Results tagged ‘ Noah Syndergaard ’

Three Up, Three Down: Fish Fry

The Mets, improbably, enter the All-Star break as the National League’s hottest team. (The picture below is from the Futures Game in Minneapolis, where Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki are playing.)


Friday: Mets 7, Marlins 1
Three Up:
 David Wright, Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy

Saturday: Mets 5, Marlins 4
Three Up:
 Eric Campbell, Chris Young, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Lucas Duda

Sunday: Mets 9, Marlins 1
Three Up:
 Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson, David Wright
Three Down: Ruben Tejada, Anthony Recker, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +8
Jon Niese +8
Bartolo Colon +6
Lucas Duda +5
Dillon Gee +4
Juan Lagares +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Josh Edgin +2
Dana Eveland +2
Eric Campbell +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Zack Wheeler +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Travis d’Arnaud -3
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -6
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -9

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/13

Things are starting to get hectic for the Mets. Many of them will skip Friday’s game, taking an afternoon flight bound for the glitz of Las Vegas. Once they return, it will be coming up on crunch time.


What we learned: Noah Syndergaard is still really, really good at pitching.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I have been preparing, expecting myself to be in that position.” –Daisuke Matsuzaka on his chances to win the fifth starter’s job

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Video: DiComo talks Mets Spring Training

This is probably the only opportunity you’ll have to hear my voice dubbed over a B-roll clip of Bartolo Colon and his posse.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/4

Not to be outdone by Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler gave the Mets three brilliantly efficient innings Tuesday. But the story was Curtis Granderson, who hit two home runs in the win over Houston.


What we learned: The Major League Baseball Players’ Association is “keeping an eye on” the Mets’ financial spending, according to union chief Tony Clark.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“Mom and dad are here today. They might not approve.” –Granderson on why he has not joined the crew of Mets modeling their hair after Wright

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/3

Behind do-everything pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, the Mets on Monday finally showed up in the win column. They’re 1-3 this spring.


What we learned: Minor injuries continue to plague Mets camp, with Ike Davis joining Eric Young, Jr., Ruben Tejada, Wilfredo Tovar, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese on the list of early casualties. None of them, however, are expected to miss any significant time. … Johan Santana is close to signing a Minor League deal with the Orioles. … SNY sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt will host FOX’s baseball pregame show this summer in addition to his Mets duties. Steve Gelbs will fill in on SNY when conflicts arise.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“Harvey is Harvey, but [Syndergaard] and Wheeler are definitely a very close second.” –Braves outfielder Justin Upton on the Mets’ top three young pitchers

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Mets Spring Training: Week two in review

Here’s a recap of what went down in week two of Spring Training at Port St. Lucie, Fla.:


“It shouldn’t have been a story, anyway. It’s just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and then they get hurt. So it was pointless to write an article. I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries. And now it just looks bad.”

  • Davis and Lucas Duda later began their first-base competition with a bang, each homering early in Grapefruit League play.
  • The Mets received another injury scare when Jon Niese began complaining of a sore shoulder, prompting the team to send him to New York for an MRI. That came back clean, and Niese climbed back on a mound for a bullpen session Monday.
  • We profiled Noah Syndergaard, Daniel Murphy and Jeurys Familia. On Syndergaard, whose size and strength have earned him the nickname “Thor,” high school coach David Walden told the story of a pitcher who went from unrecruited to famous in the span of four months:

“We don’t even have kids that can play catch with him anymore,” Walden said. “We’re not taking credit for it because we have no idea what happened.”

  • And, finally, columnist Anthony Castrovince made his way to Mets camp, talking to David Wright, Zack Wheeler and others about the direction of the franchise.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/27

Breathe a sigh of relief, Mets fans. Jon Niese is okay, and Grapefruit League games start tomorrow.


What we learned: Niese’s MRI came back clean, meaning there is no structural damage in his shoulder. Expect him to miss his next start, but probably not much more.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Usually when our guys have gone up to get looked at, they’ve come back with bad news. I’m happy I’ve given people some peace of mind.” –Niese

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/26

A touch of bad news out of Mets camp today, when the team sent Jon Niese home for an MRI on his left shoulder. The image below is from photo day, an annual rite of spring:


What we learned: Niese is spending the night in New York, where he will undergo an MRI on his sore left shoulder Friday. The Mets’ presumptive Opening Day starter, Niese told that he does “not foresee it being serious at all.”

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“A stud.” –Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, when asked to describe Noah Syndergaard in a single word

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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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Six Mets land on industry top prospect lists (updated)

The last of the baseball industry’s four most well-known Top 100 Prospect lists is in the books. Baseball America released its list tonight, with four Mets on it. (You may recall that the Mets scored three names on’s 2014 Prospect Watch, released earlier this month.)

Six Mets prospects appeared on at least one of the industry’s four major lists, with two of them — Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud (below) — appearing on all four. Below is a table breaking down how each prospect fared, including their average ranks. (For simplicity’s sake, I inserted a rank of 101 for lists that did not include a certain player).

The lists came from, ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.


Name Prospectus B. America Average
Noah Syndergaard 11 24 11 16 15.5
Travis d’Arnaud 22 36 48 38 36.0
Rafael Montero 85 60 N/A 68 78.5
Dominic Smith N/A 37 N/A 92 82.8
Wilmer Flores N/A N/A 71 N/A 93.5
Brandon Nimmo N/A 92 N/A N/A 98.8

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