CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe
Strength of Schedule Report
<< Previous Article
The Lineup Card: Makin... (05/30)
<< Previous Column
BP Unfiltered: The Roy... (05/31)
Next Column >>
BP Unfiltered: A Homer... (06/01)
Next Article >>
Fantasy Mailbag: Pulli... (05/31)

May 31, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Eyewitness: Noah Syndergaard

by Chris King

the archives are now free.

All Baseball Prospectus Premium and Fantasy articles more than a year old are now free as a thank you to the entire Internet for making our work possible.

Not a subscriber? Get exclusive content like this delivered hot to your inbox every weekday. Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Subscribe for $4.95 per month
Recurring subscription - cancel anytime.

a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Purchase a $39.95 gift subscription
a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

Noah Syndergaard


New York Mets













Current Team

St. Lucie

Date Seen


Date Filed



Trade with the Blue Jays 2012

Have Video?



High ¾ arm slot; excellent posture; well balanced; smooth, low energy delivery that is easily repeated; finishes square to the plate in good fielding position.

#1 Pitch

Fastball: 93-96, Top 97. Command: above average, nearing plus status. Movement: explodes down in the zone with some tailing action. A heavy pitch that he moves up and down in the zone while still maintaining command. Grade: 70

#2 Pitch

Curveball: 76-78. Command: slightly above average. Movement: big looping downward break.  Good velocity; stays on top of the pitch consistently; generated good amount of swing and misses; knee buckler to right-handed batters. Grade: Present 50/Future 60

#3 Pitch

Changeup: 83-86. Command: average. Movement: some sink with average depth.  Didn’t throw it very much; seems to be more deceptive against lefties; maintained good arm speed; above average velocity differential to FB. Grade: Present 45/Future 55


Very relaxed on the mound with a good idea of how he wants to attack hitters. Stays with what’s working and isn’t afraid to challenge batters. Velocity and command dropped a bit in the sixth, but was able to buckle down and get out of a jam with his best changeup of the night


Very mature pitcher with a solid three-pitch arsenal and excellent mechanics; always lands soft on his front foot and square to the plate; has the size you like to see in a potential top-of-the-rotation starter; his body should allow him to throw 200-plus innings with minor wear and tear; uses his fastball to control the game and sequenced his off-speed stuff well; wasn’t afraid to throw the curve while behind in the count; curveball had righties bailing out and lefties reaching throughout the game; still needs to find a more consistent feel for his changeup, but it’s still an improving offering that has decent depth; maintained decent arm speed; changeup was more effective against lefties; with more command the changeup could be a third plus pitch with swing-and-miss potential; very focused when on the mound and showed some mental toughness when he ran into some trouble. Syndergaard is one of the most polished pitchers I’ve seen at this level. With his size, stuff, and makeup there is no reason to think he can’t be a successful big leaguer in the near future.

Grade: 60; no. 2 to 3 starter

Risk Factor: Moderate


Chris King is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Chris's other articles. You can contact Chris by clicking here

Related Content:  Noah Syndergaard

4 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
The Lineup Card: Makin... (05/30)
<< Previous Column
BP Unfiltered: The Roy... (05/31)
Next Column >>
BP Unfiltered: A Homer... (06/01)
Next Article >>
Fantasy Mailbag: Pulli... (05/31)

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: A Few of My Favorite Dyna...
BP En Espanol: Confesiones de un falso manag...
What You Need to Know: Best of the Best
Short Relief: Our Large Retired Sons
BP Toronto
Premium Article Rubbing Mud: Half-Truths and Collision Cours...
Baseball Prospectus News: Subscription Price...

MORE FROM MAY 31, 2013
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Astros' Killer S's
Premium Article What You Need to Know: The Bronx is Burning
Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 31
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Ack to the Minors
Fantasy Mailbag: Pulling the Trigger
Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 31, 20...
Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10

2013-10-15 - Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Torii Hunter
2013-10-02 - Premium Article Advance Scouting Series: Evan Longoria
2013-08-14 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, Augus...
2013-05-31 - Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Eyewitness: Noah Syndergaard

2013-06-04 - BP Unfiltered: FourSixtyThree: The Baltimore...
2013-06-02 - BP Unfiltered: Stats vs. The Will To Win on ...
2013-06-01 - BP Unfiltered: A Homer Announcer's Guide to ...
2013-05-31 - Premium Article BP Unfiltered: Eyewitness: Noah Syndergaard
2013-05-31 - BP Unfiltered: The Royals and Two Weeks of W...
2013-05-30 - BP Unfiltered: Dissecting the Draft: Kris Br...
2013-05-30 - BP Unfiltered: Jeff Samardzija's Mysterious ...