New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, one of the premier pitching prospects in baseball, will make his Major League debut on Tuesday.
The Mets placed starter Dillon Gee on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury thus leaving a hole in the rotation.
Syndergaard is rated as the No. 11 overall prospect by MLB.com and comes to the majors after posting a 1.82 ERA in five starts and 29.2 innings. He has 34 strikeouts and just eight walks.
Syndergaard had a chance to make the club out of spring training, but he came down with forearm stiffness and a bout with food poisoning. It was just enough of a set back to send him to Triple-A.
But the Mets want to win, and they want to win now. They’re in first place in the NL East at 18-11, 3.5 games ahead of the Washington Nationals. This should be more of a permanent move rather than a temporary one based on Gee’s injury.
With the Mets longing for a shortstop, it’s been Syndergaard’s name thrown in trade rumors, particularly for one of the Chicago Cubs shortstops (Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell). But the Mets have refused to deal him, and it’s for good reason.
His fastball sits around 95, reaching up to 98 mph. He also boasts a curveball and changeup.
Syndergaard was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey from New York to Toronto.