Pretty much confirming the suggestion by Terry Collins that Noah Syndergaard may not pitch in the majors this season, Sandy Alderson reiterated that assertion.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York asked if it was possible that Syndergaard would be in the majors this season, and Alderson responded: “It’s conceivable, but I wouldn’t predict it.”
“Obviously we still love Noah. He’s got a couple of injury issues. He hasn’t performed as consistently this year as he did last year. But that’s not a major concern for us at this point.”
In an interview with Robert Brender for MetsBlog, Noah Syndergaard said that he hopes Mets fans are not down on him as a top prospect because of his recent struggles.
“I’m still young, I’m just 21 years old, I hope Mets fans still have a little faith in me and have not given up on me quite just yet,” he said. “I’m still a baby here, I still have lots to learn.”
In his last five starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, Syndergaard has a 10.42 ERA and opponents are batting .372 against him.
“A lot of times I get fastball happy, and you can’t really sneak a fastball past these hitters. The key for me is to be pitcher not a thrower.”
“I need to locate my off-speed pitches when they start timing up my fastball. I need to try to make the hitter uncomfortable in the box, that’s always an advantage.”
That Syndergaard acknowledges the need to refine his craft as a pitcher is encouraging. Until he got to Triple-A, like most hard-throwers, he coasted through the lower minors throwing nothing but mostly gas and an occasional curve. He’ll need to pitch smarter, use that curve more, and keep developing that changeup which will be the ticket to his longterm success.
He’s young and he’s smart, and a full season in Triple-A sounds like the best thing for him and the team right now.
Nice interview by Rob Brender who has been doing an impressive job covering the Las Vegas 51s this week. Follow him on Twitter @robertbrender.
Noah Syndergaard had another rough outing on Tuesday night allowing five runs, all of them earned, and lasting just 3.2 innings.
The young righty was tagged for 11 hits and has seen his ERA balloon to 5.70 which ranks 46th in the league among all pitchers who have tossed 70 or more innings.
This was the third straight start Syndergaard has allowed five runs and the league is batting .310 against him.
Yesterday, Terry Collins told reporters that there’s a possibility Syndergaard will not pitch for the Mets at any point this season.
When asked why, Collins replied: “Shit happens.”
Last week, a team official told Andy Martino that Syndergaard wasn’t even on their radar when asked when he would be promoted.
Probably for the best, there’s no opening in the Mets rotation right now, and Syndergaard has been struggling anyway. He’s only 21 and there’s no reason to rush the process.