"He's really coming along well. I think he's making a lot of strides," St. Lucie pitching coach Phil Regan told MiLB.com, following Syndergaard's first win of the season. "He's understanding a lot about pitching and he's just a tremendous kid, soaks up knowledge and wants to learn. I think he's done exceptionally well for his age and where he's coming from. He's not afraid, he goes right after [hitters], aggressive on the mound. I think he's got confidence in himself, and that's all part of it."
In regards to Syndergaard, who checks in at No. 10 on his list, Mayo said: "He could end up being the best player in the deal, though it may take more time for him to develop." Mayo told the MetsBlog Podcast in December that Syndergaard is ahead of where Zack Wheeler was at his age.
In a video for SNY.TV, Mets minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick recently likened Syndergaard to Aaron Harang, in terms of his delivery and size on the mound.
Syndergaard was acquired with Travis d’Arnaud in the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays.
I'm sure Sandy Alderson fantasizes about winning a World Series in the next five years with a rotation of Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Syndergaard and Dillon Gee, all home grown, all under team control. However, there is also the possibility a guy like Syndergaard, with a Rafael Montero, and a Wilmer Flores, could get moved for a big-league outfielder, as well. If Syndergaard is developing like Mayo indicates, and that continues, by next winter he could a solid asset to the Mets and someone that might be mentioned in trade talks.
To read Michael Baron's Q&A with Syndergaard from last month in St. Lucie, check out this post from MetsBlog.com.
Here are some pictures Baron took of Syndergaard during the game:
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