Syndergaard has often been ranked as the team's top pitching prospect, and one of the best three right-handed pitching prospects in baseball.
He will likely be capped around 145 inning pitched this year, regardless of where he's pitching (NY Post, Feb. 17).
Bartolo Colon also tossed a bullpen session to Travis d'Arnaud...
Rob Brender, MetsBlog:
Watching Mets pitchers and catchers during their initial stretch and warm-up period this morning, my goal was to see how 40-year-old Bartolo Colon interacted with his new teammates, especially the younger crop. I followed his group during pitcher's fielding practice, which included right-handers Jenrry Mejia and Jacob deGrom. Judging by the large collection of media around me most of the morning, it appeared they also had the intention of making Colon their main focus for the day. As it turned out, it was 21-year-old Noah Syndergaard who eventually stole the show and the attention of the media throng.
Syndergaard and Colon, along with a host of other Mets hurlers, made their way to the 10-pack of pitching mounds at the northeast corner of the Port St. Lucie complex to throw their bullpen sessions as the final exercise of the day. Most of the team brass, including owners Jeff and Fred Wilpon, GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins were in attendance, as well as all credentialed media and a swarm of fans watching from behind barricades several hundred feet away.
While much of the focus was on the hefty Colon at the start of the event, heads quickly turned once the hulking Syndergaard took to the hill. His fastball was electric and his breaking balls had tremendous bite. It managed to even impress second-year Met Anthony Recker, who was given the chance to catch the phenom. He gave words of encouragement and support during the session and afterwards told Syndergaard to get his arm a little more in front of his body when he throws his breaking ball to get even more tilt.
“It can be even better,” Recker said as they met in the middle of the 10-pack.