New York Mets Should Not Rush the Development of Top Prospect Noah Syndergaard

By Robert DeVita
Noah Syndergaard
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If there is something the New York Mets have on their side it’s young pitching and a lot of it. We have seen prospects Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero make their MLB debuts this season and it has been two totally different stories. deGrom had immediate success; he was a favorite for the NL Rookie of the year award, but he recently went down with a right shoulder injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. Montero has had his struggles in the majors. He has yet to find his groove in five starts for the Mets, and he is 0-3 with a 6.12 ERA.

We have heard so much about top prospect Noah Syndergaard. He has been compared to names like Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler who both are top notch pitchers in the majors. There even has been talk about promoting the 21-year-old flamethrower to the majors this season, but now is not the time. I still think he can use a little bit more seasoning in the minor leagues. Don’t get me wrong; he is on the fast track and will be great to watch when he gets to MLB. I just feel he is not ready just yet.

I think he has all the stuff to be a great major league pitcher. The guy consistently throws 97 MPH, so it really doesn’t get much better than that. This season he was on the disabled list twice, once with an elbow injury and the other time with shoulder soreness. That right there scares me, because we have seen firsthand the Mets’ luck when it comes to young starting pitching. I for one don’t want to see any more of these young pitchers go under the knife for Tommy John surgery. It really is a shame that it happened to Harvey, and I hope he’s the last it happens to.

It would be best for Syndergaard to finish his season with Triple-A Las Vegas. There is no need to speed up his development. The guy is only 21 years old, and there really is no need to bring him up now, especially since the Mets really don’t need a starter at the moment. There was the debate whether to call up Montero or Syndergaard when deGrom went down with the injury, but the Mets made the right move in recalling Montero, because he is more major league ready.

Another reason why I’m not sold on bringing Synergaard up this year is because he just hasn’t been all that dominant for Las Vegas. On the year he is 8-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 22 starts. Those numbers do not blow me away, and they certainly would not make me want to rush his development by calling him up now. There clearly needs to be a little bit more seasoning done on the lower level with Syndergaard. This guy is a great talent and I’m sure he will have a successful major league career, so why rush it and bring him up now?

Mets GM Sandy Alderson has always brought his young pitchers up when they are ready, and the same will happen with Syndergaard. He is close but not ready yet. If he spends the rest of the year with Las Vegas I feel like it would be beneficial in the long run. I want to see Syndergaard with this team to start the 2015 season in a rotation which features himself, Harvey and Wheeler among others.

I know Met fans want to see Syndergaard now, but believe me it will be well worth the wait if he isn’t brought up until next season. There is no need to rush the future of this team. Syndergaard will be in New York when the time is right.

Robert DeVita is a New York Mets writer for Follow him on Twitter @RobertDeVita24, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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