Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with number seven and work all the way to number one. This week will mark our final Seven in Seven series of the winter, and we will take a look at the seven best prospects in the Mets farm system. We will continue our countdown with the third best prospect in the Met farm system, starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
3. SP Noah Syndergaard
Acquired: Via trade with Toronto 12/16/12
History: Selected by Toronto with the 38th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, Noah Syndergaard has quickly justified the pick, climbing up the prospect rankings all the way to 54th on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list heading into 2013. Syndergaard joins two other Mets, pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d'Arnaud, on the list and figures to be a major part of the Mets rebuilding process.
2012 was Syndergaard's second full season in the minor leagues after being drafted straight out of Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas. While with Class-A Lansing, Syndergaard posted an 8-5 record with a 2.60 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 27 appearances (19 starts) with the Lugnuts.
Pros: Syndergaard is a towering prospect, at 6' 5", 200 lbs and naturally possesses a fastball ranging into the mid 90's. His physical tools and simple mechanics could set him up to be a top of the rotation ace for years to come.
Cons: He still needs to work on his secondary pitches, as a dominant fastball will only get him so far up the ladder. Scouts say his curveball and changeup are still just average and Syndergaard is developing a slider as well.
Major League ETA: Late 2014. As Syndergaard projects to be in AA Binghamton this season, the Mets should take the time to let him develop into a complete pitcher, especially with plenty of arms available ahead of him for Major League duty over the next couple seasons. At the earliest, if Syndergaard continues to progress, he could be a mid-season call up in 2014 if a spot opens up, otherwise a September call up is more reasonable before sliding into full-time duty in 2015.
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