Noah Syndergaard threw his first bullpen of Spring Training yesterday, and drew rave reviews.
Everyone has Terry Collins’ quote that he was “throwing 97 miles an hour today with a hook from hell,” but Jared Diamond at the Wall Street Journal has the followup in which Collins told his youngster, “”You’re not going to make the team throwing on the side.”
Adam Rubin at ESPN has a great honest characterization from Syndergaard of his own work, “he spent the offseason working to upgrade his changeup. He threw eight or 10, he recalled, in Monday’s session. “I kind of impressed myself a little bit,” he said.
At Newsday, Marc Carig quotes Anthony Recker who caught the session, “Pretty much my first impression was ‘wow.’ He’s got really good stuff — great stuff. The ball jumps out of his hand, good movement on the two-seam, changeup. You don’t expect a power-arm guy that young to have a changeup like that.”
Rob Brender talked to Thor.
Bill Price in the Daily News wins the award for worst column arguing that the Mets should bring Syndergaard north.