Syndergaard Sliding Up

BINGHAMTON, NY - The newest member of the Binghamton Mets roster is 20-year old pitcher, Noah Syndergaard. The righty stands at an imposing 6 feet, 6 inches and 240 poundS, and has already made his presence known in the Eastern League.

Syndergaard began the 2013 season in the Florida State League, going 3-3 in 12 games, with an ERA of 3.11 and 64 strikeouts.

His Eastern League debut on June 23rd was marked by a strong outing and seven strikeouts over six innings in a win over Erie. Since his first outing, Syndergaard has started twice more for the B-Mets, and has brought his record to 2-0 with a formidable 1.50 ERA and 23 strikeouts. He has still yet to give up a run to right-handed hitters.

He has been pitching phenomenally and against men four to five years older than him, seemingly making the transition from the Florida State League to the Double-A Eastern League a seamless one.

"It was a little intimidating at first," Syndergaard began. "The fact that I'm only 20 while some guys are four to five years older and have had big league experience is a bit daunting, but I feel like I've adjusted pretty well to it."

Pitching Coach Glenn Abbott has seen plenty of talent in his 40-plus years in the baseball industry. In his evaluation of Syndergaard, Abbott was sure to remain cautiously optimistic of the young star's bright future.

"Well, Noah's only 20 years old and I think he's been impressive for 20 years old," Abbott said plaintively in his rich southern accent. "In this league there are guys who are a lot older than he is, it's a little bit more difficult league than the Florida State League.

"He's held his own very well and I see him getting a lot better as he goes; he'll get more comfortable too. You know, he's very young, probably the youngest guy in this league, I'm sure."

Given Syndergaard's age one would think of him as an amateur, but his abilities on the mound are proving him to be anything but. Since coming up from A-ball in Port St. Lucie, the young pitcher believes that he's been able to make important improvements to his game.

"I did pretty well, and had to handle a bit of adversity now and then," Syndergaard said of his time in the FSL. "I worked on fine-tuning my delivery down there and now I'm trying to maintain my delivery by staying through the ball and not falling off, therefore avoiding any sacrifice down by home plate."

Syndergaard's four pitches - fastball, curve, change, and slider - have all proven instrumental in his rise to Double-A ball.

The slider is the newest addition to his arsenal as Syndergaard had strayed away from the pitch in favor of the others at the beginning of the season. He recently decided to pick it up again. Sometimes, Syndergaard loses control of his slider when a runner is on first, but he's working on reining it in and fortifying his pitch reserve.

Such a reserve was necessary during Syndergaard's first start in the Eastern League as he delivered a bevy of different pitches.

"My fastball was working pretty well, but my offspeed wasn't too good. Luckily it was up in the zone. My fastball was the best it's ever been that day. Thankfully I got away with a few pitches and in the last three innings I started working down in the zone a bit more," Syndergaard remarked of his debut.

Syndergaard was stoic in his first start and he attributed it to simply focusing on pitching and nothing else.

"I would've expected to be pretty nervous but I really wasn't," Syndergaard said. "There was a long day of travel the day before, and I didn't have a lot of time to think about things, so I just kind of woke up the next day, came to the field and threw."

Manager Pedro Lopez was impressed by Syndergaard's first showing.

"I thought he did a really good job his first game here," Lopez said. "He was up in the zone in the first two innings and there was a little anxiety with it being his first Double-A start but after that, I think he did a good job of keeping his pitches down and in the strike zone."

However, Lopez noted a slight shift in Syndergaard's game in his second outing.

"The difference between his first start and second start was that in the first start he was able to make that good adjustment with the fastball and pitch six innings," Lopez stated. "In his second start, he was a little erratic and had a tough time making adjustments, but the weather was a little hot.

"He got in trouble but made good pitches. Moving forward he needs to do a better job with command but overall he did a good job."

As long as Syndergaard can stay healthy and remain confident at the Double-A level, both Abbott and Lopez believe that Syndergaard definitely has the "stuff" and it's just a matter of time before he gets comfortable with the league and can prove that he can pitch at the next level.


Pirates Dugout Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nSyndergaard began the 2013 season in the Florida State League, going 3-3 in 12 games, with an ERA of 3.11 and 64 strikeouts.
\r\n
\r\nHis Eastern League debut on June 23rd was marked by a strong outing and seven strikeouts over six innings in a win over Erie. Since his first outing, Syndergaard has started twice more for the B-Mets, and has brought his record to 2-0 with a formidable 1.50 ERA and 23 strikeouts. He has still yet to give up a run to right-handed hitters.
\r\n
\r\nHe has been pitching phenomenally and against men four to five years older than him, seemingly making the transition from the Florida State League to the Double-A Eastern League a seamless one.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was a little intimidating at first,\" Syndergaard began. \"The fact that I'm only 20 while some guys are four to five years older and have had big league experience is a bit daunting, but I feel like I've adjusted pretty well to it.\"
\r\n
\r\nPitching Coach Glenn Abbott has seen plenty of talent in his 40-plus years in the baseball industry. In his evaluation of Syndergaard, Abbott was sure to remain cautiously optimistic of the young star's bright future.
\r\n
\r\n\"Well, Noah's only 20 years old and I think he's been impressive for 20 years old,\" Abbott said plaintively in his rich southern accent. \"In this league there are guys who are a lot older than he is, it's a little bit more difficult league than the Florida State League.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's held his own very well and I see him getting a lot better as he goes; he'll get more comfortable too. You know, he's very young, probably the youngest guy in this league, I'm sure.\"
\r\n
\r\nGiven Syndergaard's age one would think of him as an amateur, but his abilities on the mound are proving him to be anything but. Since coming up from A-ball in Port St. Lucie, the young pitcher believes that he's been able to make important improvements to his game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I did pretty well, and had to handle a bit of adversity now and then,\" Syndergaard said of his time in the FSL. \"I worked on fine-tuning my delivery down there and now I'm trying to maintain my delivery by staying through the ball and not falling off, therefore avoiding any sacrifice down by home plate.\"
\r\n
\r\nSyndergaard's four pitches - fastball, curve, change, and slider - have all proven instrumental in his rise to Double-A ball.
\r\n
\r\nThe slider is the newest addition to his arsenal as Syndergaard had strayed away from the pitch in favor of the others at the beginning of the season. He recently decided to pick it up again. Sometimes, Syndergaard loses control of his slider when a runner is on first, but he's working on reining it in and fortifying his pitch reserve.
\r\n
\r\nSuch a reserve was necessary during Syndergaard's first start in the Eastern League as he delivered a bevy of different pitches.
\r\n
\r\n\"My fastball was working pretty well, but my offspeed wasn't too good. Luckily it was up in the zone. My fastball was the best it's ever been that day. Thankfully I got away with a few pitches and in the last three innings I started working down in the zone a bit more,\" Syndergaard remarked of his debut.
\r\n
\r\nSyndergaard was stoic in his first start and he attributed it to simply focusing on pitching and nothing else.
\r\n
\r\n\"I would've expected to be pretty nervous but I really wasn't,\" Syndergaard said. \"There was a long day of travel the day before, and I didn't have a lot of time to think about things, so I just kind of woke up the next day, came to the field and threw.\"
\r\n
\r\nManager Pedro Lopez was impressed by Syndergaard's first showing.
\r\n
\r\n\"I thought he did a really good job his first game here,\" Lopez said. \"He was up in the zone in the first two innings and there was a little anxiety with it being his first Double-A start but after that, I think he did a good job of keeping his pitches down and in the strike zone.\"
\r\n
\r\nHowever, Lopez noted a slight shift in Syndergaard's game in his second outing.
\r\n
\r\n\"The difference between his first start and second start was that in the first start he was able to make that good adjustment with the fastball and pitch six innings,\" Lopez stated. \"In his second start, he was a little erratic and had a tough time making adjustments, but the weather was a little hot.
\r\n
\r\n\"He got in trouble but made good pitches. Moving forward he needs to do a better job with command but overall he did a good job.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs long as Syndergaard can stay healthy and remain confident at the Double-A level, both Abbott and Lopez believe that Syndergaard definitely has the \"stuff\" and it's just a matter of time before he gets comfortable with the league and can prove that he can pitch at the next level.
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