Armed with the best fastball in the Blue Jays’ minor league system, 2010 first round draft pick Noah Syndergaard earned two promotions last season and compiled a 1.83 ERA in 59 innings across three minor league levels.
Now, making his full season debut as a member of a dominant Lansing Lugnuts starting rotation, Syndergaard hasn’t allowed an earned run in three outings, with 14 strikeouts to three walks in nine innings of work. He has been working hard on developing his curveball, and I was able to catch up with the big Texan this week in Lansing to discuss the progress that he’s made on the pitch, prospect hype, velocity and much more.
The video below was taken from the third inning of Syndergaard’s start this past Monday, when he racked up his sixth strikeout of the night (fourth swinging) after retiring South Bend Silver Hawks designated hitter Gerson Montilla with a curveball. Even if Montilla hadn’t swung so far out in front of the pitch, it would have been a called third strike on the outside corner of the plate at his knees.