Has The Time Finally Come For Noah Syndergaard?

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Saturday, May 9th, 2015
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Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard made his professional debut as a fresh faced 17-year old in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system in 2010. Now at 22 years of age and 89 career minor league starts under his belt, the former 1st round pick is tabbed to make his MLB debut with the New York Mets on Tuesday when he toes the rubber opposite Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley.

The Mets acquired Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey deal along with catcher Travis d’Arnaud at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign. The big right-hander was one of the Blue Jays prized pitching prospects at the time of the trade for the former CY Young award recipient.

Syndergaard has struggled with consistency since joining the Mets and was passed over for promotion by the likes of pitchers Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero in recent years. The young pitcher has also been criticized publicly for some distasteful tweets on social media and for leaving the bench during spring training to go and eat in the clubhouse. However, in 5 starts this season the hurler nicknamed “Thor” has looked like a man on a mission to the majors.

The 6’6″ Texan has a 3-0 record with a minuscule 1.82 earned run average and 0.944 WHIP while fanning 34 in 29.2 innings of work this season in Las Vegas. Syndergaard has also impressed with the bat going 5 for 11 with a homer and 2 doubles on the young season.

Manager Terry Collins will look for Syndergaard to pick up the slack in the rotation for the injured Dillon Gee. If successful on Tuesday, Syndergaard could put himself in a nice position to remain with the big club in the starting rotation.

If Thor can’t cut it on the bump at least Collins can use him late in games as a pinch hitter.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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