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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.