Keith Law published his mid-season update on his Top 50 Prospects and our Noah Syndergaard came in at 34, which is a huge jump from his pre-season ranking of 97. Here’s the blurb for those of you that aren’t subscribers…(Hat tip to my buddy XtreemIcon from MetsMerized)
34. Noah Syndergaard, RHP | New York Mets(age 20)
Current level: Double-A (Binghamton)
Preseason ranking: 97
Syndergaard has an easy 70-grade fastball, sitting mid-90s and touching 98 regularly, with a great pitcher’s build and repeatable delivery. His secondary stuff is just average, both the curveball and changeup, with a fringy slider that’s kind of flat and doesn’t suit his arm slot as well as the curve and change do.
The worst-case scenario here is probably a league-average starter between the velocity and outstanding control, with No. 2 starter upside if the breaking ball improves a little more and the fastball command continues to develop. He’s become the key guy for the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal, passing the always-hurt Travis d’Arnaud, whose talent may end up unfulfilled because he can’t stay on the field.
Well, alright then. I mentioned earlier that Sickels ranked Syndergaard, d’Arnaud, Montero, and Flores in his Top-75 with the first three coming within the top 50. Law is obviously not as high on Montero and holds d’Arnaud’s health against him, but that’s alright. I disagree with Law on Syndergaard’s repertoire, as I would easily rank his curve as above-average. That being said, it’s always nice to see one of our guys getting some attention with the big names.
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