The Lansing Lugnuts 2012 season might have ended in early September, but for many players, that did not mean their year was over. While each off-season gives players the opportunity to spend some time catching up with friends and family, many players have admitted that while there are no games being played, it does not mean it is time for rest and relaxation. As RHP Noah Syndergaard has admitted, there is still plenty of work to be done during the off-season to prepare for the season ahead.
“My off-season will consist of taking a week off and then hitting the weight room immediately,” Syndergaard told JaysProspects. “I do a lot of working out and yoga to maintain flexibility and gain overall strength. I’m prepared to work hard this off-season to get better for 2013.”
Improvement was something Syndergaard saw a lot during this past season. After Spring Training 2012, Syndergaard joined a group of great young pitchers with the Lansing Lugnuts, the low-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Two years after being drafted by the Blue Jays in the 1st round (38th overall) out of Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas, Syndergaard continued to find success.
In the first half of the season, Syndergaard held a 3.92 ERA, going 3-2 with one save in 14 games (seven starts). Piggybacking many of his starts, the young Texan recorded 57 strikeouts and walked 15. His performance would enable him to be named a Midwest League All Star in June. “The piggyback system thought me a great deal about adversity,” Syndergaard stated. “To be honest, I didn’t have the greatest results in the piggyback system coming out of the bullpen. Having a great year in 2011 I didn’t have a lot of adversity or failure, but coming out of the bullpen was a real struggle for me, but it made me a better pitcher.”
The piggyback system would end after the All Star break, enabling Syndergaard to become even more focused and find even more success. In the second half of the season, he started 12 of his 13 games and went 5-3 with a 1.65 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 16 walks. He would finish 2012 with a 8-5 record and a 2.60 ERA, recording 122 strikeouts and 31 walks in over 103 innings of work. His 122 strikeouts led all Lugnuts pitchers and was third in the Midwest League.
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