If I were in the Mets marketing department I’d be contacting Tom Hiddleston and Marvel Studios about teaming up on some advertising for the Asgardian hero who will shortly arrive in Queens. We’ve all heard about Noah Syndergaard, time and time again, but he’s starting to look worthy of Mjolnir. For those who don’t pay any attention to players until they reach the majors, here’s the scoop:
The Mets traded R.A. Dickey for Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra before the 2013 season. Syndergaard dominated 12 starts in Port St. Lucie, after which he was promoted to Binghamton where he appeared to improve his success. He finished 2013 with 117.2 IP, a 3.06 ERA and 133 Ks. Yet, the biggest hurdle still remained; he had to pitch in Las Vegas.
Thus far in 2014 he’s pitched well but it’s over his last four starts that he’s really began to look like that “Ace”. In his last 23.2 IP he’s struck out a sizeable 33 batters and only walked 7. In Las Vegas and the PCL, the hits and runs are hard to avoid, but the strikeouts and control are the real deal. All of this adds up to a promotion at some point in June and a very impressive rotation in the near future.
Andrew Brown is killing it – .348/.456/.697 in 17 games at Vegas he’s driving the ball with absolute authority.
Taylor Teagarden is bring the power – He’s hit 8 home runs in 2014 and is slugging .731 on the year.
Rafael Montero is trading hits for walks – In order to keep his ERA down, Montero is living on the corners and this has led to far more walks than his career averages.
Kevin Plawecki off to a slower start – Nothing about 2014 has been “bad” for Plawecki, but he’s not hitting nearly as well as he had in 2013.
Darin Gorski needs to be promoted – His success in AA is good but it won’t mean much until he can do that in AAA or the MLB.
Jack Leathersich could be nearly ready – He’s cut down his walks and he’s kept runners from crossing home. He can’t get to Queens soon enough.
Steven Matz struggles with control – 8 walks in his last 10.0 IP is troubling.
Beck Wheeler is solid in relief – In his last 10 outings Wheeler has only given up runs once.
Don’t look know, it’s Gavin Cecchini – He’s got an OPS of 1.086 over his last 10 games.
Akeel Morris update – 30 Ks in 18.2 IP with 7 hits, 10 walks and no earned runs.