High ¾ arm slot; 1B side of rubber; excellent posture; arm is fast; ball comes out very easy; extreme smoothness in arm action; ability manipulate ball in multiple ways; creates extreme plane; maintains line to the plate; repeats mechanics; gets extension; arm action allows for ability to work to both sides of the plate; excellent momentum with a near elite second gear in delivery; frame.
Aberdeen IronBirds (MLB, Orioles)
8/26/2013 and 9/4/2013
Command: plus; Movement: riding arm-side life; late cut; ability to sink.
Notes: Fastball works at premium velocity with extreme downward plane. Ability to locate to both sides of the plate as well as elevate over hands; able to create arm-side life, sinking action, and cut when necessary. The pitch works regularly 97-98, but is able to reach for velocity when necessary.
Command: average Movement: hard downward break with depth.
Notes: Good shape. Ability to throw early in the count for a strike, and late for the strikeout. Difficult for hitters to pick up early. Arm action allows me to believe the pitch will be a consistent weapon going forward.
Command: fringe-average; Movement: arm-side fade with sink.
Notes: Command currently not on par with other two offerings. However, able to manipulate the ball and create deception with plus life. Deceptive arm speed allows changeup to play well off of fastball.
Strength: Fastball is an elite offering with premier velocity and life; curveball plays well off of fastball and has sharp break with bat-missing ability; changeup projection; smooth mechanics; ideal frame.
Weakness: Will leave changeup elevated; sequence can be predictable; curveball still has to take a step forward to be a high level weapon.
Overall, Syndergaard is a future top-of-the-rotation pitcher with a near elite arsenal. He also has the ideal physical frame for a pitcher. The arsenal is complete with no major weaknesses, and secondary offerings still have room for projection moving forward. The nature of how easy the arm works combined with the ability to manipulate the ball in many fashions makes Syndergaard special. The body is one that can easily log innings and he has three pitches that will be able to miss bats, and will be able to add a slider/cutter into his repertoire when he needs to.