Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is the fourth-best pitcher in the National League, MLB talent evaluators recently told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.
"Of all the guys on your list, he's probably got the best stuff," one evaluator told Olney.
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Max Scherzer (Nationals), and Madison Bumgarner (Giants) are the only NL pitchers to rank higher than Syndergaard, according to Olney.
Similarly, the NY Post's Joel Sherman recently said Syndergaard is the fifth-best player in baseball under 25 years old. Manny Machado (Orioles), Mookie Betts (Red Sox), Corey Seager (Dodgers), and Bryce Harper (Nationals) top his list.
Syndergaard, 24, was 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA (2.29 FIP) and 1.14 WHIP in 31 appearances (30 starts) last season, during which he made the All-Star team, finished third in ERA and became the first pitcher in MLB history to start his career with 350 strikeouts and less than 80 walks.
He has thrown 359 innings during the last year and a half, while averaging the highest velocity in baseball with his fastball (98.0 mph), slider (90.9 mph), and changeup (89.8 mph).
Syndergaard throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Syndergaard was diagnosed with a bone spur in his elbow early last season, though it did not impact his performance and does not require surgery, Sandy Alderson said in early-November.
During the Baseball Winter Meetings in early December, Mets manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard is clearly the ace of his pitching staff.
"Wow, that's just an awesome feeling," Syndergaard told WOR 710 AM when asked about his manager's statement. "I just really enjoy being a part of that rotation."
According to Syndergaard, he and his teammates plan to hit Spring Training focused on attaining the ultimate goal in 2017.
"I don't want to make any promises, but I think a World Series is looking pretty good to us," he said.