Meet Mets’ Thor, god of thunder

If you haven’t yet, check out my profile on Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard. Here are a couple of expanded anecdotes that didn’t make it into the story:


Mets vice president of amateur scouting Paul DePodesta:

“I think Roy Smith put it really, really well when we were in talks with Toronto to trade for him a year and a half ago. Roy said you just don’t see that many guys that size at that age with that stuff with that command. That combination of four things, you just don’t see very often. You might see two of the four, you might see three of the four, but to see all four things in that package is really rare. That’s not typical. And it’s different even in some of the guys, the big, strong right-handed power pitchers who have come out of there didn’t have all of those elements.”

Syndergaard’s high school coach, David Walden:

“I really don’t know what happened, but about halfway through his senior year he jumped from probably 82 miles per hour to 87, 88, and we don’t know why he finally started cutting it loose or why he was holding it back or what. We don’t know. And then it started getting warm and we got into the playoffs, and all of the sudden he starts throwing the ball hitting 92, 93, stuff like that and just blowing hitters away. He really wasn’t even throwing a breaking pitch or a changeup, he was just blowing hitters away with his fastball. And then we got through another round or two and all of the sudden he started hitting 95, and all of the sudden there are scouts all over the place. The last pitch that he threw in high school was in the seventh inning, he had just given up a no-hitter on a flare with two outs in the fourth round of the playoffs here in Texas, and his last pitch was 97. … It was just crazy around here until the draft with all these people. He went from a guy who really didn’t even know if he wanted to pitch to, in the course of four months, a first-round pick.”

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