Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA pitcherNoah Syndergaard
throws a pitch during the first inning of the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
RHP Noah Syndergaard
While it’s unlikely that Mike Rizzo wouldn’t be able to get the 22-year-old phenom in a trade with the Mets, it’s worth talking about a pitcher that is a top ten prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.
Last season, in AAA Las Vegas, Syndergaard went 9-7 with a 4.60 ERA. Those numbers might not seem great, but keep in mind, the Pacific Coast League is known as a hitters’ friendly league. He had the most strikeouts (145) of any pitcher in the league. He is a three-pitch pitcher that can go to his changeup, a very good curveball, and a fastball that can go up into the mid-late 90’s.
Since coming to the Mets in the R.A Dickey trade back in 2012, Syndergaard has represented the Mets in two Futures’ Games. Sandy Alderson and the Mets are looking to bring the franchise back into contention with young pitching and the pitcher they call “Thor” is one of those arms that fans want to see in Queens with Matt Harvey and NL Rookie Of the Year Jacob DeGrom.
If the Nats were to somehow land Syndergaard, it would not only give them another arm to stockpile with Taylor Jordan and A.J. Cole, but it would also allow the team to have a fallback option in future years should the organization fail to re-sign Jordan Zimmerman and/or Stephen Strasburg. At the very least, this 22-year old pitcher could be bothering the Nationals for a long time, if he stays healthy.