The hulking “Viking” from Mansfield, TX made his debut for the New York Mets today and quite literally blew everybody away.
The 6’6″, 240 pound Noah Syndergaard took the hill against the Braves in his Spring Training debut today. The results were nothing short of expectation. The Mets were facing Braves starter Freddy Garcia, whose fastball topped out at 88 MPH. During warm-up throws, according to Marc Carig, Syndergaard started at 92 MPH. The velocity ramped up from there.
According the Carig, the top pitching prospect in the Mets organization challenged all seven hitters with a fastball that hit 96-98. Every Brave that faced him was late on the heater. Syndergaard also showed he could throw his breaking ball for strikes as he faced just one over the minimum in two innings of work. His two strikeouts on the day came against Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis, who swung at three consecutive fastballs. He threw a total of 30 pitches.
If “The Viking” can make strides this season and join Matt Harvey when he comes back from Tommy John, the future of the Mets’ starting rotation looks bright indeed.
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