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5 Things New York Mets Fans Need to Know About Noah Syndergaard

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5 Things New York Mets Fans Need to Know About Noah Syndergaard

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Ever since Noah Syndergaard came over to the New York Mets from the Toronto Blue Jays in the trade for R.A. Dickey, he has been touted as the best pitching prospect in the Mets' system. He's a big, powerful righty with electric stuff. Many thought that he would be in the position to help the Mets in 2014, but it is looking more and more like that will happen in 2015. Here are five things Mets fans need to know about Syndergaard.

5. Two Straight Appearances in MLB Futures Game

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5. Two Straight Appearances in MLB Futures Game

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In 2013, Noah Syndergaard started the MLB Futures Game at Citi Field and he pitched one scoreless inning. Conversely, in 2014, he earned the save in a 3-2 win for America over the International squad. He's already got a taste of the bright lights, and although an extremely small sample size, he has proven to be successful.

4. Don't Read Too Much Into Triple-A Numbers

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4. Don't Read Too Much into Triple-A Numbers

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If you look strictly at Syndergaard's numbers in Triple-A, you would say that he is having a rough year, but Cashman Field, Las Vegas' home ballpark, is a bandbox. Any pitcher who calls that ballpark home will have inflated numbers. Syndergaard also suffered an injury earlier in the year, but the great thing is that he has the stuff to overpower batters as his strikeout percentage is near 23 percent.

3. His Stuff

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3. His Stuff

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He has four pitches, but he is fastball, curveball pitcher. His fastball is in the mid-90s, and at times, he can hit close to 100 mph. His curveball has the potential to be devastating, and his changeup continues to improve as he throws it more. If he can continue to develop his two-seam fastball and changeup, he could become the ace of the Mets' pitching staff.

2. Just Call Him "Thor"

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2. Just Call Him "Thor"

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Due to his size, strength and hulking frame, not to mention his blonde hair, he has earned the nickname "Thor." His curveball was referred to as a "hook from hell" by Terry Collins, but it really should be called the "Hammer." I'm sorry, I'll see myself out.

1. One of the Top Pitching Prospects in All of Baseball

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1. One of the Top Pitching Prospects in All of Baseball

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No matter whether it's Keith Law, Baseball America or MiLB, Noah Syndergaard is one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. He has the potential to be a front-line starter, and he is a main reason why the Mets have such a great farm system. If he pans out, the Mets should certainly have one heck of a rotation down the road.