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This piece of news out of Mets' spring training isn't completely new, the comments were made about a week ago. But the insight into what type of prospect starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard is from comments manager Terry Collins made are worth mentioning here.
For those of you who are not aware, the Mets have another top pitching prospect coming up the chain. Syndergaard could eventually help complete a dangerous trio at the top of the Mets rotation, if he develops as well as Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler already have.
Syndergaard is a 6-foot-6, 240-pound flamethrower who is only 21 after being a first round pick by the Blue Jays in 2010. He was sent to New York in the deal for R.A. Dickey and is now the team's most promising minor league player.
Syndergaard, the Mets have said, will not start the season in New York, despite a 2.64 career ERA in four seasons in the minors. They plan to call him up after the Super-2 deadline to delay his chance at free agency.
The Texas-native debuted at Mets' spring training last week with a bullpen session that drew rave reviews. Collins said he clocked in at 97 miles per hour and showed off a "hook from hell." He apparently puts on a quite a display of elite stuff and has already earned the nickname 'Thor.'
Though Syndergaard will be stashed in the minors for a few months, he is certainly a name to watch in the NL East. He has ace potential and could help set the Mets up for a breakout year in 2015. This season will be tough without Harvey while he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but don't sleep on the Mets moving forward.