Syndergaard’s Injury Risk As Low As Any Major Pitching Prospect In Baseball

An article by posted on October 17, 2013

Here’s a couple of tidbits from Keith Law’s chat today…

Jeff (NY) – Still Aaron Sanchez over Noah Syndergaard? I know you go based on ceiling, but does probability start to factor in now?

Klaw – No, I can’t stay with that, seeing Sanchez’ delivery and potential injury risk. Syndergaard doesn’t have Sanchez’ offspeed stuff, but he has to be as low a risk for an arm injury as any major starter prospect in baseball. Fix Sanchez and we can talk again.

It’s great to see Law retreat from earlier statements that he’d prefer Sanchez over Thor. JD Sussman of FanGraphs profiled both Sanchez and Syndergaard in a prospect showdown before this season and wrote:

A lot will happen in the two or three years before their debuts, but if each develops as I expect, Sanchez has a higher ceiling as an ace. Syndergaard, on the other hand, is realistically a second or a third starter. With that said, I am more confident that Syndergaard can complement his fastball and change up with a third offering than I am in Sanchez’s command profile. If I had to pick one of them to start a playoff game for me today, it would be Syndergaard. But talent like Sanchez’s is rare.

I would love to hear her thoughts now and wonder if she too is now leaning toward Syndergaard as the better of the two?

Come on JD, make the switch… :-)

Chris (NYC) – Mets get Jose Bautista for Rafael MonteroSteven Matz, and Kevin Plawecki… Are we close? Bautista’s injuries have to be concerning.

Klaw – You’re not close. You’re playing the delusional Mets fan.

Yep, he said delusional Met fans…

My favorite part of the chat was when he said this….

A collection of crows is called a murder. A collection of ferrets is called a business. And a collection of idiots is called a Congress.

ESPN Insiders, read the full chat here.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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