4. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, 22-Years Old
The only reason Matz gets the nod over Noah Syndergaard for the No. 3 spot is based purely on having a lefty split the rotation.
Otherwise, the young 22-year old Syndergaard would the the No. 3 man.
No matter though, having “Thor” this deep in the order will be outrageous for the Mets.
The youngest of the group has already made six Major League starts. The results haven’t been too shabby either: 4.15 ERA, 34 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.
Even with Harvey in the group, Syndergaard arguably has the best pure stuff.
His arsenal includes a four-seam fastball that touches 98 miles per hour, and a devastating sinker that also nears 97 or 98. His curve is in the low-80s and change-up routinely hits 88.
What Syndergaard will need to figure out the rest of 2015 is how to actually pitch to big league batters.
These guys can all hit nasty fastballs. Thor will need to make working on his craft a priority. Improving command and composure on the mound will be his calling card should he reach elite status.
Syndergaard is a classic power and sinker ground-ball pitcher.
Alderson nabbing him along with Travis d’Arnaud for an aging R.A. Dickey will turn out to be the steal of the century. One that the Toronto Blue Jays will rue for a long time.