Noah Syndergaard has been long tossing and is on track to come off the Triple-A disabled list next Saturday, June 5, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The top prospect was sidelined earlier this week with a flexor-pronator strain in his pitching arm, an injury that has sometimes been a precursor to the dreaded Tommy John surgery for other pitchers. Fortunately for the Mets, Thor's MRI came back clean, as Mets fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief.
In ten starts for the Las Vegas 51s this season, Syndergaard has a 4.02 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 19 walks in 53.2 innings. The 21-year-old Texas native should make his debut with the Mets this season, barring any additional setbacks. Before the season, Syndergaard was the consensus top Mets prospect. Here's some of what Rob Castellano had to say about him in our pre-season list.
The big, strong, 6'6", 240-pound righty dazzled scouts all season with a blend of stuff and command that doesn't come around often. With a heavy fastball that regularly works in the high-90s—often flirting with triple-digits—as well as a premier power curve, there were some nights that opposing lineups just didn't stand a chance. The club as well as Syndergaard himself have highlighted his change-up as an area for improvement; however, he already shows enough feel with the pitch to project plus potential. It's relatively easy—and at this point, downright reasonable—to imagine Syndergaard alongside Harvey and Wheeler to form a three-headed monster of right-handed size and stuff the likes of which could instantly transform the Mets into a very tough out in just about any short series they find themselves in for years to come. They'll start the top prospect in Triple-A this spring, though with a player like Syndergaard it's only a matter of time before he forces their hand with one extended run of dominance.