Noah Syndergaard

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Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard 2012.jpg
Syndergaard pitching for the Lansing Lugnuts, 2012
New York Mets
Pitcher
Born: (1992-08-29) August 29, 1992 (age 22)
Mansfield, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher. He plays in Minor League Baseball as a member of the New York Mets' organization. Syndergaard is considered one of the top 100 prospects in baseball.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Syndergaard attended Mansfield Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas. During his junior year of high school, Syndergaard experienced a growth spurt, growing by 3 to 4 inches (76 to 102 mm) to reach 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).[3] After talking to coaches at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Nebraska, and Baylor University, he committed to attend Dallas Baptist University, the only school that offered him a college baseball scholarship, during his senior year.[4][5] Syndergaard began weight training, and his velocity improved greatly in his senior year at Mansfied, reaching 96 miles per hour (154 km/h).[3][6] As a result, the Toronto Blue Jays selected Syndergaard in the first round, with the 38th overall selection, of the 2010 MLB Draft.[6] He signed with the Blue Jays, rather than attend college.

In 2011, Syndergaard pitched for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, and the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League. Before the 2012 season, MLB.com rated him as the 95th best prospect in baseball.[7] He pitched for Lansing in 2012, and appeared in the Midwest League All-Star Game.[8] On December 17, 2012, the Blue Jays traded Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, John Buck, and Wuilmer Becerra to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas.[9]

Syndergaard began the 2013 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL), and was named a FSL all-star.[10] He was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League in late June.[11] He was selected for the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.[12]

In 2014, Syndergaard pitched for the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, where he had a 9-7 win–loss record, a 4.60 earned run average, and 145 strikeouts, which led the league. The Mets decided not to promote Syndergaard to the major leagues as part of their September call-ups.[13]

Pitching style[edit]

PITCHf/x data from the All-Star Futures Game showed him throwing a four-seam fastball at about 95 miles per hour (153 km/h) and a curveball at about 80 miles per hour (130 km/h).[14] He also throws a two-seam fastball and a circle changeup.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Syndergaard's mother encouraged her son to pursue baseball when he was a child.[3] Due to his strength he acquired the nickname Thor.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fordin, Spencer (January 29, 2013). "Sanchez, Osuna named to Top 100 Prospects list. Syndergaard stands at 6 foot 6 inches and weights 240 lbs". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2013 Prospect Watch". MLB.com. May 24, 2013. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mets phenom thinks Bigs: Syndergaard could be the next Harvey". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Rohan, Tim (March 2, 2014). "The Mets’ Future Strikes a Presence: Noah Syndergaard Is Hard to Miss on a Playing Field". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Anthony DiComo (February 26, 2014). "Future looks bright for talented, towering Syndergaard". MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "McKinney's Matt Lipka and Zach Lee, Mansfield Legacy's Noah Syndergaard picked on day one in MLB draft". dallasnews.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2012 Prospect Watch". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lansing Lugnuts Profile: Right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard from Mansfield, Texas". MLive.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dickey trade to Blue Jays official". Fox Sports. December 17, 2012. Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ B Mets Notebook Alderson catches top prospect Syndergaard[dead link]
  11. ^ Kevin T. Czerwinski (September 8, 2013). "Mets have another pitching weapon in minors". USA Today. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Anthony DiComo (July 14, 2013). "Syndergaard, Montero put up zeros as Futures starters". MLB.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mets won't call up Noah Syndergaard this year; pitcher tweets disappointment". NJ.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Player Card: Noah Syndergaard". Brooks Baseball. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ Pentis, Andrew (February 21, 2012). "Prospect Pitch: Syndergaard talks stuff". Minor League Baseball. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 

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