Peter Gammons polled baseball execs, coaches and scouts on which young pitchers turned some heads in Spring Training and unsurprisingly, Noah Syndergaard ranked No. 1 in his survey. “Physical, hard, power sink. Absolute potential star,” says one pro scouting director. “Has the power pitcher mentality.”
What I found pretty cool were a couple of comments made by a Braves and Marlins officials.
One Braves official warns that the Mets, even without Harvey, “are going to be a force everyone is going to have to deal with. Their pitching is that good.” Dillon Gee is their opening day starter for good reason. When Jonathon Niese is healthy, he is a top half of a rotation starter. Rafael Montero is in any discussion, Jenrry Mejia may be back in the rotation, Jeurys Familia has been a spring talking point out of the pen. Fireballing lefty reliever Steven Matz can come fast.
Because Sandy Alderson has been careful not to listen to the siren songs suggesting he deal pitching for bats, one Marlins official thinks, “they will be right in a very tough four team division for the next few years.”
Nothing wrong with a little respect from our enemies…
Loved the namedropping on Matz, you all know how high we’ve been on him…
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