Anytime young talent finally arrives at the big leagues, there’s a knee jerk reaction from fans of the game. We often put too much weight in their past success and far too much pressure on their present performance.
However, 22-year-old Noah Syndergaard seems to be the real deal after snagging his first major league win on Sunday against Milwaukee. He pounced on the Brewers early and held them down to just one run over six innings of work.
During his first MLB appearance last week, he took the loss, allowing three runs, walking four and striking out six. Those aren’t blindingly great statistics, but for a first start in the big leagues, it’ll do.
Syndergaard’s fastball averaged about 96 mph with his slider and curve registered in the low 80s. His ability to switch velocity that easily should me more than enough for Syndergaard to survive and likely thrive in the majors.
After just one start, you can’t really judge many of his fantasy statistics, but you can attempt to predict his future—which seems bright. Syndergaard is bound to be a fantastic pitcher in a great rotation. The wins will come, ERA and WHIP will lower, and the strikeouts will always be high with his velocity. Add Syndergaard to your team—if you still have the chance, that is.