets from Syndergaard’s teammates in St. Lucie: