Syndergaard Brings Big Heat to New York Mets

It’s not often that a club has the opportunity to acquire the reigning Cy Young award winner but the Toronto Blue Jays did just that when they acquired R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets on Monday. Understandably, the Blue Jays paid a steep price for the veteran knuckleballer. Along with the top prospect in their system — Travis d’Arnaud, whom I wrote about earlier — the Jays also flipped prospects Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra to their National League trading partners.

Syndergaard was the 38th overall selection of the 2010 amateur draft out of a Texas high school. The 20-year-old right-hander is best known for his ability to throw triple-digit smoke. He also has a massive 6’5” 200 lbs frame which should allow him to be extremely durable if/when he reaches the majors. On the down side, his secondary pitches are still raw and currently project as average offerings, which tempers projections for his overall ceiling. I spoke with a talent evaluator for my recent Jays Top 15 prospect list and he said this of Syndergaard’s stuff: “The curveball has come a long, long way… it is, at times, average,” He also stated that the young pitcher is toying with a slider and referred to the changeup as “OK.” He’s likely more of a No. 3 starter than a No. 1 or 2, unless New York’s development staff can help him unlock the potential of his curveball and/or changeup.

Syndergaard spent the 2012 season in A-ball, working in a tandem system that Toronto has implemented for all of its young pitchers. Splitting time between starting and relieving to keep his workload down, the right-hander pitched 103.2 innings while striking out 122 and walking 31. He also induces ground-ball outs at a massive rate, thanks to his ability to leverage his size. During the first half of 2012, while making seven starts and seven relief appearances, Syndergaard allowed 44 hits in 43 innings. In the second half, while making 12 starts in 13 appearances, he gave up just 37 hits in 60 innings. In other words, he was actually better while pitching consistently as a starter.

Syndergaard, who ranked as No. 3 on my recent Jays Top 15 prospect list behind d’Arnaud and fellow right-hander Aaron Sanchez, will likely slot in No. 3 on the Mets Top 15 list behind d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler. He’s expected to open 2013 in high-A ball but his above-average control could allow him to breeze through the Florida State League fairly easily after spending a full year in A-ball already (the Midwest League). If he stays healthy, he should be ready for the majors at some point in 2015.



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Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospects, depth charts and fantasy. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.


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Robert
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Robert
3 years 8 months ago

‘payed’ ?

That word doesn’t look right to me.

Baltar
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Baltar
3 years 8 months ago

It looks like the Mets have a killer top 3 prospects.
This trade is looking like a good one for both teams.

Steve
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Steve
3 years 8 months ago

Whatever you do, don’t give them a snappy nickname….

Jack Strawb
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Jack Strawb
3 years 8 months ago

Why “killer” is Snydergaard is projected as at best a #3 starter?

Hurtlockertwo
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Hurtlockertwo
3 years 8 months ago

The bad part is the Mets will suck for 2-3 years until these kids make it to MLB.
If they make of course.

Clifford
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Clifford
3 years 8 months ago

eh. 2 outta the 3 should spend a good chunk of next year in the bigs IMO…and with Niese, Harvey, Wheeler, Gee, and Santana, they’ve got a pretty darn good staff with solid/reliable guys like Niese and Gee, two high high upside arms in Wheeler and Harvey, and the old veteran who can be dominant any given day in Santana…throw in Ike Davis, TdA, Wright, Murphy, Duda, Wilmer(2014?) and theyve got a decent future. tough division though.

JaysFanSince94
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JaysFanSince94
3 years 8 months ago

If you are referring to the outfielder the mets got in the Dickey trade when you say Wilmer, he won’t be ready for 2014. He is only 18 and has only played 11 games at the professional level.

JaysFanSince94
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JaysFanSince94
3 years 8 months ago

I now realize you are probably talking about Wilmer Flores. My bad.

Big Jgke
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Big Jgke
3 years 8 months ago

On the plus side, the Mets now lead the league in Wilmer’s

Jack Strawb
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Jack Strawb
3 years 8 months ago

Including Duda on your core list of reasons to be heartened is pretty funny. Gee is a 4/5, Niese has had one season with good results… The Mets have about the thinnest, leave experienced rotation in the majors.

It doesn’t look good, and your brand of non-analysis doesn’t help.

SurprMan
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SurprMan
3 years 8 months ago

Anyone else curious as to what James feels about this trade?

wobatus
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wobatus
3 years 8 months ago

He’s awfully free with Rogers Communications chips.

MLB Rainmaker
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MLB Rainmaker
3 years 8 months ago

I loved the trade when I heard about D-Arnaud flipped for Dickey; that deal makes sense all day long. Throwing in Syndergaard makes the price a little high.

The concern is that you can’t teach heat, and there is a positive correlation between average fastball velocity and strikeouts. If you’ve got a guy with that skillset, I’d value him near as much as an MLB ready position player.

Jack Strawb
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Jack Strawb
3 years 8 months ago

Is this where we’re at on this board? A guy who might debut in 2017 and whose upside is the middle of the rotation is preferable to an MLB ready position player?

paqza
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paqza
3 years 8 months ago

If the Jays’ rotation is stays healthy, their fans will be much happier 10 months from now about this trade than today. It makes sense based on the team’s win curve, absolute and relative to the other teams in the division, but yeah, it was a solid haul for the Mets.

Hope Syndergaard stays healthy and improves on the secondary stuff – he’s got fastball velocity, movement, and command already.

Unbelieveable
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Unbelieveable
3 years 8 months ago

It’s been said quite a few times that Syndergaard has a plus curveball or the potential for a plus curveball and from what I’ve seen of the young righty.I have no problem agreeing with that.He has a much better upside and skillset then Marc has led onto.

everdiso
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everdiso
3 years 8 months ago

As a Jays fan I’m actually gonna miss Noah more than D’Arnaud, to be honest.

D’Arnaud is a much safer prospect than Noah, but Noah has true stud upside despite the risk factor. He’s no lock but I’m a believer.

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