Among the arrivals at STEP camp here in Port St. Lucie is Noah Syndergaard, the 20-year-old pitcher who the Mets acquired as part of the R.A. Dickey trade and one of the organization's top prospects. Like all of the other minor league pitchers in STEP camp, he started his throwing program with 30 pitches in the bullpen on one of the back fields here in Florida, and I was able to take video of part of his session.
Syndergaard is the pitcher right in the center of the screen. I recommend watching the video in fullscreen and setting the quality to 720p, as long as your Internet connection will run it smoothly.
Syndergaard towers above just about everyone in minor league camp, as he's listed at 6-5 and looks even taller than that in person. Here's what Rob Castellano had to say about him in our Top 50 Prospects list for the upcoming season:
"The 20-year-old Texan was almost universally viewed as Toronto's second-best prospect and immediately gave the Mets system a jolt of high-upside pitching talent. Utilizing a mid-90s heavy sinker, a four-seamer that hits 99 MPH and an overhand curve scouts already consider a major league average offering, 6'5", 200 lbs righty has blown away the competition as a pro. In his first full season at Class-A Lansing in 2012, he posted a 2.60 ERA along with a 10+ strikeouts per nine mark and, perhaps most impressively, a sub-3 BB/9 mark; Syndergaard was the only qualifying starter in all of Low-A to do that. As impressive as Michael Fulmer's 2012 season was in Low-A at 19, Syndergaard posted a FIP over a full run lower (2.21) at the same level, also at age 19. Paul DePodesta may have said it best, "You just don't see many guys [Syndergaard's] size at his age command the strike zone the way he has as a professional, especially with big velocity." Syndergaard is on par with Zack Wheeler in terms of his long-term potential."