Syndergaard in 2013
New York Mets – No. 34
August 29, 1992 |
|May 12, 2015 for the New York Mets|
(through June 25, 2015)
|Earned run average||4.03|
Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992), nicknamed "Thor", is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Syndergaard made his MLB debut on May 12, 2015.
Noah Syndergaard was born to Heidi, an Abbott Laboratories employee, and Brad Syndergaard, an "Iowa farmboy," in Mansfield, Texas, outside of Dallas. Noah was one of Brad's three children but Heidi's first. He was raised as an only child. Brad has given Noah valuable input at every level of his career and Noah has described his father as the best coach that he has ever had. The Syndergaards, like many families in Texas, were "a football family" but Noah did not seriously play any sports other than baseball. Syndergaard's mother encouraged her son to pursue baseball when he was a child. He hit his first over-the-fence home run when he was seven years old. Syndergaard grew up watching the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB) and strongly disliking his family's favorite team, the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
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). Syndergaard also began weight training, and his velocity improved greatly in his senior year at Mansfied, reaching 96 miles per hour (154 km/h). However, his late development still caused him to be somewhat overlooked by talent evaluators. 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.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Syndergaard in the first round, with the 38th overall selection, of the 2010 MLB Draft. He signed with the Blue Jays, receiving a $600,000 signing bonus to forego his commitment to Dallas Baptist.
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. He pitched alongside highly touted Blue Jays prospects Justin Nicolino and Aaron Sanchez in the minor leagues. The pitchers were together known as the "Vancouver Trio" and the "Lansing Trio" when they played for the Canadians and Lugnuts respectively. He pitched for Lansing in 2012, and appeared in the Midwest League All-Star Game.
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. 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. He was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League in late June. He was selected for the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.
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 (ERA), 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.
Syndergaard began the 2015 season with Las Vegas, pitching to a 3-0 record with a 1.82 ERA. He made his Major League debut against the Chicago Cubs on May 12 as a member of the New York Mets, recording his first MLB strikeout against Dexter Fowler. On May 27, Syndergaard hit his first major league home run, connecting on a Sean O'Sullivan offering in helping his own cause en route to a 7-0 Mets blanking of the Philadelphia Phillies.
PITCHf/x data shows him throwing a four-seam fastball at 95–99 miles per hour (153–159 km/h) and a curveball between 77–82 miles per hour (124–132 km/h). He also throws a two-seam fastball and a circle changeup.
Syndergaard is a weightlifting enthusiast and is capable of squatting 455 pounds (206 kg) and deadlifting 512 pounds (232 kg). After he shared a photo of himself weight training while dressed as the superhero Thor, due to the similarity between his last name and the fictional location Asgard, he acquired the nickname "Thor." Syndergaard has embraced the nickname; his mother has an Australian shepherd named Thor and Syndergaard has "Thor" stitched into one of his gloves. Syndergaard has taken to naming all of his gloves after fictional characters. He has previously used gloves named "Drago" (after the Rocky IV character), "Heisenberg" (after the alias of a Breaking Bad character) and "Rick Grimes" (after the The Walking Dead character).
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