Baseball America on the Mets 40-man Additions


Noah Syndergaard, RHP: A big, physical righty, Syndergaard easily spins mid-90s heat and controls it as well. He also offers a big curveball that can vary in its shape and size, from a mid-70s slurve to a power offering in the low-80s. He threw his mid-80s change more often this year, and scouts project it to be average in the future. He lacks deception, but has all the makings of a monster.
Cory Mazzoni, RHP: With knee and lat injuries in the past, the Mets this year saw what they saw in 2011 when they made him a second-round pick. His fastball, which he can locate to both sides, sits between 92-95 mph and is complemented by a solid mid-80s slider and an average splitter. If he can repeat, he’ll fulfill his potential as a backend starter.
Gabriel Ynoa, RHP: Binghamton’s Opening Day starter offers impeccable control first and foremost. He uses that to corral an arsenal that includes a 92-94 mph that can touch 96 and features riding life. He maintains his arm speed on a plus changeup and backs it up with a fringy slider.
Akeel Morris, RHP: Morris annihilated the competition in the South Atlantic League this year, holding the opposition to a .103 average and fanning more than 14 hitters per nine innings. So, how’d he do it? A deceptive delivery and a lively 92-94 mph fastball are a good start, but the true weapon in is the low-80s changeup that he uses to get his Ks.
Hansel Robles, RHP: A second-time addition to the 40-man roster, Robles is a reliever now, which allows his sinking fastball to bump to the mid-90s. He backs the pitch with a slider and changeup, both in the mid-80s and both average offerings at best.
Jack Leathersich, LHP: A stocky lefthander, Leathersich brings a max-effort delivery which includes a vault over a stiff front leg and uses it to fire a fastball that sits low-90s and touches the mid-range. He uses a high-70s slider to get his punchouts.


Thomas Brennan said...

I am a big fan of all 6 guys on this list.

greg b said...

Yona reaches 96mph with a plus changeup. Didnt realize he throws that hard.

Thomas Brennan said...

If they are right on Ynoa velocity, we got ourselves another keeper, greg

Mack Ade said...

for me, Ynoa fits the St. Louis model for another power back end reliever

Charles said...

They have enough relief possibilities in their upper minors. Yet nothing is as valuable as a starting pitcher. I would have protected Verrett over Robles. I think Verrett has a chance to be a solid SP4/5 in the majors. Is Robles that much of a sure thing to be a legit back of the bullpen arm that it justifies losing Verrett?

In the end, I guess I have to trust their decision. They know a lot more than I do about both of these guys.

Thomas Brennan said...

Morning, Charles.

Verrett left off for Robles - had to be tough decision...but Robles has been outstanding in the pen ever since being moved there with a month or so left in the season. He has put up dominating pen #s there and in winter ball.

They see these guys every day and hopefully can make the right call.

If no team out of 30 snatches Verrett, that will be telling.

But I think Robles has more chance being a valued piece in Mets' pen than Verrett has of joining their pen or rotation.

In past years, Verrett would have been on the 40 man...crowded this year.

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