It is no secret that when the New York Mets hired GM Sandy Alderson, they were looking for someone with experience in building clubs with a minimal payroll. Alderson’s time with the Oakland Athletics was a perfect prerequisite for the Mets job, considering they were a franchise in turmoil mainly due to financial losses involved with the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme scandal.
No longer could the Mets afford to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at top-tier free agents, and Sandy was billed as the man with the plan to get the Mets back to relevancy, if nothing else.
Throughout his tenure, Alderson has pulled off a few nifty trades for top pitching talent. Most commonly known is Zack Wheeler, who impressed in 2013 during his first tour in the big leagues, but the Mets also have a major prospect on the way in Noah Syndergaard, who has flown a bit more under the radar and could end up a viable draft-and-stash option in fantasy baseball this season.
While Syndergaard started his 2013 campaign playing high-A ball, he spent the majority of his time in double-A with the Binghamton Mets. In 11 starts, he was 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Even more impressive was his ability to strike batters out as he had a K/9 of of 11.5, overwhelming opponents seemingly every game he started.
While he has plenty to prove, the 21-year old has good stuff and at 6-foot-6, provides some intimidation on the mound. He features a 94 mph fastball and a plus curve that he uses as his out pitch.
While he will start the season at triple-A Las Vegas, the plan that Alderson has hinted for Syndergaard is to call him up mid-season, most likely toward the end of June or the beginning of July; at that point, they will not lose a season’s worth of free agency in the future had he started the season in the majors.
If you are in the later rounds of your draft and there are no players that are jumping out of the screen at you, consider a draft-and-stash strategy with Syndergaard as it could pay dividends for you when he gets the call to the show.