For what seems like ages now we have been hearing that we would be building with young pitching. Last summer Matt Harvey showed up and took New York by storm. Now in the summer of 2013 he is joined by Zack Wheeler. Two more names are prominently mentioned as being close to joining them, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard. Both Montero and Syndergaard were recently promoted, Montero to Las Vegas, and Syndergaard is now a car ride away from both of us in Binghamton. As we watch this unfold I am intrigued by both but especially by Montero. Unlike Wheeler and Harvey, he doesn’t possess incredible size or stuff. But his numbers have been phenomenal. Harvey and Wheeler seemed like as sure a thing as a pitching prospect could be, Montero is more of a wild card. If Rafael is for real, things get very promising. Or am I getting ahead of myself? We do need hitters and you have to give to get.
Remember that pretty girl you had a crush on in 7th grade? You’d make excuses to walk past her locker, take the long way home in the hope of catching a glimpse of her while she walked her golden retriever (you knew exactly where and when she walked that dog, the path she took, the corner where she always snuck a cigarette). Then one day on your way to Earth Science you saw her holding hands with the best athlete in the 8th grade, Muscles McGee. You wandered around like a corpse the rest of the day, then sat in your bedroom and listened to Neil Young albums all weekend long.
No, I peaked in middle school. But carry on.
Rafael Montero might be that girl. Or maybe it’s Noah Syndergaard (who I see as next season’s “Super 2″ guy — yes, we can look forward to that!). But dude, it’s wonderful to dream, but I don’t think you are getting them both. Besides, you’ve already got Harvey and Wheeler! What do you think this is, “Caligula”?
That’s logical. So let’s say one has to go. If you get a call and it’s up to you, and the other team values them both the same, who do you want to part with? Montero is closer to Citi Field and has had fantastic results. Syndergaard has performed well too, with a slightly shorter body of work. On one hand every level in a system is a new obstacle to be conquered. On the other, Syndergaard has the prototypical size and arm.
My opinion doesn’t really matter, as it’s based entirely on things I’ve read. I guess I think of Syndergaard as the safer bet. He’s younger and has 6″ and 70 pounds on Montero. Everyone in baseball knows what Sandy’s got, and what he needs, and the Mets’ timetable. They are going to have to put a top-shelf hitter on the table to entice Alderson to give up one of those two guys, otherwise we are falling back into the next tier, prospects like Mazzoni. BTW, Montero gets shut down this year once he reaches 150-160 innings. But come April 2014, he should slot right into the rotation. And goodness, wouldn’t that be fun? Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, and Niese. Here I am again, back in school, hanging by the water fountain, dreaming of the day.
Here’s what Matt Cerrone at Metsblog recently had to say about Syndergaard:
Syndergaard is the guy I can see being traded. I’m not saying he will be, or that the Mets want to move him. I’m just saying, you have to give something to get something, and the buzz around Syndergaard is loud and increasing every time I hear his name. So, if the Mets want a legit hitter, it’s going to be difficult to make a deal without including this kid. In fact, on WFAN, Peter Gammons said he recently spoke to five different scouts who have watched Syndergaard in the last week and they all proclaimed to love him. Gammons believes the Blue Jays almost certainly regret trading him.
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That’s a nickel each! But I think I’ll just go to the futures game at Citi Field and check them both out for myself. Just bought my tickets. All-Star dilemma solved for me, and I didn’t even have to cancel my vacation to pay for it.