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Noah Syndergaard tabbed no. 6 prospect in FSL by Baseball America

The Mets top pitching prospect makes the first of many prospect rankings this offseason.

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Baseball America has continued their Top 20 rankings with a look at the Florida State League -- and wouldn't you know it, Noah Syndergaard is the top pitcher in the circuit.

More specifically, the 20-year-old Texan earned the sixth overall spot, behind a bevy of blue-chip prospects in Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Javier Baez, Gregory Polanco, and Maikel Franco.

An excerpt from John Manuel's comments on Syndergaard:

"Scouts and managers considered him the easy choice as the best pitching prospect in the FSL thanks to a premium fastball, notable as much for its arm-side run and ability to get in on righthanded hitters as for its premium 94-98 mph velocity. Syndergaard adds a fine pitcher’s build and clean delivery, both indicative of durability.

Scouts and managers in the FSL considered his secondary stuff—he throws both a curveball and slider as well as a firm changeup—closer to average, with the change more on the fringy side."

After an outstanding season where Syndergaard posted a 3.06 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 117.2 innings pitched, this ranking validates chatter that Syndergaard may find himself among the top ten pitching prospects in all of minor league baseball -- and the top 20-25 players in general.

Like Harvey and Wheeler before him, Syndergaard is regarded as a potential top-of-the-rotation pitcher at the major league level, with one FSL manager in the piece stating that "[Syndergaard] has the fastball to be a No. 1 starter, but his secondary stuff might make him more of a No. 3."

In any case, the 6'6" righty is most certainly one of the most valuable assets in the Mets organization -- a fact that will not go unnoticed by opposing general managers as Sandy Alderson kicks off the annual offseason talent search at the GM Meetings in mid-November. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not Alderson will -- or should -- pluck from his stable of talented young arms to obtain the major league position player talent that the Mets, as they are currently constituted, so sorely lack.

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